Sixe - Tate Modern - London, UK

Street Art at Tate Modern’ – London, 2008

Sergio Hidalgo Paredes, also known as SIXEART, better known as the artist SIXE PAREDES, was born in 1975 in Barcelona.

He began his artistic career in the world of graffiti at the end of the 1980s and it has been evolving and transforming. Always investigating and looking to take his art further, he began experimenting in the mid-90s with other artistic formats such as painting, sculpture, and installation.

This is how, at the end of the 90s, he settled into his own studio developing work that came to define him as a visual artist. In this studio, he developed an abstract universe of color equipped with shapes and symbols that show a very personal aesthetic, one that is instantly recognizable visually and has helped to shape his own unique identity and artistic originality. This evolution has led him to develop an abstraction that is based on a very diverse and intense palette of colors, with complex symbolism and a meticulous mastery of geometric forms, which sometimes includes numerical cryptography, referred to by the artist as “circuits” helping the viewer “connect” with another, deeper reality.

Meanwhile, since he started working in his studio, he has continued his artistic career outside of the studio combining both the public and the private, through artistic interventions in the street and constant work in his studio.

In the same way that in Sixe there is a confluence of artistic traditions, specifically Catalan, artists such as Antoni Tàpies and Joan Miró have been direct influences and he has, in turn, inherited their traditions. In addition, since approximately 2009 there have been many others who have helped move and shape the artist’s work.

As a result of his repeated contact with Peru, Sixe began to travel extensively through this country, immersing himself in its culture and working with local artisans whose ancient techniques in ceramics and looms are almost extinct. This contact fundamentally changed the discourse of his work, and he began to develop a style in which he merges these learned traditions with a contemporary perspective. This is how “Ancestral Futurism” as it is defined by Sixe himself, appeared – a tribute to the primitive cultures in the search for the essential, mixing past and present. This work contains both a metaphorical and reflective nature and arose from personal experiences, not through an attempt at imitation. Here the artist is trying to show other realities or ways of perceiving reality from a deep, mystical starting point. The mixture of these different styles and elements is what gives his work such a unique aesthetic.

This exploration goes beyond using animal forms, human representations or ancestral figures to create its own language and symbols to explore the primordial. The connection of these ancient traditions and his reflection and reinterpretation brings us closer to social processes that occurred in antiquity, and that are repeated nowadays because they are intrinsic to humanity – to the deepest and most universal essence of all human beings, in all times and places. Using his own abstract and pictorial language, Sixe reinvents the idea of ancestral connections. He perceives the experience of reality in a unique way, transforming it and in his works of art, turning it into something new and universal.

An artist whose work has become one of the most notable Spanish references in terms of urban art, Sixe’s work has been exhibited in galleries and art spaces around the world, as well as top-level institutions such as the British National Museum of Modern Art “Tate Modern located in central London. Sixe Paredes was one of six artists who painted the facade of the Tate Modern in 2008 in the innovative exhibition of wall paintings “Street Art“.

Despite his constant investigative work, he has never abandoned the activity that aroused his creativity, public art. There are numerous festivals, biennials and urban art projects, which feature the artist today.

Despite his constant investigative work, he has never abandoned the activity that aroused his creativity, public art. There are numerous festivals, biennials and urban art projects, which feature the artist today. No doubt, Sixe Paredes, is a visual artist and a master of urban art, who has managed to take the discussion from the street to a deeper more profound level. This Catalan artist, claimed in the five continents, continues traveling today with his work all over the world.


WORK AND STYLE

While his early work focused more on the dark side of modern culture, this artist has recently developed an interest in ancient cultures and primitive art – especially in the way in which he can relate them to graffiti and Street Art.

His pictorial work is a mixture of figurative and abstract art. It mixes very different elements and aesthetics. It combines the human, the animal, the object, the geometric and the cybernetic with ample color, to later expand this series by combining and relating these characters with landscapes, pop art and pre-Columbian popular art with modern urban art and traditional ethnic art. He is an artist who uses his work in different mediums to create a universe of his own that is, at the same time, universal.

