January 16, 2015

EXPLORER, CONQUEROR & DEATH / MURAL

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Recently I was in Almagro (Spain), town where i spent the most of my childhood and where most of my artworks inspirations come from.

Also i painted this mural inspired by Spanish conquistador Diego de Almagro (Almagro, Spain, 1475 - Cuzco, Peru, 1538), who participated in the conquest of Peru and is officially considered the discoverer of Chile and also the first European to reach the current territory of Bolivia.

Having a dark childhood and because of being an unwanted child, he took the name of Almagro. With the age of 29 he arrived the New World in the age of 29, looking to save his honor, being explorer and one of the first Europeans to have a child with a native Indian.

He later received the title of captain and participated in the conquest of Peru Alongside Pizarro having to distribute treasures, which caused friction between Them, and Almagro was devoted thereafter to the exploration of the southern territories of the Inca Empire, in the current Chile, to the Aconcagua valley. In 1535, Emperor Charles I rewarded with the governorship of New Toledo, south of Peru, and the title of advance in the lands beyond Lake Titicaca.

On his return to Peru, in 1537, Almagro occupied the city of Cuzco, considering that belonged to his rule.This sparked a bloody clash between Almagro and Pizarro ended with the victory of the Pizarro brothers in the battle of Salinas, in April 1538. Made prisoner, Almagro was executed in July of that year.

This historic character is a clear example of how the human being in search of better life, new experiences and knowledge, can become corrupted by power and greed, causing death and even attract own death.

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Mural inspirado en Diego de Almagro (Almagro, España, 1475 - Cuzco, Perú, 1538) fue un adelantado y un conquistador español. Participó en la conquista de Perú y se le considera oficialmente el descubridor de Chile; fue también el primer europeo en llegar al actual territorio de Bolivia.

Tuvo una infancia oscura y tomo el apellido de Almagro por ser hijo no deseado. Llego al nuevo mundo con 29 años en busca de salvar su honor, siendo explorador, fue de los primeros europeos en tener un hijo con una india nativa.

Más tarde recibió el título de capitán y participo en la conquista del Perú Junto a Pizarro teniendo que repartir tesoros, lo cual causó fricciones entre ambos y Almagro se dedicó a partir de entonces a la exploración de los territorios del sur del Imperio Inca, en el actual Chile, hasta el valle de Aconcagua. En 1535, el emperador Carlos I lo recompensó con la gobernación de Nueva Toledo, al sur de Perú, y el título de adelantado en las tierras más allá del lago Titicaca.
A su regreso a Perú, en 1537, Almagro ocupó la ciudad de Cuzco, por considerar que pertenecía a su gobernación. Este hecho suscitó un sangriento enfrentamiento entre almagristas y pizarristas que concluyó con la victoria de los hermanos Pizarro en la batalla de las Salinas, en abril de 1538. Hecho prisionero, Almagro fue ejecutado el mes de julio de ese mismo año.
Este personaje histórico es un claro ejemplo de como el ser humano en busca de mejor vida, nuevas experiencias y conocimiento, puede llegar a ser corrompido por el poder y la codicia, generando muerte e incluso atraer la suya misma.

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January 12, 2015

ALMAGRO / TRAVEL

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Recently I came back to Almagro (Spain), town where i spent the most of my childhood and where most of my artworks inspirations come from.
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Almagro lies within small Paleozoic mountain ranges, with some reserves of shallow creeks. It also lies within a volcanic zone, which lies upon a quartzitemassif. It makes the zone particularly unique, in the sense that it is one of the few important zones of volcanic origin in the Iberian Peninsula
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It is uncertain when humans first settled in the area of Almagro. There may have been a Bronze Age settlement; a theory supported by archaeological findings in the Casas Maestrales (complex of houses associated with the Order of Calatrava) and in spots outside of the town center. During the Roman era, it seems to have been inhabited, according to the scholar Galiano y Ortega, who argued that he saw the remains of an aqueduct, which were discovered during the construction of the present-day Paseo de la Estación. Roman coins have been found, as well as a headstone from this era, which can now be seen in the Town Hall; the headstone was discovered near the Roman bridge at Zuqueca, in Granátula.

