The Black-and-White Murals of Paola Delfín

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Paola Delfín’s riveting murals, though monochromatic, are teeming with life on walls across the world. The artist’s recent works, adorning structures in Belgium, Cuba, and Cayman Islands, move between eye-level and towering works, such as the The Crystal Ship piece shown above and below. The artist was born in Mexico City.

On the top mural, located in Ostend, Belgium, for the The Crystal Ship event: “‘The dictatorship of art’ was the theme for this year’s edition, focusing on how important letting you passion and creativity drive you is,” the artist writes. “The mural is located in a social housing project in the outskirts the city, which made me see another side of Oostende and connect in a special way with the locals. There I met Tineke, who is a very inspiring woman, a hard worker who dedicates a lot of energy and effort for the community, keeping the neighbors connected in order to grow and create bigger thing . I included her on top of my mural. Followed by Jasmine @jajasminene , who is an artist and also a super important member of the @thcrstlshp team who made sure everything was going well for all of us, working super hard every day to help us to complete such a beautiful project. And last but not least, Bjørn @bjornvanpoucke who 4 years ago created this project also believing in the importance on following your passion and doing what you love, he was responsible for putting this group of people together qnd bring more art to the city of Oostende. Thanks so much to the 3 of them for all their hard work, for the inspiration and for making the world a happier place, proving that by joining forces together we are stronger.”

See more of the artist’s works below.

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“Atlanchane” Museo del Barro. Metepec, Estado de México 2018. En la antigüedad existía una laguna llamada “Chignahuapan“ los habitantes de este lugar eran conocidos como Matlatzincas (hombres de las redes). Dice la leyenda que entre los matorrales de Tule habitaba una poderosa mujer, con rostro y torso humano, el resto de su cuerpo era mutable dependiendo de su ánimo, si era fiero era de pez asi llenaba de peces las redes de los pescadores, si quería salir a la superficie y pasear le brotaban piernas y pies, una maga anfibia que mantenía el equilibrio entre la tierra y el agua y era consultada para la pesca, la batalla el matrimonio y la siembra. Actualmente la ahora llamada “Tlanchana” es representada en barro, el cual es tambien un pilar de las artes en Metepec💫🔮🧜🏽‍♀️ Gracias a Proyecto Galería Mural , el Museo del Barro de Metepec y a @culturametepec por su hospitalidad y por compartirme su historia preservarla y darle continuidad con tanto amor 🖤🖤🖤 y todas las gracias a la bella Pau Campos por ser la inspiración de este mural 👁️ °°°°°°°°° Tells the leyend that in the ancient now extinct lake "Chignahuapan" there was a mystic powerfull woman living between the "Tule" bushes, her face and torso were human and the rest of her body changed depending her mood, if she felt fierce she had a fish tale helping the fisherman fill their nets with fishes, if she wanted to go to the town and mix with the villagers she grew legs and feet, an amphibious sorceress that held the balance between earth and water, people used to consult her about battle, harvest, fishing and marriage. Now she is known by "La Tlanchana" represented in clay, which is also a gigant pillar in the arts of Metepec ❤️

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