When street art in Spain meets Mythology in Greece
We are about to embark on a journey to a Mediterranean country, celebrating being an extrovert. Our destination is the city of Valencia, Spain. The purpose of our journey is to meet one of the best street art duos worldwide. Their work adorns buildings in public spaces across the Atlantic. Meet Pichi & Avo!
Valencia, the third largest city in Spain, adores the arts and innovation. Visitors can relax walking on cobblestone streets, through the old and the modern part of the city, following the aroma of local foods, along the vivid colours of the walls.
Both raised in Valencia, Pichi & Avo have been collaborating and co-creating since 2007. Their art is considered innovative because they use the lens of hip hop culture to approach Mythology, Roman and Greek. This is the source of their inspiration.
About hip hop culture
You may wonder how street art is related to hip hop culture. To my understanding, and keeping it short and sweet:
When it was first introduced to the public, street art was considered a form of protest. It emerged in ghettos in the United States, with dreams being in shades of grey. Young people in ghettos would protest against the prospect of a limited and repetitive life. They would listen to sounds of repetitive music, resembling the experience of living a repetitive life. They would use special sprays to illustrate deep feelings in public spaces; to say that they exist. If breakdance was ‘the move’ of hip hop culture, graffiti / street art was ‘the colour’.
Today, street art emerges as a creative and widely embraced intervention in the grey of urban spaces. We meet street art work in public spaces, adorning old or abandoned buildings, entrances to ports or train stations, central walls or big squares. It stands out for the vivid colours used, and the slogans accompanying paintings. It is taught at Schools of Art, with graduate artists taking up big projects, assigned by public or private organisations.
About the culture of our new friends
Pichi & Avo are happy to share their love for Mythology, the source of endless inspiration. They develop paintings, sculptures and architectural structures. Their workshop may be a square or a wall. In the heart of Valencia, Aphrodite (mural) says good morning to those walking by. In Denver, Colorado, Mercury (sculpture) greets visitors.
Like most artists, they consider it important to render a social message through their work. Their vision is to support fellow citizens to get familiar with antiquity and the roots of Mediterranean culture; their own culture.
The first thing they do when being creative is to deconstruct classical works of art. They would approach a certain work through the lens of modern art, to add a modern touch. They would use their canvas to visualise what they are about to create. They take turns, that is, a layer of colour each, in turns. They collaborate on the basis of trust, focussing on what they wish to achieve, together.
2014, they would participate in the street art festival: Mislatas Respresentan, which takes place in Valencia every two years. The majority of street artists in Spain would gather to unfold their talent and imagination along the walls of 1,000 square metres. The main photo illustrates their work for the festival.
Paintings and sculptures by Pitchi & Avo have been displayed in a local museum, rendering the message that art is for all people. Beginning of May saw the end of their exhibition: EVREKA (interesting). The second photo illustrates the exhibition, as posted on Facebook.
There is something unique to street art. There is expiry date. Can you imagine why? Each work of art would adorn public spaces until the next work of art pops up; until the next illustration. It remains present in photos.
Let us have a creative week
and an enjoyable month