For some time, i have wanted to write an article about Sfhir, an exceptional Spanish street artist .
This artist has surprised me for years by the originality and the poetry that he releases in his artwork.
Some Artists profiles seem forged Around Academic awards, which is absolutely not the case of Sfhir.
For the anecdote, lets go back in 1995, while Sfhir was still a kid .
Everything began at school . He was 14 years old and was playing with an aerosol bomb in the school grounds.
However, as to be expected, his headmaster expelled him due to this. But this boy must have had an incredible talent already, since when he returned to school his art teacher imposed a particularly original sanction.
He renewed his “first work” with the aerosol bomb, but this time on the walls of the establishment with the blessing of the school direction.
I think when you have talent there can be no better punishment. Don’t you agree with me ?
Trying to explain the artistic expression of Sfhir is almost an impossible mission.
Fernando Sanchez Drago has defined it as “striking, acid and hyperrealistic, dubious aesthetics and with one goal: generate controversy” .
Is Sfhir a Graffiti painter ? Probably yes. But also a Urban artist, a street artist, an artist, a painter, a muralist, a threedimensionalist, an experimentalist and many many more probably …
In his work he combines graffiti with various tools as aerographs, paint guns, brushes or rollers.
Shir artistic exploration is the key of its evolution; Far from stretching in concrete artistic labels each new project is a rupture and a new learning.
Artworks made exclusively on ball-point pens (Boligraff), artistic use of mixed techniques and fire on wood (More wood, Animas …) or ephemeral illustrations made with laser pointers that fade, agonizing, while being created in a literary game (Lumen) are just a few examples of sfhir’s artwork diversity.
He also realised a Short cut Movie ” Brut Nature” as director and illustrator.
His latest collection, “Humanimals”, a postmodern reinterpretation of bestiaries. It has been exhibited at the “Modus Operandi Gallery” as ambassador of the “Nanaist avant-garde” as well as at the Duran Auction House.
In a continuous artisitic search he has experimented with a multitude of techniques, chiseling each detail in a laborious, almost obsessive way, to achieve the most crude hyperrealism. Dissect the reality and translate it in a graphic, overwhelming way, through an acid filter and, sometimes, bleeding. Varied themes and a common element in all his works create disturbing realities.
A phrase written on a New York train left him forever marked “I just know I can’t stop.”
I think he’s right. He can’t stop ! Anyway, please Sfhir, never Stop !
You’re surely one of the most talented and original street artists of your generation.
Then please continue to awaken our senses. We all need it in this world where the walls are still too grey.
And I do not know if you were told enough. So I say thank you for your art you forever allow us to dream.
All photos by courtesy of Sfhir