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Atomica Gallery presents: ‘101 Artists to Listen to Before You Die’ Ricardo Cavolo solo exhibition and book launch
23rd April - 9th May 2015


Limited edition signed and numbered giclee prints available exclusively through Atomica Gallery as part of the Ricardo Cavolo solo exhibition ‘101 Artists to Listen to Before You Die’.

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– Exhibition of original artwork from Ricardo Cavolo’s book ‘101 Artists to Listen to Before You Die’, published by Nobrow

– Featuring 101 portraits of Ricardo’s musical inspirations; from Dolly Parton to Daft Punk, Kanye West to The Ramones!

– Signed limited edition print releases of all 101 artists featured in the exhibition are available for sale on a first-come, first-served basis.

– Prints will be also available to purchase online from Monday 27th April 2015

– Only available at Atomica Gallery. Super affordable and super limited!

– Ricardo Cavolo will be in attendance and signing copies of the book at the opening

Atomica Gallery is excited to announce ‘101 Artists to Listen to Before You Die’ a brand new solo exhibition from Spanish artist Ricardo Cavolo. This will also be the official UK launch for the book of the same title. The exhibition will showcase all 101 original artworks from the book and will open at Atomica Gallery in Soho, London, on Thursday 23rd April 2015.

‘101 Artists to Listen to Before You Die’ offers a charming personal journey through music history. A die-hard music lover, Cavolo has painstakingly picked his 101 essential icons and expressed his adoration in the best way he knows how: creating beautifully illustrated hand-drawn portraits, accompanied by his own musings and hilarious anecdotes. Leaving few genres uncovered, current superstars Diplo and Kayne West play an equally integral part as much-loved legends Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry. Cavolo has also paid homage to plenty of unexpected surprises and underrated obscurities. Full list of artists below.

“I did want to bring together 101 musicians and bands which, throughout my life and still today, have helped me in some way. We enjoy music, but we also use it. And this is what I want to show: what each artist gives me; the situations in which I listen to one or to another; how this group or that helps me to resolve problems. Yes, my musical diary.” Ricardo Cavolo

All 101 portraits featured in the exhibition will be made into small runs of limited edition prints exclusive to Atomica Gallery and signed & numbered by Ricardo Cavolo. They will be available to purchase on a first-come, first-served basis from the opening night at Atomica Gallery and will also be available to purchase online from Monday 27th April  – get in quick to avoid disappointment!

The book will be available to purchase on the opening night for a special price of £12 (£14.99 after). Ricardo will be in attendance and signing copies of the book at the opening.

Please note: The original drawings are not for sale and prints will not be available to collect until after the exhibition closes (shipping is also available). Please contact hello@atomicagallery.com for more info.

‘101 Artists to Listen to Before You Die’: RICARDO CAVOLO (SPAIN)
23rd APRIL – 9th MAY 2015


RSVP@ATOMICAGALLERY.COM or join the Facebook event here!


Full list of artists featured in ‘101 Artists to Listen to Before You Die’ (in the order in which they appear in the book): J.S. Bach, W.A. Mozart, Charlie Patton, Robert Johnson, The Carter Family, Django Reinhardt, Leadbelly, Woody Guthrie, Son House, Hank Williams, Muddy Waters, Jacques Brel, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash (I), Dolly Parton, Buddy Holly, Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers, Chuck Berry, Link Wray, Frank Sinatra, The Crystals, Dion & The Belmonts, The Belairs, Bob Dylan, Roscoe Holcomb, The Sonics, Los Saicos, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jacqueline Taïeb, The Beach Boys, The Zombies, The Kinks, The Animals, The Velvet Underground, Iggy Pop, The Cramps, The Ramones, Motörhead, The Sex Pistols, Black Flag, Bad Religion, Daniel Johnston, Madness, The Fuzztones, Mano Negra, Public Enemy, Beastie Boys, Sepultura, Nirvana, Lagwagon, Goran Bregović, Notorious B.I.G., Cypress Hill, Kris Kross, Rage Against the Machine, The Smashing Pumpkins, Weezer, The Mummies, Blur, Oasis, Wu-Tang Clan, Björk, Portishead, The Prodigy, The Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk, Elliott Smith, Queens of the Stone Age, Tricky, The Libertines, Johnny Cash (II), Neutral Milk Hotel, The White Stripes, Jay Z, CocoRosie, The Streets, Mos Def, Jay Reatard, Sigur Ros, Gogol Bordello, Bollywood, Belle and Sebastian, The Strokes, Interpol, Kanye West, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Arctic Monkeys, The Black Keys, Two Gallants, Old Crow Medicine Show, Animal Collective, Black Lips, Arcade Fire, M.I.A., Amy Winehouse, Ty Segall, Beirut, Crystal Castles, Diplo, Skrillex, Chief Keef and Bonus: Blink-182 (not featured in the book, only in the exhibition)

Artist biography
Spanish born, Brighton based, artist Ricardo Cavolo is fast becoming recognised as one of the most exciting contemporary artists and illustrators to come out of Spain. Influenced by outsider and folk art, Ricardo Cavolo’s vibrant work has a powerful primitive quality. Previously working as an art director at several advertising agencies before dedicating himself to fine art and illustration, Cavolo has developed a distinctive personal style that has led him to exhibit worldwide and work with a range of agencies and brands such as Y&R, Leo Burnett, Converse, Nike and Urban Outfitters. Cavolo has exhibited in galleries across the world. ‘101 Artists to Listen to Before You Die’ will be Cavolo’s second exhibition at Atomica Gallery, following his almost sold out debut UK solo exhibition ‘Life & Lives’ in 2013.