Alexis Diaz painted an elephant octopus combination that was an absolute wow with guests of Shoreditch street art tours. Painted with his very detailed intricate ink based cross hatching, the detail left no one in any doubt that Alexis Dias is a great artist.
Alexis Dias/La Pandilla- 2013
That was in July 2013, it lived a good life but eventually was painted over by the next artist, Rone actually, in April 2014. The image became quite iconic, guests on the tour still enquire “where is the octopus – elephant?”. Well the good news is that same wall has been refreshed again and the work is truly stunning, with thanks to Martin Lee for his great photo of Shoreditch Street Art Tours in action waxing lyrical .
Alexis Dias/Elian detail. Photo courtesy Martin Lee
This of a beautiful collaboration between Alexis Dias and Elian of Argentina, Diaz painted the stunningly detailed heart with an eye at its centre and Elian painted the intensely colourful abstract geometric background. Along with several other artists, these guys were in town for a group gallery show at MYA Gallery highlighting the work of several Latin American artists, curated by Maximiliano Ruiz (his book Graffiti Argentina is well worth tracking down).
Among the street artists featuring on the Shoreditch Street Art Tour walks, D7606 is always a favourite for the simple witty ideas, the colours and the collaborations. With the most recent crop of Marilyn as Valentine Cowgirl, D7606 has kicked the Warholian pop art imagery up another level. The locations are also superbly “storied” street art sports, particularly the “Glory Portal” doorway.
D7606 also featured in my “25 Shoreditch Street Artists You Need To Know” feature for Complex website, click HERE