Urban art is conquering the world. Big cities and small towns are home to street art communities. Pioneering artists or forerunners of particular mediums or techniques emerge. "Art is Trash," a concept that contains the artist's experiences, his reflections on society, and his personal perception of the world of art, is the first book to showcase the work, philosophy, and evolution of Francisco de Pajaro.Francisco de Pajaro is a self-taught artist. He currently resides in Barcelona, although he spends long periods of time in cities like London, New York, and Chicago, exploring and working in their streets.
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 816 g
Dimensions: 270 x 180 mm
"Barcelona-born street artist Francisco de Pajaro rejoices in the here-today-gone-tomorrow nature of his work, turning bin-bags, boxes, broken furniture and other detritus into human figures, monsters and animals. Sometimes they are rude and licentious, sometimes political or funny, often scared with wide eyes - one garbage sculpture was of a petrified Julian Assange clutching an equally terrified Edward Snowden. All of de Pajaro's pieces can easily be seen as artistic suicide, creative works destined to be destroyed in a bin lorry unless salvaged before the streets are cleared. De Pajaro has to work quickly: he sees a pile of rubbish, moves it around, paints it, sticks it with tape, leaves his trademark moniker and walks away - with a smile. "I am creating fun and beauty out of something society considers gross and disgusting," he says. "Garbage is hated, ignored, considered smelly and rotten. But for me it has become a place to create monsters, to make fun of politicians and the humourless." By Audrey Gillan, The Guardian"I realised in hindsight that he is just as wonderfully satirical and humorous in conversation as his art is on the street. He sees society with the stark reality you find in many great artists. He points out our imperfections and makes us laugh at them. He converts our waste into grotesque reminders about who we are and what we do. His style of art might be named naive if it wasn't so harsh to look at. The gallery is on the street, among our discarded belongings that we so often like to ignore. Each piece is unique. Each piece is improvised on the street, in the moment. Each piece has the shortest of life spans, much shorter than other types of street art. Each piece interacts with the environment and creates a new perspective. There's no catch, it's pure street art. It's rebellious and punk. The motivation is sincere also, to communicate with everyone. To make you think, to make you smile or laugh. To bring something new to the routine of everyday life. There's nothing on sale, no money is involved." streetartmecca.com..".we take a look at "Art is Trash" (El Arte Es Basura) the nom de street of Barcelona-based Francisco de Pajaro, who appropriates the stuff you threw away and creates art with it. Sometimes he rearranges boxes and bags and lampshades and that old headboard from your bed to create a new canvas. Other times he connects his characters with pieces that other street artists have left -- creating a sort of "forced collaboration"/.../ Most frequently he is spontaneously taking inspiration from whatever materials are at hand and creating something new with them.Catch him in action, and you see the same sort of free-style improvisation you might find at a comedy-jam; an artist working rapidly with the materials before him, unrestricted and unencumbered by contracts, provisions, conventions or censorship." Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington (BrooklynStreetArt.com) in Huffingtonpost"For this artist, one man's trash is another man's canvas. Spanish street artist Francisco de Pajaro creates delightful artwork out of rubbish he finds around the city at night, with the intent to make you smile. He works with all kinds of rejected junk people leave out, and his creations are often goofy monster-like creatures that delight and amuse passersby. "When I go out on the street, I look for rubbish," De Pajaro says in the YouTube videoabove. "Depending on the position people leave that rubbish, I get the inspiration to talk through it and turn it into art." De Pajaro's creative garbage monsters have popped up all over the globe, from London to New York, inspiring people to look at trash in a new light, and getting some chuckles along the way. "My intention in many occasions is to make people laugh," de Pajaro said. "My intention is to seek the smile on people. I never stay to watch their reaction, I usually leave, but in general I think, or I want to think, I make them smile. " The Huffington Post - By Melissa McGlensey"I am obsessed with this street artist that's been popping up in the blogosphere lately./.../ He's doing it for the love of art and to make people smile. After he makes something he just walks away. He's so talented and he's making disposable art. It's amazing./.../Like I've said before, I love taking things that society considers ugly and making them beautiful or fun. I live for changing that perception. Although our creativity is on different sides of the spectrum, we have that in common and it's what draws me to him as an artist." kellyosbourne.com