Brazilian duo Toys Daniel and Mikael Omik recently spent some time in Barcelona. The duo appear to be on an European tour (seems to be a thing right now) They spent a very productive few days in the city.
I could have featured a plethora of pieces from either artist as they painted NINE different times in their short time here. Like I said, productive! Who wants to see the sights anyway!
I’m not really sure why I chose this piece to share this week. I think possibly because it was the only ‘real’ collaboration they did. That and the fact it’s in my old neighbourhood, just a few minutes from where I used to live.
The location is quite important on this one. This wall is one of a few here that don’t seem to be ‘legal’ but the authorities just leave artists in peace to paint there. I have zero clue how the council/police decide on what to prosecute/buff and what not too… It confuses the hell out of me if I am being honest.
Anyway, this one is in my old hood and actually is quite an unusual place to paint as it’s not a popular spot. I lived there for two years and never saw a single artist paint there, all the pieces popped up overnight. Maybe Toys Daniel and Mikael Omik got a tip off about this place or maybe they just walked by and thought, yep this is the spot. Would be interesting to find out.
Onto the piece itself, about time I hear you scream. The duo might work together constantly but their work is very different. Toys Daniel creates a wide range of designs, working on characters, writing and geometric textures. On this piece he has went for a playful looking character. This cheeky lil guy is acknowledging Omik’s character with a two fingered salute. I love his little rosy cheeks, maybe he’s a little embarrassed to meet the cute girl in front of him?!
Mickael Omik’s work around Barcelona mostly featured this sweet red haired girl. A lot of his work features female characters, some being quite realistic in style, some more cartoonish. This one falls into the latter category. One of Omik’s other pieces here featured a very similar character called Onika. That piece was called ‘nervous finger’ This character is also flashing a single finger so maybe both characters are just a bit shy?
Both artists are at this years Art AeroRap festival now so if any reader is near Leon, Spain, go and check out there new mural!