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- Wed, Apr 13, 2022 - Sat, Apr 30, 2022
Sister Cities Artist Panel: Thursday, April 28th
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The month of April will highlight the Sister Cities collaboration between two local Denver artists and two Brest, France artists working together on a mural. The city of Brest, France and Denver, CO is the longest standing relationship between a US city and a European city - we are honored to have French artists, Wen2 and Worm, working with local artists, Anna Charney and Mike Graves starting April 13th here in the RiNo Art District at 32nd and Blake.
WEN2 is an artist from Brest born in 1976. Inspired by hip hop culture, from an early age he has honed his art on the walls of Brest, working with different crews and local collectives. Following his formal training in applied Arts, he continued to create while also working in urban planning and architecture. Wen2 has an obvious ease for painting the city, its textures, its framework, its aggregates, and his work combines technical expertise with aesthetic intelligence. An occasional collapsologist, keenly aware of our changing world, WEN2’s inspiration comes to him directly from his environment.
Denouncing with flair and subtlety society’s overindustrialization and mass consumption (trash, nuclear, ghost towns, no man’s land, concrete cities, ecocides, etc.) WEN2 gives a second life to the elements composing it (containers, rusty trains, abandoned sites…). Sharing his time between his family and his tribe, his workshop and walls, he poetically portrays the reality he sees.
WORM is another artist from Brest, born in 1984. Inspired by his hometown, his region, people surrounding him but also American culture (both cartoons and classic graffiti lettering). Worm mixes illustration and graffiti in a very graphic style. His compositions favor a strong impact with bold colors and clean shapes. A truly urban illustrator with a cutting and decisive graphic style, he has been developing a world made of characters commenting in a comical and ironical way on everyday life for over 15 years. Viewers can often find nods to his Breton roots in his paintings.
The goal of the RiNo Mural Program is to continue working with a diverse group of local artists to facilitate monthly installations around the district so that each piece may receive proper recognition and the work that is done is more intentional on time and placement. All artists are paid for their work. Providing reliable stipends in an unpredictable time helps keep art and artists at the heart of RiNo.