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Mexican Muralism

Mexican muralism was promoting mural painting. It was during the early 1920s, and it was through social and political messages. It was in an attempt to reunify the Mexico after the Mexican Revolution. The Mexican muralism was by Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros. They were the biggest and most known painters in Mexico.

From the inception of Mexican muralism, 1920-1970 saw the painting of very many murals that had nationalistic messages in them. Drawings of social and political messages on public buildings also took root. The Mexican muralism began a tradition that is still present to date.

It has had an effect on other parts of Americas, including the US. It was the inspiration for the Chicano art movement. The importance and influence of this tradition final felt all over Mexico and other parts of the world.

The honored tradition of painting murals in Mexico began with the Olmec civilization. Mural paintings were mostly evangelical and insisted on Christian teachings during the pre-Hispanic and colonial period. In the 19th century, the social and political mural painting began to take root.

Juan Cordero was the first painter to use a philosophical theme in his wall painting in the mid-19th century. Most of his works had religious affiliations like the cupola of the Santa Teresa Church; he did a secular art on request from Gabino Barreda.

The 19th century became the Porfirio Diaz regime. The government initialized cultural development in the country by funding the study of artists abroad. The intention was good and pure, but there was no promotion of the Mexican culture. That is when Gerald Murillo stepped in and brought about the idea that the paintings should reflect the Mexican way of life for cultural promotion and preservation.

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Being the first modern muralist to get recognition, he was able to get the government to change their line of art promotion and allow muralists to paint on public building walls. He also put together an exhibition of native Mexicans where they could showcase their art.

The first mural by Gerald was female nudes that had Atl-color, a color he came up with from his famous nickname Dr. Atl. Since the government’s art promotion program had given emphasis to European art, Jose Guadalupe Posada through his graphic work made cartoons to mock the European style using social and political themes.

The Mexican revolution came about in rejection of the Porfirio Diaz. A group of intellects that gave emphasis to populist philosophy came together with Gerald and Posada; they had a shared vision that gave way to the next generation of painters to adopt the social and political themes. Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros followed the populist path.

The ideas and visions of the group became famous and influential that the Diaz regime came to an end. The defeat only took a year, but decades late, the struggle for power was still evident. There was a constant change in governments because of the extreme number of assassinations.

One party leadership under Alvaro Obregon in the 1920s saw to the end of the era, and his leadership began the Partido Revolucionario Institucional regime. Gerald was able to support the works of Diego Rivera, Alfaro and Clemente by supporting the Carranza faction. They later became the founders of the muralism movement in Mexico.

Mural movement

After the revolution, a time when most Mexicans were illiterate, Jose Vasconcelos became the head of education, and he came up with an idea for the government to back the mural program. He wanted the murals to be for social and cultural promotion. The government got the best artists to paint murals.

The muralists had their differences, but they all had one believe, that art was a great way of educating the public. The first project that the government took part in was on three levels at the Jesuit institution. The painting was on the inside of the institution.

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The first project opened up the way for more murals on the interior walls of several buildings. From 1920 to 1950, the painting movement was at its peak strongest point and took part in the transformation of the people to literacy. During the time, the murals were a way of getting art to be seen by everyone not just the rich and also a way of ensuring that artists had freedom to express themselves through art.

The movement took place in steps that are, the heroic phase that was in the 1920s, this stage gave way to the statist phase that began in 1930. Leonard Folgarait gave a description that 1940 was the era of rebirth for the mural movement. The big three, Diego, Clemente and Alfaro spent the post-revolution era developing their work. The government took a step back from mural painting, and the mural movement became private. The sponsors for the murals now became banks, theaters, and hotels.

Los tres grande

The big three is the name that best describes the most influential and remarkable muralists from the 20th century. They defined the muralist movement and proved that art could be the highest form of human expression. Each of them was different in their style and way of expression, they all made a very significant impact.

Diego’s style was more utopian and idealist, Clemente had critical and pessimistic works while Alfaro had the most original paintings of all. Their experiences affected their styles, and that’s why they each had their unique style. Rivera mostly drew from European modernism and traditional art styles. He had Mexican themes that he got from typical real life scenarios.

Clemente in his early works had a European style but then later evolved to angry and depictions of human suffering and fear of technology. He is the one artist who did not praise the Mexican revolution. He had been in the middle of the revolution and decided to share the horrors of the revolution through his art.

Siqueiros joined the army when he was eighteen and was the youngest of the three. He was also the most radical one since he experienced the revolution from the front lines. He used modern enamel in his work. He was fascinated with technology. He did most of his work in South America because his radicalism had seen him banned from Mexico and the US.

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In Search of Bambi; the Female Banksy

Work of art by the purported “female Banksy” has been springing up in London for as long as eight years, however, picked up footing as of late when celebrities such as Rihanna, Robbie Williams, and Jolie-Pitts authorized pieces by her.

The question amongst many is who is she? Nobody has the slightest idea. The comparative style of work and the anonymity of the artist alongside the hype that comes with it are fuelling comparisons with the original Banksy. If anything, she’s considerably harder to bind, with fewer footprints than her partner.

