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WILBCN – Finalist pieces, Part 1

Streetwise, witty, inspirational, quirky, provocative, vivid, surprising, supernatural, fresh – the finalists for the ‘Why I love Barcelona’ (WILBCN) art competition worked incredibly hard on their final pieces. Amazing – so much talent, passion and skill!

On the 14th May the artists pieces will be showcased in the Barcelona hostel, and I will have my own bespoke gallery designed by you! The exhibition will be followed by a panel discussion and opening party. Check out what mischievous event I have planned to highlight the artists’ expertise and of course, to put on a good event for all of us.

For a sneak peek*, how the artists expressed their love to Barcelona, keep scrolling down. First 10 finalist pieces are below and the additional masterpieces are featured in Part 2 of #WILBCN.. From the 26th April onwards each artist will be in the spotlight and their art piece will adorn my Facebook cover picture! #LoveBCN #WILBCN Happy sharing….

Anita Zaira Haas

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What/where did you study?

I’m a nurse

Your hero calls you one day and allows you to ask them one question – who is your hero and what would the question be?

My street art hero is for sure swoon. I really like her work. I would ask her if she like to make a paste round with me.

In your own words, how would you describe your style?

Feminine urban art

What excites you about Generator as an exhibition space?

Because I can show there my artwork to the right audience in a vibrant atmosphere.

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Antone Garcia Seoane

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Estudié Ingeniería en Diseño Industrial en Ferrol y posteriormente en Bacelona. Intento ganarme la vida con el Diseño industrial, diseño gráfico, ilustración, graffiti y tatuaje.

How long have you been producing art?

Toda mi vida… Aunque empecé con el graffiti cuando tenía 12 años.

Complete this sentence: Life is DESIGN OR DIE

Who are your greatest artistic influences?

Difícil pregunta… Nunca terminaría de responderla… Pero voy a intentar resumirla mencionando algunos directores de cine que admiro como Tim Burton, Quentin Tarantino o Stanley Kubrick. También algunos de los videojuegos de mi adolescencia como Skullmonkeys o Medievil. Por supuesto muchos graffiteros nacionales cuyo nombre no será necesario decir… Y entre otros muchos ilustradores me interesa especialmente Matthew Woodson.

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Calum Houldsworth

I wanted to transcribe what a young tourist might see whilst spending their time in Barcelona. I wanted the piece to have a connection with tourists so that they perceive the piece in a different way when they go compared to how they saw and thought about it when arriving……. Barcelona is a very visual city with colours, a good art history, architecture and full of life.

 

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David Martos Ra Es

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What/where did you study? What do you do for a living?

He estudiat al carrer, vaig començar pintar al carrer i aixo he fet durant anys. Ara estic fent un cicle a l’escola Llotja. Estic parat, vull sortir a treballar a l’estranger, poder estudiar anglés, i continuar pintant.

Your hero calls you one day and allows you to ask them one question – who is your hero and what would the question be?

En Kenor va ser el meu heroi durant un temps, el veía a tots llocs per Barcelona, encara i tot no creec en herois. El meu heroi es aquell que aconsegueix fer allo que es proposa, i algún dia m’agradaria ser el meu heroi. Que el meu nen interior li preguntés al meu futur adult, como t’ho has fet per fer de la teva passio una forma de viure?

Complete this sentence: Life is un moment que s’ens ve donat, estem aqui i hem de fer tot allo que volem, atenin’hos a les consecuencies, aixi com un momento per disfrutar i per poder fer de la nostra existencia algo inolvidable i positiu.

 

Studio Doeke

I’m Doeke van Nuil, 25 and my artist name is Studio Doeke. I studied at the ArtEZ School of Art in Zwolle, the Netherlands and I did an Erasmus at the Escola Massana in Barcelona. I’m an illustrator, so I draw for a living.

Your hero calls you one day and allows you to ask them one question – who is your hero and what would the question be?

The Dinosaur in general. I would ask them: what happened?

Complete this sentence: Life is.. I’m sorry: I’m really bad at those things. I almost hate all those motto’s/sentence stuff. I usually say: Everybody dies at the end! So enjoy your life!

Who are your greatest artistic influences?

I really like Merijn Hos a.k.a. Bfree, a dutch artist who makes really cool work. He keeps playing around (in a good way) and you can see he’s having fun while making things. I got to talk to him in my 3th year of school and his work and way of living where a true eye-opener for me.

What motivated you to enter this competition?

The fact that this competition combines the two things I love the most: Illustrating and Barcelona! Drawing for this competition made me remember all the good times I had in Barcelona. It made me feel really good

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Eduard Sacrest (aka RICE)

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My name is Eduard Sacrest. I come from a little city from Girona, called Olot. I’m actually living in Barcelona; I’m studying fine arts in University of Barcelona. I work hard in order to get my images across to many people, not only from Barcelona but also from abroad. This is my intention.

Your hero calls you one day and allows you to ask them one question – who is your hero and what would the question be?

Freddie Mercury. I just give him a big, big hug of gratitude for all he done in the past, and nowadays. He is my real hero.

What inspired you most to pursue an artistic direction?

The people, always the people, cause I believe that a change is possible, if we stay all together and fight from inside for our rights and our freedom.

Is there an underlying message to your art? Are you attempting to communicate something?

Yes. It depends on the work; actually I’m working in a series of stencils of street children. I want to portray the invisible, marginal part of society, to show it. I want to make it visible, because I feel invisible too sometimes.

