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ARYZ wall in Lisboa

28 December 2011

To celebrate the Montana Shop & Gallery Lisboa 2nd anniversary, Aryz was invited to do an exhibition on the gallery with his process drawings along with a new wall in the city centre…

new ARYZ wall in Lisboa (photo by Lara Seixo)
new ARYZ wall in Lisboa (photo by Lara Seixo)

The shop (which is part and distributes the well-known graffiti brand Montana) had the support of the city council (GAU) that found the shop & artist a nice building side very visible right in the heart of Lisbon. Aryz then started working on Friday night the 2nd of December and ended it the 6th afternoon (btw the mural is along Avenida da Liberdade near the Tivoli theater between Rua Santa Marta and Rua Rodrigues Sampaio).

new ARYZ wall in Lisboa (photo by Lara Seixo) - 2
new ARYZ wall in Lisboa (photo by Lara Seixo) - 2

Born in Palo Alto, California, but has resided in Barcelona since he was a child. In the last few years he has participated in a variety of events and urban art shows in many different countries. As a good new referent in Europe ARYZ’s exhibition @ MontanaLisboa showed for the first time his process sketches for most of is projects, photos of the evening can be seen here.

The best of all is that there’s a parallel individual show also at their Barcelona gallery running until January 21st in case you can’t make it to Lisbon, enjoy!

One of ARYZ's latest walls in Lodz, Poland
One of ARYZ's latest walls in Lodz, Poland

(photos by Lara Seixo via Stick2target)

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Fame Fest 2011 @ Grottaglie – Italy

23 September 2011

After the 2010 edition comes the… 2011 one! One of the best summery street art festivals will once again take place at the southern Italian city of Grottaglie: Fame Fest.

About to be canceled at first, the people @ Studio Cromie have managed however to put together the 4th edition with an always amazing selection of artists, for 2011 Angelo and the crew @ Cromie have brought Vhils, Nespoon, Erica il Cane, NUG, Boris Hoppek…. amongst many others. Quite a selection who’ve been invading Grottaglie and its streets (while eating loads of pizza & pasta) for the past few months to make the city look nice for the big day.

Nespoon's contribution

This year it all happens last week of Sept… 23rd & 24th so just like last year… for those of you heading to southern Italy this Sept please pass by Grottaglie, it’s tiny, but there will be so muchart waiting for you…. more details on the FAME webpage.

NUG invading walls

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Street Fest 11

29 May 2011

We can’t wait for this year’s Upfest (in Bristol) but in the meantime there’s another just as important (mainly because of its big brand sponsors) street arts festival here in London… graff, rap, battles, skate, bmx… (fashion??? what?) a good list of live art  performances @ a very affordable price .. £10 (well, free would have been even better).

Taking over Hearn Street Car Park on 29th May over 10 hours of pure creative process and shows surrounded by a thirsty crowd (all with their DSLR) expecting a lot from the likes of Remi Rough, Toasters, 45RPM (yuzz!), Bandy Lo….  (whole line-up here)…

… as well as a great mix of the dopest artistic showcases with live music from Protein favourite Ghostpoet (keep ’em peeled for a forthcoming Protein Profile film on the man himself), skating and BMXing from Lovenskate, Bicycle Union, and Kingdom on the 32ft in-built ramp… make sure you come for those great graff battles (more info & more videos on their page).


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Bristol: the graffiti city

17 June 2010

When I was about to move to Bristol I started digging about the city lifestyle, the art scene, what to visit, explore, experience…. I heared it was considered to have one of the biggest graffiti scenes not only in the UK but also in Europe with famous artists such as Banksy, Nick Walker, Felix Braun or John Nation coming out of its streets. Then a Londoner came to me and said… “Bristol huh? Yeah well…. you can expect loads of street crap, but that’s all you’ll get”.

“street crap” near the Royal west of England Academy

And sadly for Bristol this statements turns to be true, although there are a few big known cultural venues you can count on the fingers of one hand (Tobacco Factory, Arnolfini, Watershed, PaintWorks, Spike Island, Old Vic, Cube…. OK that’s more than one hand) as the local museums & galleries are just…. well…. too minimalistic (to put it nice). On the other side you cannot expect a humongous cultural calendar in a city of barely 430k people, but hey, things like the Mayfest, St Paul’s Carnival, Harbour Festival, the Balloon Fiesta, …. there are things to do, don’t get me wrong but… being from a big city….I just prefer an overwhelming choice list.

However, there’s something about the street art scene which makes Bristol unique, Bristol is UK’s “graffiti city” indeed.

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