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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New Style by Aryz in Spain and Morocco: Sketching BIG

Some New walls recently completed by Spanish artist ARYZ while visiting Basque Country, Spain in Bilbao and in Casablanca, Morocco.  Check out his latest mural style focused on representing his recent sketches in large scale.

Bilbao, Spain: “El fin justificado”

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“I always thought that the most difficult thing of painting in big formats was too keep the line gesture and the proportions like in the sketches. My sketches have a lot of mistakes and random lines, and somehow I wanted to reproduce that on a wall. The more effects and colors you use on your work, the more you can hide the mistakes and catch the viewer’s attention… when you use the line and not much more, the mistakes can be easily seen…” -Aryz

Casablanca, Morocco:

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Revisiting recent works by spanish muralist ARYZ

Mural by Aryz, David Choe, Retna 

MOMENTS Festival 2014: A Celebration of Independent Art & Cuture

Upper Playground favorite, Jeremy Fish is planning to be in Malaga, Spain to lead workshops and and to present an exhibition of his work at the  MOMENTS Festival.  The festival focused on indie contemporary culture includes films, workshops, lectures, music, photography and art.  If you’re traveling through Spain beginning of Nov. stop by to check out the festival:

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About the Festival:

MOMENTS is a multidisciplinary festival aimed at those who love the most daring and independent contemporary culture. It is also a place to enjoy documentary films, workshops, lectures, music, art and photography, underground literature… and be sumerged inside the subcultures of skateboarding and This festival is a unique opportunity to discover the history of these alternative scenes that were born thanks to the Do It Yourself philosophy deeply rooted in punk and hip-hop and has forever changed the concept of art around the world. A pioneer event in Spain that will be held from the 5th to the 7th November at the San Telmo School of Art in Málaga in order to highlight the kind of work that usually has no place either in advertising or in major international showcases. But they are all 100% authentic and truly

Place: San Telmo Art School (Málaga).

Ticket price: Free (except workshops)

Dates: 5th, 6th and 7th of November

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DATE FARMERS ART STUDIOS launches: COACHELLA WALLS at this year’s Coachella Music and Arts Festival

There’s more to this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival than any other year.  The difference being the launch of a community  revitalization project called “Coachella Walls” in conjunction to the Music festival.  Organized by Coachella-based Date Farmers Art Studios, the “arts driven community revitalization project” aims to beautify the downtown area with some of the most talented and recognized artists in the world.  The list of contemporary artists/muralists include: The Date Farmers (Coachella), El Mac (Arizona), Nunca (Brazil), Estevan Oriole (Los Angeles), Saner (Mexico), Andrew Hem (Cambodia), Liqen (Spain), Albert Reyes (Los Angeles), Vyal Reyes (Los Angeles), Sego (Mexico), The Phantom (Los Angeles), Eye One (Los Angeles), Jim Darling (Texas), and more.  It also aims to raise awareness for the Eastern Coachella Valley community and dedicates the project “to the anonymous farm worker.” True to the aims of the project, El Mac’s recent mural just completed this week reflects exactly that:

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Three more murals are underway from  Date Farmers depicting two farm workers marching by a car, one by Nunca, and one by Cambodian American artist Andrew Hem.

In addition to the Coachella Murals, the Date Farmers have organized a group show at their studio, on view through April 27, featuring works by the participating artists of the ‘Coachella Walls’.

COACHELLA WALLS // APRIL 2014 // HISTORIC PUEBLO VIEJO DISTRICT from ACADEMY OF STREET ART on Vimeo.