Do you have an artist whose work you never get tired of? I do, and his name is Alejandro Hugo Dorda Mevs aka Axel Void.
This time in Ostend, Belgium for the second edition of the always amazing The Crystal Ship street art festival, Axel Void created “Leven” (Life), a haunting mural featuring the image of to women embracing each other.
As usual, Axel spend some time meeting the residents of the large social housing building this new mural was painted on. It was during these visits that he met an elderly lady who happens to live alone in the same building he was intended to paint on. Among other things, the woman showed him a photograph that later became a reference for the mural. The aged photograph captured a scene where she says goodbye to her godmother many years ago.
Axel Void’s Life series, whether it is easel painting or murals, depict images and moments intended to highlight the importance of everyday life and how even small moments are of great meaning that transcend time and space. They talk about interaction and coexistence. Certainly a great gift to the neighbours and the community as a whole.
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. Raised in Spain from the age of three where he became 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 Crystal Ship
The Crystal Ship is a contemporary art festival that specializes in public space producing over 25 installations, sculptures and murals every year. It also represents a selected group of visual artists worldwide and responds to their needs in the ever-changing domain of art and culture.
This article was originally published on UrbaniteWebzine
Images by Sasha Bogojev