Juxtapoz // Wednesday, October 28, 2015
On October 16th Balneario Gallery in Queretaro, Mexico, opened a first solo show by Francisco Diaz - Pastel. Titled "Lethal" the exhibition features a series of paintings inspired by lethal plants, photos of installation he made in Uruguay earlier this year and a in-situ installation based on the same concept.
Street Art // Monday, July 27, 2015
Pastel just completed another mural in Azores, Portugal for the Walk & Talk Festival. Of the wall he told us, "Vascular plants are also known as higher plants or tracheophytes. Their defining characteristic is the differentiation of transport tissue throughout their structure. Since the colonization of these volcanic islands, non-native flora has been imported, which, due to the distinctive Micronesian climate, has become endemic and unique to the region itself. This same hybridization occurs within societies that seek to integrate themselves into a foreign country, over time creating their own particular identity."
Street Art // Monday, July 06, 2015
Pastel recently completed this wall in Girona, Spain for the Milestone Project. Located in Font de la Polvora a gitane neighborhood where they use the public space as a extension of their homes. The site identity is an important element because it is a community living of habits and traditions. In front of the wall is a very thin river where some wild plants gow and the animals drink water.
Street Art // Monday, December 15, 2014
Pastel and Jufe painted this wall during Art Basel as part of Raw Project at Jose de Diego Middle School in Miami. The piece references a funeral crown, an exercise of sorts on the gentrification of memory and local identity...
Street Art // Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Argentina-based artist Pastel recently finished a few murals in Salento, Italy as part of the Viavai Project. The wall speaks to the significance of human essence living and surviving in a chaotic time. "The flowers of death remind us at the end we are all going to see them from beneath, without exceptions."
Juxtapoz // Sunday, March 02, 2014
Yesterday we presented the first installment of photographs and videos from the collaborative venture between Italy-based artist, 2501 and Argentina-based artist, Pastel entitled the “MIRRORLESS PROJECT.” Amidst this year’s annual mural painting influx that occurs in the Wynwood District of Miami during Art Basel, these two artist’s constructed several unconventional installations on a number of residential houses in the area (four in total).
Juxtapoz // Saturday, March 01, 2014
Amidst this year’s annual mural painting influx that occurs in the Wynwood District of Miami during Art Basel, a very different, offbeat installation project transpired between artists 2501 and Pastel entitled “MIRRORLESS PROJECT.” Creating spatial interventions by using objects and paintings that include mirrors, this project materialized with the residents of Wynwood in mind and with the aim in bringing awareness to the tension spawning from the rapid shifting changes over the last few years.
Street Art // Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Argentina-based artist, Pastel, recently painted this stunning new mural in the Villa Crespo neighborhood of his hometown. The artist abstractly depicted the 16 battles that occurred during the Triple Alliance War in Paraguay in 1864. A variety of arrowheads, some foliage, an arrow and design elements were used to create the imagery.
Street Art // Thursday, December 26, 2013
In between working on the Mirrorless Project and painting several other murals, Never 2501 and Pastel, collaborated on the following wall in Miami during Art Basel. “Clash/Cultues” features both artists distinct monochromatic line work and imagery, with a touch of gold for additional embellishment.
Street Art // Saturday, August 31, 2013
Elian and Pastel are two Argentinian artists we had the pleasure of meeting this year at Living Walls in Atlanta. These two close friends are a hilarious duo of laughs and good times. Both artists have very different esthetics to their work, but each work in the realm of minimalism and abstraction. After Atlanta, they made their way to the New York for the Los Muros Hablan Festival and dropped some major pieces at 138th Street and Grand Concourse in the South Bronx.