Swinton & Grant: Calle Miguel Servet 21, 28012, Madrid

Swinton & Grant: Calle Miguel Servet 21, 28012, Madrid
Swinton & Grant: Calle Miguel Servet 21,  28012, Madrid
Swinton & Grant: Calle Miguel Servet 21, 28012, Madrid

Exhibiting Many Artists

Prices available from the gallery. Modern Art, Ironworks, Canvas, Textiles, Illustrations, Cartoons, Paintings and Prints.

This is a gallery and bookstore, combining a fantastic range of styles of artwork and an enormous diversity of books. Upstairs the bookstore is crammed with creative and fun publications and a sofa invites you to sit and read a while! Comic illustrations and kooky artworks feature on the walls. Downstairs a modern and surprisingly large art gallery with achingly modern art placed on the walls visible in between the pillars that support the ceiling.

Swinton & Grant: Calle Miguel Servet 21,  28012, Madrid
Grant Library – Bookshop on ground floor
Swinton & Grant: Calle Miguel Servet 21,  28012, Madrid
As you descend the stairs into the gallery you pass this wall of artwork for sale.
Swinton & Grant: Calle Miguel Servet 21,  28012, Madrid
The Swinton Gallery in the Lower Ground Floor.

This particular exhibition is on from the 29.11.19 to 4.1.2020 only. Called No Pain[t], you can read more about it here.

The artists on display are, click them to find their Instagram channels:

108 (ITA), CAROLINA LINDBERG (SPN), E1000 (SPN), ELBI ELEM (SPN), ELTONO (FRA), MARTINA MERLINI (ITA), OX (FRA), SRGER (SPN), SUE975 (SPN)

Swinton & Grant: Calle Miguel Servet 21,  28012, Madrid
Upsatirs some of the artwork on the walls! Second item from the right -Artist: Klub 7, €85.

You can find the Swinton & Grant gallery’s combined Website here. You can visit the Swinton Gallery website here and the Grant Bookstore website here.

You can find The Swinton Gallery’s Instagram here, Facebook here and Twitter here.

I walk past this gallery on a weekly basis! In the heart of Lavapies it offers an unusual atmosphere; the cosy American style bookstore upstairs with the contrast of a stark gallery beneath, hidden away and a true hidden gem. What makes it special is it is a completely different character from most of the shops and galleries in Madrid.

The exhibitions are changed frequently so pop in and have a look at what is on display or check their website to see the most up to date details. Happy Art Hunting.

It would be super helpful to everyone involved in this project, if you visit please can you say that you found the place on this website: Amazing Aliya, so that we can see that this project DOES help connect people together.

Sería muy útil para todas las personas involucradas en este proyecto, si al visitar un local recomendado por nosotros, menciones que lo encontraste en nuestro sitio web: AmazingAliya.com, para que podamos ver cómo este proyecto está ayudando a conectar a la gente.

Art for Sale in Madrid

Juan Raro: Miguel Servet 7, 28012, Madrid, 28012

Juan Raro: Miguel Servet 7, 28012, Madrid, 28012
Juan Raro: Miguel Servet 7, 28012, Madrid, 28012
Miguel Servet 7, 28012, Madrid

Exhibiting Paloma Pérez De Andrés

Black and white photography. On display from 23rd October to 23 December 2019

Prices available directly from artist.

Juan Raro: Miguel Servet 7, 28012, Madrid, 28012
Juan Raro: Miguel Servet 7, 28012, Madrid, 28012
Juan Raro: Miguel Servet 7, 28012, Madrid, 28012

You can find Juan Raro restaurant’s website here, Instagram here, reservations tool here and Facebook page here.

You can find Paloma Pérez De Andrés Instagram here, Facebook page here, and the Facebook Events page for the exhibition here.

Most of the information I find about Paloma is in Spanish so it’s a bit tricky for me to understand. However, you can e-meet her on this Youtube video when her exhibition at Real Sociedad Fotográfica opened in October 2017.

It would be super helpful to everyone involved in this project, if you visit please can you say that you found the place on this website: Amazing Aliya, so that we can see that this project DOES help connect people together.

Sería muy útil para todas las personas involucradas en este proyecto, si al visitar un local recomendado por nosotros, menciones que lo encontraste en nuestro sitio web: AmazingAliya.com, para que podamos ver cómo este proyecto está ayudando a conectar a la gente.

Exhibiting Luna Kadima & Cristina Narea – Exhibition Ended October 2019

Prices from €25 up to €100, unique artwork, collages and prints

Juan Raro: Miguel Servet 7, 28012, Madrid, 28012
Juan Raro: Miguel Servet 7, 28012, Madrid, 28012
Juan Raro: Miguel Servet 7, 28012, Madrid, 28012
Juan Raro: Miguel Servet 7, 28012, Madrid, 28012

You can find the Juan Raro restaurant’s website here.

You can see Luna’s artwork here on Instagram.

You can find Cristina’s website here and her Instagram here.

More Artwork is on display however my photos don’t do them justice! Please visit and have a look for yourself. Thank you so much for reading this far and happy art hunting!

It would be super helpful to everyone involved in this project, if you visit please can you say that you found the place on this website: Amazing Aliya, so that we can see that this project DOES help connect people together.

Sería muy útil para todas las personas involucradas en este proyecto, si al visitar un local recomendado por nosotros, menciones que lo encontraste en nuestro sitio web: AmazingAliya.com, para que podamos ver cómo este proyecto está ayudando a conectar a la gente.

Juan Raro: Miguel Servet 7, 28012, Madrid, 28012
ON DISPLAY @ RARO but ARTIST TO BE CONFIRMED “Border Control” Painted Suitcase €800

Art For Sale In Madrid

Instituto Iberoamericano de Finlandia: Mercado de San Antón Calle Augusto Figueroa, 24, 2 planta, E-28004, Madrid

Instituto Iberoamericano de Finlandia: Mercado de San Antón Calle Augusto Figueroa, 24, 2 planta, E-28004, Madrid
Instituto Iberoamericano de Finlandia: Mercado de San Antón Calle Augusto Figueroa, 24, 2 planta, E-28004, Madrid
Instituto Iberoamericano de Finlandia: Mercado de San Antón Calle Augusto Figueroa, 24, 2 planta, E-28004, Madrid
Instituto Iberoamericano de Finlandia: Mercado de San Antón Calle Augusto Figueroa, 24, 2 planta, E-28004, Madrid
Second Floor of the building is where you will find the entrance to the Institute. Go up the escalator into the food market, head towards the back of the building, go up the escalator again to the level with the cafes and bars inside, turn left and walk around to the the glass doors.

Exhibiting Susanna Autio and Rose-Mari Torpo

Instituto Iberoamericano de Finlandia: Mercado de San Antón Calle Augusto Figueroa, 24, 2 planta, E-28004, Madrid
The first view of the exhibition
Instituto Iberoamericano de Finlandia: Mercado de San Antón Calle Augusto Figueroa, 24, 2 planta, E-28004, Madrid
Mixed Media
Stunning detail of the central piece from the photo above
Mixed Media, Sculpture, Printed Metal

You can find the Instituto Iberoamericano de Finlandia’s website here, Instagram here, Facebook page here, Twitter here and Youtube Channel here.

The post for this particular exhibition is here, opened on the the 14th of November and on until the 10th of January, make time to visit this space when you can. There is a trailer for the exhibition here:

You can find Susanna Autio‘s (1966 born in Helsinki, Finland) website here and Instagram here. Ever wondered what embroidered mince meat looks like? There is a brilliant article about her recycled artworks here. Direct contact details are 0035503791394 and susanna.autio@gmail.com

You can find Rose-Mari Torpo‘s (born 1977 in Rauma, Finland) website here and Instagram here. On her website whilst discussing a previous exhibition:

Since it is challenging to submit colour to a logical or verbal analysis, it is difficult to discuss or write about it. The colour affects our subconscious mind, memory and collective history in a unique and irreplaceable way. It touches the non-cognitive, deeply sensorial and irrational level of ourselves. 
Colour is a psychological and physical experience of the observer. The viewer with her presence and perception makes the significance of the artwork. 

https://rosemaritorpo.weebly.com/exhibitions

I had no idea this place existed even after visiting the market few times to buy food! Only when I ventured up to the cafes level and went to the far corner, did I spot the flyer for the exhibition on the glass door of the entrance:

One of my favourite games is “does it open?”. It’s a simple game and often I get to see the behind the scenes of many places and objects! I pushed the door and I won! Stepping into the space I was greeted by the lady at the front desk, I explained in my broken Spanish about this project and asked permission if I could take photos. The two artists were there in the space and I deeply regret not asking for a photo with them. After chatting with the co-ordinator of the event I was told it was the launch day and I was invited to the evening drinks! Unfortunately I had other plans however I’m delighted that I was able to discover the space and take the photos before the general public else had a chance to visit.

These pieces seem simple at first glance, and they are. They are a perfect example of contemporary art, an experimentation of colour, material and dimension. Keep in mind that both artists are from Finland and a deeper level of Scandinavian minimalism also plays a part in the style displayed. Researching the artists and their previous works, the layers of understanding and the respect for the formation of these pieces of art grows. I love the recycled aspect of the work, using old things to make new things and giving them a second chance or second life. The bright colours are attractive and the play of different medias mixed together keep the observers attention.

The pieces seem untitled and without prices so please contact the artists directly for more information.

It would be super helpful to everyone involved in this project, if you visit please can you say that you found the place on this website: Amazing Aliya, so that we can see that this project DOES help connect people together.

Sería muy útil para todas las personas involucradas en este proyecto, si al visitar un local recomendado por nosotros, menciones que lo encontraste en nuestro sitio web: AmazingAliya.com, para que podamos ver cómo este proyecto está ayudando a conectar a la gente.

Art in Madrid

Valetina Coffee & Cocktails: Calle de Pelayo, 26, 28004, Madrid

Valetina Coffee & Cocktails: Calle de Pelayo, 26, 28004, Madrid
Valetina Coffee & Cocktails: Calle de Pelayo, 26, 28004, Madrid
Valetina Coffee & Cocktails: Calle de Pelayo, 26, 28004, Madrid

Exhibiting Luis Sanz

Prices from €180 in this selection of painted photography artworks.

Valetina Coffee & Cocktails: Calle de Pelayo, 26, 28004, Madrid
Brilliant lighting for a cosy coffee or cocktail, terrible lighting to try and photograph these amazing glass fronted framed photographs!
Valetina Coffee & Cocktails: Calle de Pelayo, 26, 28004, Madrid
LEFT: Tú puedes ser el protagonista
RIGHT: Arte muy personal
Valetina Coffee & Cocktails: Calle de Pelayo, 26, 28004, Madrid
Regálate una de ti mismo

You can find Valentina Coffee and Cocktails on TripAdvisor here, Facebook here and Instagram here.

Direct Contact for Luis Sanz: (0034) 659472776, more of their artwork can be found here and pieces are for sale on Etsy here.

I’m not sure who the artists is, I am assuming it’s Luis Sanz. After a bit of research it seems as if Luis has a photography studio for marketing purposes and photo shoots. Luis might be the studio owner or the photographer, not the artist. I’ll update as I find out more.

I can imagine that the artist has spent time taking the photos of these people and then has played with all sorts of technology to digitally alter the photos into these ‘painted style’ images. They are beautiful in real life and I wish as always that my photos did better justice to them. If you find yourself in Chueca, pop in and have a look at the artwork whilst enjoying one of the most highly rated coffees or cocktails in the area.

It would be super helpful to everyone involved in this project, if you visit please can you say that you found the place on this website: Amazing Aliya, so that we can see that this project DOES help connect people together.

Sería muy útil para todas las personas involucradas en este proyecto, si al visitar un local recomendado por nosotros, menciones que lo encontraste en nuestro sitio web: AmazingAliya.com, para que podamos ver cómo este proyecto está ayudando a conectar a la gente.

Art Photography for Sale in Madrid

Nissi Rephidim Care: Plot 7, Wilson Avenue, Jinja, Kampala (PO BOX 6333), UGANDA

Nissi Rephidim Care
Plot 7, Wilson Avenue, Jinja, Kampala (PO BOX 6333), UGANDA
Plot 7, Wilson Avenue, Jinja, Kampala (PO BOX 6333), UGANDA

UPDATED 20th November 2019

I’ve been meaning to create an article using the artwork from the children at Nissi Rephidim Care to explain some of the different types of art available to everyone to try!

Finally it’s completed and I’d love your feedback! All the art work from the children is for sale. Please message me directly on aliya@amazingaliya.com to place and order and organise shipping. All profits go directly Nissi Rephidim Care.

See if you prefer the “masters” of the style or the children’s’ fresh approach!

Non Objective Artwork

Lots of us may have been lucky enough to have drawn a swirly-wirly line on a piece of paper and then filled in all the created shapes with different colours or different patterns. If you’ve never tried it, you must! It seems simple enough and it is. For a particular age bracket, who remembers using the computer program Paint to fill in the spaces? Believe it or not, this particular style of art has a name: Non Objective Art. This style of art was popularised by Lawyer turned Artist Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944). However the first artist to name this style was another Russian, Aleksandr Mikhailovich Rodchenko a dedicated leader of the Constructivist movement.

At first glance it’s easy to say, these are all abstract pieces however there is a difference. I was curious what makes Abstract Art different from Non-Objective Art? After a bit of research I’ve learnt the difference comes from what inspired the piece. If the piece is inspired by (a) reality then the artwork is abstract. If the piece is without recognisable forms and created “out side” of (a) reality then it is non-objective. If you would like more information about Non Objective Art have a look here.

Abstract Expressionist / Action Painting

Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) an artist who died in a car accident from drink driving aged just 44, was famous for bringing the abstract expressionist movement to the forefront of art history, sensationally taking the spotlight away from France and placing it firmly on North America, particularly New York.

Action Painting typically is spontaneous in creation: unplanned drips, splashes, pours, dribbles and daubes of paint form energetic, passionate and emotionally charged paintings.

It is often commented that these styles of paintings are ‘easy to create’ or look messy, I would have to agree that they are. However, after studying the way that Pollock created Blue Poles Number 11, there seems to be some method in the madness. Anyone can splash a bit of paint onto a canvas however creating a balanced composition, an ‘all over’ approach and a random style is much harder than you think.

For example, the eyes with the brain love to recognise patterns. It’s part of the problem solving/creative function of our brains. Sometimes the brain creates a pattern where there isn’t one: I call these coincidences. Making a visual piece of art that has no pattern for the brain to follow is extremely difficult as the brain is often able to create a pattern out of nothing. The best action paintings, or abstract impressionist paintings are the ones I feel captivate and keep the viewer looking for a pattern, without giving them one.

Art from memory

David Hockney (1937- present) an iconic British Artist has been quoted as saying “We see with memory”. I’ve spent a couple of days thinking about how memory affects our perception of our surroundings.

A piece of art drawn from memory will always be a perception of a moment which has passed. Our emotions will have evolved over the period of time that passed in between the event and the time the piece of art was made. Hard feelings soften or fears and concerns grow depending on the person. Also memory is one of our worst recordings of what happened as it’s always tainted with our perceptions of morality and personal bias.

What an amazing smile!

This is why I believe that every portrait is part self portrait. I’ve been lucky enough to have posed for art classes and I’ve always seen a striking difference in the way people have drawn my face or my body, often I can see a similarity with their own faces and bodies in the sketches or paintings. This is completely independent of their ability to draw.

Remember a model can be portrayed in the same class, in the same pose in an infinite number of ways, even when all the artists are focussed on the same, one instance. The artists are drawing with a mix of the present moment (the subject in the room) and also all their memories of what they think can be put into a piece of art. Experience comes with time mixed with effort – In contrast – Disappointment comes from time mixed with lack of effort.

A piece of art created by a person, even when focused on a subject outside of themselves is still a mix of energy between the subject and the artist. This magic blend is what creates a style. Many artists are recognisable by their style; I imagine this is the special and unique display of the play of energy between artists and subject. It’s a fascinating phenomena and I would love to introduce it to you.

If you have never attended a life art class, I invite you to the classes I hold in Madrid.

Whilst researching memory I came across an interesting article here from Harvard Medical School about how to preserve and improve your memory as you age. I imagine personality to be a bundle of thousands of memories displayed in the way a person behaves. If memory deteriorates then you could say part of a person’s persona dissolves. Anyone that has known a person that has been affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia can understand how devastating this can be. One of the most easy and fun ways to keep your memory is to keep learning new things.

Learning how to draw!

I imagine the children at Nissi Rephidim Care have drawn scenes from their lives, with bright colours and happy memories. These children are vulnerable, no family to speak of and only the care and support of Daniel and his team. I find it incredible these children can laugh and smile, draw images of a scene in the street and their schools where they play games and with footballs. It’s clear to me that Daniel is doing whatever he can to create happy memories for these children.

Collaborative Art

There are some wonderful collaborations which have been recorded in history, you can read about them here .

Whilst researching articles on how collaboration can affect he brain I found this. An article written for The CEO Magazine, explaining that :

When it comes to cooperation and collaboration, this means there are deep seated, neurologically-based differences in our perceptions, assumptions, and selection of which stimuli we act upon and which ones we overlook.  To be effective as part of a team, or any relationship for that matter, it is critical that we understand what drives our impulses and what drives the impulses of others.

Karen Gordon, http://media.the-ceo-magazine.com/guest/neuroscience-and-collaboration-understanding-brain-better-people-management

How does this relate to the artwork from the Children of NRC? Remember, these are vulnerable children, they are more susceptible to emotional and behavioural problems. Having no roots means they are untethered, without a family structure it will be difficult for them to understand social and family hierarchy. Often orphans or children from broken families have no good role models to look up to and have no encouragement on how to look after themselves and then others.

It is vitally important that a sense of collaboration and community is instilled in them at a young age in order to help them integrate into society as they get older.

From personal experience I understand what it feels like to be alone in the world, without strong family connections or good support from peers, it’s easy to fall into bad habits of drugs or damaging relationships. All because of growing up in non-collaborative environments, I’ve excelled in competitive markets (I’ve been very successful in my sales career), but that takes a toll on more fulfilling relationship types – partnerships. It’s taking years of personal development to overcome these tendencies to be a loner, to be an outsider, to give up even before starting, and now I to try my absolute best to bring and support others together in a group. It’s still a bit lonely sometimes working on my own, which is why I so actively seek collaborations and ways to bring people together, even if I end up still being on the outside. My fragile hope is more people identify with this feeling and decide, like I do, to change the bit of the world they can in order to make it a bit easier, a bit brighter and a bit better for the future generations.

That’s why I want to do everything I can to support the work that Daniel creates through NRC: helping the children understand and enjoy working with each other on a something as simple as a common art project is absolutely vital to giving these children the best possible future.

Children of Nissi Rephidim Care

If you would like to buy a piece of artwork in order to support the cause, please get in touch with me on hola@amazingaliya.com or 00447826520059.

The Apple, a universal symbol for knowledge.

Knowledge is the key to success in life

Benjamin Franklin

UPDATE 4th November 2019

More to report! After more conversations with Daniel we are keen to put together a trip to visit the children in 2020. You can find a few more details on the MeetUp group here.

The artwork created by the children is for sale, prices vary and shipping prices are to be confirmed. When I visit I will be bringing pieces back in my luggage so perhaps with a bit of patience you could have a piece by June 2020!

Daniel is working with some respected organisations including The British Museum, Childrens’ Museum of Pittsburgh and Uganda National Museum.

In the meanwhile have a look at their most current portfolio of information:

First Published October 21st 2019

Exhibiting artwork from the Children of Nissi Rephidim Care

This is my most favourite thing in the world right now 11.11am 21st October 2019

To support and care for Orphaned and Vulnerable Children throughout their spiritual, emotional, social and physical lives through strategic partnerships.

Nissi Rephidim Care Mission Statement

I first heard about Nissi Rephidim Care through a friend. We were organising a meditation MeetUp group in Madrid and thinking about plans for the future. My friend told me about a friend of hers that had been travelling around Africa and had visited Nissi Rephidim Care.

The organisation has plans to build a Vipawa Children’s Art Museum for the art works the children create with Kids Art Creations Program.

Of course at first I just wanted to book my flight and go and see the place for myself, however as always I didn’t want to travel on my own.

I will be organising a MeetUp group for June 2020 which will allow you to come with me so I have company and you can see the good work with your own eyes. Join the Amazing Art Society here and the event here.

Founded in October 2012 as a Community Based Organisation, Nissi Rephidim Care in 2015 became an NGO. The organisation has a great way of showing what they are doing and how they progress.

I liked their page on Facebook and within a day or two Daniel Atwenda sent me a message to say “Aliya thanks for the like and for reading and believing in us. It’s a pleasure …”

Here are a few screen shots of our conversation as it flowed:

For you skeptics, below is the Registration Document for Nissi Rephidim Care as a NGO in Uganda.

Registration of Registration NGO

Daniel has a plan and is doing what he can with the help of volunteers to realise it for the children. Reading what inspired him, it’s easy to want to help the cause:

Nissi Rephidim Care merged out of a deep desire from the heart of Daniel Atwenda who encountered with God speaking to him, a situation where innocent street children were being beaten on the streets of Jinja for begging in 2005 and that’s how God spoke to his heart to be the change these young lives need and share God’s love, through giving and acceptance.

Daniel Atwenda

As I read through the pages of work that has already been accomplished by Daniel I’m amazed. I’m not particularly religious, it’s difficult for me to pick one or any religion as an answer to my problems. “How can there be a God that allows all the darkness to persist?” However I am so grateful that people like him and his associates can create such wonderful projects, led with such power.

What I believe is that only some people, led by whatever higher power or inner pain, can choose to do things that help others.

I applaud Daniel for taking action on what he feels is his purpose: protecting, enabling and creating a better world for the children in his care.

Can you say you have created something with better purpose?

Vipawa Childrens Art Museum Design Process

What happens next and how you can help.

I want to help Daniel because I have felt orphaned/abandoned in the past by family, friends, coworkers and society. This approach of enabling children through their creative talents in art resonates so hard with me that I feel like a part of me is already in Uganda right now and I need to go there to get it back. Maybe it’s my heart wanting children so much, or the desire to see how a broken family can function, or to see how people like Daniel continue to support so many when it seems as if they have so little.

As an example of first world problems manifested, all I want is to be useful somewhere so why not assist an Art Museum for Orphaned Children in Jinja Uganda?

If you want to join me when I visit in June 2020 Join the MeetUp event here.

If you want to buy a piece of artwork send me a message and I will add you to the waiting list, as soon as I have a selection of pieces available for dispatch I will email you the pictures and prices for you to choose from: hola@amazingaliya.com

If you want to donate directly to Nissi Rephidim Care you can transfer money directly into their Charity Bank Account using these details:

  • Account Name: Nissi Rephidim Care
  • Account number: 6005038047
  • Bank: Barclay’s Bank of Uganda

You can find lots of information about Nissi Rehidim Care on their Facebook page here. They have had over 3,200 checkins!

