Kiev is currently hosting a large public art program titled Art United Us, curated by Geo Leros, Iryna Kanishcheva and Waone Interesni Kazki. One of the recent artists that visited Ukranian capital in order to participate in this project was Spanish painter Sebas Velasco.
For this piece the artist put together a collage of images that he noticed and liked around Kiev – the architecture, the lettering used, local graffiti, lights, signs and colors of the night. Strongly influenced by the realistic painters from the beginning of 20th century, the works is sort of a nod to the local masters such as Ilia Repin or Mykola Pymonenko. In that sense Velasco accents his painterly technique, the marks of the brush, the use of color, the line, density and texture, over the image or the meaning of it. With the main character being one of the locals that invited the artist and his friend over for a dinner, the mural was also a thank you gesture to the kind stranger.
Photo credit by Geo Leros