Next friday 16 of December is the opening of the group show Shapes and Forms at PlasticMurs gallery in Valencia, Spain. An exhibition that will count with the participation of five internationally renowned artists like 1010, CT, Nawer, Nelio and SatOne
Common to all of them is that they have been able to successfully make the transition from the streets to fine art galleries inserting themselves into the contemporary art scene. Their visual vocabulary was forged on the street and in murals, with the particularity that they have focused their interests on abstraction, geometry and perception, creating languages from pure forms and colour.
Part of the graffiti scene since the mid 90’s, Polish architect, designer and street artist Nawer Areibach has developed through the years a fresh, distinctive creative style that, according to himself, strives forward in an effort to connect painting with architecture.
Energetic and vibrant, the work of SatOne intends to evoke a particular emotional response in the viewer, His paintings become visual stimulus that invite the public into an intimate dialogue with the work upon which they are able to identify and project their own feelings and experiences, without knowing the artist’s initial approach.
According to SatOne, his intention is to “express a feeling or a situation by choosing the painting as a language, as I can’t find words for it. I therefore create partially or totally coded images that only the spectator can decipher »
SatOne envisions art as a means of communicating feelings and impressions. The formal aspects of the work, colour for instance, become subordinated to the idea or concept of the painting aiming to create an expressive tool able to evoke and convey universal human emotions and ideas.
Hamburg-based contemporary 1010 artist widely renowned for his enigmatic paintings, pieces underlined by amazing effects of optical illusions that create a 3D cavern effect on a solid surface. Each piece is produced by layering different shades on top of a dark background or center that provides them with unique aesthetics that make them seem like they are portals to other worlds.
Nelio‘s work is rooted in graffiti, but his influences also include architecture, fine art painting and graphic design. He usually cites the symbols of the ancient Egyptians and the Maya and the influence of “futuristic movements such as Suprematism, Cubism, Dadaism, Surrealism, De Stijl, Bauhaus, Op Art” as references for his work, something that is clearly visible in most of his oeuvre.
Through the years CT has developed a fresh new style of graffiti of his own, going from a so-called wild style to focus on a simplified bold-faced kind of lettering that plays with bold fonts, straight angles and bubbly curves, an experience he also brings to his gallery work.
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