Having already exhibited in Europe, US, Canada and Mexico, Spanish artist Miguel Ángel Belinchón aka Belin is currently presenting his first Parisian solo show at 24 Beaubourg entitled Post Neo Cubism, curated by Nicolas Couturieux.
The self-taught artist has grown internationally as one of the leading hyper-realistic graffiti artists over the past 15 years. Berlin’s masterful spray paint technique has been his signature style – free hand flowing directly from the realism of his imagination without the use of preparatory stencils, with the precision of lines and proportions so crucial in hyperrealism.
A visit to Málaga in 2016, home town of Spanish master Pablo Picasso, has been decisive in his career and triggered a new artistic style for the artist, Post Neo Cubism, a balance between cubism and realism. Belin started to deconstruct his hyperrealist style and break the mould of reality, free from forms and rules, with the representation of multiplied view angles, mixing geometrical elements, patterns and textures, along with vibrant colours to create dynamic portraits, fusing hyperrealism with abstraction. People’s faces and bodies, disassembled and then reassembled, reveal the many facets of their human nature to illustrate all the nuances and differences of expressions and feelings.
Using spray cans, oil painting and pencil, these dynamic portraits have such accurate expressive details – the wrinkles, the eyes, ears, noses, and mouths – that the faces seem incredibly ‘alive’. Through twenty canvases and ten pencil drawings, the current exhibition features icons and persons who have meaning in Belin’s life as well as symbols from France to Andalucia. On display are pieces featuring family members and friends along with a deconstructed self portrait. Belin also pays homage to the great masters with portraits of Pablo Picasso, Dali, Keith Haring, Frida Kahlo and female icons like Mona Lisa.
Many artists turned up to celebrate the opening with Belin such as Thomas Canto, Ogre and Miss Van to name a few. In parallel to the exhibition, Belin is also releasing a puzzle version of his Marion painting and a show poster.