Opening Gallery Madrid: Momo, Okuda San Miguel, Sixe Paredes & Felipe Pantone | Delimbo Madrid
The Spanish gallery Delimbo opened their second space in Madrid with a collective exhibition including artworks of the artists Sixe Paredes, Momo, Okuda San Miguel y Felipe Pantone.
Sixe Paredes, Also known as Sixe or Sixeart started his artistic career in the graffiti world of Barcelona in the late 80s. In the mid 90s he started experimenting with sculpture and painting until 98 when he felt the need to have his own Studio.
His painting is a powerful composition of colors and geometrical forms. He sometimes incorporates signs that leads the viewer into his imaginary world inspired by the urban landscape, the city's melancholy, the genetic manipulation, the romanticism for the world that's left behind, the images lost in the passage of time.
Sixe is an artist whose work represents one of the most remarkable Spanish references for urban art. His work has been exhibited in spaces and galleries around the world as well as top notch institutions such as the British National Museum of Modern Art "Tate Modern" located in the center of London. Sixe Paredes was one of the six artists who painted the facade of the Tate Modern in 2008 at the groundbreaking exhibition of murals "Street Art".
Despite its constant research at work, he has never abandoned the activity that sparked his creativity, public art. Numerous festivals, biennials and urban art projects, featuring Sixe´s work today along the world.
Felipe Pantone's body of work spans from graffiti to kinetic art. Strong contrasts, vivid colors, effects, and the use of mixed medium and varied technique combine to impact strongly on the viewer.
What really intrigues is not the striking nature of his work, but the artist's journey to discover this aesthetic. We live in a time where more images are produced than can possibly be seen, and the impetus for an artist to stand out from the others is stronger than ever. Information flows at an exponentially increasing rate, a leitmotif recurrent in Felipe Pantone's compositions, his hyperactivity, working methods and his constant traveling around the world. Prolific by nature, only in the past year and a half in addition to his recent exhibitions in San Francisco, Sydney, Panama or Paris, the artist has made large scale murals in landmarks such as the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the hotel Ushuaia Ibiza or cities like Atlanta, Hawaii, Tokyo, Australia, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, Brussels, Miami, Scotland or Netherlands.
Okuda San MigueL
Based in Madrid since 2000 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Complutense University of Madrid. Since its inception in 1997, his pieces on rail-roads and abandoned factories in his hometown were clearly recognizable. Parallel to his work in the street, Okuda also starts producing more intimate works in his studio, with which from 2009 evolves into a more personal way.
The multicolored geometric structures and patterns are joined with gray bodies and organic forms in artistic pieces that could be categorized as Pop Surrealism with a clear essence of street forms. His works often raise contradictions about existentialism, the Universe, the infinite, the meaning of life, the false freedom of capitalism, and show a clear conflict between modernity and our roots; ultimately, between man and himself.
In his work, multicolored geometric architectures blend with organic shapes, bodies without identity, headless animals, symbols that encourage reflexion... A unique iconographic language.
His works can be seen in streets and galleries around the world: India, Mali, Mozambique, United States, Japan, Chile, Brazil, Peru, South Africa, Mexico and the European continent among others.
San Francisco, EEUU, 1974
MOMO is an artist working in public spaces with homemade tools. His current interests lie with an evolving range of adapted masonry techniques to draft, design, and organize wall murals. Born in San Francisco in 1974, MOMO has travelled most of his life, lived in New York for six years and currently keeps a studio in New Orleans.
In 2008 Rojo published his first monograph "3AM-6AM;" in 2012 Studio Cromie published his second, "In 74 Pieces." May Gallery recently hosted his immersive installation show "Butt Joints" in New Orleans; Studio Cromie produced a Caribbean painting tour and exhibition in Southern Italy; and the New York DOT commissioned a 200-foot-long mural between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges in Dumbo, Brooklyn. In 2015 MOMO created a 250 ft wide lobby mural for the John Hancock Tower in Boston, a 250 foot tall mural in downtown Philadelphia, and a double-facade 5 story printed vinyl mural in Manhattan, as produced by Art Production Fund NY.