Art as a collection of moments, Nosego’s proposal

By Chema Noriega.

What does it mean to be an artist today? What is art in 2018? As in everything else, history has shown us that the conception of art and the artistic has evolved between periods and societies. From cave paintings in caves around the world, they gave way to artistic manifestations that told the story of great civilizations from China to Mesoamerica, through the elitist art of European monarchies and the Renaissance, to the avant-garde of the 20th century, which diversified and democratised the world’s artistic scene, setting the stage for all the disciplines, techniques and means of artistic expression that we now classify or attempt to classify as art.

What is it that makes all these forms, rites, strokes, experiences, stains and sounds come together under one word? To tell the truth, I think we will never know and, more than approaching a consensus, the debate on the definition of the artistic is constantly expanding, hand in hand with the evolution of the media with which an artistic piece can be created and the spaces in which it can be exhibited or distributed.

House of Hayes. Mural by Nosego at Philadelphia, PA. Via

In these times of ambiguity or plurality, depending on the lens with which one looks, it is common to question the artist about whether his work is artistic or not. And if a work is not art, then what is it? “It is what it is. I don’t think it’s anything unique or different. I’m just being myself,” says Yis Goodwin, better known as Nosego, in an interview with The Hufftington Post when asked why his art is not art. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Nosego is a multidisciplinary contemporary artist who embraces urban art as one of the many platforms on which his work reaches the public.

This philosophy that removes labels from the forms of expression and breaks down the barriers that limit creativity, is the one that allows Nosego to inspire people with messages translated into fantastic creatures that fuse with urban life and impact people’s imaginations in the blink of an eye. After being rejected by different institutions to exhibit and further develop his work, Goodwin saw in the refusal the perfect excuse to emancipate himself from the bureaucracy that usually obscures art, to take his work to the spaces where it could really have an effect on people: the street.

Mural by Nosego in collaboration with Forrest For The Trees NW. Portland, OR. Via

In Nosego’s compositions different elements converge that give life to dream beings, composed of figures and characters that emanate from his imagination. According to Goodwin himself, these assemblages have their origin in childhood, when the uneven compositions that could arise at the moment of joining one toy with another evoked in him a new possibility to create and play. Now that same style of voluminous patterns and vibrant textures, which form characters converted into living ecosystems, has its origin in the conception of life as a set of moments, memories and lessons that structure our identity, a whole that represents us with our different nuances and defines us as people.

Mural by Nosego in collaboration with Branded Arts and Thinkspace Gallery. Culver City, Los Angeles, CA. Via

For Nosego, life is a collection of small moments that together tell a great story, with this slogan he wants his art to take him to places where he can connect with different people and communities, always attracted by the mystery of not knowing what his next destination will be. With the arrival of spring in the city of Querétaro, the imagination of Nosego will also come to participate in the international festival SeaWalls: Water is One to be held from March 27 to April 15, 2018. Water is One, is a collaboration of Nueve Arte Urbano and the Pangeaseed Foundation, in conjunction with different private and governmental institutions, which aim to increase awareness of the global crisis surrounding the vital liquid, through the possibilities offered by urban art and muralism. Nosego will join a multicultural group of artists who, with sprays and brushes in hand, will translate the history and problems of water into visual narratives that connect with society, while contributing to the change in mentality that the current water situation on our planet demands.

Unknown Elements. Mural by Nosego in collaboration with Curiot and Branded Arts. Via

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The equinox and balance.

By Ricardo Quezada.

On March 20 at 10:15 the spring equinox was held, dividing the day exactly into two equal parts. While this natural movement of the earth invites hundreds of people to visit archaeological sites or natural wonders, it also offers an opportune moment for in-depth analysis and reflection on the balance.


Mural de Diego rivera, un águila y bajo ella la conquista armada de los españoles

Millions of years ago, the earth was a single landmass united and in balance with nature and water; today humanity faces the greatest problem since its inception, that of recovering the balance that has allowed life on earth. Under this mission, associations, foundations, associations, collectives and society in general have taken to the streets to put the issue into the mouth through artivism and other actions that seek to preserve natural resources, care for flora and fauna, and the search for equality between people regardless of race, sex, belief system or origin.

Mural de Diego rivera, un águila y bajo ella la conquista armada de los españoles

As in ancient Mexico, duality has always been a fundamental theme: day and night, life and death, or the four elements, are tangible manifestations of the natural order of things, but above all of the balance that governs the world; the equinox, with its twelve-hour day and night, also symbolizes an opportunity to open up thought in a year that seems politically and socially complex. For ordinary people, who contemplate and live with artistic manifestations, commitment is optional but fundamentally necessary to achieve a collective dream.

Beyond the contemplation of the artistic manifestations characteristic of urban art, it is of vital importance to balance and calibrate the reality that the inhabitants of the world understand our role in our society, in its care and in the preservation of resources, under this slogan the mission of artivism is centered if in generating art, but above all in generating change, not only at an ecological level, but in all the spheres that make up society and culture, unleashing integral actions that allow each citizen to contribute to the flourishing of a new nation in harmony where balance, equal rights, obligations, security and opportunities, the preservation of natural resources and the recognition of historical knowledge are proliferating, in order to lead to the creation of a prosperous future, as the Mexican spring has naturally been for millions of years.

Tunas en nopal de Rivera

What does Curiot Tlapazotl dream?

By Ricardo Quezada.

Lying and on the brink of death, a senseless creature surrounded him and began to utter foolish words, soon more beasts of fierce colors and impossible shapes joined in; a serpent with crow’s feet, a donkey with wings and a tongue of fire, a coyote with sparrowhawks’ wings, spotted lizards with lion’s claws and horns, and so several more who in multitude joined voices and began to sing a single song that Peter’s mortal ears gradually understood: abje, al, albrej, Lebrija, lebrije, alebrija, alebrije, alebrije, alebrije… horrified and stunned Peter ran with all his might and when the lungs began to burn and the heart started to explode instead of beat, he staggered and with his fall the spirit returned to his body.

Fémurdhy VIA

He drew air as he had not since birth and awoke from his dismal sleep.  He was surrounded by his family, the burst ulcer had him very badly and yet he got up and tried to explain what he had found in the world of dreams. The words were not enough, they clumped together in his mouth and seemed to make no sense to the ears of those around him. Peter had an idea, took his working materials and spoke through the cardboard, thus releasing the first alebrije.

This happened many years ago in Oaxaca, but the national soil has the characteristic of being very fertile in creators. Now, when we visit the streets of Mexico, it is increasingly common to see artistic compositions reclaiming concrete walls by filling them with the tones of a particular artist. Within the Mexican urban art scene, one of the most prolific and interesting artists without a doubt is Curiot Tlapazotl whose work inevitably reminds me of the story of Pedro and makes me wonder what Curiot dreams of.

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Native of Sahuayo Michoachán, also home to the Trino’s zombies and the  tlahualiles, Favio Martinez, better known as Curiot, develops his works on the threshold of the oneiric and the real, between the pop and the surreal, developing to each stroke beasts charged with Mexican folklore in an adoption and symbolic reinterpretation unique and fascinating that, among other motivations, seek to infect viewers with the desire for creation, as a highly positive creative bacterium that counteracts and provides an emotion to contemporary citizens, zombified and

De sus cenizas florece VIA

Settling for much of his life in Costa Mesa, United States, during the golden age of skateboarding, Curiot developed an affinity for drawing that quickly turned into love and returned to Mexico at the age of 19 to enter the Fine Arts faculty at the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo where he began to develop his style, sometimes decomposed, sometimes fine, sometimes beastly, and sometimes delicate or intriguing, denotes the freedom he has managed to conquer in each stroke by tasting a personal style reminiscent of a remix among the bestiaries of Aloys Zötl with influences of the skate decks, the creatures of Mexican folklore, the dance of  tlahualiles and some strokes of Carrigton.

Freedom is a dream and in the present day it seems that living from art is also a dream, but beyond recognition or success, Curiot’s work is one of the few discourses where it is clear that he lives in his art, under this scheme it is undeniable that Curiot shares a fragment of himself in each of his”cute” and curious” creatures, reaching from it an evocative capacity that immediately transports us to the dream world, where ideas flourish from the ashes, where the tlahualiles are monumental creatures that escape from the canvases and the animals fuse with their surroundings and delicately escape from the walls to steal an emotion from people to fight the abominable grey of the cities, to give us a little bit of dreams, a little something to remember.

La selva de su palma VIA

Stretched out and on the verge of death, humanity rests in their homes, their cities or their streets, around them creatures made of air, earth, water, fire, leaves, animals and flowers abound in the world of dreams. To the imagination, their shapes become impossible to describe and it is not until the Curiot’s hand releases them with spray or brushes on a blank canvas of cloth or brick and they take possession of the space away from the dead and mundane, or at least that’s what Curiot Tlapazotl seems to dream.

The Creatures of Curiot Tlapazotl will be present in Querétaro during the Festival of Nine Urban Art Seawalls Water is One, from March 27 to April 17, 2018 in Querétaro.

