Enzo Sarto of Enzo & Nio

About Enzo Sarto

Enzo Sarto is a liar and a charlatan, a direct descendant of Romulus or Remus and he was born in a small village outside of Rome, Italy. He grew up poor and bored often skipping school in favor of spending long days in the local library. In 1980, he moved to the USA with his family where he was ridiculed for his accent and large pumpkin-like head. After a considerable struggle and concentrated effort he eventually overcame his accent but his head still resides awkwardly atop a modest but strong neck.

Sarto's successes in life all share a common theme in that they have been less-than-legal or outright distasteful. Early on, he was wrongly encouraged by his parents to pursue his art, which he has done ceaselessly and valiantly but to no positive effect.

Professionally, Enzo Sarto lingers in a netherworld of unprofitable stagnation and dismay. He has worked as a baker, commercial fisherman, security officer, musician, painter, laborer, nurseryman and a variety of other positions he is ashamed to name.

He has been rejected by every organization, society, club, religion and cabal to which he has applied. He trusts very few people and cannot be trusted around women. He likes monster trucks and cheap red wine.

Sarto's work with Nio Gallo as "Enzo & Nio"  (2010 to 2014)

Enzo Sarto met Nio Gallo in 1994 when both were hired a day apart to work at an undisclosed tree farm at an undisclosed location. They developed a friendship based on a love of hard work, the outdoors,  music, dancing, absurdity, sexual excess and hallucinogenic drugs.

Their first collaborative venture into art took place at a H.O.R.D.E. festival where the pair, while under the influence of psilocybe cubensis, manifested a piece of improvised performance art. They managed to convince most of a crowd of 20,000 that a small florescent orange flame-shaped "HOT" sticker represented a revolutionary concept and therefore had value well beyond its obvious intent. The group spent the day fielding passionate requests for the stickers and asking people to perform tricks and favors for them. H-O-T, it's a three-letter word for "revolution".

Separated for a time by life, legal battles and geography, Enzo and Nio reunited in 2010 and soon after began a fertile partnership producing a variety of popular work and assaulting the streets of a grateful world with their art, philosophies and odd sense of humor. They appeared in the Onist film "Les Calles Hablan", the Dega Film series "Wild in the Streets" and Yoav Litvin's book "Outdoor Gallery - NYC" as well as many articles interviews and other videos.

In July of 2014 the duo split leaving both Gallo and Sarto to pursue personal directions in their art.