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

 

 

 

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.

PART 1 | Street Art in Ireland, a collection of 3 years and to be continued…

I arrived to Ireland 3 years ago, and one of the first things that surprised me about this country is their street art culture. I was completely unaware of this Irish talent, and now I am obsessed with it.

Since 2013, I am collecting shots of the Murals that decor this Country. Most of them have been captured in Dublin, but I could find really good street art around the entire green island.

It’s a game. Every couple of months I take a walk through my graffiti route to discover new works. The murals are so ephemeral and volatile; they change, they disappear, they merge, that every time I take the walk, new creations are born. By capturing them with the camera, I make them live forever.

These are some of my favorites shots, spots and street artists, enjoy!

James Earley: A contemporary urban artist and graphic designer based in Dublin. He has been decorating the streets since 1997.

Solus: Another Dubliner. His work is about conquering inner demons and life’s challenges. He has gained notoriety not only for his work in Ireland, but also North America, Asia, Australia and Europe.

 

FiNK is another Irish street artist based in Dublin. He is involved with Graffiti, Murals, Stencils, and is the creator of My favorite Mural in town: “STOP WARS”

 

Smug: Smug One is a Glasgow based artist specializing in photo-realistic graffiti. His work is simply astonishing. I’m glad I came across with his Mural in Limerick.

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Evolve: Is a Dublin based Irish creative agency, working with many great Street Artists.

 

Tivoli Car Park: Located on Francis Street, Dublin 8. Is home to some very impressive graffiti, each year there is an event organised by All City Jam, were graffiti artists from all over the globe gather and spray some very impressive graffiti on the walls where it remains for one year.

The Bernard Shaw. In my opinion,  the best Pub in Dublin. Located in Portobello, this pub has a unique atmosphere and culture. Inside and outside, spammed by murals and graffiti that change constantly. For many months, it hosted an amazing Work by Fintan Mageean Australian street artist with Irish ancestry, very well-known for his murals throughout the world.

Liberty Lane. A hidden treasure of Dublin City. Only 200 m long, this street behind Whelan’s hides many cool graffiti.

Other excellent works spotted in Dublin around Temple Bar, Smithfields, Windmill Lane & The Docklands

Belfast: The Murals in this city have become symbols, depicting the region’s past and present political and religious divisions. Vince Vaughn’s movie, Art of Conflict shows the history of this Murals through the perspective of those who created them.

 

For more Street Art in Ireland, visit section: STREET ART IN DUBLIN and check #streetartaroundtheworldbylulimarin on Instagram.

 

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 

WOWed by Etam Cru

Etam Cru is an amazing Polish Street Art duo composed of artists Sainer and Bezt.
They are both successful commercial artists and freelance designers, but its their graffiti culture that has driven people crazy.
They create magical huge street art murals around the world, spreading fantastic scenes mainly related to Eastern European culture. They transform grey dull walls into epic colorful canvas, disguising the cities as art galleries.
These are some of my favourite murals.
 To know more about this great duo, visit their webpage:

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

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!

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?

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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