Since its establishment in SoHo, the Amanda Wei Gallery has not only contributed significantly to the artistic atmosphere of the area, but also has provided a platform for international artists who have never exhibited in Hong Kong. Following the first Chinese artist of 2018, Qiu Shengxian, Amanda Wei Gallery is now preparing to debut the dynamic works of Miguel Ángel Belinchón Bujes, also known as Belin. Being named by some as a modern street Picasso, this artist is famous for his use of rich colors, surrealistic portraits and extraordinary graffiti skills. This exhibition “Fazes” will embellish the gallery with surreal “post-neocubism” portraits and several of his OneLine abstract renderings. Starting from March 20, the exhibition until April 30th at the Amanda Wei Gallery.
Beginning in 1906, Cubism was a significant movement and genre within the history of Western modern art. The Cubist artist pursues the fragmentation, analysis and rearrangement of form to construct newly defined images. They describe objects from various perspectives and put them in the same canvas to represent the most integrated image of something. If you still find this art form indistinguishable, just remember these two words: “deconstruction” and “reorganization”. For reference, Picasso and George Brac are the pioneers of this school.
Miguel Ángel Belinchón Buje is a street artist from Spain, and on the street, people like to call him by his artist name “BELIN”. When he was a child, he applied his creativity within several areas through his own self-driven pursuit of knowledge. He sought information from libraries, museums and working at home, thus beginning his path towards being a professional artist. Later, the street became his art studio, the wall became his canvas of choice, and the paint cans in his hand became his brush. In the street art world, Belin is well known for his surrealistic painting style, attention to detail and that he uses no stencils when he creates. Very quickly his profound drawing skills and unique creativity set his artworks apart from others and his work has steadily become one of the most popular among graffiti enthusiasts and art collectors.
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Living and working in Pablo Picasso’s birthplace, BELIN’s realistic post-neocubism style is actually an homage to the former artist’s cubist style. His sculptures and paintings have been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world and have received immense responses.
What makes Belin’s style markedly his own is the way he embellishes the works with hyperrealistic details, breathing new life into Cubist tendencies. On top of the traditionally flat spaces of color, Belin depicts minute details of facial features of his subjects. Every hair and pore becomes clearly visible and lifelike, even when observed close up. While the distorted facial expressions, compared to traditional Cubist paintings, give audiences strong feelings of shock and intensity, the clear outlines and the large patches of color and rich decorative patterns in other spaces of his works help to retain the original aesthetic of Cubism.
Belin opens up a whole new art perspective with his fusion of Surrealism and Cubism and thereby seeks to promote its development and discussion around it. These works are not only unconventional, but also thought-provoking in their meaning. Every new work of BELIN can quickly grab any art lovers’ attention by endearing the subject to the viewer.
Nowadays, his sculptures, paintings and graffiti can be found in museums, galleries and streets around the United States and Spain. He has also produced different commissioned works for renowned artists such as Kat von D and High Voltage, Spanish football players, famous musicians and successful brands such as Dockers, Carhatt and Sephora.