Spanish painter Juan Rivas (born 1974) created a series of art pieces echoing summery views in the Karakallio area in August 2019. The paintings, sprinkled around the art district, surprise the viewer with unusual “canvases” and detailed brushwork.
The artist had originally planned ten pieces, but was carried away by the joy of painting – the final series consists of 14 paintings.
Rivas’s artworks blend into their surroundings in an innovative way, earning them the apt title of a painting in a place (la pintura en el lugar). The artist replicates the scenery in front of his eyes onto surfaces available on site. He then photographs the finished painting against the landscape. Outdoor distribution boxes, both wooden and metallic poles, and a fence, among other things, were decorated with the artist’s unique work in Karakallio.
Whereas Rivas’s previous paintings in places gradually faded away after being left at the mercy of the elements, the paintings in Karakallio have been surface treated so they are permanent and will continue to spread joy for a long time to come.
The batch in Karakallio is Rivas’s first international work. He has previously painted similar pieces in his home country. Rivas hopes to be able to take his art around the world in the future as well – small paintings fit a lot of different environments and don’t have many restrictions in terms of location.