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C.A.V.E. GALLERY PRESENTS

MR CENZ

(UK)

KURAR

(France)

BAYO

(Mexico)

VINZ

(Spain)

Exhibition Dates: March 11 – April 1 , 2017

Please join us for the Opening Reception:

Saturday March 11 | 6-9pm

55 N VENICE BLVD 90291 (at Ocean Front Walk!)

TO VIEW THE ARTWORKS IN THIS SHOW – CLICK HERE

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MR CENZ

Mr Cenz is a London based artist whose distinctive murals can be seen across the streets of London. Since 1988 – when he first discovered hip-hop culture and graffiti art – he has been obsessed with the fresh styles exploding from this new and exciting art form. He received his first commissioned mural at 11yrs old and has continued progressing and experimenting with his art, setting up his own company Positive Arts. This has led to a career as a professional graffiti artist, exhibiting internationally.

Mr Cenz’s paintings are full of funk and movement. Fusing different skills together such as photorealism, illustration and graffiti letterforms – his work has been described as surrealist graffiti art for the soul. His influences range from the old school graffiti artists that inspired him as a kid such as Dondi and Mode 2 to abstract expressionist painters like Paul Klee and Roger Hilton.

Mr Cenz’s new work focuses on female portraits, which he distorts in his surreal, futuristic trademark style. Each portrait is abstracted in a spontaneous and freestyle way resulting in an intriguing and mysterious composition. These vibrant pieces are a melting pot of the different influences and technical skills he has acquired over the years, creating a unique and instantly recognizable style.

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KURAR

Kurar is the pseudonym of a provocative French stencil artist whose work is socially and politically committed. He focuses on issues such as war, religious tensions, alienation and excess consumerism.

Through his art, Kurar strives to address social issues through poetic ideals, dark humor and provocation. The subjects he depicts most often are children, symbolizing innocence and the freedom to be creative. He feels that a child’s voice and perspective are an effective way to represent his messages, as they embody hope for change and something new.
Since 2013, Kurar has exhibited his artwork in cities around the world including Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Dusseldorf, La Reunion and Berlin.
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BAYO

Born in Mexico City in 1976, artist Eduardo Flores, “Bayo”, depicts somber and melancholic worlds, where the main character is the psyche in an axis of conflicts. Characters tend to avoid frontal sight, turning their eyes towards themselves and exposing their fragility.

Narratives simultaneously depict the rigor of obsessive details, the vagueness of repetition, and the sudden explosion of motion – all in an effort to express the architecture of his emotions, with a rare complexity that is never subtle.
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VINZ

Spanish artist VINZ boldly raises awareness about current governmental, corporate and religious impositions placed upon society to establish social order at the expense of personal freedom. VINZ’s work challenges society to philosophically question the subversion of civil liberties.

This new “International Geographic” series continues to build on the “VINZ FEEL FREE” project – an ambitious street campaign that includes powerful, life size mixed media collages installed in urban environments where civil liberties are manipulated and controlled every day.

VINZ’s artwork includes orchestrated photos, taken by the artist, of nude figures in scenes that reflect a powerful message about strength and individual freedom. To articulate his message, these photos are printed into mixed media collages where he has created a unique and clever iconography of hybrid creatures influenced by historic religions and mythology of ancient civilizations.

As the Mayan, Aztecs and Sumerian civilizations portrayed reptilian beings as controlling forces, VINZ uses reptiles to represent the brutality inflicted by police onto civilians. Frogs forewarn of the Apocalypse and human disaster, and are depicted wearing suits and also represent authoritarian repression. Fish characters represent consumerism, greed and vanity. The Bull – known for its determination and fearless, is an expression of fighting persistence against all odds. Birds symbolize freedom – an important message in the artist’s work. The bird characters are the oppressed voice striving for equality.

Although the work confronts you and is driven by an overarching message about civil liberties – there is also a captivating, compassionate beauty and each unique piece stands on its own as striking artwork. The characters are painted with remarkable talent, vibrant layers of color and skillfully rendered to expose provoking narratives about personal freedom.