Caballero Aguila Street Painting Street painting photos of 'Caballero Aguila' at Festival Bella Via 08 in Monterrey, Mexico. The street painting was created by the team of Cuong Nguyen, Anthony Cappetto, and Marina Escamilla, as a tribute to Mexican artist Jesus Helguera, who created the original art in 1956.
Artisphere International Arts Festival 2008 Photo Album 3-D street painting 'Koi Pond' from Rod Tryon and traditional 2D reproduction of 'Mount Parnassus' by street painting artist Hani Shihada.
The street paintings were created for the Artisphere International Arts festival in Greeenville, South Carolina from April 18th through April 20th , 2008.
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Streetpainting.tv's Wendy Stum sat down with Rosy Loyola, Festival Director of the Festival Bella Via 2008 in Monterrey, Mexico to talk about the Festival, the many artists who participate, and the promising future for street painting art in Mexico.
Streetpainting.tv received this article from Rosa Maria Leal, one of the Festival Bella Via Monterrey organizers. The article comes from El Sol de Durango online news - Durango, Mexico.
Congratulations to all of the artists and organizers!
El Sol de Durango
2 de diciembre de 2008
Redacción/El Sol de Durango
Durango, Durango.- Así lucen las obras pintadas en el asfalto que se hicieron dentro del concurso de "Bella Vía". Foto: Redacción/El Sol de Durango.
Durango, Durango.- El Paseo de Las Alamedas se encuentra impregnado de color y talento y permanecerá así durante toda esta semana, pues el pasado fin de semana sus corredores albergaron al Festival Bella Vía (concurso de pintura sobre el asfalto), evento efectuado por el H. Ayuntamiento del Municipio de Durango, como parte de las actividades del Festival de las Bellas Artes "Ricardo Castro", y el cual posiciona a esta ciudad como la segunda a nivel nacional en contar con un suceso de tal relevancia.
El Festival Bella Vía, en el que se inscribieron más de 120 artistas y seleccionados 60 equipos, fue clausurado el pasado domingo ante la presencia de una gran afluencia que presenció el acto en el que los premios a las mejores obras fueron entregados a sus creadores, de manos del alcalde de Durango, Jorge Herrera Caldera, quien se hizo acompañar en el evento de su señora esposa Tere Alvarez del Castillo de Herrera y sus hijos.
En el acto de clausura estuvieron presentes también el cineasta Juan Antonio de la Riva, director general del Instituto de Cultura del Estado de Durango (ICED); Enrique Escajeda González, anfitrión del evento y titular del Instituto Municipal del Arte y la Cultura (IMAC) y Rosy Loyola, directora general del Festival Bella Vía Monterrey.
Un total de 60 equipos de trabajo participaron en el concurso del que resultó triunfador el duranguense Valentino Salas Márquez, con la obra titulada "Los sonidos de la inocencia"; seguido del segundo lugar que fue ocupado por el artista local José Luis Chairez Cumplido, quien reprodujo un retrato de Frida Kahlo.
El tercer lugar fue designado para Ofelia Margarita Botello Morales (García, NL), quien participó con la reproducción de la obra "El cangrejo" de William A. Bouguereau; mientras que la obra titulada "Retrato de Irene Cahan d´Anvers" realizada por Cristian Joana Armendáriz y Claudia Nava Luna, fue la que más votos obtuvo por parte del público.
El equipo conformado por Gerardo Israel de los Ríos y Evangelina Ramírez Hernández, así como el de Alejandra Díaz de León y Karla Rodríguez Castañeda recibieron una mención honorífica por la reproducción de las obras: "El flechador del cielo" y "Las razas", respectivamente.
El acto de clausura fue aprovechado por las autoridades para hacer entrega de reconocimientos a los maestros madonnaris que participaron en el evento como expositores de obra, tales como: Valentina Sforzini (Italia), Carlos Humberto García (NL), Juandrés Vera (NL), Marisol Santillón (NL), Alba Rosa Amezcua (NL), Adriana García (NL) y el artista local Carlos Cárdenas, triunfadores de alguna edición del Festival Bella Vía, versión Monterrey.
Acto seguido, Benjamín Torres Vargas, miembro del jurado hizo uso de la palabra para manifestar que fue muy difícil deliberar para elegir a los ganadores, pues afirmó que todos y cada uno de los artistas participantes cuentan con un gran talento.
Por su parte, el presidente municipal de Durango, Jorge Herrera Caldera felicitó a los participantes y aseveró que, sin lugar a dudas, el evento es un hecho inédito en esta tierra, pues es la primera vez que Durango cuenta con un suceso de esta naturaleza, y añadió que esta ciudad se sitúa como la segunda a nivel nacional, en realizar este tipo de actividad artística, ya que la primera en efectuarla fue Monterrey, NL.
El edil capitalino aprovechó para comentar que el próximo año el Paseo de Las Alamedas será remodelado, y añadió que sin duda alguna habrá de brindarse el merecido apoyo a los artistas locales, con el objetivo de que su trabajo y talento sea difundido no sólo en la localidad, sino también a escala nacional.
