ETHER Arts Project and The Collective Europe announce the winners of the Muralists Open Call developed during August and September 2017. Of the more than ten projects presented, coming from very diverse countries such as Mexico, Spain, Argentina, United States, Russia, Germany and Iran, three winning projects have been selected.
The first of them is a six-part mural that refers to nature and connection presented by the Argentinian artist Flor de Pampi (a.k.a. Pampi) who has a Bachelor in Art Direction from Escuela de Creativos and in Graphic Design from Universidad de Buenos Aires. She’s been a freelance illustrator at live events for Corona, Vans, RedBull, DG Surfboards, Roxy, Nike and Customs California. Her designs have been featured in capsule collections and board designs for MARTHA Headwear, Maluco, Thrive, Bextreme, Chilly, Pole Pole and Fit&Fly. She recently moved to Barcelona to complete her masters in Illustration Applied to Graphic Design from IDEP Barcelona. Being in contact with nature is what drives her to create, either at her studio or from the top of a mountain. Her goal is to transmit this feeling to the viewer through the use of symmetry and natural elements to achieve a harmonious composition.
Flor De Pampi
The second winning project belongs to an American collective conformed by artists Catherine and Ali Azimi and Christina Shurts. It is composed by a large group piece that joins paste-up technique with acrylic and spray paint. Catherine Azimi is an artist and creative professional based in Los Angeles and currently on sabbatical in Berlin. She recently pivoted from her role as Manager of the internationally renowned Eames House back to being a full time studio artist. Her work has been shown locally and abroad in both China and South Korea. She is an active member of the High Desert Test Sites community in Joshua Tree, Ca. She graduated from California State University, Long Beach with an MFA in 2012. Ali Azimi was born in Iran, lives in Los Angeles and is currently on a creative sabbatical in Berlin along with partner and wife Catherine. He is a conceptual artist, graphic designer and printmaker whose work has been shown internationally. He received his BA with a focus in Illustration from California State University, Long Beach in 2011. Christina Shurts, the third member of this collective has also an international exhibition projection. Her works have been shown both internationally and nationally. Most recently, 2016, a solo exhibition i at Galleri Oxholm, Denmark. Also, Rare Gallery, NY, RMCAD and LAUNCH Gallery. Group exhibitions include the Torrance Art Museum, Art Copenhagen, University Art Museum and PDC. Shurts earned her M.F.A., 2010, CSULB, Drawing & Painting with Distinction of Creative Activity. She furthered her art studies at LBCC from 2004-6.
Catherine Azimi, Ali Azimi and Christina Shurts
The third winning project belongs to the Mexican born Gabriel Estrada (a.k.a Gabo) and includes a piece that reflects upon human exchange and communication in a design combining spray paint, acrylic and markers. Gabo's work varies from branding and character design to murals or different kinds. It ranges from self-initiated projects to commissioned client work. With a Graphic Design College Degree and Master's Degree in Creative Illustration from Barcelona, his skills as an artist and designer have helped him to develop his unique style using different media and techniques. His currently specialization is in interior and exterior murals and graphics in the hospitality industry.
The selection process and Curatorship was in charge of ETHER Arts Project Creative Director, Agustina Mistretta along with Visions Realized Creative Consulting Director Dina Giordano and The Collective Europe Director Anique Coffee. All of these talented artists and creatives will gather for a live painting session developed during The Collective Europe Conference to be held in Barcelona city from October 5th to 9th, 2017. More info and tickets in: www.thecollectiveeeurope.com