His is influenced by the urban landscape of his cosmopolitan city of birth, Barcelona, its architecture and popular social culture. There is also a strong influence of ancestral cultures, of cosmovisions especially from the Andean and Mesoamerican cultures, with their fluid colors, their wisdom and mysticism. In addition, nature is present in practically all of his work. A key part of the development of his artistic work has been his continuous trips around the world, especially those made to the American continent. Here he has shown deep concern for pre-Columbian cultures, which artistically has led to the use of millenary techniques such as ceramics or looms. These techniques have expanded his artistic language.

In works like his, it is interesting to see elements of the Inca cultures in relation to contemporary languages, and even more, to see how these cultures and their worldview permeate European identities. It establishes a connection between the ancestral precolonial and the contemporary European.

In the words of the artist himself:

All cultures are connected by the most primitive essence that we carry in the deepest part of our being, and from their ancestral interconnection a new language is born, which only reaffirms all its greatness. My intention is to interpret these cultures in a new way and look at them from a different perspective, one based on respect and admiration. Today my work continues to be inspired by the ancient world but at the same time also in the present, comparing them and transmuting them in imaginary dualities, that exist between the past and the future.

Text: June 2016
Laura García-Borreguero Gómez / Social and Cultural Anthropologist / SC Gallery Bilbao.

 

 

2018
COLOR, FORMA Y MATERIA, solo show. Le feuvre&Roze Gallery. Paris, France
RESISTANCE X
, group show. SC Gallery Gallery. Bilbao, Spain
URVANITY 2018
, Contemporary Art Fair. SC Gallery. Madrid, Spain
ART ELYSÉES
, Art & Design. Le feuvre&Roze Gallery. Paris, France
TUENTI URBAN ART ACADEMY, University of Fine Arts, Madrid. Mural paintings observations and methods. Madrid, Spain
“THE RED ALBUM”, album cover design. RAMPALIÓN. Roots rock reggae. Barcelona, Spain

2017
EL ESPIRITU DE LA MONTAÑA, solo show. Alice Gallery, Brussels , Belgium
ANTES, DESPUES, AHORA, solo show. Morbo Gallery. Centro Cultural de Spain. Lima, Peru

URVANITY, contemporary art fair. ART-ARETE Gallery. Madrid, Spain
NATURALEZA ABSTRACTA, solo show. SC Gallery. Bilbao, Spain
ABSTRACCION NUMERICA. Arteko Container. Gallery. Bilbao, Spain
GRAFF MÉDITERRANÉE. Museum collection. Marseille, France
“TEART”. Transtorn de l’Éspectre. Documentary film. La Garriga, Spain

DELIMBO, group show. Madrid, Spain
MIAU FESTIVAL
OFRENDA CELESTE, installation. Castellón, Spain

COLOREANDO A LA PAR. Fundación A la par. Madrid, Spain

2016
ANTES DESPUES AHORA, solo show. Museo del Qorikancha. Commissioned by Morbo Gallery. Cuzco, Peru
UN MUNDO, DENTRO DE OTRO MUNDO, solo show. ROCA UMBERT Gallery. Granollers, Spain
Sixe Paredes, Sozyone, Honet, group show. GOLDEN HANDS Gallery. Hamburg, Germany
Venturing Beyond. A(by)P, group show. Somerset House. London, England
THERIOMORPHISM III, group show. IAM Gallery. Madrid, Spain
ITCH UNDER THE SKIN, group show. CHARLOTTE FOGH Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
FRIENDS & FAMILY Vol 2., group show. DELIMBO GALLERY. Seville, Spain
8e Avenue Art Show, Contemporary Art Fair.  LE FEUVRE Gallery, Paris, France
AUTISMO Y MURALISMO, project curated by Arcadi Poch. La Garriga, Spain
MURS QUE PARLEM, project. Escuela Ferrer i Guardia. Granollers, Spain
H3O, project. ART ARETÉ Gallery, Andorra
Noche de los museos. artistic participation FUNDACIÓ JOAN MIRÓ. Barcelona, Spain
Open Walls Conference 2016. Mural, El Espíritu de la Montaña. Barcelona, Spain
Truck Art Project. Project commissioned by IAM Gallery. Madrid, Spain
QÉLLQANA NASCA WASI – Residence in a the ceramic studio. Zenón Gallegos. Nasca, Peru
“IMAGINA UNA PARED”. Documentary made by Núria Nia and produced by VOTV in collaboration with the school Ferrer i Guàrdia. Granollers, Spain

