SEAWALLS ’15: SMITHE PAINTS MURAL IN COZUMEL, MEXICO

by Ariadna Zierold

Smithe leaves his mark by being part of this year’s line-up in Cozumel, Mexico for SeaWalls: Murals For Oceans. In his mural he displays the importance of preserving reefs and its fauna.

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His work varies from colorful and cheerful subjects to acid themes rendered through a rather gore tone. His self-taught training has led him to experiment with different techniques such as spray and acrylic paint, as well as digital media.

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The Mexican artist spent a few days working under the severe heat to create this epic mural showing a series of surreal deep-sea creatures.

Street Artists Team With Mexican Government to Paint 200 Houses for Community

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The “Germen Crew”, a youth organization of street artists who use graffiti as a means of activism and expression has teamed up with the government of Mexico to restore Palmitas, a town in the Pachuca district. The group painted 209 houses, equal to twenty-thousand square meters of facade, into one massive rainbow mural.

The ‘Germen Crew’ or “Germ Crew” makes an effort to create art for their community. See images and a video from this inspiring project below.

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New Mural by Smithe for Pangeaseed’s Sea Wall Festival in Mexico

Smithe wrapped up this mural in Cozumel as part of Pangeaseed’s Sea Wall Festival. The Mexican artist finished the wall this week for the Festival, which aims to protect the world’s oceans and endangered marine life via public art and activism.

Pangeaseed’s Sea Wall Festival, presented by 1xRUN, Tony Delfino and WAD, is in Cozumel July 17-26th and features work from Fintan Magee, Phlegm, Curiot, Bicicleta Sem Freio and others.

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 An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, March 27th (6-9pm). The artist will be present. The show runs through April 18th.

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JAZ at the Color Walk Festival in Mexico

Muralist JAZ finished a wall in the festival Color Walk in Ciudad Juarez Mexico. The city marked by recent years of severe violence is trying to shed its infamy as one of the most dangerous cities in all of North and South America. This particular mural that JAZ finished is exactly about that political an social situation in Mexico and it reflects on the eagle myth with irony.   It is also supposed to be a tribute to the 43 students that went missing on Sept. 26th.
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Saving Whale Sharks and Manta Rays with El Curiot and Nosego at Isla Mujeres Mexico

This year, PangeaSeed in collaboration with 1xRUN, Residencia Gorila, World Art Destinations and Juxtapoz Latin America organized “Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans” – Mexico Expedition. The week-long mural festival took place in July 20-28 on the island of Isla Mujeres, Mexico with many acclaimed artists from all around the world.

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El Curiot and Nosego also participated in the special week long project where they had a chance to encounter these endangered animals and then produced individual murals about their experiences:

Nosego:

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El Curiot:

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SEA WALLS: MURALS for OCEANS at Isla Mujeres, Mexico

This year, PangeaSeed in collaboration with 1xRUN, Residencia Gorila, World Art Destinations and Juxtapoz Latin America organized “Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans” – Mexico Expedition. The week-long mural festival took place in July 20-28 on the island of Isla Mujeres, Mexico.

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With a  goal to creatively raise awareness for the conservation of the ocean and the need to protect whale sharks and manta rays off the Yucatan peninsula, internationally acclaimed contemporary artists  were invited from every where.  Curiot, Saner, Nosego, Shark Toof, Tristan Eaton, Celeste Byers, Meggs, Cinzah Merkens, Tatiana Suárez, Hannah Stouffer, Smithe, Aaron Glasson, Yoh Nagao, Vexta and Pelucas attended the festival.

Each artist was given the opportunity to swim with and study whale sharks and oceanic manta rays and experience these endangered animals in their natural environment.  Manta Ray 1 Whale Shark 1

And in turn, inspired by their personal animal encounters, the artists created a series of 14 large-scale ocean-themed murals on Isla Mujeres to help educate and raise greatly needed awareness within the local and tourist communities for the plight of these animals and oceans.

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About PangeaSeed

PangeaSeed (pangeaseed.org) is an international organization who collaborates with

 

members of the art, science, and environmental activist communities. PangeaSeed is dedicated

to raising public awareness and education surrounding the conservation and preservation of

sharks and other marine species in peril.

Through volunteer activism, research and the various mediums of art, music, film and

photography, PangeaSeed aims to create a sea change within the global community and

develop an understanding of the need to preserve and protect the world’s oceans.

Jesús Benítez opens THESIS with new work at Fifty24SF Gallery, San Francisco

Mexican artist Jesús Benítez better known for his distinct murals full of fantastical narratives and science fiction continues his journey down that path with his current solo show at Fifty24SF Gallery , titled ‘THESIS‘.

Here are some of his newest works revealed this past Friday, July 11th.  To see the works in person please contact gallery@fifty24sf.com for an appointment.

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At Fifty24SF Gallery: ‘THESIS’, a solo show and new mural by Jesús Benítez

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Tonight marks the opening night of the first North American solo show of famed Mexican muralist, Jesús Benítez aka Dhear.  Showcasing new works in the terrain of his previous themes and narratives, his paintings and a new mural currently installed at Fifty24SF gallery display his talented inspirations much influenced by sci-fiction and technology.

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