Chasing Street Art in Wynwood

Hen party in Miami. Lucky us, we were victims of a historical chill weather in south Florida, ideal for spending the afternoon chasing murals in Wynwood quarter.

The now famous Wynwood used to be an industrial quarter, nothing really very special. But in 2009, visionary Tony Goldman began the Wynwood Walls project to re-invent the Neighborhood with Street Art and Entrepreneurial Innovation. He documented the change and the result was the series ‘Here Comes The Neighborhood’ .

The Project has brought the world’s greatest street artists to Miami. Just to name some of my favourites: Os Gemeos, Case, Bordalo II, Seth Globepainter, Ron English, Tristan Eaton, Vhils, Pixel Pancho. They made possible this remarkable transformation: from a dormant industrial quarter into the global Mecca of Street Art.

Because of its popularity, the Wynwood Walls have migrated to include murals outside the park in the surrounding neighbourhood. I was able to find among these epic ‘Outside the Walls’, some great murals by ROA, Cranio, & The London Police for example. But the artists did not limit their creativity to only murals, they also invaded the floors and roofs of the neighbourhood with graffiti & art, converting this area into Paradise.

One day is not enough to explore the entire area, it’s a labyrinth of murals and I couldn’t spot all the pieces I wanted to see. There is much much more and it evolves from year to year, the perfect excuse to go back.

For more visit: Wynwood Walls Official , the Gallery Street Art Around the world and follow #streetartaroundtheworldbylulimarin on Instagram

 

 

 

Marta Minujín, the Mad Genius.

Since I first open my blog, I wanted to write about this remarkable woman, but it took me time to finally put in place a full article. Her trajectory is so vast and she has so much art to share that it’s almost impossible to put it in just one post.

Marta Minujín, was born in the Bohemian neighbourhood of San Telmo in 1943. She is one of the most popular and recognised contemporary Argentinean Artists.  Marta is different. Describing her style is hard, as she evolves constantly. But there is one thing for sure, she is an avant-garde ‘outside the box’ artist. She is best known for producing conceptual and participatory events, or “Happenings”, but she has touched all artistic branches along her career and is well known for her belief that “everything is art.”

She had the opportunity to live and exhibit in different Cities around the world. In the early sixties she went to Paris and is during this period that she developed a ‘Destruction’ Facet. Her time in the French Capital City inspired her to create “livable sculptures,” notably La Destrucción, in which she assembled mattresses, only to invite other artists to destroy the display. This creation was the first of her “Happenings”.

A golden era began for Marta back in Buenos Aires, several exhibitions & Installations, mainly influenced by pop art. These works earned her a Guggenheim Fellowship and she relocated to New York in 1966, just in time to escape the Argentinean art censorship times.

Marta began a psychedelic art époque in New York and developed a close friendship with the one and only Andy Warhol.  One of her best-known works from those years, Minuphone (1967), invited viewers to enter a telephone booth, dial a number, and watch as sounds and colors projected from the glass panels, while a television screen on the floor displayed the caller’s face.

Following the return of democracy to Argentina in the eighties, Marta created a monument to freedom of expression, The Parthenon of Books (1983), in which a structure built of newly 30,000 unbanned books was erected in the middle of a Buenos Aires thoroughfare.

I always admired her work, but a couple of years ago I had the opportunity to see her exhibition: Retrospectiva sobre Marta Minujín “Revuélquese y viva (1964-1985)” at the MALBA and I fall in love with this Eccentric and hyperactive woman, with her different perception of art, her personality, her uniqueness. I think everybody should know of Marta Minujín, the woman who believes that “Great works are created by mad geniuses” (“Las grandes obras las crean los genios locos”).

Marta continues to display her art pieces and happenings in the MALBA, the National Fine Arts Museum, ArteBA contemporary art festival and a vast number of other international galleries and art shows, while continuing to convert everything into Art.

If you want to know more of this great artist visit her webpage www.marta-minujin.com

 

 

PART 2 | Expanding the Irish StreetArt Collection

One more year in Dublin allowed me to enlarge my Street Art Collection with new murals from some of my favourite artists such as Fink & Solus , but also to discover new talents.

Dan Leo is an English multi-disciplinary artist based in Ireland. His large scale murals usually depict animals with an intense and colourful flair.  He has a signature style that makes it very easy to identify his fantastic works around the city.

El Viz is a Dublin based street artist specialising in  surreal pop art. Besides a fantastic Artist he is also a great Guide. He was in charge of the Street Art photo Walk last May. In September he will be hosting the Street Art photo Walk II. showing us the murals from the North side of the city.

 

Artur Bordalo (AKA Bordalo II) is a Portuguese Artist who creates masterpieces around the world with end-of-life material trying to increase sustainability, ecological and social awareness. In 2017 he gave away this incredible mural to Dublin City.  The squirrel took around five days to build, with the base assembled out of car parts, bike wheels, and plastic. Visit George’s Quay and make sure to look up to see this brilliant and unique piece of street art.

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SUBSET, is a Multidisciplinary Artist Collective with diverse interests.  In the last years they’ve painted many murals around the city making marketing and branding super cool and decorative.