Little remains of the Visigothic presence in the area except for some small columns decorated with beveled diamonds; the columns were dispersed by the local population.

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During the 13th century, Almagro declined due to the presence of competing cities in the area, Oretum and Calatrava la Vieja. However, Almagro was chosen by the Order of Calatrava as a place of residence during the same century. Almagro thus benefited from being the center of governance for this order.
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In the XIV century, the town had a wall and a parish church, San Bartolomé el Real, butcher shops, granary, jailhouse, townhall, and a castle absorbed by the buildings owned by the Order of Calatrava.

The process of the Reconquista resulted in the gathering at Almagro of forces headed for the frontier. Pedro I of Castile arrested the Master of the Order, Juan Núñez de Prado, in 1354 at the Casas Maestrales.

In the XVcentury, the office of Master of the Order was incorporated into the Crown of Castile in 1487, but this did not harm the town. The Royal Governor now inhabited the Palaces formerly occupied by the Masters of the Order.
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Due to the financial woes of Charles I of Spain, the German bankers of the Fugger family became beneficiaries of the mines at Almadén and Almagro. They brought with them to the town German administrators such as Wessel, Xedler, etc. Some of these Germans’ manor houses still survive.

The population grew during the XVI and XVII centuries, and the population expanded beyond the town walls, with the suburbs of San Pedro, Santiago, San Ildefonso, San Juan, San Sebastián, and San Lázaro being established during this time. The Claverian Fernando Fernández de Córdoba founded the monastery and educational institution of Nuestra Señora del Rosario. The knight commander don Gutierre de Padilla founded the Hospital de la Misericordia and the monastery of Asunción de Calatrava. The parish church of Madre de Dios, the convent of La Encarnación, business offices for the Fuggers, and a large number of manor houses were built during this time. Rebuilt during this time were the church of San Blas, the Main Square (Plaza), and the Town Hall. The crisis affecting Spain during the late XVI and early XVII centuries did not affect construction in Almagro; the Franciscans built during this time the Convent of Santa Catalina. The Augustinians, Jesuits, and Hospitalers established themselves here, and the followers of Juan Francisco Gaona y Portocarrero, Conde de Valdeparaíso, built his palace here.
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Almagro flourished due to the patronage both of Philip V of Spain and of Juan Francisco Gaona y Portocarrero, Conde de Valdeparaíso, who served in Philip's government as head of the Exchequer.

The town was named provincial capital of La Mancha, a position it enjoyed from 1750 to 1761. The Conde de Valdeparaíso, unsuccessful in his attempts to permanently make Almagro an administrative center, promoted commerce, especially in textiles, encouraging the trade in appliqué lace and pillow lace.
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The sale of church lands under Charles III of Spain jeopardized the future of many church buildings in Almagro, and the university disappeared by the 19th century. The Order of Calatrava moved from the uncomfortable location of Castillo de Calatrava la Nueva to the Sacro Convento in Almagro proper, but did not remain permanently.

XIX century
During the Peninsular War, an active Bonapartist masonic lodge was established in Almagro. The town suffered during the Carlist Wars and the sale of church lands by Juan Álvarez Mendizábal and Pascual Madoz.

