The art of making collages

A collage is a piece of art made by sticking various different materials such as photographs, postcards and pieces of paper or fabric onto a backing. I combine in my collages images that once have called my attention and have entered into my “Collection Envelope” till I find the perfect canvas to paste them. I love dropping some acrylic stains to integrate and balance the whole piece.

Here is my Collage Gallery from the last year.

Rolling the San Martin

Traveling to work is one of the most boring moments of the day for many people. Passengers generally use this dead time for reading the news or private messages on the phone.

For me, traveling by train in the morning was one of the best 30 minutes of the day. I enjoyed observing the people. Their behavior, their faces, their clothes, their gestures. Everything. The line San Martin has the most interesting and various travelers. And every stop brings new faces and stories.

One morning, I saw this beautiful short-hair girl isolated in her own world, her music, her headphones. In love with this image, I decided to capture it with my precarious nokia C3. The quality of the photo is of course very poor, but at least I could record that unique moment. Because of the beauty of that very simple but exclusive image, I wanted to reproduce the picture on my canvas but with more pixels :­)

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Buenos Aires, Argentina. San Martin train – 7.30 am

Chasing Street Art in Portugal

Portugal is one of the most beautiful countries I’ve ever been, not only because of its dreamy beaches, but because of the lovely people. Their simplicity, happiness and hospitality completely made me fall in love with the Portuguese. But on top of this, they are urban artists. And I am a big fan of street art.

We did a road trip from Faro to Lisbon. Our purpose: Discover the unknown top Portuguese spots and go after the best graffiti in each town.  This is my top 10. Enjoy!

10- The Open air Gallery – Lisbon.  It is very easy to get lost when walking near the Castle neighborhood. All of a sudden we were in the middle of a huge open air gallery. 200 meters of graffiti, installations and other media art. 

9- The happy Fish – Faro. Even in the Ilha Deserta (Desert Island) we found urban art.

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8- The Pharmaceutics – Lisbon

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7- Snails in love – Lagos. Unquestionably a wall that calls the attention of the pedestrians

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6- The Graffiti-bones – Lagos

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5- The house of Art – Faro. A corner that makes you think and reflect.

4- The Giant Boy – Lagos. Just in front the Art museum, in a very tiny street we discovered this amazing and huge graffiti. You felt like being chased by this “little” boy.

3- History by Cartoons – Lisbon: 30 meters of pure art. Graffiti related to Communism, starring by every famous cartoons.

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2- Breaking Bad – Lisbon: VIHLS, a rising international star from Lisbon, and his crew create highly original work using his signature method of careful destruction and delicate rebuilding of relief sculpture that protrudes from chiseled-back walls around the world. We were lucky to find these three walls when lost in the Baixa neighborhood. @vhils1 http://www.alexandrefarto.com/

1- Brazil invades Portugal – Lisbon: Os gemeos, meaning “the twins” in Portuguese, are a graffiti artist duo of identical boys who have been hugely influential pioneers in the development of Brazilian street art since the late 1980s. Their style has developed into instantly recognizable brightly painted giant characters with yellow skin. We knew they painted a big graffiti in Lisbon, so the last day in this town we experimented every Portuguese transport to find it. It is not located in a touristic area, we almost loose our flight back to Ireland but it was definitely worth! @OsGemeos http://www.osgemeos.com.br/pt

 

 

Other cool Graffiti and Stencils around Portugal:

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Street Art Project , an ongoing collection of art from the streets.

Google launches online street art gallery to bring global graffiti to anyone!

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Google’s Cultural Institute has launched Street Art, an online depository of over 5000 graffiti images from around the world as part of its Google Art Project.

The collections of art, from Bogota to Lisbon to Manila, include some that have been painted over or are now inaccessible to the public – such as the 5 Pointz space in New York, which was whitewashed ahead of being demolished.

It’s an extension of the Google Art Project, which allows you to ‘walk into’ museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Van Gogh Museum, and explore the exhibits. The project has now grown to nearly 70,000 artworks.

I invite you to discover online collections and exhibitions about the history, locations and artists of street art. With this revolutionary tool you can visit iconic street art spaces which may disappear, watch the artists share their stories and even get up close to the paintings with high definition imagery and see every detail!

 

Argentinean Art Exhibition in Dublin

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CuatroCuartos presents “This is Buenos Aires”, their first art Exhibition in Dublin. CuatroCuartos is an Argentinean group of multidisciplinary artists. They arrived to Ireland looking for new creative challenges. Linked by the spontaneity, motivation and diversity, they decided to get together to show their work to the world, because the world is but a canvas to their imagination.
If you are visiting the Irish Capital City During May 2014, you can see this art exhibition at THE BLEEDING HORSE PUB – 24/25 CAMDEN ST. UPPER, DUBLIN 2 from May 8th till June 2nd.

Photos of this event: http://lucianamarin.wordpress.com/art-exhibitions/

This Goddess of Art really got Talent – Kseniya Simonova

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Yesterday night my boyfriend showed me an incredible video about a sand animation. I decided to do some research on the artist and discovered #Kseniya #Simonova (@kseniyasimonova) This lady is the 2009 winner of the TV contest Ukraine’s Got Talent. She is a performance artist in sand animation and a philanthropist. I think her work is incredible and very original!

Sand performance was suggested by her husband. Initially, Simonova was unsure, but she decided to try it in the absence of other viable options to improve their financial situation. When tests with beach and river sands proved both unsuitable, Simonova’s husband began researching better options on the internet. He sold his printing equipment to buy 3 kilograms of expensive volcanic sand.
Simonova began experimenting with the medium at night, after serving as a full-time mother throughout the day. She found it challenging, but persisted in spite of early impulses to give up. Physically grueling, the art form required her standing for long periods of time and also required her to retrain her vision to adapt to the unique medium.

The sand story Kseniya presented live on TV was an eight minute story of a young couple separated by the war. She was hoping to get some exposure as an artist, but it became much more. The audience was moved to tears. As soon as she finished her performance, applause erupted and she received a standing ovation. Check her performance here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=518XP8prwZo

This Goddess of Art has more than 200 sand animations but in this opportunity I would like to introduce to you one of my favorites “Beautiful Morocco”

Children Power painted by the Incredible Craig Davison

Yesterday I was having a coffee at a pub, and all of a sudden I began chatting with the two English men that were sitting next to me watching a football match. I don’t remember why we began talking about art, but I love it happened. One of them introduced me to his favorite artist: Craig Davison. Now is my turn to introduce him to you.

Born in Sheffield in 1965, Craig Davidson drew even from a very early age. He began working as a cartoonist, moving to the animations world as a Games Designer and finally became a Freelance Sculptor.

More years passed by and sculpting work became increasingly harder to find and in a quick rush painted a piece for a contest in which the famous fine artist Alexander Millar would select the winner as his apprentice. Surprisingly, Davidson finished in the top three and from the encouragement of his near-victory began painting with a passion. Davidson has been painting as a professional artist for galleries ever since.

Memories are everything. Golden. And if you were a child of the 1970s it’s a safe bet to assume that those memories centered on carefree summer afternoon riding your Raleigh Chopper bike, bouncing around on a spacehopper or climbing trees. All whilst clad in your Batman or Darth Vader costume.

The works of Davidson are set within a child’s mind, the children in the images take on the forms of famous fictional characters and stereotypes. The character’s shadow standing atop the image to depict the child’s mind as the child takes on the character’s posture and attitude below. The paintings capture a distinctive style of painting, helping to reveal an aspect of the imagination that can only be seen through art.

If you want to know more about this great artist visit his webpage: http://www.craigdavisonart.com/