Decoy is an artist who worked abroad in New York and Germany, after graduating in 2013. He has worked with great artists such as MASER and SOLUS and this year he presented his first solo exhibition at the Tara Building. His  paintings are represented by simplistic and colourful juvenile forms in order to tell stories about recurring characters and their repetitive lives.

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For more Street Art in Ireland, don’t forget to check the post: Street Art in Ireland | A collection of 3 years and to be continued… , the article Exclusive StreetArt Tour around Dublin and to visit section: STREET ART IN DUBLIN.

Check also #streetartaroundtheworldbylulimarin and #streetartphotowalk on Instagram.

Chasing Street Art in East London

London is very famous for it’s street art culture. There are plenty of spots around the city to see great murals and graffiti.
But in this occasion, I’ve been streeting East London, discovering superb works around Shoreditch and Brick lane. This is my top 10, enjoy!

10- Posters. This wall invaded by creative posters deserves a place on the top 10.

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Posters – London 2016

9- Great Street art in this Bethnal Green corner.

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Bethnal Green – London 2016

8- Hanbury Street displays a great mural from French Street Artist Bault. These surreal set of colorful characters has brighten my day.

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Brick Lane – London 2016

7- Another great work found in Hanbury Street. Austrian Street Artist HNRX has invaded East London with his brand of comic-surrealism works.

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Brick Lane – London 2016

6- “(s)Pray for Brick Lane” by Zabou. This French artist has been painting in London since 2012. Her art is striking, humorous and thought-provoking.

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Brick Lane – London – 2016

5-  East London Rebels mural in Shoreditch by London based artist D*Face.

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Shoreditch – London 2016

4- Stunning Mural on Hanbury Street. This Massive Wall looks so real, that you could feel your life threatened by the cars.

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Brick Lane – London 2016

3- Roa’s Hedgehog in Shoreditch. Street artist Roa is a muralist from Ghent, Belgium,  primarily known for his strong obsession for animals and rodents.

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Shoreditch – London 2016

This huge Wall on Hanbury Sreet displays, in my opnion the 2 best murals of the area.

2- On the right side, another masterpiece created by Roa, the heron.

1- On the left side,  a Queen’s guard at Buckingham Palace is taking a timeout to perform the Brazilian martial art ‘capoeira’. This outstanding Mural has been painted by the Argentinean Artist, Martin Ron who named the artwork ‘Happy Hour’.

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Hanbury Street – London 2016

For more Street Art from London and around the world, visit section: Street Art Around the World and check #streetartaroundtheworldbylulimarin on Instagram.

Alexa Meade, the Politician who preferred Art

Alexa Meade is one of the coolest artists I’ve discovered this year. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science but fortunately she decided to put an end to her bureaucratic career to pursue her dream to become a professional artist in 2009.  Nowadays, she is a curious installation artist, best known for her portraits painted directly onto the human body.

Alexa takes an innovative approach to art. She describes her style of painting as a reverse Trompe-L’Oeil. Unlike a traditional Trompe-L’oeil painting which tricks the eye into thinking a 2D canvas might be a real 3D space, Alexa does the opposite, she takes the 3D world and creates the illusion that it is a 2D painting.

This Goddess travels the world creating art installations and commissioned portraits. She has exhibited her art at the Grand Palais in Paris, painted a MINI Cooper on the streets of Tokyo, Graffiti-ed Living Murals in San Francisco and also delivered a TED Talk which I really recommend.

Below, my favorite Living Paintings.

If you want to know more about this Great artist, visit Alexa’s webpage: http://www.alexameade.com/

Travelling with the lens to Argentina | Streeting Buenos Aires

Finally the time to write about my own country arrived!

Argentina is one of the most beautiful countries from latin america. An extensive territory that has all types of weathers and geographies: mountains, waterfalls, icebergs, rivers, deserts and vibrant cities.
Buenos Aires is the capital and largest city of the country. As in most of metropolis, BA’s neighbourhoods are being invaded by Street Artists. Today I will be sharing with you some shots of cool graffitis I’ve found while visiting my hometown a couple of days ago.  Hope you like them!

If you ever go to Buenos Aires, I stronglly recommend you to do the Street Art Tour 

Seth Globepainter – Oh la la, What an Artist!

The Parisian artist Julien Malland, better known as Seth Globepainter, travels around the world transforming boring buildings into Colorful Masterpieces. His works are mainly in Paris, but he has taken his fantastic large scale murals also to distant countries such as India, China, Mexico, Indonesia, and Vietnam. ‘Seth’ usually works with local artists to give his pieces a local flavor.  Most of his works depicts murals of children surrounded by rainbows and vibrant colors in an surrealist athmosphere.

He released two books about his travels and street art. The last one is called “Extramuros”. It captures 3 years of his “globepainting” when he was travelling and creating around the world.

These are my favourite murals! But I super recommend you to check them all on his Flickr: SETH Globe-Painter Enjoy!

 

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: http://www.kogelnikfoundation.org/

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!

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.