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Belin, born in Linares, Spain, creates large-scale portraits of distinct characters that feel realistic and caricature-like at the same time. Their large heads and the dynamic, colourful designs behind them lend the works an eye-catching surrealism. It’s the type of work that makes you look twice and marvel at the power of a few spray paint cans.

Belin did not receive formal training. He drew from a young age but not until 1995 did he pick up a spray paint can. His talent got him noticed by Von D and others and last year he travelled to Miami for Art Basel. Belin’s hometown and L.A. find commonground in the ever-present threat of buffing.

Well-known for his rosy-cheeked graffiti characters, he have a strong fine art quality to them. Belin is equally adept at painting huge murals, canvases and making sculptures, all of which carry his distinctive style.

While visitors will see familiar faces in his work, like those of President Obama and Hugo Chavez, Belin leaves it up to the viewer to decide who they see as true superheroes. He sees the less famous figures in his works as superheroes, whether

they realize it or not. “They’re normal, common people that work on the street inwhatever normal job — whether in a bakery, as a taxi driver or a painter — that have trouble because of the economic crisis,” says Belin. “We’re all superheroes and we don’t know it until a difficult moment comes and we find our strength.”

Belin has already kept a wide curriculum, his pieces have been exposed all around Spain and countries like Germany, Italy, United Kingdon, Netherlands, Brasil, Israel, Mexico, USA. even he painted for brands like Dockers or Carhartt and tattoo artists like Kat von D from L.A. INK.

2018

  • “Fazes” Solo Exhibition at Amanda Wei Gallery, Hong Kong

2016

  • Solo exhibition, “AMORFOBIA” Collection in the gallery Bejarano Cristobal de Linares, Jaén, Spain.
  • Solo exhibition at the “Hospital de Santiago”, Ubeda, Jaén, Spain.

2015

  • Art Madrid 2015, with the gallery Fernando Latorre, Madrid, Spain.
  • Group exhibition at the University of Fine Arts on in Granada, Spain.
  • Exhibition at the Art Center “Vincentre”, “STEP IN THE ARENA”. Nuenen, Netherlands.
  • Exhibition of works “Super Heroes in Crisis” at the Arts Center of Guanajuato, Mexico.

2014

  • Gallery 44309, Dortmund, Germany
  • Gallery Fernando Latorre, Madrid, Spain
  • The Healthcare Gallery, Baton Rouge, Loussiana, USA

2013

  • Wonderland Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA.
  • Exhibition “Agora”, Gallery of Fernando Latorre, Madrid, Spain.
  • Single Expocisioón, 44309 street, Art gallery, Dormunt, Germany
  • Madrid, Spain
  • Wonderland Gallery, Los Angeles California, USA
  • Exhibition “Agora”, Gallery of Fernando Latorre, Madrid, Spain
  • Single Expocisioón, 44309 street, Art gallery, Dormunt, Germany

2012

  • Mural Project for The Municipal Institute of Youth, Leon-Guanajuato, Mexico
  • Mural Project in Carranza Cultural Center, Mexico
  • Collective Show, Caja Granada, Granada, Spain
  • STROKE Urban Art Fair, BERLIN, Germany
  • Super Heroes in Crisis, Indoor ARCA, Mexico, DF
  • Art Basel Miami, Miami, Florida, United States

2011

  • First prize in Graffiti, HIP HOP VICAR, Almería
  • Pleasure, La Casa Pintada, Linares, Spain
  • Group Exhibition in municipal building department Villa Maria, La Casa Pintada, Linares, Spain
  • Against the artistic abuse, Linares, Spain
  • Belin, Cultural Week, Cástulo Secondary School, Linares, Spain 2011 “Step in the Arena”, Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • Belin, Jheronimus Bosch Art Center, Hertogenbosch, Netherlands 2011 Urban Tales Festival, Foggia, Italy
  • Graffiti Exhibition, Mexico, DF
  • Exhibition of paintings and sculpture, School of Professional Design, Madrid, Spain

2010

  • Belin young art “Boy King”, Civic Center, Granada, Spain
  • Belin Solo Show, Pupa Tattoo Art Gallery, Granada, Spain
  • Conference on ESDI, Sabadell, Spain
  •  “Air”, Graffiti House, Linares, Spain
  • Demo Castellon Art Fair, Spain
  • The Painted House, University of Jaén, Spain
  • Graffiti-Exhibition on Urban Culture, Santiago de Compostela, Spain 2010 Collective international exhibition, Cartagena, Spain
  • Urban art festival Xtatic, Split, Croatia
  • “Fire”, Graffiti House, Linares, Spain
  • Festival Zaragoza City, Zaragoza, Spain
  • Graffiti Fine Art Sculpture, Museum of Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • JILfestival event (Guest), Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico
  • “Myths”, La Casa Pintada, Linares, Spain

Video

Belin Live Spray at “FAZES” Opening