Keeping the flame alive

30 Apr
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Keeping the flame alive on Carrer Nou de Sant Francesc

Happy Monday! Did you have a nice weekend? I hope so! Let’s kick-start the week with a little homage to José Pérez Ocaña, a painter and performance artist who lived in Barcelona during the seventies and early eighties, and who was one of the most influential figures  in Barcelona’s ‘Movida‘. Although he died in 1983, someone is keeping the flame alive for this colourful character (who lived on Plaça Reial and was much loved in his time) through graffiti paste-ups in a sweet naïf style. Here’s is a selection I found on Barcelona’s streets – enjoy!

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The sun shines on Carrer de l'Hostal d'en Sol

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A portrait on Carrer Guillem

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Death made pretty on Carrer de la Mercé

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Dreads on Carrer Brosolí

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Another skull on Carrer de la Mercé

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Seeing double on Carrer de la Mercé

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Put a flower in your hair on Carrer de l'Hostal d'en Sol

Whenever I spot one of these paste-ups I am delighted, for they are so cute in their naïf style, and very different from all other graffiti on Barcelona’s walls. I hope that whoever is behind them will continue keeping the flame alive for Ocaña, so that we can continue to enjoy their sweet, subtle message.

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Houseboat on Carer de l'Hostal d'en Sol

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