Belin /   Miguel Ángel Belinchón

Spain 1979

Urban Art, Street Art, Graffiti

Miguel Ángel Belinchón
October 16, 2014
Music, Gestalt, .

Belin, born in Linares, Spain, creates large-scale portraits of distinct characters that feel realistic and caricature-like at the same time. Their large heads and the dynamic, colorful designs behind them lend the works an eye-catching surrealism. It’s the type of work that makes you look twice and marvel at the power of a few spray paint cans.

Belin did not receive formal training. He drew from a young age but not until 1995 did he pick up a spray paint can. His talent got him noticed by Von D and others and last year he traveled to Miami for Art Basel. Belin’s hometown and L.A. find common ground in the ever-present threat of buffing.

Spain’s Belin is well-known for his rosy-cheeked graffiti characters, which have a strong fine art quality to them. Belin is equally adept at painting huge murals, canvases and making sculptures, all of which carry his distinctive style.

While visitors will see familiar faces in his work, like those of President Obama and Hugo Chavez, Belin leaves it up to the viewer to decide who they see as true superheroes. He sees the less famous figures in his works as superheroes, whether they realize it or not. “They’re normal, common people that work on the street in whatever normal job — whether in a bakery, as a taxi driver or a painter — that have trouble because of the economic crisis,” says Belin. “We’re all superheroes and we don’t know it until a difficult moments comes and we find our strength.”

Belin has already kept a wide curriculum, his pieces have been exposed all around Spain and countries like Germany, Italy, United Kingdon, Netherlands, Brasil, Israel, Mexico, USA. even he painted for brands like Dockers or Carhartt and tattoo artists like Kat von D from L.A. INK.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2014BelinGallery 44309, Dortmund, GermanySolo
2014Art Madrid 2014Gallery Fernando Latorre, Madrid, SpainGroup
2014Expo Belin: of the WallThe Healthcare Gallery, Baton Rouge, Loussiana, USASolo
2013Contemporary art fair Art 13 Madrid (Guest)Madrid, SpainGroup
2013True and False SuperheroesWonderland Gallery, Los Angeles California, USASolo
2013AgoraGallery of Fernando Latorre, Madrid, SpainSolo
2013Single Expocisioón44309 street, Art gallery, Dormunt, GermanySolo
2012Mural Project for The Municipal Institute of YouthLeon-Guanajuato, MexicoSolo
2012Mural Project in Carranza Cultural CenterMexicoSolo
2012Collective ShowCaja Granada, Granada, SpainGroup
2012STROKE Urban Art FairBERLIN, GermanyGroup
2012Super Heroes in CrisisIndoor ARCA, Mexico, DFGroup
2012Art Basel MiamiMiami, Florida, United StatesGroup
2011First prize in GraffitiHIP HOP VICAR, AlmeríaGroup
2011PleasureLa Casa Pintada, Linares, SpainGroup
2011Group Exhibition in municipal building department Villa MariaLa Casa Pintada, Linares, SpainGroup
2011Against the artistic abuseLinares, SpainGroup
2011BelinCultural Week, Cástulo Secondary School, Linares, SpainSolo
2011Step in the ArenaEindhoven, NetherlandsGroup
2011BelinJheronimus Bosch Art Center, Hertogenbosch, NetherlandsSolo
2011Urban Tales FestivalFoggia, ItalyGroup
2011Graffiti ExhibitionMexico, DFGroup
2011Exhibition of paintings and sculptureSchool of Professional Design, Madrid, SpainGroup
2010Belin young art “Boy King” Civic Center, Granada, SpainSolo
2010Belin Solo ShowPupa Tattoo Art Gallery, Granada, SpainSolo
2010Conference on ESDISabadell, SpainGroup
2010AirGraffiti House, Linares, SpainGroup
2010Demo Castellon Art FairSpainGroup
2010The Painted HouseUniversity of Jaén, SpainGroup
2010Graffiti-Exhibition on Urban CultureSantiago de Compostela, SpainGroup
2010Collective international exhibitionCartagena, SpainGroup
2010Urban art festival XtaticSplit, CroatiaGroup
2010FireGraffiti House, Linares, SpainGroup
2010Festival Zaragoza CityZaragoza, SpainGroup
2010Graffiti Fine Art SculptureMuseum of Sao Paulo, BrazilGroup
2010JILfestival event (Guest)Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, MexicoGroup
2010MythsLa Casa Pintada, Linares, SpainGroup
2009Fire the MetalPuerto Rico, USAGroup
2009LoveLa Casa Pintada, Linares, SpainGroup
2009PuppetMONTANA GALLERY Barcelona, SpainGroup
2009Art Concerto No 1 in E major op8 rvLa Casa Pintada, Linares, SpainGroup
2009The Painted HousePolytechnic School of Surveyors, Linares, SpainGroup
2009Festival Zaragoza CityZaragoza, SpainGroup
2009PRAY ART CONVENTIONPontedera, ItalyGroup
2009HIP HOP DOME 8Paris, FranceGroup
2009FAIM Art FairMadrid, SpainGroup
2009Winter Group show “WATER”La Casa Pintada, Linares, SpainGroup
2008Arroz con LecheMTN gallery of Valencia, SpainGroup
2008Chess 2mil8La Casa Pintada, Linares, SpainGroup
2008International Festival of Graffiti “Fire to Lata” Rio Piedras Puerto Rico, USAGroup
2008The Incoherence of the consistentPrinardi Gallery, San Juan, Puerto RicoGroup
2008Smart talk, May 68Córdoba, SpainGroup
2008BlueLa Casa Pintada, Linares, SpainGroup
2008Jaén Art FairSpainGroup
2008Silent NightLa Casa Pintada, Linares, SpainGroup
2007BelinLa Casa de La Juventud, Linares, SpainSolo
2007Artistic Europei GiovanCaltanissetta, Sicily, ItalyGroup
2007ARTERYArt fair Monzón, Huesca, SpainGroup
2007Belin I.A.J (Instituto Andaluz de la Juventud), Jaén, SpainSolo
2007Graffiti Puertollano Contest (Judge)Ciudad Real, SpainGroup
2007Graffiti Contest Andalusia (Finalist)Sevilla, SpainGroup
2007Eurocultured ExhibitionManchester, EnglandGroup
2007Eurocultured ExhibitionDublin, IrelandGroup
2007Skate International ChampionshipIbiza, SpainGroup
2007Bum-ExhibitionBilbao, SpainGroup
2007WALL ART Graffiti SevillaSpainGroup
2007ARTjaen (Jaén Art Fair)Jaen, SpainGroup
2007400ml-Graffiti ExhibitionLas Palmas de Gran Canarias, SpainGroup
2006Graffiti ExhibitionMonzón, Huesca, SpainGroup
2006Graffiti contest of the Basque Country (Judge)Tolosa, SpainGroup
2006Graffiti ExhibitionUniversity of Valencia, SpainGroup
2006Festival “Bass Gardens”Madrid, SpainGroup
2006FAIM Art FairMadrid, SpainGroup
2006Art FairAgrigento, Sicily, ItalyGroup
2005Graffiti ExhibitionMonzón, Huesca, SpainGroup
2005Biennial Graffiti “Hispanis Passion”Valencia, SpainGroup
2005Graffiti contest of the Basque Country (Judge)Getxo, SpainGroup
2005Graffiti-MeetingHassmersheim, GermanyGroup
2005Art ChessLinares, SpainGroup
2005Faces of Don QuixoteSpainGroup
2005The biennial Europe and the MediterraneanNaples, ItalyGroup
2004Art ChessLinares, SpainGroup