Who’s she?

Going by the field name Bambi, she’s a born and brought up London girl who clearly parts her time between London and Los Angeles. She’s rumored to live somewhere in central Islington, which is her exact place of birth. As indicated by her manager Lenny Villa, Bambi additionally simply happens to be a worldwide popstar.

The most suspected names include Paloma Faith, M.I.A, Victoria Beckham, Geri Halliwell and Adele. It’s not clear why two-fifths of the Spice Girls are in the rundown seeing as they don’t look street savvy or keeping anything like that a mystery.

Most probable suspect

We can discount Adele. She may have the propensity for pavements but she ordered a Bambi piece for herself and we don’t think she’s the self-obsessed type.

We are left with Paloma or M.I.A. To help narrow it down, here are some pieces grabbed in past interviews and research: she’s in her early thirties and she studied at the City & Guilds of London Art School, in Kennington, south of London, before undertaking an MA at St. Martin’s School of Art. Her favorite car is Aston Martin and she loves wearing Vivienne Westwood and Agent Provocateur plus she derived her name from her jazz artist father who got the moniker from “bambino”, meaning child in Italian.

While it’s the sort bad-girl behavior we anticipate from M.I.A, she is of Sri Lankan legacy and there’s n chance on earth she was born in Islington. She graduated from St. Martin’s but on the other hand she’s 40. M.I.A additionally released a book of her artwork in 2012, which many would have attracted correlations with it on the off chance it was unmistakable. Other than that, her father is the head of Global Sustainability Initiative.

All things considered, Paloma. The brilliantly haired songster ticks a large amount of the cases. She’s from East London, moved on from St. Martin’s and has regularly worn her also shaded designer friend’s garments as well as had an occupation at Agent Provocateur. Her dad was Spanish, which is the place the bambino could have originated from, but at the same time, she’s surprisingly pertinent at Italian as you can see in the intro of this video. In addition, she’s 34, so she fits into the age bracket.

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Her style

Whoever she is, her style reverberates with that of Banksy, to such an extent that they did an exhibition together. Her secret companion is additionally the main individual other than her chief and mom to know her actual identity. Like superheroes, neither discusses the other’s day job.

She concentrates generally on convenient Brit popular culture, with maybe somewhat little wit than her partner. Bambi wears white overalls and a mask while painting at sunrise with a group of imitations to brilliantly stencil well-known faces from Bond and Amy Winehouse to Cara Delevigne to the Royal family. With her periodic silly slogan and trademark to her Disney namesake, her work is quickly conspicuous.

Why mind?

When Kanye West commissioned a bare butt Bambi of Kim Kardashian as a wedding present, the artist was launched into the mainstream. Her art increased in value to at least £450 per print, of which she has plenty of new works in store should you wish to own one. Her most costly unique was a portrait of Kate Moss, commissioned for £50,000.

The hype surrounding the artist has put her alongside the likes of Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin and every celebrity want a piece. She’s dubbed as the Andy Warhol of Islington. The popularity of her work has simultaneously brought about a drive for street art and questions about what her artwork mean to the scene. Much the same as the avenues of Shoreditch, when something that was originally the embodiment of urban coarseness turns out to be just available to the affluent, it now and again spells the end.

While we can’t predict what might happen to the value of her work if she’s unmasked, you can anticipate that it will ascend perhaps because her prints are so limited. You can find more of her works at Joseph Fine Art. In case you are more inspired be enhancing your mobile photo gallery, hit the streets and underpasses of London.

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Artist Spotlight: Mode 2

This brilliant man was born in Mauritius in the year 1967. His days as a child were spent exploring the Indian ocean before eventually relocating to the UK in 1976. Heavily influenced by the culture he was exposed to in the 80s, the young boy spent his time diving through comic books and sci-fi stories. He claims to draw for as long as he can remember. This only speaks of his exceptional talent.

Mode 2 has taken the art world by storm, drawing his inspiration from the hip-hop culture which was close to his heart. He says “After my school exams in summer ‘84, I started hanging out in Covent Garden, the hub of the London Hip Hop scene, which I had discovered the year before, walking through it with my mother and the younger of my older brothers. My drawing ability led me to pick up the marker and spray-can, doing anything from painting banners for the “Alternative Arts” center, or customizing the trousers or jackets of some of the other people hanging out with me, whether they were dancers or Mc’s”

He has written his name among the greats like his partners’ Eskimo, Zaki, Scribla, and last but not least forming Chrome Angelz. The forerunners of the British graffiti circle recognize his work in street art inspired movement. For more info you can check out his latest tales on his blog.

His Artwork

His motto to empty every paint can as beautifully as he can has followed him all through his art life. Understanding rhythm and movement are the hints given to understand his artistic way. Mode 2 uses the fluidity of the movement in dancing to emit some good vibes from his projects.

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He has enjoyed residence at the emporium Coco de Mer. During his residency, he refined an offshoot style where he mixes graffiti art and variables of traditional portraits. He says that he cannot put his art in a box and refuses to categorize or define his art.

