Recently in the La Punta area just outside of Valencia, Spain, a group of street artists got together to help the local population protest the actions of the port authority and the local government have taken since 2001. Because of their focus on urban development, locales were forced to move into social housing only 100’s of meters from their old homes and gardens. You can read more about their plight on here & here. “Different environmental and social NGOs joining forces to preserve the culture, […]
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Taking place in the middle of March every year in Valencia is the Las Fallas Festival (or Festival of Fire) which has evolved from the feast day for St. Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters into a five day extravaganza. The highlight of the event is the creation and destruction of a fallas (or ninots), one of which this year was designed by Spanish artist Okuda. The 25m high sculptural piece entitled Universal Equilibrium features his signature vibrant color palette as well as his recognizable prismatic patterns. […]
Spanish artist Escif was very active in the last couple of months, travelling around Europe and creating new public works inspired by the local issues and history. Often criticizing aspect of human activity, or choices made by part of population, his pieces balance between conceptual interventions, large illustrations and classic murals. Back in October Escif finished one of his larges pieces to date, on the 100m long back wall of the Modern Art Museum in Valencia (Institut Valencià d’Art Modern—IVAM). Marking the opening of a new outdoor […]
Guido Van Helten recently spent some time in Spain where he worked on his largest indoor project to date. Known for his black and white photorealistic murals, mostly created on industrial or abandoned buildings, he made a great use of the opportunity to paint on the group of seven indoor silos. Invited by the Bodega Solar de Samaniego winery to participate in their Drinking Between Lines artistic project, the Australian-born artist picked seven images of the local people that are somehow related to the wine […]
Last week, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga (CAC Malaga) in Spain hosted the first museum retrospective from Mark Ryden (interviewed) entitled Cámara de las Maryville. For those who have seen the exhibition, it certainly has been a House of Wonders with the plethora of small and large-format canvases, drawings, dioramas and sculptures on display for all to enjoy. The show will be on view until the 5th of March so head over for a look yourself if you are in the area, or enjoy more photos below… Discuss Mark […]
On November 19th, Ryan McGinley will be opening another iteration of his YEARBOOK project at La Térmica in Malaga, Spain. Consisting of studio portraits of over two hundred nude models, the display of these photos are usually in installation form, this time impressively adhered to all of the cultural center’s walls in their showspace. For those interested, there will be an artist talk the November 18th at 7 pm. Discuss Ryan McGinley here.
Last month in Zaragoza, Spain, Aryz and his friend SAN (Daniel Muñoz) painted the chapel of an old psychiatric hospital for Festival Asalto. Covering the exterior of the building with their distinctive imagery, the two spanish artists skillfully worked around all the architectural details while creating an intriguing juxtaposition between the new and old world. Take a look at more photos below… Discuss Arzy here.
In 2013, Remed and Okuda collaborated on a sculpture in the vineyards of the winery Campo Viejo in La Rioja, Spain. Entitled A Bridge Between Sky and Earth, the installation which has become an icon for the wineries was recently repainted by the two artists in a colorful and vibrant palette. The fresh paint job will be used for the fourth limited edition label of Campo Viejo Art Series range signed by by the duo. Discuss REMED here. Discuss Okuda here.
Genalguacil is a small town in southern Spain which has been involved in supporting and organizing art projects for the last 20 years. Slowly turning the town into an open space museum, the locals recently invited Javier Calleja from nearby Malaga to add his contribution to the collection. Inspired by the winding mountain roads between his hometown and the destination, the artist created this interesting sculptural installation titled Up, depicting a giant stubby pencil drawing a simple line on a white facade. This writing utensil is often […]
While many street artists are looking for more exotic destinations to create their works in, Escif recently took an intra-country trip from Valencia to Girona in order to visit neighborhood of Gypsies – Font de la Polvora. In his signature style, the artist used this short trip to pay tribute to the locals that live here and their every day life routines and struggles. Font de la Polvora was built in the 60s as a ghetto separated from the historic center with a small mountain. With a single access through […]