FIGURATIVE CHARACTERS BY ANDREA CASTRO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Palma de Mallorca, Spain based artist Andrea Castro paints delicate oil work portraits overlaid by thick, expressive strokes of color. Castro, who originally studied fashion design, works in the overlap between abstract and figurative art, often adding details such as beading or embroidery to her works.

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She considers art as another language, another way to express yourself. She’s fascinated by the idea of reaching everybody around the world, whichever the language they may speak, and connect with them through her character’s emotions or stories. She wants the observer to identify with her own artistic idiom and to vent of all those feelings we all have felt overtaking ourselves at some point. To do that she creates internal conversations with the subjects of her paintings, they tell her what they want to transmit as she’s giving them shape.

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GEOMETRIC STRUCTURES AND PATTERNS BY OKUDA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Okuda San Miguel was born in Santander and based in Madrid since 2000 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Complutense University of Madrid. Since its inception in 1997, his pieces on rail-roads and abandoned factories in his hometown were clearly recognizable. Parallel to his work in the street, Okuda also starts producing more intimate works in his studio, with which from 2009 evolves into a more personal way. In his work, multicolored geometric architectures blend with organic shapes, bodies without identity, headless animals, symbols that encourage reflexion, he uses a unique iconographic language.

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The multicolored geometric structures and patterns are joined with gray bodies and organic forms in artistic pieces that could be categorized as Pop Surrealism with a clear essence of street forms. His works often raise contradictions about existentialism, the Universe, the infinite, the meaning of life, the false freedom of capitalism, and show a clear conflict between modernity and our roots; ultimately, between man and himself.

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ABSURD SCENERIES BY ELENA EPER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Elena Éper is an illustrator, graphic and web designer based in Madrid, Spain. It’s the liveliness of her illustrations -whether featuring giant statues of ears, floating hands, and green triangle shaped smiling monsters- that is so rare. Even just displayed on the screen her work appears to have it’s own voice, one that is unrestrained, humorous, and spirited using warped references to modern day culture that allows it to appear familiar, but also new.

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DYNAMIC PAINTINGS BY YAGO HORTAL

by Ariadna Zierold

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Spanish artist Yago Hortal‘s acrylic paintings are wild and dynamic yet wondrously controlled. Hortal epitomizes a new wave of painters creating a contemporary understanding of abstraction, with works gushing, exploding, or dripping off the walls. With his explosive use of color, containing fluid marbling and three-dimensional texture, Yago’s works convey pure energy bouncing off the canvas, allowing freedom for the viewer’s own interpretation.

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“A painting that talks about painting, and in consequence, about its own language autonomy, is a whirlpool that extends to in?nity, a pictorial-rational loop.” Yago Hortal

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THE IMAGINARY WORK OF MERCEDES BELLIDO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Mercedes Bellido was born in Zaragoza, Spain in 1991. She moved to Cuenca to study at the Faculty of Fine Arts and later moved to Madrid to study a Masters Degree. In the last two years she has been dedicated to the world of illustration and artistic creation performing in various collaborations with brands like Reebok, Urban Outfitters, Absolut, Pull & Bear, Eastpak and Sony and has participated in projects such as Valle Eléctrico, L.ibros Mutantes, Lost & Found Market, Naranjo Etxeberria and the music label La Castañilla.

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Her artwork and paintings are composed of a series of elements that make up a whole imaginary world with influences from Baroque still lifes mixed with elements of traditional tattoo or alchemical imagery. She also feels strongly influenced by the paintings of Giorgio De Chirico and Henri Rousseau, with the architectures of De Chirico, the vegetations and animals of Rousseau and her color palette heavily influenced by cartoonist Moebius.

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Bellido’s illustrations are placed in strange spaces with large and extensive plains in which imaginary characters and unusual animals wander erratically in the magnificent landscape that is created. Despite the strangeness of the images, she intends to convey certain serenity and calm that make images look nice although sometimes can be somewhat disturbing.

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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.

Inside Out: Escif Paints Floral Wall Paper Found Inside A Building On the Outside

Spanish artist and muralist Escif known for incorporating what he finds around him into his work has recently finished a new mural in Spain. Using his strategy of working with found materials, his new mural shows a pattern of a vintage floral wall paper adorned with portraits of the people who live inside the building.  The vintage wall paper motif, actually based on a real wall paper found inside the building covers the facade of this building in Madrid, Spain.
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Spanish Muralist and Artist, ESCIF, Releases Crowdfunding For His New Book ‘ELSEWHERE’

Upper Playground friend and contributing artist, ESCIF has been working on a new book for the last two years and he just released a Crowfunding Page to fundraise for it.

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Titled, ‘ELSEWHERE’, the famed Spanish artist, ESCIF plans to print a first edition of 1000 copies, hard cover, 300 pages, sized 17,5 x 24 cm, full color in different papers and different textures.

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With book copies, zines, limited edition prints and original drawings for the supporters, there’s plenty of perks to support the artist.

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We hope to see it made so please visit https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/elsewhere-an-escif-solo-book and checkout how you can become part of it.

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