“Shelter” is a mural by Mexican artist Paola Delfin painted in Kiev (Ukraine), curated by Geo Leros and Iryna Kanishcheva. This mural will be one of the last murals we will see this year from the art initiative ArtUnitedUS. Hopefully more works start popping up again in the spring.
About the Mural
Paola said: “I believe, besides any difficulty in life, we all have a shelter to turn to. I painted this wall thinking of that idea. I come from a country which is a beautiful place but is going through some difficult moments, same as Ukraine, so no matter which kind of troubles are going on, there is always a place of peace, even if everything seems dark. I chose to paint this mural in black and white and cut it in two pieces, because I believe beauty can present itself in the darkest moments. This is how we choose to see things, which can change it all, as a matter of perspective.”
About the Artist
Paola Delfin is a Mexican artist whose work is mainly influenced by illustrations, organic forms and a mixture of unusual materials. Paola was born in Mexico City and remembers from the time she was very small, she always had a pencil and paper to help her visualize her own world through drawing. The topic she endeavors to explore relates to beauty and feminine sensibility. Through these female characteristics, Delfin is able to depict a vast range of incredible changes and contrasts where she attempts to give her work a life of its own.
Her introduction to the world of street art happened both spontaneously and inevitably after realizing that the messages she was trying to emit would become trapped and misunderstood on a small template, therefore, she found that using large wall space was a perfect way to express herself.
About the Project
ArtUnitedUs 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.