Barcelona is a pretty popular destination for travelling artists all year round but the summer is for sure the busiest time. With so many festivals going on throughout Europe between May and September artists tend to stop off here in between festival appearances and throw up a couple of walls. Sometimes these artists arrive, paint a wall then hop back on a plane, other times they have a few days to play with and meet up with local artists and make some collaborative pieces.
One artist who’s been in the city recently is Apitatan. The artist from Ecuador was in Europe for an almost rock band style tour of festivals from the Canary Isles to Amsterdam with a lot more in between.
Apitatan actually stopped by twice during this visit to Europe leaving us with three wonderful walls. He also painted a fourth piece with NGW favourite DavidL in an abandoned spot but unfortunately I haven’t had the time to get myself up there yet to check it out.
The pieces Apitatan created in Barcelona are all full of references to Latin American culture with the characters wearing Alpaca style hats or tribal headwear, tattoos and jewellery. These characters have very sharp box like features but each one has a very different look to the next. They have the look of an artist who has a recognisable style but is constantly striving to improve and switch things up with each wall.
All of these pieces are so vibrant with such a wide range of colours used. I’m always impressed when an artist takes the time to produce pieces like these, on legal walls no less, with so much attention to detail. Those intricate lines on the tribal tattoos or the alpaca hat really are something special. Mix that with the great use of fades underneath the eyes and beards of the characters and you have some truly excellent pieces.
I for one am already looking forward to his next visit to Barcelona but in the meantime check out some of his work below.