Picasso's Playground: Art In Barcelona
"Surreal But So Real"
"Often we come up against events in our lives that seem too surreal to be true, but are often the events that impact us the most and are not easily ignored," says Ripo. "This mural presents this phrase in a nearly abstract and at the same time monumental way." 2012, Tudela de Navarra, Spain.
The melted skateboard, left, is made of ceramic and was displayed at the FTC skate shop in Barcelona. The letter G, right, was part of a typography exhibition in Caracas, Venezuela.
Castaeda is an artist and a skateboarder who has been commissioned by companies such as Sweet Skateboards and Crme International to collaborate on deck and apparel art (not pictured). Untitled mixed media.
The splatter-paint "Fool Again" artwork is the cover of the electronic band Garnica's new album.
"To Make a Long Story Short"
Ripo, a native New Yorker who now resides in Barcelona, often blends the heat and bombast of classic graffiti with the cool restraint of text-based art.
Castaeda's most common subject matter is the animal kingdom -- both real and fantastical -- splashed in bright color. Untiled mixed media.
This piece was presented at Ripo's March 2013 solo show, "Cut from the Chase," at White Walls Gallery in San Francisco.
Bird In A Bowl
Barcelona artist Ruben Sanchez painted this skateboard bowl with his welcoming designs.
Alex Castaeda was able to learn from surf and skate artist Thomas Campbell when the latter lived in Barcelona -- and, of course, took inspiration from his love of skateboarding. Untitled mixed media.
Ruben Sanchez painted the shutter of the legendary skate shop FTC in Barcelona. As it does for its home shop in San Francisco, "FTC" stands for "For the City."