Artstigators around the World: Daniel García @ Valparaiso, Chile

For the last four months Daniel García has been traveling around South America and sharing his rich cultural, natural, social, artistic [all sorts of] experiences with us through his Instagram account @dgarcia.sv

Journey of an Artstigator got lucky last week when Daniel visited the magical city of Valparaiso, Chile and shared with us some of his artsy finds.

Valparaiso is located on the mid-Pacific Coast of Chile and is known for its street art, bohemian culture, and seaside views.

Just like is the case in other cities around the world, street art has been used as a form of peaceful protest under oppression. For Chile it was under the regime of Augusto Pinochet in the 70’s. To this day street art continues to play an important role in the freedom of expression of the Chilean people, especially in Valparaiso where street art is legal.

We asked Daniel a couple of questions to get a feel of Valparaiso and have a deeper understanding of the role street art plays in this creative oasis.

1. What was your first impression of Valparaiso?

DG: Valparaiso is very different from every other city I've visited so far. Street art is literally in every corner of this colorful place, giving the city a unique bohemian vibe. Valpo (as called by locals) invites you to walk its narrow uphill streets and discover what masterpiece is painted around the next corner.

2. What’s the relationship between the people from Valparaiso and the street art scene?

DG: People and street art have a very close relationship here. Local government and citizens encourage artists to express themselves on the city's murals. Thanks to this, Valparaiso has become a popular destination for tourists and artstigators from all over the world!

3. How has globe-trotting changed your life?

DG: Sometimes we get caught up in all the negative things this world throws at us that we forget that we live in a planet filled with so much beauty and endless positive things to offer. Traveling is changing my perspective; it’s changing me.

Follow Daniel on his 6-month adventure @dgarcia.sv and contact us if you’d like to share your street art finds. We love featuring artstigators on #AlternativeJourneys!

street art valparaiso
street art valparaiso
street art valparaiso
street art valparaiso

All photographs are by: Daniel García

 

“Mis Muertos | Dead Relations” by Uriginal

Last week we visited the N2 Gallery at Carrer Enric Granados for the exhibit opening “Mis Muertos” by Catalan artist Uriginal.

In this exhibit Uriginal takes iconic works of art - such as Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers”, Velázquez’ “Las Meninas,” or Picasso’s “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon”- and has re- created them through the lens of a 21st century artist. I thought this was phenomenal!

The Bacchus by Uriginal, reminds me of The Bacchus by Caravaggio

The Bacchus by Uriginal, reminds me of The Bacchus by Caravaggio

When I was studying Art History at Rollins I took a "Women in Art" class and we literally spent a whole week discussing Picasso's "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon."

We analyzed it through the male gaze point of view and discussed hours on end the impact of African colonization and the exotic in Western art.

Well, long story short... when I walked into the gallery, I was surprised to see Uriginal’s take on this work of art!

He created a different take on Picassos’s work 100 years later! The central figures in his work are Western icons - #BradPitt and #GeorgeClooney- and they're male! And, the women on the side are no longer wearing masks but are directly, powerfully staring back at the viewer.

His ability to depict jewelry and intricate tapestry in his works was also mystical:

This work was done in collaboration with Miss Van, a favorite as well <3

This work was done in collaboration with Miss Van, a favorite as well <3

Napoleon Pride

Napoleon Pride

Visit Uriginal’s works in N2 Gallery, the exhibit will be open until September 22nd.

Story by: Journey of an Artstigator