The mystery of NemO’s (@whoisnemos)

NemO’s is a super talented and mysterious Italian artist. He has a unique style and a special social sensibility that makes him one of my favorites muralists.

His work is divided into essential and graphic images, with a social message and made up characters that carry out poetic and surreal actions like characters in who knows which fairy tale. He uses different techniques on his murals, from traditional acrylic and spray to recycled paper stick on the wall replacing the color by the paper’s texture.

“I started to realize that drawings are very powerful because they are universal and this way you can defeat the language barrier.” – NemO’s

NemO’s masterpieces  are around the world! Below you can find a selection of my preferred murals.

“BEFORE and AFTER” is his latest work. It’s a new project on the interaction of people and time on a drawing

“NemO’s piece of art “Before and After” shifts the consideration and the use of Street Art, focusing on the interaction of the audience and the friction of time. NemO’S, on one hand, works site specific like other artists, and on the other hand experiments and carries out an innovative technique. After the first layer of paint, NemO’S covers the surface with a layer of glue and then places pieces of newspaper, covering the image that is underneath. On top of the layers of newspaper he adds a second illustration (clothes, skin, casings and different details ecc.). This way the artist dresses the first image with volatile clothing that is destined to detach in time and endure the people passing by! The artistic and technical innovation lays in the cohesion of the pieces of newspaper (that the artist recycles from daily newspapers), until these come unstuck and reveal new meanings connected to the drawing, leaving the audience floored and actually including the audience in the creation of the new image. With the consideration and the realization of NemO’S process Street Art shifts from being a mere visual reality to one with aspects regarding participation and tactile effects. This way as time goes by and a random audience passes by, in some way interacting, the piece of art is completed, one that had only just began with the hands of the artist. NemO’S fresh new idea lays in the use of this technique that, like a drawer of secrets, needs intuition, collaboration, consideration and that satisfies the sixth sense: curiosity”

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For more information about this artist, visit his webpage and find out whoisnemos?

Stenciling the streets with Martin Whatson

Martin Whatson is a Norwegian born and based stencil artist. While studying Art and Graphic design at Westerdals School of Communication, Oslo, he discovered stencils and the urban art scene. After following graffiti and its development, he started his own stencil production 10 years ago in the winter of 2004.

Martin has a continuous urge to search for beauty in what is commonly dismissed as ugly, out of style or simply left behind. He looks for inspirations in people, city landscapes, old buildings, graffiti, posters and decaying walls. This interest for decay has helped develop his style, motives and composition and he enjoys creating either unity or conflict between materials, backgrounds, motives and human intervention. His artistic expression started more political, but has developed into a more subtle expression blending graffiti, stencil art and decay together. Inspired by artist like Jose Parlá and Cy Twombly. His abstract graffiti and stencils are a mix of urban scenes showing the development of a walls lifetime. He use grey tones as a basis but add’s vibrant colours to break the monochrome concrete expression and bring a splash of life to his motives. Since his artistic debut in 2004, he has had several solo shows and participated in many group exhibitions, both nationally and in international metropoles like Tokyo, Paris, London, New York and Los Angeles.

If you want to know more about this great artist, visit his webpage: http://martinwhatson.com/

Chasing Street Art in Portugal

Portugal is one of the most beautiful countries I’ve ever been, not only because of its dreamy beaches, but because of the lovely people. Their simplicity, happiness and hospitality completely made me fall in love with the Portuguese. But on top of this, they are urban artists. And I am a big fan of street art.

We did a road trip from Faro to Lisbon. Our purpose: Discover the unknown top Portuguese spots and go after the best graffiti in each town.  This is my top 10. Enjoy!

10- The Open air Gallery – Lisbon.  It is very easy to get lost when walking near the Castle neighborhood. All of a sudden we were in the middle of a huge open air gallery. 200 meters of graffiti, installations and other media art.

9- The happy Fish – Faro. Even in the Ilha Deserta (Desert Island) we found urban art.

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8- The Pharmaceutics – Lisbon

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7- Snails in love painted by the great ROA in Lagos. Unquestionably a wall that calls the attention of the pedestrians

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6- A tremendous mural in Lagos – Tempus fugit by Aryz

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5- The house of Art – Faro. A corner that makes you think and reflect.

4- The Giant Boy – Lagos. Just in front the Art museum, in a very tiny street we discovered this amazing and huge graffiti. You felt like being chased by this “little” boy.

3- History by Cartoons – Lisbon: 30 meters of pure art. Graffiti related to Communism, impersonated by the most famous cartoons.

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2- Breaking Bad – Lisbon: VIHLS, a rising international star from Lisbon, and his crew create highly original work using his signature method of careful destruction and delicate rebuilding of relief sculpture that protrudes from chiseled-back walls around the world. We were lucky to find these three walls when lost in the Baixa neighborhood. @vhils1 http://www.alexandrefarto.com/

1- Brazil invades Portugal – Lisbon: Os gemeos, meaning “the twins” in Portuguese, are a graffiti artist duo of identical boys who have been hugely influential pioneers in the development of Brazilian street art since the late 1980s. Their style has developed into instantly recognizable brightly painted giant characters with yellow skin. We knew they painted a big graffiti in Lisbon, so the last day in this town we experimented every Portuguese transport to find it. It is not located in a touristic area, we almost loose our flight back to Ireland but it was definitely worth it !! ! @OsGemeos http://www.osgemeos.com.br/pt

Other cool Graffiti and Stencils around Portugal:

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Let’s #color the world with #Lego! #Dispatchwork by Jan Vormann

#Dispatchwork aims to seal fissures in broken walls worldwide, completing the material compilation in urban constructing and adding color to the urban greyscales, by inserting a very basic construction-material:Plastic Construction Bricks (PCBs). In fact, PCBs are one of the first material with which we conceive architecture. PCBs are solid and stiff and shape up perfectly rectangular yet, concerning the essential structure, they contradict the purpose, given that the repair is just so very temporary, with the patches crumbling out of the walls in a matter of no time, being taken or washed away.

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More Street Art Lego in +20 cities around the world: http://www.dispatchwork.info.

More about Jan Vormann: http://www.janvormann.com

Loving Banksy! @yksnab

“There is absolutely no reason for doing this show at all,” he told the Voice. “I know street art can feel increasingly like the marketing wing of an art career, so I wanted to make some art without the price tag attached. There’s no gallery show or book or film. It’s pointless. Which hopefully means something.” —Banksy to the Village Voice

For the past month of October 2013, street artist Banksy hosted a residency on the streets of New York. During this time, he put up one new piece every day, joined Instagram to share them, stressed out the NYPD, and exposed a strong divide between the Banksy fans and haters.

Banksy may be leaving New York now that October has come and gone (or maybe he’s not?), but we don’t want to forget the questions he raised, the social aspects he made us rethink, and the laughs he provided. Relive the month with this Timeline of Every Piece From Banksy’s “Better Out Than In” New York Residency.

Exhibitions: “Better Out Than In” in New York