2015
Mural. Department of Culture of Madrid
8e AVENUE. Contemporary art fair.  LE FEUVRE Gallery – Paris, France
Arqueología Prohibida, group show . Festival VILLA MANUELA – Madrid, Spain
DANZA – RITUAL, solo show.  LE FEUVRE Gallery– Paris, France
Mural, Festival MUROS LIBRES – San Isidro, Peru
Residencia. Ceramic workshop with the Gallegos family. Nasca, Peru
Mural, Festival Street Art Tárrega – Catalonia, Spain
Biennial of Street Art, ARTMOSSPHERE – Moscow, Russia
MAPPING THE CITY, group show, Somerset House – London, United Kingdom
9000Km, group show. Equipo Plástico. Casa Encendida – Madrid, Spain
Bodegones & Vanitas, group show N2. Barcelona Gallery, Spain
Participación. Documental BCN RISE & FALL – Barcelona, Spain
Participación. BLANC SOBRE BLANC – TV3. Televisión de Catalunya – Barcelona, Spain

2014
Futurismo Ancestral, solo show. Approved by Pablo & Somerset House – London, United Kingdom
Lost In Space, Alice Gallery & Aliceday – Brussels , Belgium
ASPHALTE, Biennial of urban wall art, ASBL & Alice Gallery – Charleroi, Belgium
On Paper, group show, SC Gallery – Bilbao, Spain
Just Before Brazil, group show, Alice Gallery – Brussels , Belgium
Latin Explorations, group show, Yves Laroche – Montreal, Canada

2013
BC Gallery & Carmichael Gallery, group show – Berlin, Germany
Grandes formatos, group show, N2 Gallery – Barcelona, Spain
Cash, cans & Candy, group show, Ernst Hilger Gallery – Vienna, Germany
Mural painting, Festival Mulafest – Madrid, Spain
Paper Gaineko Lana, group show, SC Gallery – Bilbao, Spain
AD Infinitum, group show, IAM Gallery – Madrid, Spain
Group show, creative laboratory “Domingo” – Lima, Peru
Ofrenda celeste, installation – Nazca, Peru
STREETKIT, Mural painting– Moscow, Russia
Ofrenda celeste, installation – Lurin, Peru
ARTSOLIDARI, Group show – Barcelona, Spain

2012
Cosmovisión andina. Y los hijos del Inti, commissioned by N2 Gallery , Casa America – Madrid, Spain
Mesa redonda. L’escala de l’evasió. Fundación Miró – Barcelona, Spain
31st edition Arco fair – International Contemporary Art Fair. “El País” stand – Madrid, Spain
Art Brussels – International Contemporary Art Fair, Alice Gallery – Brussels , Belgium
A2 A3 A6 M30, group show, Vava Gallery – Sixe, Luce, Nano 4814, Hear – Madrid, Spain
Esto no es graffiti, group show, Delimbo Gallery – Sixe, Mike Swaney, Suso33, SozyOne, Remed & Okuda, Eltono & Seleka, Ausias Peréz, Dems, JoeKing, PantOne, Spy – Sevilla, Spain
Grafica. Group show itinerante, Contemporanea & Instituto Cervantes
>Instituto Cervantes – Madrid, Spain
>Instituto Cervantes – Sofia, Bulgaria
>Centro de Historias – Zaragoza
>Mikser House e Instituto Cervantes – Belgrado
>Instituto Cervantes – Argel, Argelia
>Instituto Cervantes – Toulouse, France
Caballo Caballo Tigre Tigre, Equipo Plástico, Migas & Instituto Cervantes – Pekin, China
El mur a lárt (Del muro al arte), group show curated by Kognitif. Sala de TMB – Barcelona, Spain
Berlin Art Fair, N2 Gallery – Berlín, Germany
Mascaras – Nano 4814 & Sixe. SC Gallery – Bilbao, Spain
Insiders, group show. N2 Gallery & Kognitif – Barcelona, Spain
ART PLATFORM, Carmichael Gallery – Los Angeles, USA
Disambiguation, group show. Carlos Mare, Rae Martini, Remi, Sixe – Carmichael Gallery – Los Angeles, USA
BOUH, group show curated by Alice Gallery. Nosbaum Reding & Gallery – Luxembourg
Mural Painting, private collection. Banco Sabadell
Design for the cover of the DOMINICAL, EL Periódico – Barcelona, Spain.
Rights of image for the work EL PEZ DE ORO (Arturo Peralta, Gamaliel Churata) Editorial Cátedra, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain
Collaboration with MARIO TESTINO for Vogue December edition – Spain

