Cool Paintings by Pez

Inspired by Graffiti & Pop culture, Pez is an illustrator and painter from Nantes (France).

Pez started painting in 1999 in his hometown Barcelona. Specifically, he got into street art writing his signature, which soon took the shape of a fish. “Little by little his tags turned into the shape of a smiling blue fish, and he became a celebrity throughout Barcelona”.

Writing that peculiar signature, and influenced by comic and urban subcultures, he is interested in searching for a character whose language was universal. This was the birth of his famous character with the universal and timeless language of the smile, Pez was born! A fish character with a huge smile. He found a way to communicate and spread good vibrations to the pedestrians of Barcelona, this was his way to talk with the Barcelona citizens.

In the early 2000s, Pez began to travel around Spain invited by graffiti contests and urban art exhibitions: Madrid, Pamplona, Las Palmas, Valencia, Bilbao, Sevilla. After a few years he began spreading his smile around Europe and was invited to show his work in art galleries: Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Milan, …

In 2006, he travelled to South America to paint in Caracas, Bogota and Lima. Some months after, Pez took part in the K-Swiss Tour, a brand that leads the Asian painting market. The K-Swiss Tour brought him to Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai, Tokyo, Seoul, Taipei.

During the last few years, Pez has exhibited in Bogotá, Barcelona, Hamburg, Paris, London, NY, Portland and Los Angeles.

His works appear in the best-known street art books: Street Logos, Art of Rebellion, Street Art, Bcn New York, … in specialized magazines and internet websites. His work also appears in documentaries such as: “Bomb It-The Movie”, Muros Libres”, Free Walls” and “A Primer on Urban Painting”.

More recently, Pez has been creating several characters, not only his fish character, but also demons, angels, giraffes, and Martians. There is one thing they all have in common is a huge and infectious unique smile.

As a result of his focus on spreading his “good vibes” further than streets and galleries, he has been able to “talk” with more people around the world and in 2011 he decided to create his own line of products: graffiti spray cans, backpacks, mobile cases, apparel, plushies, …

Nowadays, Pez is showing his art in galleries, festivals, international art fairs and art auctions. (Wikipedia)

Pez on Instagram and his Website

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