Escif is a street artist based in Spain – and his work has the perfect combination of style and wit that makes street art so likeable. Not dissimilar to the work of Blu – Escif focuses on humans as the subject, morphing them or placing them in impossible or just plain bizarre situations.
His wit often parodies street art itself, or can take its setting into account. I particularly like the way he paints, as it is almost something of a refreshing break from stencilled and more cartoonish work that is common in graffiti or street art. I also love the colour choice, with pastel blues, yellows and greens adding that extra something, without being in-your-face – which makes each piece seem like it was always meant to be where it is. His website is great, with a fairly large amount of his paintings, sketches and videos for you to check out, and his Flickr is also regularly updated with new work.
In his own words, Escif says
“Although sometimes is not easy to separate, I try to focus my work around concepts, not just shapes. I try to found my style like the consequences of my own ideas.
I understand the painting as an exercise of reflection that can be shared with people.
I´m not looking for decorative paintings, I try to wake up viewers’ minds.”
It’s a great little interview, and has links to some more murals.
If you can find them in the image galleries on his website, look out for “applied biology”, “escape from the banana” and a very funny picture on Banksy.