Gianluca Carruba is an Italian street artist.
Born in 1979 in Puglia, a region situated in the South of Italy, he performs all over Europe since he was an adolescent.
He travelled a lot and improved his technique with fire torches in Tenerife. In the past he worked as a juggler for many Italian theatre and dance companies.
He has been living in London for five years and has become part of the Brick Lane Street Artists community. Every Sunday these jugglers meet in Brick Lane in order to delight people with their artistic activities.
Gianluca defines himself ‘Chef Joker’ because he works as a chief cook in a restaurant in Knightsbridge during the week and performs with fire torches and clubs during the weekend.
Cooking and Street Art are very similar for him. In fact, as he explains, both activities involve the creativity. He uses ‘tricks’ and creativity both in the kitchen and in the street.
He is constantly struggling to make a living with the art of juggler. He feels more comfortable under the Joker mask.
He gave us an unusual definition of street art as he told ‘Art is something that make people happy. Since life is like a mirror, if you donate happiness to the people, you will receive it as well.’