I would like to fight for the freedom of people, for human rights, cause all we are beautiful, and I try to transmit it on my work.

How does Barcelona inspire you?

Is just question of looking around of you, when you are in the street, on the train, in the University. My senses are opened to capture anything.

 Eduard Sacres Soy Blog 1

 

Elisa Battiston

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Hi, my name is Elisa Battiston….and I was born in Udine, Italy. I have a bachelor in Educational Science from the Univesrite’degli Studi de Bologna in 2007. I worked in this area for few years and then I got a scholarship to go to Uruguay, where I had the opportunity to perform an artistic residence and cultural interchange.

Your hero calls you one day and allows you to ask them one question – who is your hero and what would the question be?

My hero is “myself from the future”! And I want to ask “myself from the future” if, in the future, I am happy and doing what I love, because if I am not I gotta change it now!

Complete this sentence: Life is wonderful

My personnal and professional life are guided by my dreams and thoughts and by the idea of showing it to the world.

Who are your greatest artistic influences?

I don’t have one person that influences me, but I do like to follow the street-art movement and I’m also influenced by the childhood innocence.

In your own words, how would you describe your style?

I can define my style by saying this phrase: “Take a bit of street-art and mix with childhood illustration; put some pieces of paper, lots of smiles, fantasy and freshness. Shake it all and serve in a plan surface.”

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Gustavo Cipriano

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(Balrog) Gustavo Henrique de Oliveira Cipriano, Brasileiro, Designer Digital, formado no Brasil, “Viajante”, Designer gráfico artista plástico e grafiteiro.

What’s the place in the world you would most like to visit before you die?

Marroco, Russia, Germany, Egito

In your own words, how would you describe your style?

Caótico, poético, sublime, sujo. A busca da poesia no caos e do sublime na sua essência.

What is your preferred subject and why?

A vida, por apresentar infinitas possibilidades de materializar sentimentos através das cores e formas.

Is there an underlying message to your art? Are you attempting to communicate something Sim, sempre. Nos traços, nas massas de cores. Em todos os meus trabalhos uso as cores azul, significando o sublime e o elemento agua, e o vermelho, o amor e o elemento fogo. Desta forma, procuro equilibrar ambos no ciclo da vida.

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Laura Garcia

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Laura Garcia, 32, Mexico City. Graphic Design/ Illustration. Mexico/Barcelona. Freelance Interpreter.

What’s the place in the world you would most like to visit before you die?

The Alhambra.

Your hero calls you one day and allows you to ask them one question – who is your hero and what would the question be?

My hero would be MC Escher and I would ask him to come to the Alhambra with me. Life is just a ride.

Who are your greatest artistic influences?

The thing that has inspired me to pursue an artistic direction has been the support of everyone that likes my art.

Is there an underlying message to your art? Are you attempting to communicate something?

My artistic influences have changed throughout the years. I have a huge influence from Mexico, the colors and shapes that the native Huichol use in their art are amazing. I love Dr. Seuss´s illustrations, M.C. Escher, Gaudí, street art, sacred geometry… I love little details, little “easter eggs” left everywhere for me to find. I also love music, I hear it everyday all the time. Music has influenced me a lot too. I love old school reggae. ……

More than a containing a message, my pieces are for the enjoyment of the observer. I love to make eye candy.

How does Barcelona inspire you?

Barcelona is a very stimulating place for the mind, the eyes and the spirit. If you learn to observe as you walk through the city you can find amazing details everywhere. It has inspired me long before I came here. The little details found everywhere exercise my mind and my imagination.

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Michaela Xydi

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Love in Barcelona matters, that’s why I love this city.

There are many ways to prove your love, in every sector all over the world. In Barcelona there is no reason to doubt it as you can see it everywhere, all the time. People look happy, open and spontaneous more than every other city I’ve visited or lived, and this is what makes me see so much beauty in Barcelona. Besides everything happens underneath such a beautiful great blue sky.

Where you are from, what/where did you study? What do you do for a living?

My name is Michaela Xydi, I am Greek and at the moment I am working as a graphic designer/ photographer at Metropolitan Magazine. I’ve studied both business and photography. I completed a bachelors degree in HRM in Manchester UK and my Masters studies in Creativity and Advertising in Barcelona, I also took many courses in photography on many categories in Barcelona for approximately 4 years.

Your hero calls you one day and allows you to ask them one question – who is your hero and what would the question be?

My hero is Friedrich Nietzsche and my question to him would be: – “Why do people think lies makes other people happier?

Complete this sentence: Life is rich regardless money.

In your own words, how would you describe your style?

Conceptual, Surrealistic.

What is your preferred subject and why?

Philosophy and psychology, there is always something more then what you see and touch and I want to know what that is. People use their minds quite well. Happiness and thought, is the balance in between mind and heart.

Artistically, something you have never tried but always wanted to?

Definitely one day I would love to write a book, saying what people have provide me through their behaviour I saw on the pictures I made.

What excites you about Generator as an exhibition space?

Generator Hostels are the Hostels with more artistic identity than many others I’ve seen or visited. When something with such a strong and personal style gives me the opportunity to be part of that, it becomes more than an opportunity rather an experience!

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Want to see our other finalists’ masterpieces? Check out ‘Why I love Barcelona’ – Finalist pieces part 2.

* Featured artwork and artist quotes are an extract of submitted final pieces and interview questions. In some cases the submitted artwork had to be altered to fit website requirements.

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