Artist of the Week - Zosen
Behind the colorful, politically-charged patterns full of symbolism and traditional values in a contemporary interpretation there is Zosen, an Argentinian street artist based in Barcelona. It is really easy to spot his artworks – we are talking explosions of color, found on walls around the world, but mostly in the Catalan capital. This versatile street artist, also known as Zosen Bandido, was born in Buenos Aires in 1978 to an Argentinian father and Spanish-born mother. His graffiti experience started at the age of 11, within a skateboard community of teenagers. A year later, in 1990, he moved to Barcelona, where his love for urban art and its small but interesting underground movement grew further. The graffiti art scene exploded overtime, and Zosen’s contribution to it was immense, as his artworks became one of the most influential ones.
Neon Colors and Geometric Patterns - The Art of Zosen
Inspired by mythology and current events, Zosen creates color-saturated narratives embedded with personal views and opinions on certain matters. Using folkloric elements, the artist addresses social issues and recalls historical moments, combining different graffiti styles and also collaborating with other artists. The most significant of them is the one with Japanese artist Mina Hamada, with whom he’s having a joint exhibition at Galo Art Gallery in Turin, Italy, as we speak. Bound by their mutual affection for vivid colors and fluid forms, the duo has been working together since 2012, making art in forms of large-scale murals, paintings, prints, illustrations, installations, hand-made books and serigraphy. Zosen also runs graffiti workshops in Barcelona and is co-founder of streetwear fashion label called Animal Bandido with Catalan designer Clàudia Font.
The Tree of Life Installation
Zosen’s installation entitled Tree of Life, inspired by ancient pottery and the traditional Mexican way of making ceramics is currently on display at Fluorescent Smogg Gallery in Barcelona. For this occasion, the artist has created ceramic pieces and prints inspired by the ancient Árbol de la vida clay sculptures that have been a part of Latin American tradition for centuries. The pieces follow Zosen’s trademark artistic approach closely, having been soaked in colors and patterns. What’s different is that Zosen worked on clay sculptures that take up to two months to make, staying true to his devotion to symbols and tradition, told through the stories of his two-dimensional characters. The central motif of these works is death, depicted in a unique, vibrant, Zosen style, exploring Latin American history in an innovative way.
Read more about this exhibition in Zosen’s Installation at Fluorescent Smogg Barcelona.
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