Ivan Floro for Contorno Urbano

Contorno Urbano have recently presented their latest monthly intervention in Barcelona. This months participating artist was Ivan Floro.

This intervention is part of Contorno’s on-going 12+1 project which has seen the organisation recently add two new walls to their existing portfolio. 

It was a shame to see Jay Bisual’s excellent piece disappear (I wrote about it here). However, Ivan more than made up for that disappointment with a stunning mural.

The artwork: Sacred waters | पवित्र पानी

The idea for this months wall came from a concept proposed by Contorno to the artist. The organisers wanted the piece to relate to the work and activities that take place within the civic centre where the wall is situated.

Ivan Floro for Contorno Urbano 12+1 project in Barcelona.
Ivan Floro for Contorno Urbano 12+1 project in Barcelona.

As this is the month of the Diwali, the Hindu lights festival, Floro created Sacred waters inspired by Hindu festivities. As the mural is only temporary, he wanted to create something risky.

In his own words, “I thought about the clash of cultures there is between East and West, how they understand life and death. We celebrate some of their rituals, but we could be shocked by some others”.

Ivan also made referenced to the judgement and prejudices we make about other cultures. “I think beauty is subjective when it’s seen through painting. It becomes a tool that allows me to present a reality that we’re used to judging”. 

Ivan Floro for Contorno Urbano 12+1 project in Barcelona.
Ivan Floro for Contorno Urbano 12+1 project in Barcelona.

The artist

Ivan Floro has painted from a very young age. His career began by painting with sprays in abandoned factories and river beds. However, feeling limited on his knowledge he decided to come closer to an academic point of view.

His current work is far from focusing exclusively on pictorial production and close to observing the process and the comprehension of one self as a creator.

Ivan Floro for Contorno Urbano 12+1 project in Barcelona.
Ivan Floro for Contorno Urbano 12+1 project in Barcelona.

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