Hijos del lago perdido (Children of the lost lake)

Hijos del lago perdido (Children of the lost lake)
opening June 1st Galerie LJ – Paris, France

Mexico City is built on the ancient lake Texcoco.   The Aztecs built the city of Tenochtitlan on an island in the middle of the lake in the 1300’s.  After the Spanish conquered the Aztec empire in the 1500’s, the lake was filled in to control flooding.  The lost lake of Texcoco gave birth to the city and it’s culture. When I arrived in Mexico City to start working on my next book “The Tall Trees of Mexico City” this year, I had an established recipe for finding artists, making books and curating art exhibitions, but I did not know if it would work in Mexico like it had in Tokyo, Portland and Paris.  Very quickly any doubt was put to rest as I started meeting artists and they were in turn introducing me to other artists.  The “Hijos del lago perdido” (Children of the lost lake) show represents a selection of artists that will appear in the next book.

Matt Wagner, curator Hellion Gallery
View the available work here.

Curiot http://curiot.net/
Curiot first surfaced deep in the Mayan jungle near the cascading spirits, an unexplored section of the jungle. As part of a small tribe named ‘Tlaltzotl’ ( guardians of the paths) he was introduced to alternate realities from early on. All those experiences helped develop Curiot’s creative outlook towards the world, while exploring the ordinary human contemporary society.

Edgar “SANER” Flores, contemporary artist, painter, illustrator and graphic designer, was born in Mexico City in 1981, son of Oaxacan mother and Hidalguense father, the third child of 5 siblings. From an early age, he is interested in drawing and caricature, developing his first strokes at the age of 3 years and continuing into graffiti as a teenager, later graduating as Bachelor of Graphic Design at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, FES Acatlán.

12-12-87 México City.  Influenced by old local comics, graphic style from the 50s and Sci-Fi movies, at the age of 13 he begins to paint graffiti just for fun and as a hobby.  Autodidactic and evolutionary, attracted by fine arts, Smithe has constantly reinvented his own style and over the past years has tried out with many themes on his work such as Existentialism, Individuality of the human being and the machine within.  The defragmentation, common symbol on his work, is used as a vehicle to show the inside elements that power his characters and is shown as a surrealistic machine.  He is commonly known for his graffiti but he´s also involved in other areas such as illustration, design, sculpture and music.  He has exhibited in Germany, France, Belgium, United Kingdom, Spain, USA and Mexico.

Seher Onehttps://www.facebook.com/Seherone/
Born in Mexico City, one of the largest cities in the world. Seher One grew up admiring the murals on the walls of the capital’s streets and trying to decode them. At the age of sixteen he had his first experiences with graffiti which led him to discover and become interested in urban art through printed publications and other media. After training in the streets of the Mexican capital, he decided to study for a degree in design and visual communication at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), specializing in Illustration.

Violeta Hernándezhttps://www.behance.net/violeta
My strokes follow an organic flow; I find total awe in the perfection of nature, from its essence to its form. I’m constantly trying to create atmospheres that I’d love to live in, which I manage to do through the characters I create. My main strength lies in free-hand drawing; through which I am able to generate monochromatic landscapes that transition into transparencies and various color schemes that are a main source of experimentation. My work has been featured in different galleries around the world, including Monterrey, Mexico City, Los Angeles, Detroit, London & Barcelona.

Jesús Benítez (dhear)http://jbfmx.tumblr.com/
His style is a mixture of illustration, painting and graffiti, which dominates all disciplines, practices and mergers.  His works often represent animal and plant organisms’ that curious abstraction, without losing its essence of fantasy.

Raul Uriashttps://rauluriasart.com/
Chihuahua, Mexico, 1989.  Visual artist and illustrator currently based in Mexico City. His pieces have been part of several group exhibitions and one solo show. His work as an illustrator has led him to collaborate with different advertising and entertainment clients from all over the globe.



Maria Conejohttps://un-conejo.tumblr.com/
(Mexico, 1988) Graduate of INBA in 2010.  Her graphic work focuses on woman and the representation of the female body as a gesture. These illustrations are done minimally yet show a vast array of emotions

Hilda Palafox http://hildapalafox.com/
Artist who balances fluidity, simplicity and a sort of visual poetry in her work. She lives and works in the chaos that is Mexico City and yet her work is ever more calm and romantic. Moving swiftly between illustrations, ceramics and murals, her characters blend into their surroundings to remind us of a graceful nostalgia carried on by their light bodies.

Paola Delfinhttps://www.instagram.com/paola_delfin/?hl=en
Mexico City based urban artist Paola Delfin, creates highly technical paintings depicting the complex relationship between the human body and other organic forms.  In addition to exhibitions and international urban art fairs, her public murals can be seen worldwide in countries such as Mexico, Germany, Ukraine, China, U.S.A., Spain, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Brazil and Romania.

Mazatl is a graphic maker who uses the public space as his main way to communicate ideas and emotions seeking to create conversations towards collective liberation. Mazatl’s work is characterized by interventions of large scale woodcuts in the public areas, as well as graphic murals. He dedicates a large part of his work towards collaborating with groups, collectives, other artists and movements that seek social, political and environmental justice in our communities.

Fusca – https://www.instagram.com/fusca667/
(1977) I see my work as a game that tries to connect personal experience to a more global perception of life. I started drawing and painting at a very young age, it has always been a part of me. My work is a hybrid where my personal life and the search for a practical and more social sense convey, a place where my essence can disappear in a pattern that not only concerns me but everyone else as well.  I’ve been developing my visual work in several disciplines, but mainly painting, drawing  mural and graffiti. I am a self taught artist and a researcher. The images I create are always the answers to my deepest questions.

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