Flying to the moon with @Kiki_Kogelnik

Kiki Kogelnik was an Austrian painter, sculptor and printmaker. She is considered Austria’s most important pop-related artist.

In 1961 Kogelnik moved to New York and joined a close-knit group of artists that included Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, among others. Her work during the 60’s was strongly influenced by the pop art colors and materials of the time, producing numerous brightly colored euphoric space-themed paintings. She began to use life-size cutout paper stencils of her friends to produce her paintings. In 1965 these prototype cut-outs became vinyl hanging.

Since August 2015, The Modern Art Oxford Museum is presenting the first solo exhibition in the UK of this acclaimed Austrian artist. I had the pleasure to be there. She captivated me with her simple but unique style and exuberant palette.

Fly Me To The Moon surveys the diverse practice of this remarkable artist, focusing in particular on the works produced by Kogelnik during her time in New York .

The exhibition includes a number of paintings, sculptures and drawings which reflect the tumult of the Cold War era, when the Space Race was at its height and fears of nuclear annihilation were growing.

To know more about this superb artist visit:

Travelling with the lens to Italy

Rome. Italy’s Capital City. History’s Capital City. Art’s Capital City. I would say one of the most important and beautiful cities of the world.

Rome’s history spans more than two and a half thousand years. When walking around the city, you come across with monumental buildings, epic ruins, captivating small streets. Wherever you look, 365º, there is something special, a unique masterpiece of human history.

But Rome is not only history, it also has modern and cool Art dressing the fascinating streets. In combination with the beautiful amber-orange walls, there are murals & graffiti, stencils on doors, traffic signals intervened, Painted Stairs, and more.

All mentioned above in combination with the Italian language whispering in your ears and the spectacular food, makes Rome a piece of Art itself.

These are my favorite shots, enjoy!

Photos by Luli Marin and Gonzalozawa

Visit also: Street Art around the World and Travelling with the Lense

Travelling with the lens to Spain – Streeting Barcelona

Barcelona, Capital City of Cataluna. One of the most beautiful cities in Europe, and one of the top touristic destinies. There are 100 reasons to visit Barcelona, but the main reason for my last trip was “The Streets”.

I’ve been “Streeting” Barcelona (I made up this word)  for four days, collecting shots of the intriguing passages from the Gothic Quarter, El Borne and Barceloneta.

Everything on those streets is special. If you look above, you will find the blue sky hiding behind the clothes hanging from the windows. A colorful image that transmits freedom. You will see also the neighbors sniffing on the tourists walking on the street and sometimes you may even spot a crazy and tired Barcelones throwing bleach or eggs to the shouters after midnight.

Everybody walking on the streets is interesting. You see different races, you hear random languages, you find extreme ages and a mix of cool and unique styles.

The architecture of this city is merely Fantastic. The old buildings, the balconies, the doors, and Gaudi, the master of the architecture.

But what I loved from these streets are the pieces of art hanging from the walls. Barcelona is full of Street Art. Walls, doors, windows, traffic signs everything has been intervened by colorful aerosols and stencils.

These are some of my favorite shots:

Photos by Luli Marin and Gonzalozawa

Visit also: Street Art around the World and Travelling with the Lense

No entry! Art Invasion

In the last years I’ve spotted many, many No entry signs with humorous interventions across the European Cities. And now I am a big fan of this artist!

I can’t handle it! Every time I travel, I am trying to hunt a new No entry sign.
It’s fascinating how imaginative and creative people could be, and how easy you can turn a negative red sign into a masterpiece, revamping the cities!

And today I just noticed that they arrived to Dublin!

This is my collection so far. I will keep on chasing them and will collect them in Section: Street Art Collection: No Entry – Art Invasion

The creator of this movement (there may now be imitators) is Clet Abrahams, a French artist whose been corrupting signs all over Europe for years. More examples can be found on his Facebook page.

Seen any others? Post them here!

Travelling with the Lens to Scotland

Scotland, the U.K.’s northernmost country, is a land of mountain wildernesses, interspersed with valleys and lakes.
Is a land with a rich, multi-layered history, a place where every corner of the landscape is steeped in the past. Hundreds of castles testify to the country’s often turbulent history.
We did a road trip across the beautiful green country. From Inverness to Lock Ness, the Highlands, the Eilean Donan Castle, Edinburgh ending up in Stirling.

The Highlights of the trip were the cool Highland cattle, a very weird and unique cow from the area, and the fascinating street art surrounding the phantasmagoric city of Edinburgh.

Below, my favorite shots.

Photos by Luli Marin and Gonzalozawa

Visit also: Street Art around the World and Travelling with the Lense

The great no-name man

Bob Marley isn’t my name. I don’t even know my name yet

Bob Marley

With a legendary and ever-lengthening list of accomplishments attributable to both his life and music, Bob Marley advocated for social change while simultaneously allowing listeners to forget their troubles and dance.

He left a thousand of amazing quotes to teach us how to be happy and enjoy life.

That’s why today, one more time, I am painting his portrait. A classic that never ever will be demode. Enjoy!

Bob Marley

If you see animals, you’re a rock star!

My Latest creation is a triple abstract painting made of acrylic, some trimmings, marker and nail polish. This is what I call mix technique!

I really like this work because even though it meant to be an abstract painting, those with developed imagination started seeing animals. I’m super curious on what people can see here, everybody creates different paintings depending on what their minds and eyes combine. It’s like playing with the clouds!

Can you see them? if so, please comment below what you’ve found.

Note: No animals or monsters have been intentionally painted on this canvas.

Flying with style – Pio Collage

Once upon a time, when studying at university I had to do an assignment for Product Design where the idea was to redesign a bird and do a mock-up of it. A very interesting and entertaining homework because it allowed me to play a lot with all the characteristics of the birds, an animal that I really like.

Among all the characteristics I have redesigned, one was their feet. I changed their feet so they can wear cool sneakers. Almost 7 years later my wish came true and I am painting those birds wearing Vans and Converse. I hope you like them!

Mix Technique – collage, acrylic and marker

Super Reflex! by Ray Bartkus

The Lithuanian-born artist and illustrator Ray Bartkus has created an amazing, almost unreal, mural in the Lithuanian city of Marijampolė designed to use the surface of the water as its true canvas. The artist intentionally painted it upside-down so that the images he depicted would be reflected right-side-up onto the river Šešupė, which flows through the city’s center.


Impressed by this Mural, I decided to study more about Ray and discovered an awe-inspiring artist.

Among his works I found prints, illustrations, videos, installations, drawings and paintings. The last ones are just amazing. Creating immersive environments, Bartkus’s monumental, figurative paintings embrace and engulf viewers, projecting them into compelling, mysterious domains.

If you find this artist as amazing as I found him, don’t hesitate to visit his webpage: