Burner (noun): An elaborate mural painted by an urban artist, usually on the side of a subway or railcar.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
REI joins the Artist Roster
We are so excited to see the talent that is going to make up the Burner Bash lineup this year. Here is another one to add to the list:
Ramon Alvarez (REI) was born and grew up in north Spain, studied in south France and then the United States. He has traveled all over Europe, South Africa and the US, and nowadays lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, three children and three dogs.
As a kid he enjoyed drawing and experimenting with patterns and shapes, and grew up surrounded by fine art that his dad collected and painted. As a teenager he got into skateboarding, and then into graffiti, which along with music are the major influences in his art.
Playing with deep lines and contrasting colors, he’s capable of mixing pure realism with modern techniques such as graffiti and simple line illustration. His style is a result from all his surrealistic experiences in life traveling and living with other cultures, and the contrast between past and present.
He makes a living painting murals for clients such as Univision, Cartoon Network, Facebook, Google, Balcones Recycling, Bancvue, and many others. He also paints canvas and participates in many live shows taking his art to galleries, stores, coffee shops, private collections, etc.