Pez/ Unknown

Spain 1976

Painting, Murals

www.el-pez.com

Pez
Unknown
Male
Spain
1976

Pez or El Pez is a pseudonym for a Barcelona-born artist who began his artistic career by writing his tag on the streets of hometown in 1999. Searching for an original language to interact with the pedestrians, the Spanish artist soon shifted from writing his tag to using the figure of a grinning fish which led to the emergence of his current moniker – El Pez (The Fish in Spanish). Over the years the images of smiling fish have evolved to a varied range of characters and doodles that are easily recognizable.

Pez - 100 con Autopista Norte - Bogota, Colombia - photo credits - Ekosystem
Pez – 100 con Autopista Norte, Bogota, Colombia, photo credits – Ekosystem

Soon after El Pez had invaded the streets of Spain’s second most populated city, he went on to travel to Madrid, Pamplona, Las Palmas, Valencia, Bilbao, Sevilla, as well as to various European metropolis including Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Milan. Pez’s colourfull and jolly works became instantly recognizable throughout Europe thanks to its uniqueness, as well as the artist’s perseverance and hard work.

In 2006 he traveled to South America to paint in Venezuela, Colombia and Peru. Being part the K-Swiss Tour, El Pez travelled to the some of the biggest Asia’s cities including to Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai, Tokyo, Seoul, Taipei. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions, festivals and international art fairs in Bogotá, Amsterdam, Lausane, Barcelona, Hamburg, Paris, London, New York, Oslo, Madrid, Portland, Dubai, Bratislava and Los Angeles, to name a few.

El Pez’s colourfull and jolly works are instantly recognizable throughout Europe

Pez - Parc de Belleville, Paris, France, photo credits - artist
Pez – Parc de Belleville, Paris, France, photo credits – artist

His work has appeared in documentaries such as Bomb It-The Movie; Muros Libres; Free Walls; and A Primer on Urban Painting, as well as in street art books Street Logos; Art of Rebellion; Street Art; Bcn New York; and in specialized magazines and graffiti culture websites. In 2011 Pez decided to create his own line of products: graffiti spray cans, backpacks, mobile cases, and apparel.

The artist is represented by Azart Gallery in New York, Galerie Celal in Paris, and Vertical Gallery in Chicago.

El Pez lives in Spain.

All images used for illustrative purposes only

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2014Unsanctioned ArtThe Mine, Dubai, UAEGroup
2013Infinite Colors, exhibition in the Mouteuka Norway Fashion Week contextOslo, NoruegaGroup
2013The Power of SmileLas Dos Coronas gallery, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2013Wall Parc de Belleville, Paris, FranceGroup
2013Barcelona Street Tales, exhibition with Zosen, ArtyFarty Artspace gallery, Köln, GermanyGroup
2013From Born with HumourBorn Art gallery, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2013Bratislava Street Art Festival, European Tour 2013Bratislava, SlovakiaGroup
2013White nightBogota, ColombiaGroup
2012Pez, Smiling since 1999Tony’s Gallery, London, UKGroup
2012TedxBogota Live EdimburgoBogota, ColombiaGroup
2012Swab Art FairBarcelona, SpainGroup
2012Las Calles HablanBarcelona, SpainGroup
2012Odeon Contemporanean Art FairBogota, ColombiaGroup
2012Ard*Pop-Up Graffiti ShowOslo, NoruegaGroup
2012Espanish Conexion exhibition, organized by High Roller SocietyLondon, UKGroup
2012Exhibition with Alexander Mijares, in the ART BASEL contextW South Beach Hotel, Miami, FloridaGroup
2011Kenor-Pez, Amigo mucho fushion showGalo Art Gallery, Torino, ItaliaGroup
2011Miami Art BaselBogota, ColombiaGroup
20108 Salon de Arte Contemporaneo DiversidadGaleria Casa Cuadrada, Bogota, ColombiaGroup
2010Pez2009Exhibition Art Space Luciernaga, Bogota, ColombiaGroup
2009CorrequetepiyoEl Garage gallery, Bogota, ColombiaGroup
2009Sonria Por FavorWellDone Gallery, Barcelona, SpainSolo
2009Espacio Espora,wall 5×10m With DjluMadrid, SpainGroup
2009Festival Dj’s Contra la Fam, Live PaintBarcelona, SpainGroup
2009ZooBrick Lane Gallery, LondonGroup
2009Live Paint La Otra, International Contemporanean Art FairBogota, ColombiaGroup
2009Show Off, International Contemporanean Art FairNukod Gallery, Paris, FranceGroup
2009Graffiti wall 7×5mPalais de Tokio, Paris, FranceGroup
2009Bkmia. Artfair, Miami in the ART BASEL contextMiami, FloridaGroup
2009Million Associes, Street Art AuctionParis, FranceGroup
2008Poliniza, International Graffiti FestivalValencia, SpainGroup
2008Free Artists, Free citiesVicious Gallery, Hamburg, GermanyGroup
2008Bread & Butter, drawing, stand installation Motana ColorsBarcelona, SpainSolo
2008Free Artist, free CitiesBarcelona, SpainGroup
20084 geezersAdhoc Gallery Brooklyn, NY city, USAGroup
20083 AmigosBase Elements Gallery, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2008Big Geezers, Scion installationLos AngelesGroup
2007K-Spray3 Tour, drawing in Shows for K-SwissSingaporeGroup
2007Iconograff, Graphic exhibition and performanceSta Cruz de Tenerife, SpainGroup
2007Sonriendo desde 1999Impactes Visuals Gallery, Sabadell, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2007A pintar, performanceMataro, Barcelona, SpainGroup
200730m wall for sportive installationsSant Adria de Besos, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2007Downtown Reggae FestivalBarcelona, SpainGroup
2007Los MartinezMiscelanea Gallery, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2007My FriendMad Turnip Galery, Paris, FranceGroup
2007Ciutat Interior, Kenor+PezEspacio artistico contemporaneo Niu Gallery, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2006Jaminline, graffiti performancePamplona, SpainGroup
2006Decibelio Festival, graffiti performanceBelio Magazine, Madrid, SpainGroup
2006Mesa y Lopez, graffiti performanceLas Palmas de Gran Canaria, SpainGroup
2006Desfase, Graffiti Urban Art FestivalBogota, ColombiaGroup
2005Bollocks, International Street Art exhibitionDavid Adamson Gallery, WashingtonGroup
2005Big geezersHenks Gallery, AmsterdamGroup
2005Surface Tension, graffiti performanceCork, IrelandSolo
2005Smiling from BarcelonaMeninguer Hostel, BerlinSolo
2005Vs ColorsLausane, SwitzerlandGroup
2005StikersMexicoGroup
2005Zosen Vs PezCasal de cultura San Adrian, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2004Bread & Butter, installation for Leust and customized clothesBerlin, GermanyGroup
2004PezMontana Gallery, BarcelonaSolo
2003Bulk, graffiti performanceMilan, ItalySolo
2003Exhibition Pez zoneZum Zum Gallery, BarcelonaGroup
2002Nine YardsNine yards Skate Shop, Barcelona, SpainSolo
2002Installation and performanceCarhartt shop, Barcelona, SpainSolo
2002Graffiti exhibitionIguapop Gallery, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2002Leust exhibitionMagda Danise Gallery, Paris, FranceGroup