Mexican surrealist painter Jose Luis Lopez Galvan’s work and fine art develops into dark surrealism, in a world where Velasquez and Hieronymus Bosch could go into ecstasies in front of a version of Rembrandt’s ‘Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp’ with dwarf rabbits.
Animals and humans inhabit the work of Galvan, fighting for their membership to both bestiality and civilization. Some creatures in between are at the limit of lycanthropia and could easily be affiliated to the universe of American horror writers H.P. Lovecraft and William Hodgson. Some pieces even allude to cannibalism, with a bizarre subtle eroticism. Disturbing compositions, poetic metamorphosis and portraits of femmes fatales complete his work and he is not afraid to promote the odd beauty of nightmares and Freudian subconscious.
Bene Rohlmann was born in 1985 in Münster, Germany and is currently living and working in Berlin. In 2007 he started his formal training in Design, with a major in Illustration at FH Münster and graduated with his diploma in 2012. His artwork combines various traditional techniques such as collage and drawing, and incorporate a random assortment of themes which interest him, such as Mexican death cults, traditional art from native tribes, lots of nature related themes like moths and plants, classic Disney movies and old advertisements.
By means of the meticulous use of illustration and verging on almost obsessive technique, Mexican artist Paola Delfín attempts to portray the creative aesthetic of her generation while also depicting a reflective message. Her work is mainly influenced by illustrations, organic forms and a mixture of unusual materials.
“I believe that art needs to be seen everywhere possible, to bring a white wall to life, and make a story out of it. My passion is to create, be available to tell a story with my hands and make it visible to everyone though images that involve you [the viewer] in that story. That feeling is what makes me love being an artist.” Paola Delfin
Spaik is a Mexican street artist who creates colorful works mainly in Mexico but also in other countries of South America. Spaik uses traditional local themes in most of his paintings as wells as mythical references from native tales. He earned a Bachelor Title in Film Studies at the Mexican Institute of Cinematographic and Humanistic Research (IMICH) in the city of Morelia, Michoacan in Mexico.
Mexican artist Alejandrina Herrera’s illustrations capture quirky moments in the life of people and animals. The minimal approach to different life situations using a mix of watercolor, drawings, and mixed media, is quite fun. Also, the soft palette combined with the dark, intricate details of the drawings are spot on.
Murals became popular during the Chicano Movement of the 1970’s, when artists began telling their unique stories on walls throughout the Eastside. Chicanos at this time lacked representation in public life, with neither a strong voice in elections, nor elected representatives. Murals became a way to communicate community concerns about police brutality, immigration, drugs, gang violence and other difficulties of a life of poverty.
At the Estrada Courts housing project in Boyle Heights, the walls are time capsules of the Chicano art movement. Mexican-American artists began emblazoning drab cinder-block and stucco walls with brightly colored murals, which represented the dreams, aspirations and cultural pride of a population that might have otherwise felt trapped in their environs.
The streets of Boyle Heights are like an art gallery, with walls that act as canvases. Images of brown pride and indigenous symbols tell stories from the past, and the now faded colors of decades-old murals still brighten the community.
Chicago based artist Maria Tomasula creates highly realistic oil paintings that add a touch of magic to still lifes and the human figure. Influenced by the bright palette and painting of her Mexican heritage, her arrangements of fruits, flowers, skulls and floating bodies that shimmer like jewels are exceptionally colorful, sensual, and even dark at times, while touching upon subjects like religion, life and death, and the beauty of nature.
Gustavo Rimada’s paintings exude a particular blend of influences and a very unique emotion. They are composed through cleverly interwoven references on pin-up artists, pictorial elements taken from the tattoo craft and emblematic representations drawn from the rich and vibrant Mexican history.
Stacey Rozich is a prolific artist, balancing gallery shows, commercial projects, and occasional album covers with personal projects, all while keeping her practice simple and open. Theatrically-staged landscapes made of costumed creatures and ornamental tombstones; fire and water restricted on a page as if a prop; humorous takes on the happenings of Coney Island; romance after death; such is her work.
Based in Los Feliz, California, Rozich is known for her folk and Pop art-inspired gouaches. She explores worldly notions of death, attaching an uncannily humorous spin to her works. Her creations are vividly captivating, and a well informed portrayal of the inherent nature of death, life, and daily interaction featured in mythology. Rozich’s work is both gentle and overwhelming, her vivid palette a reflection of her natural leaning towards visual chaos.
With a deep respect and adoration for history and craftsmanship, Rozich pulls from the world of performance and folk art, explaining her adoration for the complexity of Mexican culture: “There are so many states in Mexico with different aesthetics and materials and color palettes which are incredibly rich and deeply spirited and that they can be at once identifiable and united and also very different, that appeals to me.”