You know what would improve your Monday morning in the office? Reading about the works of SM172, Diyeart and Mina Hamada and Zosen Bandido that’s what! So minimise that work tab and take a load off for the next 5 minutes.
Mina Hamada and Zosen Bandido
Starting off this week with this large scale mural from Mina Hamada and Zosen Bandido. These two have been around the Barcelona scene forever but recently their output has been off the charts. Mina in particular has painted a shed load of large walls around the city. This one actually took me a minute to find. As is often the case on IG artists don’t geotag the actual location of their work. I spent a bit of time trying to figure out where it was exactly but to no avail. I ended up finding it accidentally whilst looking for something else last Sunday.
How to describe Mina & Zosen’s work… Playful, abstract, full of imagination and wonder, warm, colourful. I think that would sum it up quite nicely. We don’t get many murals of this size in Barcelona so it’s nice to see one that is just so, happy and positive looking. This mural was done in conjunction with the neighbourhood with residents being asked what they wanted. The final mural shows the cultural diversity of the area with all these weird characters living together in harmony.
SM172 is a (mainly) stencil artist based in Barcelona. I have seen SM’s work since I first stepped out on the streets four years ago. However this piece isn’t just on any street in the city. This multi-layered stencil is hidden away in the mountains to the north of Barcelona. No, I am not going to tell you where so don’t @ me.
This piece is all about the placement. Don’t get me wrong, I love the stencil. It’s of a hooded artist complete with face mask looking like he’s painting illegally. The layers have been done in such a way to make the artist look like he’s covered in paint. Nice touch! But all that being said, just look at where it is! On the roof of an abandoned mansion with the mountains (sorry you can see them) in the background. Absolutely perfect.
This is my first time sharing anything from Diyeart. Mainly because I had never heard of him until last week. The artist also known as Dennis Jones is from Rosario in Argentina and I guess was in BCN on holiday. Not that artists take proper holidays, they are all about that painting aren’t they!
This was one of two pieces that I saw from Diyeart. This one was situated on a legal wall in the Poblenou area of the city. Another legal spot that won’t be around for much longer sadly. Diyeart seems to do a lot of portraits in his work however they are all very distinct and varied. The artist has created a black and white portrait of a male figure here. It’s almost sketchbook like in its style. And the character has quite magnificent hair hasn’t he!
SM172 – Instagram
Diyeart – Instagram