Who is aleXsandro Palombo? Pop artist to take legal action against Cardi B for recreating his work

Who is aleXsandro Palombo? Pop artist to take legal action against Cardi B for recreating his work
Cardi B's post portrays Marge Simpson in a dress cut out on the backside, exposing her butt cleavage (iamcardib/Instagram)

A contemporary pop artist, aleXsandro Palombo, is considering taking action against Cardi B for recreating his work in a Halloween post on Instagram. Palombo is known for transforming 'The Simpsons' in his art. He has now claimed that Cardi B, whose real name is Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar, was not authorized to use his art for her post.

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Cardi's post portrays Marge Simpson in a dress cut out on the backside, exposing her butt cleavage. While she did use a picture of Palombo's art in the series of images she posted, she did not credit him in her post. In her caption, however, she mentioned French designer Thierry Mugler, whose dress inspired Palombo's work.

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In an Instagram post, Palombo wrote that he contacted Cardi regarding the post but got no answer. "Cardi B rebuild aleXsandro Palombo's iconic pop artwork "Marge Simpson Style Icon in Thierry Mugler" copyright 2013 by aleXsandro Palombo," he wrote.

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He later posted an update, saying, "We wrote to Mrs Cardi B and collaborators how come that they never contacted us for authorisation to use the artwork and didn't mentioned or credit the artist, violating Meta policy about intelectual property rights. Still no answer."


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Who is aleXsandro Palombo?

According to Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery, aleXsandro Palombo, an Italian multi-media artist, was born in southern Italy in 1973. He reportedly attended the fashion and design school, Istituto Marangoni in Milan.

The website says, "For Palombo, fashion is an instrument of cultural and anthropological expression that touches style, art and communication. His body of work sets the tone with titles posing questions such as “What Kind of Man Are You?” and “Do You Still Like Us?” He provokes observers to answer and interpret the world documented, analyzed and painted by the artist. Palombo has created a series of works that addresses anything from indifference to the political and social disorder of our times. He attempts to use his visual language and message to transform the audience into explorers of both fairy tales and reality."

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Meanwhile, Claudio Volpi, a lawyer working with Palombo, told Artnet News that Cardi B defied "the most elementary rules on copyright and Instagram policies" when she used his art without crediting him. Volpi said besides Cardi, two of her team members also posted the image. When the artist requested them to correct the error, they failed to fulfill it. Volpi then reportedly sent a formal notice saying they could choose to take legal action if Cardi and her team refuse to acknowledge their demands. 

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