After Paris, I headed to the Veneto region in Italy to paint at EnergyFest, organised by Kantiere Misto, in the small town of San Polo Di Piave. I created a piece inspired by the mask and costume traditions of the nearby Venice, where a girl is seen hiding her face with her hands while her mask is off. We all hide behind a mask and an image, when our true self is exposed how do we react? Do we let go?
“The Mask” – Zabou – 6x4m – San Polo Di Piave, Italy – 2017
Credit photo: Zabou
From Hamburg I flew straight to Paris for a project organised by the association Garidell14. With four other female artists, and despite the rain, we painted a 50m wall and gave a spray painting workshop to local children.
My artwork, entitled ‘CREATE’, depicts a woman holding a marker with one hand, and a spray can with the other. Her body fits in the stretched format of the wall and creates a powerful and magical sensation of floating for the audience.
“CREATE” – Zabou – 13x3m – Paris, France – 2017
Credit photo: (1) (2) Zabou – (3) (4) Garidell14
The Millerntor Gallery is held every year at the St.Pauli Stadium in Hamburg, Germany. The event, a weekend combining art, music, street food and more – gathers artists from around the globe. The benefits go to Viva Con Agua, a charity providing access worldwide to clean and sanitised water.
My design shows a woman immersed in water with a bird on her head. I wanted to raise questions about the challenges we are dangerously facing with water and oceans, especially climate change triggering sea level rising fast.
“Rising/Drowning” – Zabou – 3x3m – Hamburg, Germany – 2017
Credit photo: Zabou
I travelled to Hadera in Israel with the association Artists4Israel, who brings international and local artists to beautify the country. The project was the first of its kind in the city and it was received really well by its inhabitants.
On this occasion I painted two murals, both in community centres which provide activities and a friendly space for children.
“Education is Power” – Zabou – 9x5m – Hadera, Israel – 2017
“Urban Dreams” – Zabou – 6x5m – Hadera, Israel – 2017
The ‘MUR Mulhouse‘ welcome local and international artists to paint on a large public space in the city centre of Mulhouse, France. I was the 42nd artist but the first female artist to paint on the wall! Hopefully the first of many.
Last year, Mexican artist Villana and I did a collaboration in London to pay tribute to Frida Kahlo, a subject Villana had used many times. The piece was much loved but short lived, hence why I painted a new portrait on a more permanent wall.
The design shows Frida with a radiant aura and smile, holding her brush and paint. A beautiful screen print inspired by this design will be released in June.
Last week, Spike Lee filmed Grandmaster Flash in front the tribute mural I painted last year when visiting the USA. The video promotes the 60th Grammy Awards ceremony, and celebrates New York as the city of music.
The mural of Grandmaster Flash was painted last September with the help of the TAG Public Arts Project in the South Bronx. The artwork, inspired by a photo by M.Daoud, pays tribute to the origin of hip-hop and the legendary DJ.
Watch the video below:
Cyprus is one of my frequent painting destinations, with great joy I travelled there once again for Street Life Festival celebrating its 10 year anniversary. I painted at this occasion two giant murals, one in Limassol city centre and one in the small town of Athienou.
The first artwork, painted on a building with large windows with bars, depicts a man hand-cuffed with birds flying off. I was inspired by the space to create something about prison and freedom. Despite being chained, a person’s spirit can be free.
“Free” – Zabou – 12x8m – Limassol, Cyprus – 2017
The second mural, painted in Athienou, depicts a little girl laid down, holding her backpack where her cat is peeking out, and listening to music – with a walkman! How old school. I wanted to paint this feeling of being by oneself, feeling good and taking the time to think, to breathe, to relax.
“In My Head” – Zabou – 22x3m – Athienou, Cyprus – 2017
I was recently commissioned by the city of Nantua (Eastern France) to paint a set of 13 colourful murals celebrating the Tour de France. The event will take place in the city centre on the 9th of July as part of the route 9 ‘Nantua/Chambéry’. The artworks were painted on various shop windows as an initiative from the city to occupy abandoned spaces with art.
I painted my first rooftop at Angel Comedy, in London (UK), as a side project from the iconic portraits created on the outside of the venue. The artwork depicts a woman sleeping and crawled into a ball, not quite fitting into the space. A drone captured the elevation from the rooftop to the sky, where the environment seems to be crushing her.
We’re so small…
“Crushed” – Zabou – London, UK – 2017
My new T-shirts have arrived! They are 4 colour screen print on high quality white garment (100% ringspun cotton, 185gsm). Beautifully crafted by Blackwater Studios in England.
It’s been a while I wanted to paint Salvador Dali and his crazy moustache! I realised his portrait based on a famous photo of the artist showing off his facial hair while looking intensely at the viewer. In addition, one of his ‘soft watches’ is seen melting on the floor. The portrait is located on LukeJacob‘s shutter in East London, UK. It’s mostly visible at nights and on Sundays.
“Salvador Dali” – Zabou – 3x2m – London, UK – 2017
The bowling alley and restaurant All Star Lanes has just been refurbishing one of their venues in Brick Lane, East London. They commissioned me to paint two indoor murals.
The first one is a large panel combining both vintage and urban, featuring a Manhattan cityscape, hollywood actors, vintage car, music etc. The second wall near the entrance has a more playful design of shelves filled with a mix of bowling pins, bottles and various objects.
The venue is opened every afternoon and evening for you to check out the artworks and go bowling!
Credit photo: All Star Lanes
I recently visited Vitry Sur Seine near Paris where I painted this tribute portrait to one of the greatest French singers, Edith Piaf. The artwork is based on a photo of a young Edith looking up to the sky, as if she was dreaming. I hope this can be an inspiration for others.
“Edith” – Zabou – 3x4m – Vitry sur Seine, France – 2017
Back in La Butte aux Cailles in the 13e district in Paris to paint my favourite wall once again. This piece is a tribute to street art, colours, paint – that conveys a strong message: no more blank walls!
“Add More Colours” – Zabou – 4x3m – Paris, France – 2017
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