THE DUO PICHIAVO, SINCE 2007 ACTING A SINGLE FIGURE, HAS DEVELOPED A UNIQUE CONCEPTUAL STYLE POSITIONING THEM ON THE CONTEMPORARY ARTSCENE
CARMEN HUST | ARTICULATE #22 | JAN 2020
Together, the Spanish artists Juan Antonio Sánchez Santos (b. 1977) and Álvaro Hernández Santa Eulalia (b. 1985), forms the artistic duo PichiAvo, recognized worldwide for their ability to create relationships between art, architecture, sculptures, space and social contexts with a transgressive and modernist artistic language.
The artistic duo, which since 2007 acts as a single figure, has developed a unique conceptual style that has positioned them among the great names of international street art.
Apart from being the protagonists of the Fallas de Valencia 2019 and having a wide artistic trajectory nationally, PichiAvo have also developed international urban art projects in Miami, New York and Moscow, among many other cities.
The drive of PichiAvo originates from classical mythology but is also inspired by everything the duo sees around them that has a connection to art. PichiAvo believes that all media can provide good results if used in effective ways.
“The possibilities have always been many. Now we live in a technological world, in which the impact of art is rising thanks to internet, and new media have been appearing thanks to digital developments. We are open to any new media, traditional or contemporary.”
All the works of PichiAvo are pre-thought, as they are all subject to a previous study of the mythology behind the artwork, reflecting what they want to transmit with the piece. Yet of course, there’re always some improvisations, something free style and something spontaneous.
In any project, PichiAvo takes into account everything they want to transmit. They think on the surrounding environment, the colours they are going to use, the gods or mythological heroes that they want to represent in their compositions.
To PichiAvo, the visual weight is what determines a good composition, however it is not the only fact to consider. The duo underlines that there are also other things like the intuition of the artist through his experience, or how he wants to visually communicate at the moment of creation.
“In our opinion, anything expressed by an artist must be something true that only that artist knows, it doesn’t matter if the work is good or not, what really matters is that it’s unique and belongs to him.”
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