2011
Cosmovisión Andina y los Hijos del Inti. N2 Gallery – Barcelona, Spain
Playing Field. Group show with Banksy y Mark Jenkins. Carmichael Gallery – Los Angeles, USA
Gráfika, traveling collective, Contemporánea y Instituto Cervantes – Lebanon, Portugal, Egypt, Jordan, France, Spain
Cosmo Visión, individual, Carmichael Gallery – Los Angeles, USA
Roaming with Drap’Art and CCCB – various cities, China and Tokio
A.L.I.C.E. at SLICK art fair
Esplanade of the Palais de Tokyo and the Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris – France

2010
Moniker International art fair, Carmichael Gallery – London, UK
4ª edición de 42º Latitud Arte, Tudela – Navarra, Spain
Nuevo Mundo, Transmutación Intercontinental, Alice Gallery – Brussels , Belgium
Drap’Art con N2 Gallery , CCCB – Barcelona, Spain
Feria Swab con N2 Gallery – Barcelona, Spain
Entre la silla y la madre – Equipo Plastic group – Monterrey, Mexico
Booke – group show – Carmichael Gallery – Los Angeles, USA
Identitat’s (Ministerio de Trabajo e Immigración.) – Badalona, Spain
Liaisons, Centre d’Arts Santa Mònica representando a N2 Gallery – Barcelona, Spain

2009
SCOPE Miami, Carmichael Gallery – Miami, USA
Bac Festival, CCCB – Barcelona, Spain
La cuadra – Equipo Plástico group show, Centro Cultural de Spain – Lima, Peru
Forma y color, group show– N2 Gallery – Barcelona, Spain
Son jóvenes y maestros, group show, N2 Gallery – Barcelona, Spain
Sueñan las gallinas con ser humanas, Rojo Art Space – Sao Paulo, Brazil
Guerreros, N3 Gallery – Madrid, Spain
Batalla Perdida (Lost Battle), A.L.I.C.E. Gallery – Brussels, Belgium

2008
Street Art at The Tate Modern – London, UK
Gen Art Vanguard New Contemporary Art Fair – Miami, USA
Wild painting party – Barcelona, Spain
Nomadaz, Mediterranean Art Connection, group show commissioned by por Pablo Aravena, NEXT, Scion Gallery – Los Angeles, USA
Art Brussels Contemporary Art Fair, Alice Gallery – Brussels , Belgium
We Love People, solo show – Copenhagen, Denmark

2007
Bienal – Art Brussels
Art Loft – Los Angeles, United States
III Festival hip-hop y cultura urbana – Madrid, Spain
III Festival Internacional de las Artes – Castilla y León, Spain
GRAFFITI ART, Sixe y Raul de Dios, N2 Gallery
Festival “Rió loco”, Toulouse, France
Festival de Arte Urbano, Bilbao, Spain
Alice Gallery – solo show, Brussels , Belgium
III Hipnotik festival – Barcelona, Spain
Live digital painting for the white night, Equipo plástico & Tag Tool – Madrid, Spain
Delirium Tremens, group show – Los Angeles, USA
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Huarte, Equipo plástico & Tag Tool – Pamplona, Spain

