“Ronde de nuit”
Sebas Velasco(Spain), Francisco Bosoletti (Argentina), Spok (Spain), Luis Gómez (Venezuela)
This collective exhibition takes the title of the masterpiece by Rembrandt circa 1642 as reference, both for the chiaroscuro that is present in the work of the four artists and the symbolism of the night, as vital context for urban and graffiti artists to develop their work on the streets.
Night Round. Search of or surveillance. Action in the gloom. Art transcending physical and temporal spaces. The gloom shows us everything that happens between the lines. Ambiguity, delicacy, secrecy, fear, adrenaline, passion, transgression. All these reflected by four artists, who have worked on walls around the world, as well as oil paintings.
The chiaroscuro and its sensitivity, with great drama and expressive capacity, represent a unique way to connect with the viewer, aiming to get them immerse in a new dimension of nuances, intimate and full of interpretations.
A parallel sense between classical painting and the action of graffiti. The art and its great masters, whom despite the vagaries of artistic movements in history, leave their grounds and make an influence on future generations sooner or later.
Sebas Velasco was born in 1988 in Burgos, Spain. He began painting graffiti on the walls of his home town in 2004. Afterwards, he moved to Bilbao where he graduated in Fine Arts and specialized in painting. Velasco deals with an enviable technique of naturalism.
His canvas are mainly walls and he uses materials such as oil, acrylic, spray and pencils. Sebas was selected by the “Antonio Gala Foundation” to take part in an arts residence, where he finished his painting project “Around the Wall”. His work has been exhibited individually and collectively in the northern of Spain and has received several awards.
Born and raised in Armstrong, a small village in Santa Fe province, recapitulation of the world in its own way, the Argentine Francisco Bosoletti is provided with a limpid and primigenial gaze on life, nature and humanity.
His art, which also carries the traits of a universal classicity, manifests itself similarly to the mixture of genes that nourish the skin of migrants. A detail, like a flower or a rope, can conceal an unexpected meaningfulness. A face and a body, caught in an ephemeral way, can reveal a recondite and melancholic dimension of existence and become an invitation to be present in your own life free from outside conditioning.
Bosoletti paints his walls respecting the memory of the sites and the people who inhabit them. His intervention accompanies that of the time that elapsess, hiding and revealing at the same time visions that seem to persist in an eternal present and remind man of the transience of existence. His painting forces the viewer to look differently, refining his sensitivity and resorting to different perceptual models than the usual and reassuring ones.
The numbed eyes take action in capturing his just revealed images, receptors almost saturated with shouted visions below the threshold of consciousness, discover figures that suddenly emerge from the background and awaken a new, more subtle and powerful way of perception. These apparitions cross sense limits and touch the depths of those who look, blending with their emotions and their memories as paint strokes on the canvas and on the walls.
Spok (Spain, 1978)
Born in Madrid in 1978, Spok began with graffiti at the beginning of the 90s. He studied Fine Arts at the Universidad Complutense and began to experiment with different materials and creative media, working with galleries and large commercial brands and advertising agencies.
He would soon make a difference by imposing his style on trains and walls, as well as leaving evidence of his talent throughout that decade representing the TBC crew. With the arrival of the millennium, he began his studio work and to be represented by some galleries, but never abandoned his experiments with color and shapes.
“My work is the result of a hectic trajectory, a multi-edged polyhedron, I often use figurative language, others abstract, but always maintaining the fantastic, humor and irony, both my murals and my paintings are the product of a internal dialogue with the urban space and nostalgia for the primitive graffiti, “says Spok himself.
Gómez (Venezuela, 1980)
Luis Gomez de Teran (aka Gomez ) was born in Caracas (Venezuela) in 1980. He has lived in London, Berlin and Rome, where he now resides. Gomez’s art is intensely symbolic and draws its inspiration from Baroque painting, in particular from the school of Caravaggio. His favorite themes are mythological, with particular reference to Greek and Christian mythology.
His precise trait is inspired by his research on the human body, both in moments of beauty and decay but, above all, by what transpires from the human soul in the instants in which right emerges from wrong, and good from evil. His accurate and attentive technique searches symmetry and light, always availing itself of contrasts and of the powerful dichotomy between beauty and horror, strength and weakness, winners and losers, freedom and slavery, life and death.
Gomez is mostly self-taught in his use of oils, acrylics or the cans he uses to paint canvases, walls, iron or mirrors. Gomez has realized walls in many cities, including Rome, Berlin, London, Barcelona and Mumbai.