Mexican American artist Favio Martínez, a.k.a. Curiot, is based in Mexico city and has become one of the most recognized street artists of his generation. His unique style with references to traditional Mexican folk art, is defined by fantastical figures of pre-Hispanic characters that come alive in colorful fusions of bodies and unlikely creatures. These figures called “curiotis” arise from his inspirations found in ancient cultures and reflections over our consumption and pollution of the environment. Curiot’s work has been shown in galleries such as La Crema, La Mano Gráfica, Baseveintiuno, David Alfaro Siqueiros, MACAZ Museum, Museo Arte Moderno, MUJAM , Centro Cultural Border, Thinkspace Gallery of L.A. and the FFDG of San Francisco. He has taken on multiple mural projects in Mexico, USA and Europe along with other renown artists from around the globe.
“The creation of Nirak´tuh is the most recent exhibit of artist Favio Martínez “Curiot” (Michoacan, México) presenting a series inspired in the element of fire as a component of the duality of Creation – Destruction. In this new series, Curiot creates a collection of characters lead by Nirak’tuh, the sun god, who announces a new cycle in the history of the planet. The bodies of these deities are conformed by intricate structures that unveil pyramids, animals, sea flora, stone effigies, embroidery, lava, cactuses, sacred geometry and several ornamental elements that complement each other with knitt and other material compositions. This is how the creation of Nirak´tuh presents a group of archetypical creatures that reveal in their nature infinite universes that can be discovered layer by layer through the eyes of the spectator.” – Fifty24MX
Here’s a sneak peek of his show:
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