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More Than 70 International Artists Descend on Cincinnati for BLINK, a Massive Mural and Light Festival

October 20, 2022

Grace Ebert

For the first time since 2019, the largest public art and light festival in the U.S. brought a spate of new works to Cincinnati. More than 70 artists from around the world gathered in mid-October for BLINK, a four-day event that spanned 30 blocks across the Midwestern city. In attendance were quite a few artists featured previously on Colossal, including Max Sansing (previously), PichiAvo (previously), Shantell Martin (previously), Nespoon (previously), and Faith XLVII (previously). We've gathered some of our favorite works created during this year's event—you'll find Martin's signature line-drawn figures…

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New Walls and Canvases by PichiAvo That Mix Classic Greek Imagery With Graffiti Writing

March 30, 2016

Christopher Jobson

Although PichiAvo (previously) have continued to focus on their signature style of classic Greek gods and mythology intermixed with graffiti writing, their works have now migrated off the wall and onto the canvas. The duo still produces stories-high murals, like the two they contributed to the Puerto Street Art Festival in late 2015, but have also begun to incorporate their work into a gallery setting. This past December they presented two acrylic and aerosol canvases at SCOPE art fair with C.A.V.E. Gallery, each appearing like a cross-section of one of their…

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A Graffiti-Covered Mural by PichiAvo Converts a Pipe into Cupid’s Arrow

April 22, 2020

Grace Ebert

French artist François-Joseph Bosio notably left his iconic marble sculpture Cupid with a Bow (1808) without the actual weapon. In a recent rendering by Valencia-based duo PichiAvo (previously), though, the Roman god is outfitted with a long arrow fashioned out of a preexisting horizontal duct. The graffiti-laden mural was PichiAvo's contribution to the 2020 Wonderwalls Festival in Port Adelaide. Known for Urbanmythology—a style that blends urban artwork and Greek and Roman mythology—PichiAvo seamlessly merges the two into vibrant, large-scale compositions. The street artists…

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A Melting Polar Bear and Surreal Wildlife Sculptures Burn in the Annual Falles Spectacle

March 23, 2022

Grace Ebert

After a COVID-related hiatus, the annual Falles festival in Valencia, Spain, returned this year with an extravagant celebration full of flames and sparks. The five-day pyrotechnic event draws thousands of people into the streets each March to witness fireworks, explosions, and a variety of sculptures burn to the ground, and at the heart of this year's production was a 23-foot polar bear by artist Antonio Segura, aka Dulk (previously). Following works by PichiAvo, Okuda San Miguel, and Escif in previous iterations, Dulk's fantastical and surreal "Protect What…

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PichiAvo Pushes the Boundaries of their Urbanmythology Style with New Solo Exhibition and Graffiti-Covered Greek Statue

March 4, 2019

Sasha Bogojev

Art center Centro del Carmen in Valencia, Spain is currently hosting Evreka, a large solo exhibition by local artist duo PichiAvo (previously). Through this landmark showcase, the artists present their renowned Urbanmythology style that blends the dynamics, immediacy, and uncompromising attitude of graffiti along with the traditional quality and timeless appearance of ancient Greek and Roman cultures. Dominated by a massive sliced and tagged Greek pillar, the immersive installation features ten new paintings, nine sculptures, and an outdoor monument to the local graffiti scene. Along with the explosion of colors and graffiti…

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This Too Shall Pass: How Spanish Artist Escif’s Meditating Woman Lit Up Valencia

March 25, 2020

Grace Ebert

The beginning of Escif’s Instagram post reads, "Yesterday the meditator's body was burned. With it many things were burned. 4 tons of wood were burned. A year of intense and wonderful work was burned." Attached to a darkened image of glowing flames, his words are simultaneously reflective, accepting, and hopeful. The Spanish artist is referring to his large-scale project "This Too Shall Pass," which was scheduled to be part of Valencia's Las Fallas Festival. Each year, the outdoor celebration sees massive projects created by artists—like Okuda San Miguel in…

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