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Freedom of a Street Artist - A Talk with Gonzalo Borondo

November 26, 2015
Anika Dačić graduated in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory from the Faculty of Philology in Belgrade and is currently pursuing MA in Literary and Cultural Studies. Her interests lie in social and cultural aspects of contemporary art production and she especially enjoys writing about street and urban art. Likes to knit, play adventure video games and host quiz nights at a local bar.

Street art in all its aspects and manifestations is nowadays one of the most popular global art phenomena on the rise. From street art festivals to large-scale mural commissions, and proliferation of artworks, conveniently shared globally via social networks and websites which specialize in this form of artistic expression, street art seems to be practically everywhere, and not only on the streets. The interesting thing is that unlike graffiti as its forerunner, street art and contemporary muralism are widely accepted and supported by the communities and art connoisseurs alike. The institutional support street art is getting now also sparks some debates whether the subcultural phenomena is turning into something more than casual and spontaneous artistic expression. Artists are always the best persons to turn to when these questions are being raised and Gonzalo Borondo kindly agreed to shed some light on the subject.

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Borondo – PADRE at UpNorth festival 2015 ©Henrik Haven

The Poetry of Walls and Freedom of Expression

Spanish artist Borondo is perhaps one of the most fascinating and innovative artists on the scene today. His work is constantly evolving and taking many shapes and forms. From his original glass scratching method to fire experiments, astonishing large-scale murals and paintings executed on any material except canvas, Borondo’s artworks are always surprisingly original. This dedication to artistic experiments is what certainly brought international recognition to the artist. There are several layers in Borondo’s work and each artistic endeavor requires a different approach. In this interview, Borondo talks about the challenges he faces as the artist daily, especially now when his attention is divided between the studio works, mural painting, and experimental street art projects. The priceless things we discovered are how important freedom and spontaneity are for Borondo, and how difficult it is for the artists nowadays to stay true to themselves in the ever-evolving and market-oriented art scene.

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Borondo – Windows installation, donde unos ven muros otros ven ventanas, Nuart 2014. Photo credit Ian Cox

Exploring the Street Art Phenomena with Borondo

What is the difference between graffiti, street art, and contemporary muralism? Borondo certainly likes to underline this difference and if you want to find out why you should definitely listen to this talk Widewalls senior editor Bojan Maric shared with the artist.

The nature of public art isn’t the only subject they tackled and there are many other exciting topics they discussed over the course of the interview. I know all Borondo admirers are pretty anxious to be left in peace to hear this talk, so I’ll leave you to it. Enjoy!

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Scroll down for more Borondo’s works and the video capturing his work on the Narcissus

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Borondo – Untitled at Lodz Mural festival, Lodz, Poland, 2015
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Borondo – Memorie Urbane Gaeta 2013. Photo Blind Eye
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Borondo – Les trois ages for Nuit Blanche Paris 2014. Photo credit Jérôme Thomas
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Borondo – MEMENTO MORI by Chiara Pietropaoli e Chiara Caprasecca Edition Yard Press
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Borondo – MEMENTO MORI by Chiara Pietropaoli e Chiara Caprasecca Edition Yard Press
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Borondo – L’arena delle balle di Paglia 2013, Cotignola Italy. Photo credit Marco Miccoli
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Borondo – Kuroi at Meeting del Mare 2015 in Marina di Camerota (IT). Photo credit Fabiano Caputo
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Left: Borondo – Narcissus – London, 2014. Photo credit Fabiano Caputo / Right: Borondo – ANIMAL solo show – Alveare
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Borondo – ANIMAL solo show – Control in collaboration with Edoardo Tresoldi
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Borondo – ANIMAL solo show – Entranas
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Borondo – Fer Llenya at Openwalls Conference, Barcelona (SP), 2015
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Borondo scratching on glass in Bordeaux (FR), 2011

Featured images: First two: Borondo working at studio 2015 ©Julie Aramburu; Last two: Borondo London studio 2014. Photo by Fabiano Caputo. All images courtesy of the artist