Valencia has a knack for producing two great things consistently - Oranges and street artists. There are many other things, of course, but very few that are as capable of eliciting a smile from a weary face like these two. Disneylexia, whose complex quasi-religious works adorn the city’s picturesque streets, is one of the most exciting names from Spain’s southeastern coast.
Steeped in the symbolism that you’d expect from images that are inextricably tied to the spirituality of practices like Hinduism and the intrigue of ancient Mesoamerican civilisations, Disneylexya’s works are something to enjoy, but also something worth taking the time to decode.
There’s no set formula to the Valencian’s murals. In one, we could have two ancient Egyptian-esque figures sitting over a table enjoying a meal and in another, a whole tapestry of archaic references from Eastern religious and spiritual practices. That’s not to say all of his work resides in that space, but he certainly occupies a unique domain within contemporary European street art.
Beyond the African and Asian is the work of his home - the Latin American. Born in Chile, the artist views himself as an aesthetic alchemist, concocting works with various cultural ingredients to build a composite visual product that reaches through timelines and mythologies in order to create a folkloric mural entirely in-keeping with the form’s rich tradition in that part of the world.
Against the idea of being dogmatic with his work, Disneylexya constructs his own Syncretic worldview through his art, telling a personal story in universal terms. Memory is a key part of art for this artist. Unsurprisingly, that means the past and our understanding of it is a key element of his work. The memories are a mixture of his own and those consigned to history. How his audience relates to them will vary person-to-person, but ultimately will be determined by their own life experiences.
The act of art itself - not only in the creation but the consumption - is something that motivates Disneylexya, who understands the potential power wielded by an artist. Capable of provoking exacting conversations or revelling in the libertine purity of the act, he is fascinated with the golden thread that brings past and present together and the ramifications of what a creatively realised vision could mean for the future.
Rather than subdue, the Internet has managed to heighten most 'things'. Gaming, music, fashion, food and travel are some of the multitude of aspects of life that have become blown open by accessibility. However, history and mythology, more accessible than ever, still feel like they're gathering dust on a shelf, symbols of yore replaced by shinier versions for the always-on generation. Erasing an ancient sphinx for a cat emoji, a temple for the metaverse, our lives are slowly experiencing a redefined experience of meaning that thrives in the digital world, devoid of ancestral knowledge.
Disneylexya is aiming to bring this back, to inject the urban landscape with the ancient rites, rituals and characters. Those who transcend time, space and trends. He’s bringing the forever into the now through symbols associated with the past, configured as eye-catching storytelling devices that can be found in the streets of Valencia and beyond.
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