The world traveling Spanish artist, SpY, was recently painting in his home country, in the northern city of Santander. Using only black paint on this large white wall, SpY has made another thought provoking urban intervention by painting the word EGO for the city’s inhabitants to see. SpY has been active in the urban art world since the mid-80s, starting out as as a graffiti writer. He has since moved his work more into the visual art side of things – paintings, sculptures, arrangements, urban tampering. Perhaps he is inviting people to look in themselves, in their minds, and to explore their thoughts and feelings. From this exploration may come a better understanding of one’s psyche, and from that, perhaps people may be more open to understanding other’s views. Meditate on that!
His work involves the appropriation urban elements through transformation or replication, commentary on urban reality, and the interference in its communicative codes. The bulk of his production stems from the observation of the city and an appreciation of its components, not as inert elements but as a palette of materials overflowing with possibilities. Filled with equal parts of irony and positive humor, they appear to raise a smile, incite reflection, and to favor an enlightened conscience. We love seeing the ingenious work by SpY, the cleverness, the execution, the placement, and the social commentary packed in each intervention of his! Be sure to follow the link to his artist page and see his other projects.