The Work of Madrid's NastPlas

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, September 04, 2012
NastPlas is the collective of two Madrid, Spain based illustrators and digital artists; Dr Franken and Natalia Molinos. At first, we thought the work was burned wax on top of illustration, but we love the way the duo have digitally recreated that sort of uneven surface in their portraits.

New Blu Mural in Madrid

Street Art // Tuesday, August 07, 2012
An influential force in the world of street art, Blu recently completed this provocative new mural in Madrid, Spain. The imagery depicts a train made up of army tanks, cars, shopping carts filled with consumer items, oil barrels, and money being shoveled into the hybrid house engine, excelling towards the edge of a cliff. The artist’s grim view on our current state of affairs is haunting and undeniably true.  

Artwork by Ricardo Cavolo

Tattoo // Thursday, July 26, 2012
Artist Ricardo Cavolo was born in an art studio and says therefore he has been making art since his very first day. He says of his work, "I try to create a special mix creating complex and weird stories using a naif and direct style. My main influences are the outsider art and folk art. But I use music, literature, films, fashion, history, etc., too for creating my work."

Tilt-Shift Spain: A Film by Joerg Daiber

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, July 18, 2012
We think that the whole tilt-shift trend is still something rather magical, a hallucinatory feeling but rooted in reality. Joerg Daiber's film focues on Spain, specifically the cities of Madrid, Seville, and El Chorro. The tagline reads: "Broke, But Beautiful." Well, we guess that is one way to put it. 

True Love Tattoo, Madrid

Tattoo // Friday, June 22, 2012
A video profile on True Love Tattoo Studio in Madrid. Great process and application video, in addition to some great studio shots in case you plan on taking a trip out to Spain. Shot beautifully by Dirigido for Ronink Media featuring artists El Bara, Gast, Know, Chicho (Aprendiz)...

Pharmacy Herbs and Mutant Weeds by Luzinterruptus

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, April 04, 2012
One of our favorite street intervention collectives we have seen over the past year is Luzinterruptus, a Madrid-based group that takes high-concept street art to a new level with fully interactive pieces that highlight the problems in the given city they work in. Pharmacy Herbs deals with light pollution in Madrid.

Book Sculptures by Alicia Martin

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, March 20, 2012
A burst of literary works shoots out of a window like a waterfall, a unique spectacle to witness indeed! Spain based artist, Alicia Martin, has created three site-specific installations using 5,000 books in each sculpture. The series is titled “Biografies” and is located in Madrid, Spain.

Drinking Water Running Through the Streets

Juxtapoz // Monday, March 12, 2012
Interesting bit of information: Over the last 30 years, over 50% of the public water fountains in Madrid have been dismantled, broken, or not safe to drink. Spanish collective, Luzinterruptus, created this beautiful street art project where they transformed four non-functioning water fountains into light installations to mimic running water.

Kehinde Wiley: The World Stage—Israel @ ARCOMadrid

Juxtapoz // Thursday, February 16, 2012
January 2010 cover artist, Kehinde Wiley, has 4 paintings from his The World Stage—Israel series on display with Roberts + Tilton Gallery at ARCOMadrid in Madrid, Spain through February 19. You know what that means? You have time left to see it. The series continues Wiley's theme of documenting local residents of otherwise overlooked populations in the style of the great masters of portrait art.

Street Illusions in Sao Paulo by BOA MISTURA

Juxtapoz // Saturday, February 11, 2012
We love a good surprise in our morning Inbox, and this urban text project from Madrid's BOA MISTURA done in Sao Paulo was a nice treat. The collective took the winding streets Vila Brâsilandia and transformed them into colorful transformations of place and space, adding a bit of an optical illusion in text along the way.
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