Taking leave days from school, Mode 2 used to travel to Paris to get commissioned jobs. He rubbed shoulders with the famous Bando. He became part and parcel of the first generation of graffiti writers who were based in Europe. Their environment was soaked in inspiration for them to take in and create amazing artwork.

As an artist, he employs a harmonious contrast to make his objects come alive. He loves painting about situations everyone faces like lust, love. And sexual promiscuity. He uses his style in such a way that it has no proper posturing or obvious antagonism. This turn of events landed him on the cover of” Spraycan Art “back in 1987 and the exposure took him to a new level in his career.

His passion for soaking his surroundings brought him a close working relationship with the compact camera. He took photos of what captures his eye. Some of his photographs were however used in a book that was printed by Lazarides Gallery located in London. This was the beginning of “Toxic” Paris parties in 2004.

Because of his love for hip hop, she designs banners for the” battle of the year” even though he is still one of the competition’s committee. Lately, he has gotten opportunity to display his prints at the Galarie Issue in Paris, France. This event is to socialize people with digital applications.

The year 1996 was a good year for Mode 2. He met Swiftly who hosted a show and this changed his life yet again. He opened doors making flyer illustrations for various companies both locally and internationally. Till today he still enjoys making presentations once in a while.

Although his artwork shows an obsession with the female form, he insists that he tries not to have preferences while making art. Even while painting of harsh realities, Mode two tries to breathe a little positivity into the wood work.

He also hints of how he got his success. He is heard saying”Still, when looking back over the years, what had helped me to really make my name was what many would call graffiti, though it was actually called “writing”, by those who practiced it and made it evolve.” He encourages young artists to let creativity flow and to avoid tags.

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Mode 2 has been around the art scene to see it morph into what it is today. He has already put his name in the hall of fame. We salute his hard work and his inspiring history as he has gained millions of loyal fans all over the world.

He lives us saying “We, in the meantime, despite the plague of communication technology, will continue to evolve and refine what we do, choosing where and when we wish to reach out to the public and give from what makes us feel alive.”

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Artist Spotlight: Rob ‘The Original’ Ferrel

Rob Ferrel a.k.a Rob ‘The Original’ is a master barber who will blow your mind away with his artistic touch and amazing eye for detail in all matters hair; he is mostly known for his life-like hair designs. He is based in San Antonio, Texas where he owns and operates his own barbershop.

Background

Rob ‘The Original’ is originally from Los Angeles, California. It was ten years ago that he started engraving portraits into people’s hair and going by the love that he is receiving, it comes as no surprise that his passion has turned into a lucrative career.

Rob started by cutting some pretty good zigzag lines and stars into kids’ haircuts and this impressed his peers. It was only a matter of time before people began asking for drawings from the young artist. He took time to learn his own style with the buzzer and scissors before he eventually became a master of his craft.

Rob practiced drawing from a tender age because he always saw himself as an artist; however, he would later learn some professional barber skills. He might not have planned to be a barber but, it is the combination of both his skills that would make him stand out. It was while he was in San Antonio that he pioneered “hair art” which can include portraits, complex designs and simple fades. Rob the Original has changed the way we look at haircuts and the job of a barber because he simply doesn’t limit himself to the boundaries of normal barber.

More than just a skilled barber, Rob the Original is a revolutionary hair artist who is shaping the hair cuts of the future.

Trademark Style

Rob the original has managed to build a niche for himself by mastering the art of haircuts that are more original than others. He is renowned for creatively using people’s hair and scalp as his canvas to create hair portraits. He also does portraits and cool designs using colors in his cuts.

Most of Rob’s hair portraits are influenced by special occasions and sporting events. These works of art are definitely meant to draw attention; the kind of body art that may get the wearer on television.

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As if that isn’t enough, Rob the original’s love for art doesn’t stop there. He creates art using dust on cars, wood stain, salt and other things; he is constantly expanding his portfolio to see how far his talents can take him. This guy simply sees art in everything around us.

Online success

Rob has amassed a huge online following; he is particularly big on Instagram where he has over 70,000 followers.

The hair artist has been hitting headlines for his remarkable designs of Spurs and other celebrities using everything from ketchup, salt and hair. Notably, Rob’s depiction of Adele, drawn in Whataburger ketchup was recently featured on E Online.

Some cool designs

One of Rob’s masterpieces is a Tupac Shakur hair cut; perhaps even better a Tupac pancake.

Another popular one is a drake portrait made from hair on the floor.

He even did a Mayweather vs Canello haircut back in the day.

Rob also carved Hillary Clinton  on a 70-year-old man during the 2016 US presidential campaign period.

 

Renowned San Antonio Barber

Rob is by far the most renowned barber in San Antonio, if not the nation, he stands for unparalleled skill, talent and professionalism. Rob The Original barbershop is a “must stop” if you are into barber shops. This place definitely has a “vibe” and it goes without saying that Rob’s work simply sells itself.

Having been featured on ESPN, Yahoo.com, and other prominent media platforms, Rob the original has emerged as a force to reckon with and a shining example of what makes San Antonio unique.