2006
Cercle 22, Sin intención, group show– Barcelona, Spain
Subacuatica Gallery, Niños Malos Con Flequillo – solo show – Madrid, Spain
Pabellón de Gutiérrez, group show– León, Spain
Exhibición de graffiti, Cultura Urbana – Madrid, Spain
Festival “Ibiza Urban”, Exhibición de graffiti – mural painting– Ibiza, Spain
ROJO® SMART, Group show en la gallery Invaliden1 de Berlín, Germany
ROJO® Nike Air a little less gravity, for Nike – Barcelona, Spain
ROJO® ROJO®out 1ª, d’Art Urbà Publicitari, for J&B – Barcelona, Spain
BOMBIT, director y productor JHON REISS – San Francisco, USA
AEROSOL, third finalist in the Goya Awards. Dir: Michael Rolano – Madrid, Spain
Documentary “ATLANTIS phase 1”, realizado por Sergio Aguilar – Madrid, Spain
NEXTS”, director Pablo Aravena – Madrid, Spain

2005
Brigadas al muro, group show, La Santa Gallery – Barcelona, Spain
All work and no play makes jack a dull boy, group show, La Santa Gallery – Barcelona, Spain
International festival of contemporary art, CCCB, group show– Barcelona, Spain
Tras la pared, group show, Antta Gallery – Madrid, Spain
Camel Art, dirigido por la Fura del Baus – Barcelona, Spain
Street Art. Un arte evolucionado y en evolución, Fundación Artium de Álava
Wall painting, Festival internacional de graffiti, “Urban Art” – Canarias, Spain
Primer asalto. El arte de lo público en Zaragoza, Puerta Cinería, Zaragoza, Spain
TOYR2 en Veintecuatro kilates – Barcelona, Spain

2004
Commissioned by the city of Montpellier, Children’s Park – Narbona, France
SIXEART- LAMANO, Skate Park – Mosson-s Montpellier, France
Festival of new creators, “La Mostra”, Estación central – Milan, Italy
Festival of new creators, “Camelart”, 1r premio modalidad graffiti – Madrid, Spain
Wall painting, “Urban Art” festival – Seville, Spain
Festival of new creators “Fem 3”, installation mural collective painting – Madrid, Spain
Camelart 3 finalista, alternative sculpture modality – Madrid, Spain
XDYE winter catalog Pull and Bear – Barcelona, Spain

2003
Installation painted mural, Festival de nuevos creadores – Baba festival – Barcelona, Spain
Installation for the Gaudí i Josep Font Fair – Barcelona, Spain
Installation for Cimarrón – Barcelona, Spain

2002
Kosmopolite, group show, Taxi Gallery – Bagnolet – Paris, France
Trompellier dos mil dos, group show, S.T.Ravi Gallery– Montpellier, France

2000
Niños malos con flequillo, individual exhibition, Laboratorio 27 Gallery – Barcelona, Spain
La vida, group show, Cercle 22 Gallery – Barcelona, Spain
Sin intención, group show, Cercle 22 Gallery – Barcelona, Spain

 

Permanent Collections

MIMAMUSEUM Collection
FUNDACION VILA CASAS Collection
BANCO SABADELL Collection
Important private collections in en Europa, North and South America and Asia


Bibliography

Cosmovisión Andina y los Hijos de Inti, Sixeart, N2 gallery – Spain
El graffiti español, Mario Suárez, Lunwerg – Spain
Walls & Frames, Max Ruiz, Gestalten – UK
XFuns 41, Creative & Design – China
Streetart, Cedar Lewisohn, Tate Publishing – UK
The Art of Rebellion III, Publikat – Germany
Hip Art, The French Touch, Kitchen 93 – France
At Down, Octopus – France
Mundo Animal, Rojo Special Edition – Spain
Alergia, Spray Planet – Spain
Urban Art Book, Montana Colors – Spain


Galleries

Representation:

> ALICE GALLERY
Rue du Pays de Liège, 4
1000 Brussels, Belgium
+32 2 513 33 07

> Galerie LE FEUVRE
Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 164
75008 Paris, France
+33 1 40 07 11 11

Collaborations:
> SC GALLERY
Cortes lonja izquierda, 4
48003 Bilbao, Spain
+34 944 16 70 62

> DELIMBO GALLERY MADRID
Doctor Fourquet, 30
28012 Madrid, Spain
+34 652 63 27 74

> DELIMBO GALLERY SEVILLA
Pérez Galdós, 1
41004 Sevilla, Spain
+34 955 29 41 88