SpY is an urban artist whose first endeavors date back to the mid-eighties. Shortly after, already a national reference as a graffiti artist, he started to explore other forms of artistic communication in the street. His work involves the appropiation 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. His ludic spirit, careful attention to the context of each piece, and a not invasive, constructive attitude, unmistakably characterize his interventions.

SpY's pieces want to be a parenthesis in the automated inertia of the urban dweller. They are pinches of intention, hidden in a corner for whoever wants to let himself be surprised. Filled with equal parts of irony and positive humor, they appear to raise a smile, incite reflection, and to favor an enlightened conscience.

 

SpY es un artista urbano cuyas primeras actuaciones urbanas se remontan a mediados de los ochenta. Poco después, ya consagrado como primera figura en la escena del graffiti, comenzó a explorar otras formas de comunicación artística en la calle. Su trabajo consiste en la apropiación de elementos urbanos mediante la transformación o la réplica, el comentario sobre la realidad urbana y la intromisión en sus códigos comunicativos.

El grueso de su producción nace de la observación de la ciudad y de una apreciación de sus componentes no como elementos inertes sino como una paleta de materiales desbordante de posibilidades. La voluntad de juego, la cuidadosa atención al contexto de cada pieza y una actitud constructiva y no invasiva caracterizan inconfundiblemente sus actuaciones.

Las obras de SpY quieren ser un paréntesis en la inercia autómata del urbanita. Son pellizcos de intención que se esconden en una esquina para quien se quiera dejar sorprender. Cargados a partes iguales de ironía y un humor positivo, aparecen para contagiar una sonrisa, incitar una reflexión, favorecer una conciencia un poco más despierta.

 

* Selected exhibitions

*10/2014 NIUT BLANCHE Art festival, collective, Paris-France

*09/2014 NUART Street art festival, collective, Stavanger-Norway

*03/2014 ART ON SCIENCE  Art festival, collective, Laussane-Switzerland

*10/2013 BIEN URBAIN Urban art festival, collective, Besançon-France

*09/2013 ADICITTA Urban art festival, collective, Rosarno-Italy

*09/2013 VIVID BUNCH Die Kunstagentin gallery, collective, Cologne - Germany

*09/2013 CITYLEAKS Urban art festival, collective, Cologne - Germany

*09/2013 8ºASALTO Urban art festival, collective, Zaragoza-Spain

*07/2013 "PAPER GAINEKO LANA" Collective NoColor Donostia - Spain

*06/2013 "MUTATIS MUTANDIS" Collective "Museo Artium" Vitoria-Alava

*2012 "GRAFIKA" Collective "Instituto Cervantes" Tour

*08/2012 ADICITTA Urban art festival, collective, Rosarno-Italy

*06/2012 "ESTO NO ES GRAFFITI" "Delimbo gallery" Sevilla-Spain

*11/2011 "GRAFIKA" Collective "Instituto Cervantes" Madrid-Spain

*09/2011 "RE-OPENING" Collective "ATM Gallery" Berlin-Germany

*08/2011 "INTERSICIOS URBANOS" Collective "CCEMX" Centro cultura España México DF

*08/2011 "OUTOMATIC" Collective "Leuven Museum" Leuven-Belgium

*08/2011 "PERMACULTURE" Collective "Neurotian Gallery" Berlin-Germany

*07/2011 "BILDMUSSET" Collective "Contemporary Art Center" Umeå, Sweden

*07/2011 "ART BARTER" Collective "Museo de Traje" Madrid-Spain

*06/2011 "TERRITORIAL PISSINGS" Collective "Kop art space" Breda-Nederland

*01/2011 "GRAFIKA" Collective "Cervantes institute" Jordania, Libia, Egipto

*01/2011 "DAVE BOWN COMPETITION" "Frosch&Portmann Gallery" NYC-USA

*09/2010 "URBAN STAGE" Collective "Smart gallery" Madrid-Spain

*06/2010 "BOOKED" group exhibition "Carmichael Gallery LA" LA-USA

*03/2010 "URBANO" SCGallery, Bilbao-Spain

*10/2009 "BLV ART" Garabat gallery, Bilbao-Spain

*08/2009 "FOR SECURITY REASONS" Showroommama gallery, collective, Rotterdam-Holland

