Just before the new year Freshwounds inked a print licensing deal with one of the most profound street artists out of Spain — Kenor. Barcelona’s own has mastered the art of geometrical deconstruction, producing prismatic representations of music and dance in kaleidoscope-like abstractions that are chaotically harmonious.
A son of a Sevillian photographer and a painter, art streams through his veins which feeds his dynamic heart. “My father’s creative process was very important to me. I have always had art near me. Barcelona’s Joan Miró, Gaudi, Tapies, Mariscal,” the artist stated. “My influence comes from the specific electronic music genre, IDM (Intelligent Dance Music). I try to paint it, paint the sound. Painting that music is my purpose.”
At a young age, the streets served as his educational foundation, experimenting with traditional street art techniques such as graffiti, typography, and logos. It was not until the year 2000 when Kenor focused on forming designs that act like portals to another dimension; where hopes, dreams, and wonderful possibilities are manifested by a collection of sharpened shapes and vibrant hues. “I started writing on trains and was interacting with them viscerally. This is where I constructed my style. The tense concentration is the stimulus that determined my way of painting, building through gestures, each of them are definitive, precise lines, arising from a visceral way. Composing a piece in which any line has privilege over others, no color predominates over another.” A beautiful soundtrack that contains no words or music but evokes them in visual, vivacious splendor.
Within the past few years, Kenor has left his resplendent trail all over the world. Murals on a grand scale (many requiring a construction crane), created on abandoned edifices and rotting architecture, with an aim to repair and revive these decrepit neighborhoods with his unique vision. “These spaces have been those which have given the dimension to my work: cables, crossed irons, broken glass. I learned to listen, trapped in space-time,” Kenor said. “For me, painting is action-reaction, at the moment, an instant, without any sketch.” He has also become an advocate against repression of street art and culture in his own city, which still attempts to maintain its liberal and cultural heritage. “Barcelona was a paradise for street art. The passage of time turned the city grey, invaded and destroyed by tourism. I’m still in love with it, I fabricate my own city, dodge the masses.” Kenor constantly demonstrates his devotion to beauty and abstraction, spending long hours bringing life back into forgotten streets like a veteran surgeon with steady, adroit hands.
Like any artist unbounded by his own limits, he has expanded his artistic ingenuity into different creative avenues. Experimenting with the use of space and shadows, developing mind-bending sculptures, filming (sometimes in the nude) the choreography that goes into creating an image, and even designing a pair of shoes as fly and colorful as a flock of migrating parrots. His most recent accomplishment of his is publishing a book, titled “Polyrythmic Beats”, which encompasses 10 years of his various creative endeavors while showcasing his development into the artist he is, today. “In 2015, I have to work on large metal sculptures,” he announced.” In January, I will present my new show at 1AM gallery in San Francisco. And the next muralistic intervention will be in Poland, where I will paint four large buildings.”
Kenor’s rising ascension doesn’t seem to be losing any steam, as he’s primed for an even bigger 2015