Gyory and Osiris – The magic behind the The Old Goat Art Gallery in Hungary

While visiting the enchanting Hungary, we decided to escape from the city and take a day off in a small riverside town in the Pest county. Szentendre is known for its museums, galleries, and artists. Just before the end of a perfect day, we came across with an art shop that drew our attention due to the bright colors behind the window. The Old Goat Art Gallery.

We had the pleasure to meet the owners, the artists Eszter Gyory and Osiris O’Connor, the coolest and most captivating couple I’ve ever met.

Osiris was born in New York City. But his blood is from all over the world, Japan, Jamaica, Miami, Ireland and who knows what other nationality composes his hierarchy. You can see in the way he expresses himself, either talking or artistically, that he enjoys of diversity and different cultures. Osiris is very deep and spiritual; his work is a reflection of his most deeper thoughts. We mainly saw in the gallery his sculptures, magnificent pieces made of mud and different materials such as buttons, beads, pearls, pins, wire and even skulls, real monkey skulls!!!

“I view art as an expression of one’s Inner world.  I chose sculpture as a medium because I like to take a brute object and mold it to it’s finest form of expression” – Osiris

Gyory however, is more focused in painting. She loves exploring different materials but on canvas, such as fibers, acrylics, pigments and textures. I don’t know how to define her style; maybe, “nomad” is a good word because she can’t marry to only one, she changes from one style to another all the time, adapting herself to new materials and technologies. Within the hour we’ve been chatting, we had a journey across her artistic career and her paintings have been mutating throughout the years from flowers, dogs, abstracts, angels, children, self-portraits, and more and more, but all of them, original, super colorful and full of life. She was born in Hungary but lived many years in Miami.

Meeting them was definitely the best of the day. We learned from them, from their stories, from their way of seeing life. We really enjoy of their success and joyful careers. I hope we can be like them someday and inspire to others what they have inspired to us.

Travelling with the lens to Hungary

Hungary, what can I say? It is simply the country with more historical events that I have ever visited so far. A country that lived many invasions, 2 World Wars and 45 long years of communism. In Budapest, the constructions and reconstructions, the pubs, the monuments, the trasnport, everything reflects a little bit of its story. It s a chaming city that has it all, exquisite thermal baths, delicious food, cool nightlife and gorgeous buildings. It’s worthy to visit either to chill out or to have superb fun!

I hope these selection of pictures reflects how much we enjoyed our stay there.

Photos by Luli Marin and Gonzalozawa

Visit also: Street Art around the World and Travelling with the Lense

Exploring the Digital Art World

ArtRage is a computer painting program. It’s designed to bring out your creative side with a set of natural painting and drawing tools that simulate familiar, real world tools. This means you can get straight in to painting without needing to re-learn how to do it.

A couple of weeks ago I received for my birthday the Wacon (a gift from the best team ever, cplers@fb :) ), and I started playing with this amazing new tool on Art Rage. I still have loads of things to learn!! But I definitely thing that this is a revolutionary tool. I’ve seen things done by people with this program and it’s hard to believe that it is not a real painting but a digital one. It looks sooo Natural!!!

This is the result of my first try with Digital Art! Cool and colorful Abstracts

You can find more about this tool on: http://www.artrage.com/

Abstract Expressionism – Cool Contemporary paintings by Linda O’Neill (@AbbyCreekArt)

Surfing the web, I came across with some abstract paintings that really caught out my attention, mainly because of the bright colors, the perfect and balanced composition and the different materials used.

Investigating a little bit, I discovered AbbyCreekStudios. Linda is a Californian artist who for the past 17 years devoted herself to abstract expressionism. Her creative voice expresses herself in different ways; bending and shaping using acrylic paint, collage, ink and whatever else she can get her hands on. She really knows how to let her mind to fly!

She works on canvas, paper and wood. The last ones are my favourites!

This is my top 10:

Travelling with the lens to Belgium

Becasue Brussels and Bruges are probably the most well known cities in Belgium, we decided to stay in Ghent. It’s a student city and always vibrant and alive. Simply beautiful, cool and full of design, architecture and history. Every single shop, even the butchers, were full of design!!!

Curiosity: The Lonely Planet has called the city “Europe’s best kept secret” and a must see destination for 2011 and the National Geographic Traveler Magazine has listed this city as the most authentic historic city in the world and full of life.

Guided by the locals, we found the little graffiti street! While graffiti is of course prohibited in Ghent, the city makes a couple of exceptions, and the Werregarenstraat is one of them. Street art used to be a major problem in Ghent so the government commissioned off one small avenue specifically to be used for artists. The graffiti alley, between Hoogpoort and Onderstraat, it’s a shady but colourful place where street artists can let themselves go. The appearance of the Werregarenstraat changes constantly, and this is how we found it last weekend

Bruges is beautiful as well but much more expensive and touristy.

