Fasim /   Germán Bel Ferrandiz

Spain 1972

Graffiti, Painting


Germán Bel Ferrandiz
May 28, 2019
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Fasim, aka Germán Bel Ferrandiz, is a self-taught painter born in Barcelona, Spain. From a very early age, he began working in the urban art where he will be one of the pioneers of the Spanish scene. Henry Chalfant played an important role in Fasim’s career and will be a key piece in his later artistic development. Fasim met Futura 2000 in Barcelona, from whom he learned the artistic creations on canvas and the beginning of urban art, today renamed street art, in Europe. In 1992, the artist traveled to Paris to the studio of JonOne and the BadBC in the Hôpital éphémère where he resided for a few days and contemplated the creation process on canvas and the appearance of urban art in art galleries. He also entered 156allstarz.

Fasim - TERRA, 2018
Fasim – TERRA, 2018

After his return to Barcelona, he studied at various schools and would regularly visit art galleries, where he met the modern and contemporary avant-garde such as Joan Miró, Clavé, Picasso, Antonio Saura, Antoni Tàpies, Miquel Barceló… Fasim dwells within urban expressionism, although his current work is difficult to catalog.

Fasim - Urban Skills Festival, 2018 - photo credits Jordi Arques
Fasim – Urban Skills Festival, 2018 – photo credits Jordi Arques

Henry Chalfant:

(…) the police and city officials in New York City claimed back in the seventies, that Graffiti was an entry-level crime, leading down the slippery slope to a criminal career. How wrong they have proven to be. I have observed that an apprenticeship in graffiti has led more than a few adolescent taggers and bombers to find brilliant careers as painters, designers, publishers and filmmakers. I find no better example of this phenomenon than Fasim.

Fasim - Open Walls Conference, 2018 - photo credits Marta Ballesta
Fasim – Open Walls Conference, 2018 – photo credits Marta Ballesta

An outstanding exponent of international urban art, Fasim regularly exhibits his work and also makes large-format murals in festivals where artistic experimentation is the main motivation. He currently lives in Valencia where he has set up his workshop and where he works every day.

Featured image: Fasim – portrait. Photo credits Juani Ruz
All images and text courtesy of the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2018Fasim / Down By Law / Works on paperLinea6 BackstoreSolo
2018Rue BarcelonaGalerie Deux6Group
2018EngARTjolatsLa ModeloGroup
2017Utopies Urbaines #2FIACGroup
2017Vente aux encheres de Street Art 2017GalartisGroup
2017Connection linesCreative DebutsGroup
2017On/Off: Cuando el graffiti salta del muroDuran Online GalleryGroup
2016DistortionsRed GalleryGroup
2016Road to MukonoSwinton & Grant GalleryGroup
2015 156Allstarz 30th AnniversaryThe Bronx Museum Of The ArtsGroup
2015Barcelona MiaGalerie CelalGroup
2014Johnny paint me motherfuckerEspacio CaliforniaGroup
2014MED street artImaginart GalleryGroup
2013Cuadros colgados de un ganchoColegio Oficial de Arquitectos de GranadaGroup
2013FARTStudio StoreGroup
2013Ephemeral muralBlacklab 22Solo
2012Cronicas de Pueblo NuevoNiu GalleryGroup
2012Keith Haring MemorandumHotel Barcelu RavalGroup
2012Homenaje a MoebiusMTN GalleryGroup
2012Straight From The UndergroungBlackLab22Group
2012Cabezas/HeadsLa MinusculaSolo
2012Espanish ConexionHigh Roller Society GalleryGroup
2011Niu 5,5Niu GalleryGroup
2011I was here!Mtn GallerySolo
2011Exit 10 anos dejando huellaMuseo de Arte Contemporaneo de BarcelonaGroup
2011Exit 10 anos dejando huellaA&D GalleryGroup
2011Subculture IISC GalleryGroup
2010ReVelionSC GallerySolo
2010Art transitMtn GalleryGroup
2009RaicesMontana GalleryGroup
2007The jacket battleNiu GalleryGroup
2006Pintures Salvatges des de La MakabraNiu GalleryGroup
200439 artistas del graffiti sobre lienzoIguapop GalleryGroup
2003Expo KosmopoliteTaxi GalleryGroup