Best of 2013: Map Paintings by Fernando Vicente

Juxtapoz // Friday, December 27, 2013
Originally published on August 5th, 2013: We are fans of Madrid-based artist Fernando Vicente, and have shown his work several times before. Today we take a look at his Atlas series, a series of paintings on old maps where here skillfully transforms countries and continents into faces, animals, and skulls using acrylic paint.

"The Writer" by Escif

Street Art // Thursday, December 19, 2013
The image of police office writing a ticket or possibly his secret tag name was painted by Spanish artist, Escif, on his home turf of Valencia, Spain.

Kati Heck @ CAC Malaga, Spain

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, December 18, 2013
One of our favorite contemporary painters, Antwerp-based Kati Heck, just opened her first expansive museum show in Spain at the CAC Malaga, featuring 41 works: small- and large-format paintings, drawings, sculptures, photography and video. So, if you have family in Spain, live in Spain, live close to Spain, maybe make this show a holiday season must... 

"Vertical Garden" by Escif in Mallorca, Spain

Street Art // Monday, November 25, 2013
With little information about this piece, Escif simply says, “Isolated nature on nature Island.” This island he speaks of is Mallorca, a tropical paradise located in the Mediterranean Sea off Spain. The building that Escif painted the collection of lush plants on appears to be a hotel (speculation). Hopefully, Escif is compensated with unlimited complimentary accommodations for his beautiful addition to this establishment. 

Jose Alvarez's "Basement People"

Juxtapoz // Friday, November 08, 2013
We are enjoying this eye-catching series of drawings by Spanish artist Jose Alvarez. Jose has attented various at schools in Spain and Italy and received a Bachelors from the School of Fine Arts Miguel Hernández, Elche  

Daniel "SAN" Munoz "Touche" @ Niort Musee du Pilori, France

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Our good friend, Madrid, Spain based Daniel Muñoz (aka "San") has just completed an exhibition at the Musée Le Pilori called "Touché". SAN was invited to the 4e Le Mur Festival in the city of Niort, and in conjunction with the new works being show, he created a mural on the walls of an old building in the city.

Vhils @ Avant Garde Urbano Festival

Street Art // Saturday, October 05, 2013
Vhils is in a league of his own, creating unique public work by chiseling and scraping at the sides of walls. Predominately creating portraits, his newest piece is in Tudela, Spain was referenced from a 10-year-old photograph found in a local archive. 

Video: Animated Rendering of a Finished Sagrada Familia Church

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, October 01, 2013
The Sagrada Familia church began construction in 1882 and is anticipated to be completed in 2026. The UNESCO World Heritage Site recently released a video depicting the final stages of construction of what was Antoni Gaudi's last project and "the most extraordinary personal interpretation of Gothic architecture since the Middle Ages."

Rocío Cañero Illustration

Illustration // Saturday, September 14, 2013
Rocío Cañero's artwork is nasty-slick-amazing and we love it. Born and raised in Madrid, Cañero grew up around graffiti, skateboarding and crews, and her artistic career actually began in photography. It's not hard to see how the urban street aesthetic has influenced her work.

Oil Paintings of Carpets by Antonio Santin

Juxtapoz // Friday, September 13, 2013
Spanish artist Antonio Santin's collection paintings of human bodies (we assume) hidden under ornate tapestries are rather haunting. His process involves projecting a photograph onto the wall and manipulating the size and proportion as he paints. He is currently on exhibit at Marc Straus Gallery in NYC.

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