Posts Tagged ‘Madrid’

Artist of the moment…….Street Artist Suso33

 

 

Suso33 is a street artist renown for his work with the face and figure.

The artist is based out of Madrid, Spain.

Below a link to the website of Suso33:

http://www.suso33.com/

Suso33 works in many mediums including video art, performance art, painting, and set designer.

The artist is part of several permanent European collections including the Museums of Contemporary Art in Spain and Romania.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip we view a great work featuring a man’s face in rotation:

I enjoy the feeling of life brought to the work of this artist. He is an excellent draftsman and this helps to give his faces and wonderful sense of life. Suso33 reminds me of the artist Richard Hambleton. Both artists created wonderful figures with unique line work.

Below we watch Suso33 draw another captivating portrait:

 

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Artist of the moment………Okudart

 

Okudart ,also known as Okuda, is an amazing street artist renown for his unique style of mixing the human face with geometric shapes.

Okudart’s government name is Oscar San Miguel Erice.

The artist attended school in Madrid, Spain at the Complutense University of Madrid.

In this clip we view a piece made for Movember. This is actually November, but has been renamed Movember as men are encouraged to grow facial hair to help bring aware to prostate cancer and other health issues:

Price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip we view a collaborative work of Rosh333 and Okudart:

Below a link to the website:

http://okudart.es/showcase/

What a great style the artist has developed. His work has so many facets of different art movements including realism, abstract, the pattern and decorations movement, and Op- Art.

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Artist of the moment…….Remedios Varo Uranga

 

 

Remedios Varo Uranga was born in Angles, Spain in the year 1916. Remedios Varo Uranga was a painter who worked in a Surrealist style. The artist attended the Academy of Art San Fernando located in Madrid, Spain. Her father was an industrial engineer and as a young child the artist would copy the technical drawings her father brought home from work.

Whilst the artist was attending college a civil war began in her native country so she relocated to Paris, France. It is her that Varo Uranga became influenced by the Surrealists and starting painting in a Surrealist manner.

She was first married to a painter named Girardo Lizarraga. After they separated she lived with a French poet.

When the German’s took over Paris, France during World War 2, the artist relocated to Mexico City, Mexico where she would remain the rest of her life.

Most works are painted with oils on Masonite.

Below a wonderful montage of works by Remedios Varo Uranga:

Just as her career was flourishing the artist had a heart attack and passed away in 1963. Remedios Varo Uranga was only 54 years of age.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

What a great surrealist painter. The artist is often compared to a contemporary already profiled here named Leonora Corrington.

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Artist of the moment…..Photographer Santiago Sierra

Santiago Sierra is a photographer born in Madrid, Spain in the year 1966. He is renown for conceptual and installation art. For these works he likes to point out the dangers and the results of the super charged capitalism taking place in the poorer countries of the world. This can be taking advantage of immigrant labor or those people just hovering at the poverty level to the immigrants and young women involved in the sex industry.  One image in the gallery is a collection of 100 beggars. Sierra likes to make the viewer more aware of where they stand on the economic ladder.

A great example of how he might refer to race is the image in the gallery of the men arranged from lightest to darkest color of skin. The men are also lined up as to who might be the best laborer to purchase.

The artist has also done audio mixing somewhat similar to Christian Maclay. The artist took the 27 members of the European Union and played each national anthem at the same time continuously. The other side of the record included the national song of the European Union members playing backwards and regularly at the same time continuously.

Some examples of his conceptual ideas include creating a gas chamber inside a former synagogue located in Berlin, Germany.

price range information: Most works priced between $10,000 and $30,000.

Based out of Madrid, Spain.

A link to the website of Santiago Sierra:

http://www.santiago-sierra.com/index_1024.php

In addition to his photography the artist also organizes installation and performance art. Watch this clip from the Tate modern as Sierra arranges for homeless people to stand with their backs to the audience for one hour. Very original concepts in both photography and performance art. Sierra is always trying to get the viewer to look beyond what they might normally see in the economic food chain that he considers capitalism:

 

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Artist of the moment…..Celso Lagar

Celso Lagar was a great painter born in Seville, Spain in the year 1891. In 1907 he began private studies with Miguel Blay in Madrid, Spain. In 1911 he moved to Paris France to study. After World War 1 began he moved away but came back to settle for good in Paris.

His longtime love was named Hortense Begue and she was a sculptor.

One of the artist’s closest friends was the painter Amelio Modigliani, below a portrait of Lagar painted by Modigliani.

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Lagar flourished in the 1930s. The artist was very up and down as far as his emotional side. After his wife passed away in 1956 he entered a state of depression that would plague him the rest of his life. As he was eventually sent to a mental hospital for his depression estate sales of his paintings took place to cover the costs of his stays.

Included in the collection of the Contemporary Museum of Art located in Madrid, Spain.

Price range information;  Watercolors range $1,000 to $11,000  . Gouache works range $300 to $10,000. Lithographs range $300 to $1,000. Oils range $5,000 to $40,000.

Celso Lagar passed away in 1966.