ORGANIC SURROUNDINGS BY PAOLA BECK

by Ariadna Zierold

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Illustrator and Mexican painter of Germanic descent Paola Beck spent the first 11 years of her life in Hockenheim, a tiny town in southern Germany. She studied under the Waldorf system, a pedagogical program based on artistic teaching in its different applications.

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Beck’s main source of inspiration are the natural elements, such as plants and animals that always create an organic link with the human being. The artist is involved in different projects that focus on the revitalization of public spaces, as she perceives art as the main tool to engage in an awareness dialogue with people, leading them with her unique style to gradually fall in love with her surroundings.

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CULTURAL ENVIRONMENTS BY ANDRES GAMIOCHIPI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Andrés Gamiochipi is a Mexican-born artist that combines cultural and geographical elements within collages that at first glance generate visual impact. Gamiochipi’s work is often influenced by attributes and the cultural environment of his hometown. Through a smile he shows his unconcern to deliver messages with extreme nuances.

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With each carefully placed cut, Gamiochipi fills his work with rich textures, shades and patterns, and without fear ensures that his collages express his beliefs and convictions. Gamiochipi produces addictive pieces of art, which demonstrates his ability for reflection and fun in the day to day.

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MEDIA FLOOD BY KAREN REYES

by Ariadna Zierold

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Check out the astonishing paintings and colored pencil works on paper by Monterrey, Mexico based artist Karen Reyes that seem to deal with society’s problems and the flood of media that distorts our daily perceptions of reality.

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With studies in industrial design and architecture, Karen began to see beyond the possibilities; she became interested in materials and colors, as well as in the management of forms and aspects which endow her illustrations with a strong and determined character.

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“I see in my drawings a reinterpretation of my obsessions and personal approach to do all the things I see.” Karen Reyes

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“ACT 1: WARPED PASSAGE” BY CURIOT

by Ariadna Zierold

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Favio Martínez, aka Curiot, is a street art artist based in Mexico City. His work is often mythological, but he doesn’t apply a specific myth to the images that he paints, strongly inspired by his Mexican heritage which he hopes to uphold in his art. Strange creatures inhabit his compositions, while every one of them is definitely alien like.

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The Future is Now | CHEMA64

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Chema64 is an artist from Mexico City, bringing the past and the future to the only time we can experience it, NOW.

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Instead of reliving old patterns, Chema64 “recycles obsolete technology and ephemera” creating visually pleasing aesthetics in multimedia art.

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You may recognize familiar sculptures, video viewing screens and even the Gameboy that was a 90’s one-hit wonder gaming device. But the intersection of obsolete technology and short lived wonders combined, make for the joy and “newness” that resonates with these images.

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Chema64’s funky tunes can be found here.

SAID DOKINS NEW WALLS

by Ariadna Zierold

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The wall in Cadiz, Spain ‘Apuntes de la frontera’, was made when Said received the award for contemporary art 2015 in Cadiz called: IX Premio Iberoamericano Cortes de Cádiz de Creación Contemporánea ‘Juan Luis Vasallo’.

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In Mexico, Dokins worked with the mexican stencilart collective ‘Lapiztola’ and they made this mural for the conmemoration ‘One year later’, which is about the disappearance of 43 students in Mexico. The mural was called: ‘El Abrazo ausente, Soles Robados.’

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And in Uruguay and London Said painted ‘Blacks Suns’ on the old streets of Montevideo and Hackneywick in London.

All images via the artist.

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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