Russian Artist Rustam QBic was among the artists that were invited to participate in this year’s Sea Walls event in Napier (New Zealand), organized by PageaSeed Foundation.

RUSTAM QBIC in Napier - Photo by Emily Raftery-1About The Mural

Entitled “Recycling Kingdom”, this mural by Rustam QBic is his latest offering using his signature style and color palettes but less imaginary and more environmentally charged,  depicting 3 children from different backgrounds on top of a whale, trying to recycle the garbage and oil spilling from the dirty waters to build a house.
As the artist said: “The subject of garbage and oil in the ocean is touched upon in this piece of work. We are living our own lives and making small mistakes without thinking that in future our children or other generations will face major environmental problems due to our errors and our negligence. This is concealed egoism which we are used not to notice. The people of different nationalities will have to unite with animal world and help it as all human beings and animals on the planet are connected with one another and depend on one another. A serious approach is required to waste recycling and extraction of feedstock from it  and construction of new cities which from the beginning of existence will not contaminate the world around.”

Rustam QBIC in Napier - Photo by Vinny Cornelli-3

Rustam QBIC Portrait By Emily RafteryAbout The Artist

Rustam QBic was born in 1985 in 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 Sea Walls

Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans is PangeaSeed’s groundbreaking public art project that brings the oceans into the streets around the world.
The project involves some of today’s most renowned contemporary artists to create large-scale public murals that address pressing environmental issues the oceans are facing by forging a synthesis between public art, nature, and society. Sea Walls aims to engage with the local community to foster a sense of pride and ownership for the murals, and above all, for the health of their local marine ecosystems.

About PangeaSeed Foundation

PangeaSeed Foundation’s mission is to harness the power of art, science, and creativity to generate awareness and stimulate dialogue to inspire and effect positive change surrounding global ocean environmental issues. PangeaSeed Foundation aims to unify and connect individuals around the world, opening a dialog to share ideas and develop a better understanding of our connection with the oceans. PangeaSeed Foundation believes that art, design and new media can transcend cultural and linguistic boundaries, inspiring positive global change. PangeaSeed collaborates with today’s most influential creative minds to help give the oceans the voice they so desperately need.

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