The telegraph (1858), railway (1860), and electritown (1897) were introduced during this time. A general headquarters for the cavalry (1863) was established, as were a casino, coliseum, and theater (1864). In 1886, the town walls and gates were demolished.
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XX century
During the 1950s, the Corral de Comedias was discovered and restored. The Town Hall and Plaza Mayor were also restored. In 1972, Almagro was declared a Historical-Artistic Zone. Numerous buildings were restored, including churches, palaces, houses, and hermitages. The Theater Museum was established in a spot near orchards and wine cellars; a special building was later built for it. Almagro became a center for the dramatic arts in the region, and the International Festival of Classical Theater was put on here. Almagro is a candidate for becoming World Heritage Site.
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January 7, 2015

REFLECTION / PRINT RELEASE

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I am glad to announce a new print release "Reflection" one of the designs that I recently did for the installation "House of cards" from OGE creative group exhibited at Amsterdam Light festival


Limited edition of 25, high quality digital print on 250 gr paper, 30x40 cm. Numbered and signed on front by the artist.
With authenticity certificate attached.

International shipping available (fees vary by country)

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Ya esta disponible mi nuevo print "Reflection" uno de los diseños que hice recientemente para la instalación "House of cards" de OGE creative group exhibida en Amsterdam Light festival


Edición limitada de 25, Print digital de alta definición en papel de 250 gr. 30x40 cm. Numeradas y firmadas en frente por el artista.
Con certificado de autenticidad adjunto

Envío internacional disponible (las tarifas varían según el país)



January 3, 2015

TIME IS EMOTION / TIME IS ILLUSION

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"Time is emotion" Acrylic and collage on paper 50x70 cm

Artworks painted in collaboration with Laguna during my stay in Würzburg (Germany). Now showed on “Eyo/aS” a collabortive exhibition organized by Laguna at Swinton Gallery in Madrid. Still runing until 10-01-2015


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December 23, 2014

HOUSE OF CARDS / INSTALLATION

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Installation by OGE Creative Group
This year I was invited by Oge Creative Group to create some of the cards for their installation “House of cards”, part of the Amsterdam light festival. 27/11/2014-18/01/




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Will it blow away or continue to rise up towards the heavens? The fate of the card house wobbles between the two. Up or down. According to OGE Creative Group – a design studio from Israel that specializes in architecture, art projects and light design in the public space – it’s far from decided. Their design, an almost six-meter-high tower of gigantic playing cards, remains in a never-ending state of limbo.

House of Cards (no, not a reference to the popular Netflix series about corruption and envy in the US Congress) is fragile and secure at the same time. You hold your breath when a storm blows through, but when up close, you can see how sturdy and ingenious the structure actually is. Just like Amsterdam, actually, a large city built on poles. These poles haven’t collapsed although it has, truth be told, been quite suspenseful in the past.

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House of Cards consists of 128 light boxes in the form of playing cards, which in turn (or all at once) appear according to a preconfigured choreography. The ingenious structure has several levels; it looks like a modern church from one side and from the other like a classical structure of building blocks. The idea, so the authors, stemmed from childhood memories and playing with their own children. Notably playing cards once had a great popularity throughout the globe and different cultures. Also in the Netherlands, one can still find the creations of the Speelkaartenfabriek “Nederland” (NSF), or ‘Playing Cards Factory Netherlands’, a famous printing house once located on Amsterdam’s Prinseneiland, not far from Amsterdam Central Station. As homage to this culture and history, the House of Cards installation is placed not far from the historical location.

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Every card of House of Cards has a different design. For this Gaston and Merav from OGE have invited 40 friends and internationally acclaimed street and visual artists from all over the world, people who have a special relationship with the city and regard its walls and streets as a canvas upon which to present their work. The result is a stunning new deck of cards that is premiered in Amsterdam.
Visitors are invited to walk around the installation and discover fantastic artworks of famous artists such as: 281 Anti Nuke (JP), Alexandros Vasmoulakis (GR), Armando Mesías (COL), Brent Eastabrook (AU), Caia Koopman (US), Connie Lim (UK), Dali Roll (KR), FinDAC (UK), Floksy (RU), Françoise Nielly (FR), Gaston Zahr (DE/IL), Herakut (DE), Kazuhiko Nakamura (JP), Laguna (ES), Laura Laine (FI), Lital Gold (IL/US), Loretta Lizzio (AU), Marthalicia Matarrita (US), Merav Eitan (IL), Minjae Lee (KR), Monica Sutrisna (AU), Naoto Hattori (JP), Nicoletta Ceccoli (IT), Noumeda Carbone (IT), Paris Koutsikos (GR), Patrice Murciano (FR), Pau Turrona Quintanajornet (CL/DE), Priscilla Ainhoa Griscti (MT), Ryan Roth (UK), Ryohei Hase (JP), Ser (GR), Shingo Matsunuma (JP), Signer (IL), Simoni Fontana (GR), Skount (ES/NL), Suiko1 (JP), Vraziotis (GR), Wesr (PE), Yu Fordy Fu (FR), Yuki Matsumura (JP) and Zed1 (IT).