*06/2009 "CRITICA URBANA" Patio Maravillas, collective, Madrid-Spain

*06/2009 "CUARTO ASALTO" Urban art festival, collective, Zaragoza-Spain

*02/2009 "SpY ARTE URBANO" Banana Studio, Individual, Madrid-Spain

*02/2009 "MARCIART INTERNATIONAL GALLERY" collective, Hamburg-Germany

*01/2009 "HIPOTESIS URBANA" Circulo de Bellas Artes, collective, Madrid-Spain

*09/2008 "URBAN PLAY" Droog event2, collective, Amsterdam-Holland

*06/2006 "SEGUNDO ASALTO" Urban art festival, collective, Zaragoza-Spain

*06/2004 "INTERFERENCIAS URBANAS", Collective La Casa Encendida, Madrid-Spain

* Selected books

Breathing and Living Wall - Artpower - 2014

Extra Ordinary - index Book  - 2014

Street art Cologne - KiWi-Köln - 2014

The world atlas of street art and graffiti - Aurum - 2013

Creacity - Lemo 2013

Fresh 1, DAAB Publishing - 2011

Beyond the Street, The 100 Leading Figures in Urban Art - Die Gestalten Verlag - 2010

Urban Interventions, Personal Projects in Public Spaces - Die Gestalten Verlag - 2010

The Art Of Rebellion 3, Street Art Book - Publikat Publishing - 2010

New Skateboard Graphics, Mark Batty Publisher - 2009

Esc, Enter Spanish Creativity - Editorial Actar - 2008

Graphic Design Inspirations, DAAB Publishing -2008

Tactile, High Touch Visuals - Die Gestalten Verlag - 2007

Graphics Alive, Victionary editorial - 2006

 

* Selected press

*IdN                                                  Video v19n6

*Metropolis                                     Arte urbano 1 (feb 2012)

*Rooms mag                                  Issue #07 (dec 2011)

*Creative Future                            Issue #02 (dec 2011)

*Gazpacho argentina                     Issue #08 (oct 2011)

*Neo 2                                            Issue #107 (oct 2011)

*Salt mag                                       Issue #4 (oct 2011)

*Spare time                                    Bildmusset Umeå University (may 2011)

*El Pais - On Madrid                     Issue #247 (feb 2011)

*Artchronika                                   Issue #5 (2011)

*A5 magazine                                Issue #10 (may 2010)

*It's Nice That                                Issue #03 (april 2010)

*Adaptive actions                           Madrid (jan 2010)

*Artpress                                        Issue #373 (dic 2010)

*El Pais - EP3                                Issue #277 (nov 2010)

*Die presse                                    Issue #23 (jul 2010)

*Calle 20                                        Issue #48 (may 2010)

*Neo2 City                                      Madrid (2010)

*Diseño Interior                              Issue #214 (may 2010)

*Deia                                              Issue #11636 (may 2010)

*El Correo                                      Issue #31708 (may 2010)

*El Duende                                    Issue #104 (may 2010)

*El Pais                                          (apr 2010)

*DT Magazine                                Issue #4 (mar 2010)

*Arte Mag                                       Issue #3 (mar 2010)

*JunkJet Mag                                 Issue #03 (feb 2010)

*Diagonal Periodico                       Issue #119 (feb 2010)

*On Madrid                                     Issue #190 (jan 2010)

*Everyday Masterpieces                Munich (2010)

*Erretres                                         Madrid (2010)

*El Periodico de Cataluña              (dec 2010)

*Babylon Mag                                Issue #37 (oct-nov 2009)

*Central mag                                  Issue #09 (sep 2009)

*La Mono mag                                Issue #56 (sep 2009)

*Staf Mag                                       Issue #39 (jul 2009)

*Uno mag                                       Issue #43 (jul 2009)

*Clone Mag                                    Issue #37 (mar 2009)

*Low Mag                                       Issue #05 (feb 2009)

*Aaraguaer Zeintung                      Swiss Newspaper (jan 2009)

*Metropoli - El Mundo                    (jan 2009)

*Madriz                                           Issue #04 (2009)

*Oym mag                                      Germany (2009)

*Spot                                               Issue #53 (2009)

*Deleted scene mag                       Silent issue (2009)

*Shortlist                                         Issue #59 (nov 2008)

*El Pais - EP3                                (nov 2008)

*Obects3                                        (2008)

*Serie B                                          Issue #15 (jan 2007)

*Rolling Stone                                 Issue #69 (jul 2005)

*20 minutos                                     (apr 2005)

SpY - Urban Art