Ruben Sanchez takes on the ING Creative Community Wall

Capsule Arts' pick of the weekend is most definitely this live art event organised by Dubai-based non-profit creative community ING. Prominent Spanish graffiti artist Ruben Sanchez will be painting a large mural in public on a JLT exterior wall from 2pm-6pm tomorrow, Friday 13 Feb. The event is free to the public and more information can be found here. As well as being a colourful addition to the area, the mural serves as a reminder of the thriving creative community within Dubai.

Ruben's mural is already underway and he's making great progress...

In progress collage
In progress collage

If you're not already familiar with Ruben, the artist hails from Madrid and in 2013 was an artist-in-residence at Tashkeel in Dubai. Since then he's been taking over the UAE with his colourful and surreal artworks, which really do have a life of their own. Our favourite new addition to Dubai might just be Catzilla...

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catzilla

Throughout his artwork you can find inspiration from Mediterranean life, graphic design, flamenco, graffiti, cubism, reclaimed materials and objects, skateboarding, 80’s music, surrealism, and contemporary society in general.

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collage 2

Speaking about his art, Ruben says, “I’m interested in reviving old spaces, in resurrecting stuff, giving life to dead boring things through colours, creatures, or silly faces. Where there’s an abandoned factory, a cut tree or a dead train, there were humans before messing it all up. Sometimes I try to make that footprint nicer. Sometimes I paint on clean walls and white canvases too.”

We had the pleasure of working with Ruben in 2013 for one of our bespoke projects; he created some vibrant, site-specific murals for Salero Tapas & Bodego restaurant in Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates.

Aside from this cool community event, ING also hosts talks, workshops, and portfolio reviews for creatives in the region. Other upcoming events include a large conference which will take place on March 27th and 28th, 2015, featuring a range of international creatives speaking.

Images courtesy ING & Ruben Sanchez

 

Salero Tapas & Bodega

When working on artwork for the latest Spanish restaurant in Dubai - Salero Tapas & Bodega in the Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, artist Ruben Sanchez was our first choice as the essence of the restaurant was so in tune with Sanchez's style and narrative of work. Working directly onto the walls within the restaurant, here's a picture diary of the artist at work capturing the energy and joy of Spanish life through his illustrative large scale drawings.

Artist Ruben Sanchez painting onsite at Salero
Artist Ruben Sanchez painting onsite at Salero
Artist Ruben Sanchez painting onsite at Salero
Artist Ruben Sanchez painting onsite at Salero
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Artist Ruben Sanchez painting onsite at Salero
Artist Ruben Sanchez painting onsite at Salero
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Salero Tapas & Bodega at Kempinski Mall of the Emirates, Dubai
Salero Tapas & Bodega at Kempinski Mall of the Emirates, Dubai

Photos are courtesy of Spanish filmmaker and photographer Edu Munoz