Photos by Luli Marin and Gonzalozawa

Visit also: Street Art around the World and Travelling with the Lense

Travelling with the lens to Greece

Greece is a marvelous country. It has great diversity and a range of places and landscapes that cannot be found together anywhere else. Is the place where wonderful experiences never end. There is always more to explore, to discover, to see, to taste and to photograph.

This country has a culture starting from ancient times. Despite the fact that the British Imperium took most of the main Greek Buildings, you can still enjoy the area where they originally were constructed and understand their spectacular architecture, specially the Acropolis.

Greece is the land of the islands. Islands of different shapes and sizes; different personalities; different possibilities. It has some of the most beautiful beaches of the world with incredible sunsets.

This is our selection of photos from Athens, Santorini and Mykonos.

Photos by Luli Marin and Gonzalozawa

Visit also: Street Art around the World and Travelling with the Lense

Cool German art by Matthias Weischer

Matthias Weischer is a German painter who has lived and worked in Leipzig since 1995. He is considered to be one of the most talented members of the new Leipzig school, a loose assembly of artists whose works are regarded as the next generation in the rich history of German painting. However, there is no doubt that Weischer’s works stand out as unique. He called my attention because his cool works oscillate between abstract and figurative painting.

Until 2006, his paintings depicted deserted interiors like stage settings that are infused by abstract elements. Furniture, everyday objects and large-scale ornaments stylistically refer to the 1950s and 1960s. In their collage-like appearance they establish a complex and ambiguous relationship.

During his residency in Rome in 2007, Weischer concentrated on drawing and studies on nature and landscape. Since then, he predominantly works on and with paper, in smaller formats and with a lighter range of colours. He also explores different printing techniques and, recently, three-dimensional sculptural arrangements.

His work has been exhibited worldwide. If you want to know more about this artist please visit his webpage: http://www.matthiasweischer.de/en/2014.html

The mystery of NemO’s (@whoisnemos)

NemO’s is a super talented and mysterious Italian artist. He has a unique style and a special social sensibility that makes him one of my favorites muralists.

His work is divided into essential and graphic images, with a social message and made up characters that carry out poetic and surreal actions like characters in who knows which fairy tale. He uses different techniques on his murals, from traditional acrylic and spray to recycled paper stick on the wall replacing the color by the paper’s texture.

“I started to realize that drawings are very powerful because they are universal and this way you can defeat the language barrier.” – NemO’s

NemO’s masterpieces  are around the world! Below you can find a selection of my preferred murals.

“BEFORE and AFTER” is his latest work. It’s a new project on the interaction of people and time on a drawing

“NemO’s piece of art “Before and After” shifts the consideration and the use of Street Art, focusing on the interaction of the audience and the friction of time. NemO’S, on one hand, works site specific like other artists, and on the other hand experiments and carries out an innovative technique. After the first layer of paint, NemO’S covers the surface with a layer of glue and then places pieces of newspaper, covering the image that is underneath. On top of the layers of newspaper he adds a second illustration (clothes, skin, casings and different details ecc.). This way the artist dresses the first image with volatile clothing that is destined to detach in time and endure the people passing by! The artistic and technical innovation lays in the cohesion of the pieces of newspaper (that the artist recycles from daily newspapers), until these come unstuck and reveal new meanings connected to the drawing, leaving the audience floored and actually including the audience in the creation of the new image. With the consideration and the realization of NemO’S process Street Art shifts from being a mere visual reality to one with aspects regarding participation and tactile effects. This way as time goes by and a random audience passes by, in some way interacting, the piece of art is completed, one that had only just began with the hands of the artist. NemO’S fresh new idea lays in the use of this technique that, like a drawer of secrets, needs intuition, collaboration, consideration and that satisfies the sixth sense: curiosity”

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For more information about this artist, visit his webpage and find out whoisnemos?

Travelling with the lens to Portugal

Portugal lies along the Atlantic coast of the Iberian Peninsula in south Western Europe. Despite its relatively small size, the country boasts a great diversity of geographical features, from golden plains to mountainous zones.

Lisbon in particular fascinates me! Is a magical city, where the imperial past and an independent present come together to make the city unique, a special place full of infinite possibilities.

I already mentioned how much I love this country in my previous post: Chasing street art in Portugal. 

This time I leave you with some of my favorite photos from our Road trip across Portugal.

Photos by Luli Marin and Gonzalozawa

Visit also: Street Art around the World and Travelling with the Lense