Until a little over a year ago, he was a true layman on the subject of urban art. He had heard such a concept and, more or less, knew what he meant. However, it would not be until March 2018 when I would have the opportunity to make, on my own, a true urban art tour. It was in Glasgow and the experience left me so amazed that I repeated it in Ghent, Antwerp Y Valencia.
I have admired works of art that decorate facades of buildings, parks, ports, warehouses, hangars, or any other structure of cities. Murals usually have a social complaint factor, although sometimes they simply reflect the mood of the artist or a vital expression.
Street artists - both anonymous and others who have gone from clandestinity to a reputation and are claimed to give a special touch to different cities - that with their murals give color and life to the cities.
The first, and only, urban art tour that I have been able to enjoy in Spain is that of Valencia.
Valencia is a bright city for which I feel a special affection. The remodeled channel of the Turia exerts an urban lung again and the historic center has charming corners to walk before taking a bath in the waters of the Malvarrosa.
It is precisely in the historic center where almost all the murals are found They use buildings as canvas.
The historic center, living canvas
There are several artists who have filled the center of Valencia with color. Most of them are local, like Esik (lover of abstract art and who began his work in the 90s), Cere and Juliet XF, but also Italians (like Blu and Erica Il Cane) or Argentines, like Hyuro, a girl resident in Valencia.
In addition, you can also find works by Escif, which is known in the graffiti circles as the Spanish Banksy.