In line with its commitment to the art of our time, in recent years the Fundación María Cristina Masaveu Peterson has launched a line of work related to urban art. Envisioned as both patronage and collecting, all the pieces included in this initiative become part of the Foundation’s collection.
As a reflection of this urban art initiative, in October 2021 the institution is opening a new space devoted to street art in its Madrid headquarters, where rotating shows of the projects undertaken and the latest acquisitions will be displayed. Throughout it, visitors will discover the works of internationally renowned artists like Banksy, Keith Haring and Vhils, along with celebrated or up-and-coming Spanish artists such as Mario Mankey, El Muelle, Sabek and Albert Pinya.
These pieces are joined by four projects by El Rey de la Ruina, Estudio Pedrita, Juan Díaz-Faes and Queen Andrea promoted under the Foundation’s patronage. The latter two were specifically designed for this space and are sure to impact viewers.
You can enter this space with a guided tour.
Sinstelación (2021) is a project by the Oviedo-born artist Juan Díaz-Faes made on the metallic conduits in the ventilation system. The black-on-yellow design featuring the artist’s hallmark patterns, which invade the entire surface, take on a texture of their own, which the artist says reminds him of salamanders. This is the first time he is working on this kind of support, which is complex not only because of the material but also because of its three-dimensionality and its location, which makes it hard to arrange and adapt the composition.
An artist and urban designer, Díaz-Faes was trained in Fine Arts at the University of Salamanca. He got his start in the world of magazines, advertising and comics. Since 2017, he has worked actively on walls in different places around the world, with interventions that combine visual humour with voluminous shapes in colourful compositions featuring a small number of figures.
The New York-based artist Andrea von Bujdoss, better known as Queen Andrea, is one of the most celebrated female graffiti artists in the United States. Trained in graphic design at the Parsons School of Design in New York, she has worked in this field for many magazines, as well as in advertising and fashion design. She currently combines her practice as a graffiti artist and muralist with her job as a designer, typesetter and fine artist in her studio.
Just like most of her murals, in this work, made in the building’s freight lift in 2021, Queen Andrea uses the slogan ‘Always Play’, an encouraging message based on one already displayed in a work by the artist that the Foundation acquired in 2020. Just like that previous work, this one comes in vibrant colours and encourages viewers to act and to enjoy the fun side of life.