Axel Void was invited last month to Nuart Festival in Stavanger (Norway) to paint a mural entitled ‘Play’ following this year’s festival identity that was largly focused on concepts like play and Situationism.
About the mural
Axel Void‘s mural takes us back to childhood. It is painted in the playground of the St Johannes Kindergarten. It depicts a boy holding a house he built out of small wooden sticks, creating an analogy with the house on which it is painted. This wall was thought out for the kids of the kindergarten. It is a reflection on what playing is and how this practice is carried through out our life in different ways. The word “Klosser” means “blocks” in Norwegian, referring to the toy bricks that children use to build. One of the kids in the kindergarten came up with this word.
About the Artist
Alejandro Hugo Dorda Mevs, also known as Axel Void, was born in Miami in 1986 from a Spanish father and a Haitian mother. He was raised in Spain from the age of three, where he was strongly influenced by classical painting and drawing. Axel Void has been in contact with graffiti writing since 1999. He studied Fine Arts in Cádiz, Granada, and Sevilla, and based himself in Berlin until moving to Miami in 2013, where he currently resides. All his creations display a great concern for social issues, evoked through beauty or ironic statements.
About the Festival
Nuart is an international contemporary street and urban art festival, held annually in Stavanger, Norway since 2001. It is widely considered the world’s leading celebration of Street Art among its peers.
Nuart Festival provides an annual platform for national and international artists who operate outside of the traditional art establishment. From the first week of September an invited international team of street artists leave their mark on the city’s walls, both indoor and out, creating one of Europe’s most dynamic and constantly evolving public art events.