Sten-hunting: the ultimate roman sport.

Rome is a very interesting city, but not just for the reasons that you may know. Yes, rome art by Stenthere are many of the most beautiful works of classical art ever crafted, and centuries of history accumulated in almost every corner of the city. But we’re not talking about a huge museum. Rome is also a city full of life and doesn’t ignore innovations .

The city is famous for its art, but if you wander trough its streets you’ll discover a roman artist who doesn’t appear in the art books. His name is Sten and he’s no sculptor or painter, at least not in the traditional way.

Sten (apparently short for “stenciler�) uses sheets of perforated cardboard and spray to paint images in the walls of the city. His method is quick and almost guerrillesque. Nobody knows Sten’s face nor his real name, but if you take a walk in the San Lorenzo or Trastevere neighbourhoods you’ll end up recognizing his signature, neatly placed beside his designs.

Doris Day bt StenAccording to some rare interviews Sten started “painting� three years ago. Showing in his early work a penchant for the pop-culture imagery, his designs have evolved into a more realistic way of representation, sometimes even emulating the style of gothic masters like Giotto.

Maybe the most important difference between Sten’s drawings and traditional art is the chance factor. If you want to see a painting you have to go to a museum, but if you want to see a Sten graffiti you have to hunt for it- or let it find you.

So, while you visit Rome open your eyes. Who knows, maybe ten years later you’ll find yourself telling proudly to your friends how once you saw personally a Michelangelo, a Leonardo – and a Sten. Everything in the same city…

And for your “artistic� experience of Rome, the place to stay is of course one of the most popular hostels in Rome Hostel Des Artistes or (depending on your budget) Hotel des Artistes, both very central, located in the Termini station neighbourhood.