You can learn more about Curiot Tlpapazotl’s work at:

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Aaron Glasson, the interdimensional traveler.

By Ricardo Quezada.

Aaron Glasson en Mextonia PC: YoshiTravel

They say that the fluttering of a butterfly is enough to cause a hurricane on the other side of the ocean, this idea coming from the chaos theory is frightening and irremediably beautiful. Within the complexity and grandeur of the universe, we as humanity are a particle within an immensity but, as they draw ever closer to the earth, these small particles begin to acquire a fundamental role as butterflies flapping at the same time.

Everything we do and stop doing has a huge impact on the place where we develop and therefore in the short or long term will have a huge impact on the whole planet and therefore on humanity. In our time, transcending separation is one of the fundamental missions for anyone who wants to understand its role in the world and in nature; for artists like Aaron Glasson, this understanding is manifested in each of his actions and above all in his particular way of seeing the world through each of his works…

Aaron Glasson en Mextonia PC: YoshiTravel

Born in New Zealand, Aaron’s studio work and installations have been exhibited around the world, in places such as the MOTAT and Spoke Art Gallery; in magazines such as Juxtapoz and HI Fructose; in festival walls such as Sea Walls by Pangea Seed Foundation, of which he is also creative director; and in Mextonia, produced in Tallinn by Nueve Arte Urbano.

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Characterized by a vibrant style and in deep contact with nature, Aaron Glasson’s artivism takes up the most essential aspects of the human spirit and ennobles them by interacting it with its environment, creating pieces that highlight the ethnic, cultural and endemic qualities of a region, developing a sincere and cataclysmic discourse of what is to come if we do not change the way we do things, portraying what is to come if we do not change the way we do things.

TRANSCENDING SEPARATI☯N de Celeste Byers y Aaron Glasson                         VIA

Beyond the works of art, the best way to know the perception of an artist is through his raw works, which are developed in a direct way, without trial and without corrections, in this sense, the sketches of Aaron Glasson tell the story of a person who is not only in contact with nature, but with his spirituality and his humanity, being the harmony between all the above, a quality that allows him to find inspiration throughout the world around him and take action in the form of different manifestations: from sketching to the wall, easel, installation or video; changing the universe from its small trench as a revolting particle whose reach and impact are unlimited.


Artivism of Aaron Glasson will be present in Querétaro during the Seawalls Urban Art Festival of Nine Seawalls Water is One, from March 27 to April 17,2018 in Querétaro.

You can learn more about Aaron’s work at:

Video: Women of Kihnu by Yoshi Travel


Mexico Celebrates the Republic of Estonia on the 100th anniversary of its independence.

Por Ricardo Quezada.

vabadus/libertad en Ejército Republicano y Av. 20 de noviembre. Letras Atole Parra, Golondrinas (izq/der): Calladitos, Abril Pegueros, Tania QUezada, Sermob, Victor López, Jonky, Moste, Goal, Renata Martínez.

Freedom today is called Vabadus. . Renata Martinez, Los Calladitos, Tania Quezada, Jonky, Víctor López, Sermob, Moste, Goal y Abril Pegueros of the team that participated in Mextonia along with the artist of Lettering Atole Parra, paid tribute to the Baltic nation with this piece that we warmly congratulate all Estonians in their day…

Izq/der: Renata Mtz, Goal, Moste/Lettering Atole Letras.

Left/right: Renata Mtz, Goal, Moste/Lettering Atole Letras.
The end of World War I and the Russian Civil War gave the Estonian forces the opportunity to declare their independence from Soviet Russia and the nobility of Livonia and Curland who formed the Baltische Landeswehr in 1918. Although Estonia would become a Socialist Soviet Republic during World War II, February 24 marks the ignition of its life as an independent nation.

The piece is composed of nine swallows made in the particular style of each artist, superimposed on the phrase Vadabus Liberty that Atole wrote within a sky blue field. For Estonians, the swallow is the national bird, symbolizing freedom and the ability to know the world without forgetting your home.

The Mural can be seen in the Republican Army corner with November 20 in Queretaro and has been recognized in Estonia as part of the gift that Mexico made to the Baltic nation.

Los Calladitos/ Lettering Atole Letras.
Abril Pegueros/Lettering Atole Letras.
Tania Quezada/Lettering Atole Letras.
Sermob/Lettering Atole Letras.
Víctor López/Lettering Atole Letras.
El Asombroso Jonky/Lettering Atole Letras.
Renata Atole Letras.

PYou can read the article in the Estonian daily paper Postimees Aquí.

UJoining Cultures Through Color, Nueve Arte Urbano and  Mextonia Festival.