A few weeks ago I caught wind of a graffiti jam in the town of Molins de Rei about 18km to the west of Barcelona. I’m not shy to admit that I only recognised one name on the line up so thought it would be an opportunity to see a new place, some new art and hopefully find some new artists who’s work I’d love.
I definitely found plenty of the latter. As I said I only recognised one name on the event poster and that was Marta Antares who’s work I had honestly only found for the first time a few weeks ago after seeing a piece on the streets then going down the Instagram rabbit hole to find out who it was by.
Marta created the beautiful portrait piece below. Her work seems to focus on eyes and this one was no different. A very vibrant piece. Was lucky to snap a quick pic of her sketchbook as well which was pretty cool.
Her piece was attached to the fantastic owl you can see in the same shot below. This piece was done by one half of the rap duo Statu Quoniam but I am not sure which half unfortunately. I’m still lacking in a little bit of information on some of these pieces sadly. He clearly is a very talented man though, painting at this level along with creating music.
One artist who’s work I’ll be keeping an eye on in the future is Clef One who created this excellent killer robotic spray can piece ‘spray wars’ I’m always a sucker for a cartoon style piece and this one most definitely falls into that category. I also like the fire extinguisher wielding character to the side of the robot who’s coming to our rescue, some really good wall placement there.
The piece that headlines my rambles is something pretty special and my favourite from the event. Yet again an artist who I had no idea existed, isn’t it crazy that so many really great artists exist in this small town just outside of Barcelona and they fly completely under the radar? Maybe that’s their plan I don’t know…
Anyway, the piece is by Oriol M. Catheura and I love it. As soon as I saw it from the other side of the festival I was straight over to check it out It’s a very creative piece of a hooded character wearing special goggles inspecting a fish in giant glass container. There’s a real sci-fi vibe to the piece and it really stood out.
Oriol is another artist who’s work I am really paying attention to now and he has already followed up on this with another excellent piece elsewhere in the town which I will hopefully see soon.
I’ve shared some more shots of the event below, unfortunately I’m short of names and possibly the worlds worst at reading burners so they are un-tagged as such. Also the bad weather on the Sunday meant I couldn’t get final shots of everything so there’s a few pieces missing but at least you can get a glimpse of some of the really talented artists that are all over the country and see that great art isn’t limited just to the big cities.