3TTMAN - Louis Lambert is 3TTMAN, or to aid in its proper pronunciation, Trois Têtes Man, the agitador de medio ambiente. As a key presence in the contemporary urban art scene in Madrid, he has formed an aesthetic combining the punk heritage of graffiti, its do-it-yourself, by any means necessary attitude, with a style showing a strong influence of both vernacular, and popular religious art. Working on a plethora of surfaces (from billposters to self-laid concrete), and utilising a myriad of techniques (from ceramics to mosaics), Lambert’s production purposefully blurs the boundary between art and craft, challenging prevailing conceptions of ‘correct’ practice in both the fine and public-art worlds.
Billy/Alex has a passion for colour and communicates a visual punch that will make anyone break into a smile. Working both in her studio and on the streets, she spends a lot of her time on the road between London, Berlin and South Africa.
FAFI - Born and raised in Toulouse France, Fafi's strong presence in the graffiti and fine arts scene was first witnessed on her hometown walls in 1994. Back then, as she was painting and hustling, her sexy, funny, and sometimes aggressive girlcharacters made the whole world look and help kick-start a whole new graphic language; by exploring feminity through stereotypes, and using it to her advantage, she drew enormous attention and thus started to travel the world with thousands of Fafinettes in her brushes and paint cans. Read more about her here, and follow her on Instagram
If Hell'o started by using exterior walls as their canvas, it’s within the walls of the studio that the uniform and homogeneous identity of the duo was forged. Quite rapidly the strict aesthetic codes that they established based on mastering the line and graphic leitmotiv, were applied to designs, paintings, sculptures and installations. The creative approach is characterised by an extremely conventional freedom paired with meticulous execution. Their universe is inhabited by a surrealistic bestiary of mysterious animals, hybrid characters, architecture and badass geometry. Their references indistinctly fuse with medieval folklore, esoterism, techno music, the Memphis Design group, 17th century engraving, ancient mythology, surrealism, … Small narrative scenes, sometimes juxtaposed, can have a certain meaning or simply be absurd, but the humour and mockery of Hell’O leaves this open to the viewers’ own interpretation. Oxymorons and dichotomy are what makes their rhetoric successful. Playing with duality and satire, the collective constantly bounces back and forth between the attraction and repulsion of a paradoxically structured chaos.
AITCH: When it comes to art, Romanian artist Aitch - or Heliana Adalgiza to her nearest and dearest – is a bit of a jack-of-all-trades. Preferring not to settle for nailing just one artform, the multi-talented lass tries her hand at lino-cutting, painting, drawing, and even ceramics, and we're thrilled to bits with the whole damn lot. (Source: Frankie magazine)
BEASTMAN: "My ongoing body of artwork is a continued exploration of a futuristic vision, a new visual aesthetic and narrative universe. The works depict a latent cosmical ecosystem of hope and survival, a world inhabited by new lifeforms whose supernatural origins are suggested through concentric symmetry, repetition and vibrant details." BEASTMAN lives in Sydney, Australia.
Buff Monster: The color pink, a symbol of confidence, individuality and happiness, is present in everything Buff Monster creates. Originally known as a street artist, over the last fifteen years, he’s worked on an impressive variety of projects. He’s also created a variety of limited edition collectibles including vinyl and resin toys, prints, shirts, stickers and two series of his ambitious trading cards/stickers called The Melty Misfits. He’s worked with some of the most recognizable brands such as Disney, Converse, Hello Kitty, Samsung, Coca-Cola and others.
Good Wives And Warriors (GWAW) - Becky Bolton and Louise Chappell have been working collaboratively as Good Wives and Warriors since 2007, soon after graduating from the Painting Department at The Glasgow School of Art. They divide their time between designing large-scale installations for fine art settings and undertaking design commissions for companies in the UK and abroad, including Absolut Vodka, Tiger Beer, Swarovski, Adidas, Chevrolet and Swatch. They have exhibited around the world, including shows in Berlin, Paris, Melbourne, Buenos Aires, San Francisco and Sao Paulo and have been featured in a number of publications and books including ICON Magazine, Wired Magazine and the Taschen books Illustration Now!3 and Portraits. They are currently based in London. Follow them on Tumblr. Read an interview with them.
Internationally recognized contemporary public artist and award-winning painter Alex Brewer, known as HENSE, has been creating colorful works of art combining techniques of street art and abstract painting for nearly two decades.
HENSE combines the quick pace and point-of-view of street culture with tumultuous compositions often characterized by highly keyed color, vertiginous line and biomorphic shapes. (Michael Rooks - Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at The High Museum of Art.) See more of his work here. Follow him on Instagram and Facebook.
Nicolas Barrome was born in Saint Jean de Luz in 1980. He grew up in the Basque country and made his debut in School of Applied Arts in Bordeaux, before launching illustration collective Jeanspezial with his friends. Passionate about cinema and staging, obsessed with frames and textures, his world is made of detailed, often complex images, mixing all kinds of hairy animals, squinting dogs, giant octopus giving life to fruits and vegetables and everything inbetween. (Source: International Designers Network magazine 23.1)
Diskorobot’s work is characterized by vibrant weaving of abstract codes, quotes and memories of his life. He officially began painting in the graffiti scene in the early 90`s in Halle Neustadt, an artificially planned boomtown in the east of Germany, where he also studied at Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design. He is a member and one of the founders of KLUB7 artist collective, which is known for its large-scale murals and site-specific performances in the public space in Berlin and around the globe. Currently, his favorite tools are feather pen and ink on paper. Follow him on Instagram and https://vimeo.com/113095294Vimeo.
HEDOF - Rick Berkelmans' (1986) work consists of a vibrant mix of strong shapes, weird characters and bold colors. Never being too much in your face, Berkelmans always makes sure his work is packed with a certain attitude, casual but clever, tactile but professional. The distinctive touch to his work is Rick's love for printing techniques, which combines his fresh illustrations with a nice vintage look. Rick lives and works in Breda where he runs his one-man design studio Hedof. With a combination of commercial projects and exhibitions he raised his profile on an international level. Follow him on Instagram and Facebook.
Agostino Iacurci was born in Foggia in 1986, lives and works in Rome. In his works of synthetic forms and bright colors, through an essential language, he is capable of driving multiple layers of interpretation. This approach places his tales on the perennial threshold between innocence and artifice, serenity and catastrophe, in a magnetic tension that is the interpretive key to our very existence. In 2013, for the “Fubon Art Foundation” in Taipei, he made an installation on a 21 store high skyscraper and he has been selected to represent Italy at “Le Tour 13” in Paris. In 2016, together with Italian Cultural Institute in New Delhi and Start India, realized the first, all-over monumental painting, on an Indian Metro Station. Follow him on Instagram and Facebook.