Quienes no pudieron congregarse en el Paseo de Las Alamedas, aún tienen la posibilidad de apreciar el trabajo de los artistas participantes en el Festival Bella Vía, pues la exhibición permanecerá en el recinto público durante toda esta semana.
Wendy and I have been fortunate to attend and street paint at Festival Bella Via in Monterrey since the start in 2004.
Unfortunately, streetpainting.tv was unable to attend the Festival Bella Via in Durango due to previous commitments, but we will be glad to post your photos from Durango here on Blog Now on streetpainting.tv.
If you are one of the street painting artists we will be happy to interview you and post pictures of your street painting work. Streetpainting.tv is about giving all street painting artists the opportunity to share your street painting art work and thoughts with our readers.
Streetpainting.tv is pleased to provide an interview with Evan Bissell, a street painter we met in 2003 at the Youth in Art's Italian Street Painting Festival in San Rafael, CA. Evan was part of a team of artists who re-created the Sistine Chapel Ceiling as a large street painting. We've been following his work ever since!
Where do you live?
I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and I was born and raised in Mill Valley, CA.
How old are you?
25 years old.
What is your occupation?
I am an artist educator.
How did you first get interested in street painting?
When I was in middle school my mom took me to the San Rafael Festival and I fell in love with the color and size of everything. It was so different than going to a museum, it made being an artist seem very possible.
How many years have you been street painting?
About 10 years.
How often do you street paint?
Once a year at the San Rafael Festival and sometimes with students through my work with Youth in Arts.
Where have you street painted?
I have street painted in San Rafael, Paris and San Francisco.
Do you have a favorite subject in your street paintings?
I like copying the work of painters who I want to learn from, so I've copied Caravaggio, Goya, Velasquez, Rivera...I usually try to choose work that has a social relevance to it as well. This is public art and the tradition of public work that I have learned the most from is primarily work that speaks to social issues, so I want to respect that as well.
Do you have a favorite artist whose work you like to reproduce?
The above were my favorites to reproduce. I try to choose new people to learn more techniques.
Do you usually work alone or part of a team?
My mom often works on the projects with me and if I bite off more than I can chew any by standing friends are pulled into the process!
How have your grown as an artist in working on team projects?
Most of my other work is about collaboration so I am constantly working with people, trying to assess where our various skills can best be used and complement each other. With street painting the work happens fast and it is in public, so you have to be very present with how you work with people to try to create a unified piece. At the core it is about accessing joyfulness in the process because the piece gets destroyed anyway, so the most important thing is being there and being with the people you're working with.
What is your favorite street painting you have worked on to date?
Hard to say! I have moments that I like about many of them and for different reasons. The Rivera I copied and altered was a huge challenge and I was pleased with how it came out. It was pretty different than most of my other work and much of the work at the festival. The piece is called Pan American Unity and is a section from a mural that is at City College in San Francisco. The lower right side has a section that is about the 'fathers' of that unity, so I changed some of those faces to a more democratic selection of people, including activists like Ella Baker and Dolores Huerta who worked for a comprehensive and long lasting unity.
What do you enjoy most about street painting?
That it gets washed away! I love making things because I love making things, not because I love things. And the relationships, the getting to interact with people, working outside of the studio.
What is the most difficult aspect of street painting?
Choosing the piece. Often times for one reason or another I don't end up doing my first choice because it won't fit or it is too much.
Do you ever compete in street painting competitions?
I have once, I feel ambivalent about it either way though I wouldn't consider myself a competitive painter. I'm going to paint to my ability all the time, it’s about practicing.
Is street painting popular with your peers/friends?
Many people I only see once a year at the festival, it is nice to have a community through street painting.
Have you seen the popularity of street painting grow since you have been doing it?
Definitely. At first it was a strange sort of thing. I remember when people first started asking me to come to different festivals and I realized there was a sort of circuit to it and actually people were getting paid and everything. For me though it has remained pretty much the same. I like the practice, I like getting dirty and talking to people. I like having an excuse to really study a well painted work.
How can this art form be passed down to younger generations?
I've taught a few workshops in schools that were a lot of fun and people were excited about it. One of the things that I always see as a teacher is that art is held as such an elitist practice in our society, both as an issue of class and as an issue of the artist as genius. Street painting is a great entry point because it is so cheap, it is impermanent and it can be done anywhere. You can make mistakes. I think it’s important to emphasize, and this is something I try to do in my teaching, that art is about making mistakes and everyone can make mistakes.
What are your views on street painting as a contemporary art form?
I think it is a great way to shift the importance of art making away from making art needing to be 'ok' within a framing of contemporary art. Street painting is great because people enjoy it, enjoy making it.
How do you feel about experimentation with the street painting art form with new methods of artistic collaboration other than the traditional?
Continuing to work with it in my teaching and potentially for ephemeral public projects.