Entitled “The Boy And The Sea” the mural depicts a boy sitting on the beach during sunset holding a brush, and beside him a bucket of paint, staring at a large blimp in the horizon. Using his signature imaginary style and color palettes, the artist is leaving it to the viewer to come up with their own interpretation, with what he said in mind: “This is a work about a boy sitting on the beach during sunset, a time when you begin to dream of distant countries beyond the seas and oceans. At this moment you just want to fly away…”
My guess is that the artist is trying to emphasis on kids, who are living under terrible conditions and have no future to look forward to, but are resilient and able to dream of a better world, a world where they can be happy. I could be way off! (-;
Rustam QBic was born in 1985 in the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia. He studied at the Kazan Art School, worked with illustration, design and graffiti and taught at the Children’s School of Design.
His love for graffiti and creating work in public was quickly interrupted by his love for classic painting and it didn’t take long until he replaced the letter based works with surrealist story telling pictures and characters. This new style that blends illustrative elements, surrealist imagery and distinctive color palette was first revealed at his debut solo show in 2013 at the Street Kit Gallery in Moscow.
Highly influenced by life, his family, nature and books, Rustam’s work carry universal messages of love, knowledge and spirituality while constantly developing his visual language and technique. Actively working both on large scale murals and canvases, he participated in street art events in Russia, Switzerland, USA, Australia, etc, as well as in charity auctions alongside Swoon, Phlegm, Faile, Sandra Chevrier and many others.
About Art United Us
Art United Us is an international project that collaborates through artistic and creative mediums with communities to raise public awareness and attention to the problem of war, aggression and violence. The project started in Kiev, Ukraine in the beginning of the year, is planning to complete 200 walls during the next 2 years through out the world and without boundaries. Art United Us is curated by Geo Leros and Iryna Kanishcheva.
Images by Geo Leros and Rustam QBic.