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House of Cards, therefore, portrays the city in various ways. It has literally been built up like a city or a large building, layer by layer, until taking the form of a house. The card house also refers to a less tangible but equally important structure in society – a structure that is built by people and their relationships. We may desire to put our own interests first, but at the end of the day, we should expect (or rather, hope) that we all pursue a common goal: the creation of a safe, enjoyable and creative environment. It’s a subtle and fragile network. If someone pulls a card from the deck, or starts to saw at one of the wooden poles, it’s up to the rest of the structure to absorb the blow and remain upright.

We’re not there yet. For now, House of Cards remains standing, shining in the night. The members of OGE Creative Group prefer to work on their lighting design projects during the night hours as they consider it to be the most appropriate time of the day to realize their dreams and wishes. During one of these evening creative sessions, the idea for House of Cards was born, the illuminated card house that, for now, reaches for the stars.

text by Merel Bem


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December 10, 2014

EYO/AS GROUP EXHIBITION

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I am glad to announce that i was invited to take part on this great group show by my friend “Laguna”.
For this occasion 29 artist and friends around the world have created two pieces in collaboration with Laguna.

"The exhibition focuses and develops in my current need to share. In this case, for two months with 29 people, near and in the distance bring to my work and I care.
The results fill me, they are mixtures of friendship and mutual admiration. But the talks with his strokes processes have been the whole” 

Invited artists
Axel Void, Bimbo, Bktx, Blando, Cere, Deih, E1000, Ed Zumba, Emilio Cerezo, Fada, Hyuro, Jaz, Johe, Kafre, Kenor, Lolo, Lust, Malakkai, Marta Jiménez, Oscar M Ramos, Pau QJ, Piko, Rhode Montero, Ryuji Sato, Sebas Velasco, Skount, Srger, Txope626, XabiXTRM.

Opening 12/12/2014 until 13/1/2015

Swinton Gallery.  21 Miguel Servet street, Madrid, Spain

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Me alegra anunciar que fui invitado a participar en esta gran muestra colectiva por mi amigo "Laguna".
Para esta ocasión 29 artistas y amigos de todo el mundo han creado dos piezas en colaboración con Laguna.

"La exposición se centra y se desarrolla en mi actual necesidad de compartir. En este caso, durante dos meses con 29 personas, cerca y en la distancia traer a mi trabajo y me importa.
Los resultados me llenan, son mezclas de amistad y admiración mutua. Pero los diálogos con sus trazos en los procesos han sido del todo "
Laguna.

Artistas invitados
Axel Void, Bimbo, Bktx, Blando, Cere, Deih, E1000, Ed Zumba, Emilio Cerezo, Fada, Hyuro, Jaz, Johe, Kafre, Kenor, Lolo, Lust, Malakkai, Marta Jiménez, Oscar M Ramos, Pau QJ, Piko, Rhode Montero, Ryuji Sato, Sebas Velasco, Skount, Srger, Txope626, XabiXTRM.

Inauguración 12/12/2014 hasta 13/1/2015

Swinton Gallery. Miguel Servet 21 Madrid, Spain



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