Barcelona-born muralist Saturno has a knack for the monstrous. The artist recently brought his lush and startling style to walls in London, Los Angeles, and recently, Miami, alongside the annual festivals nearby. His work blends pop culture with a more classical sense of refinement. (Top photo by Drone_Exelbierd.)
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This is the second wall I painted for Art Basel 2019. I’ve had a spectacular first time visiting Miami and participating in Art Basel. I was able to do what I like most in life, and that is to paint, specifically with sprays, in the street on a large wall. It has been a hard month without rest, but it was worth the final result. Thanks to the people of @superchiefgallery for thinking of me for Art Basel this year, and to the people of @manacontemporary and @manawynwood for giving me the opportunity and an incredible spot in the huge Mana Convention Center. Finally, thanks to my friend @drone_exelbierd for the incredible images he took with his drone, the work and connection and no doubt a great work-team brother #thanks 🙏✨ soundtrack by Jamie xx – Gosh 🎧 #artbaselmiami #saturnoart
His biography offers insight into his sensibility: “As a child, near his home, he would contemplate the illuminated signs announcing the weekly films which because of his young age he was unable to watch. This circumstance combined with the mysticism of the seventh art provoked his imagination and this takes him on a journey of no return, towards the lobby of the cinema. Once inside, surrounded by all the film art, he is able to hear the whispers of those “prohibited” films, inducing day after day hundreds of film posters passing in front of his eyes. It’s just about here when he discovers his fascination for fantasy, terrorific and sci-fi genres.”
Find more on Saturno’s site.