This week HIYA Gallery invites you to discover KIWIE, one of the first street artists from Latvia who joined the site. KIWIE based his artistic style on the multifaceted repetition of a specific image, his character KIWIE Monster, thus gaining recognition among the art and graffiti scene, not only in Latvia, but also abroad. KIWIE mixes street art with design, graphics and fashion in the bowl of contemporary art. Its funny, generally smiling and plump creature which invades the walls and the streets of the whole world is always present for more than 15 years.
During his artistic career, he participated in numerous graffiti and street art festivals around the world. On these occasions he presents his works, whether solo exhibitions or group exhibitions. In 2016, he presented the solo exhibition "MIMIK" at the "Riga Art Space". It brought together a record number of visitors during the opening evening - 1360 visitors on the first day and 3167 visitors in total. To date, among his emblematic commissioned works we find the "Gray Rainbow" project carried out in 2013: a graffiti mural of 250m2 and 22 meters high, positioning it at that time as the first large fresco in Latvia.
Then there is the project "The Black Duke of Lancaster" which took place in Wales, in the United Kingdom, where KIWIE created a graffiti mural on a cruise liner. The former cruise liner, the Duke of Lancaster, was moored on the shores of the Dee Estuary in North Wales three decades ago. It has now become a canvas for graffiti artists from all over Europe. The first paintings to appear were those of orange and blue pirates on the hull of the ship, created by the Latvian artist. Each pirate is nine meters high and includes the dates on which the ship was built (1956) and moored at Llanerch-y-Mor (1979).
In 2014, he created the largest graffiti mural in the Baltic States in one of the streets of Riga, the capital of Latvia. Titled "Sun, Thunder and Daugava", the work covers approximately 800m2 of the surface of the wall. The work was produced during a street art festival. KIWIE was accompanied by the street artist, Rudens Stencil. They used more than 1500 spray paint to make this work. The subject represents authentic motifs from the woven belt used in folk culture specific to the Lielvārde region - a symbol of Latvian identity reputed to protect its wearer and which has become very popular in contemporary culture. The graffiti is inspired by a poster from 1938 and the title is the unofficial anthem of the festival. reputed to protect its wearer and has become very popular in contemporary culture.
With a background in graphic, product and fashion design, KIWIE constantly pushes the boundaries in mixing all these elements together, creating not only unique murals of street art, and colorful canvas paintings, often large scale, but also fashion products and accessories with unseen concepts. KIWIE says: "I am in constant search for new ideas, mixing the usual with the unusual, creating the weirdest concept combinations possible of my alien monster characters who invades the walls of cities around the world.”
The artworks of KIWIE are an opportunity to get some of your energy, to find your own colors and patterns. With HIYA we have brought them together for you just here!