Their website needs work and they are looking for volunteers to help create it. If you want to help with the website send Daniel a message on his Facebook page here.

There is also a YouTube channel here where you can see a few videos of the children here.

Randomly this health and beauty website has more information about Nissi Rephidim Care here.

A message from Nissi Rephidim Care:

NISSI REPHIDIM CARE 

Nissi Rephidim Care invites you to partake with us in the Vipawa Children’s Art Museum Project (VCAM) Land fundraising campaign. The project aims at bringing children’s art to life, securing a rich heritage for African Communities.

Our goal is to raise 200 million Uganda shillings an equivalent to USD $55555.55 for securing 4 acres by the lakeside on which the museum structure will be constructed. Here is an artistic impression of a woodcarving prototype of it.

To contribute to VCAM project land of NRC, you can deposit money directly on our account. 
Ac/ Name: Nissi Rephidim Care 
Ac/ No: 6005038047 Barclays Bank 

For mobile money you can send a contribution to +256757204552 /+256783856775 under the name of Daniel Atwenda.

You can also contribute by visiting our offices on
Plot 7, Wilson Avenue, Jinja. 

We encourage you to continue to pray, participate, provide, recommend, and mobilise partners for this great work of giving children’s talents a home to explore, practice, learn, preserve children’s abilities, and build talent.

Visit and read from us at www.nissirephidimcare.org and like share our facebook.com/nissirephidimcare

To support and care for Orphans and other Vulnerable Children throughout their spiritual, physical, social and emotional lives through strategic partnerships.

Final thought:

Choose to learn about the world.

Choose to help.

Take Action.

Enjoy the good you did.

Street Art in Madrid – By Javier García Colomo (Cool Tours Spain)

Javier contacted me after I put a post on Facebook asking for guidance on where I could find more venues to feature on this website. He asked for a collaboration, my most favourite type of request! He asked if he could write an article for me. We brainstormed a way we could both work on the mission of this website: How do you support and empower local artists?

The answer we came up with: How about an informative and practical guide on how to support the artists that contribute to one of the most distinguishable types of art: Madrid Street Art?

I hope you enjoy reading the article and I really hope you visit these places with Javier. If you visit without the tour, it would mean the world to us both if you could tell the places you visit that you discovered them on this website so that we can continue to realise that this site really does work by connecting people!

How to purchase street art in Madrid at an affordable price?
Street Art Tour Madrid: https://cooltourspain.com/street-art-tour-madrid/
Photo Credits go to Javier García Colomo

How to purchase street art in Madrid at an affordable price?

Walking around the city center, you will observe that Lavapiés district probably features the biggest number of street art instances in Madrid.

Metal shutters, public parks and building facades are decorated in a multicolor way by local, national and international street art artists and graffiti writers.

The urban art scene in town is very active and here is a brief guide on how to discover the best street art in Madrid and where to buy local emergent art:

A street art tour in Madrid to discover the hidden artworks

Javier, a young local entrepreneur decided three years ago to change his stressful job as an English language educator for the position of a modern art guide.

His graffiti tours in Madrid will not only tell you insider stories about artists and their artworks, but he will also point out to you where to purchase emergent art in town.

Mr. Garcia’s connections will greatly appreciate you, as his mission is to help the art community in Madrid.

La Tabacalera, contemporary art everywhere!

A former tobacco factory from the XIX century currently hosts what Javier defines as probably the coolest spot in town for street art.

La Tabacalera is located in Calle Embajadores, right next to the metro station that holds the same name. It’s a 16,000 square meters, both indoors and outdoors area, which walls are completely covered with street art.

How to purchase street art in Madrid at an affordable price?
El Keller at La Tabacalera. Photo Credits go to Oscar Guerra

El Keller, (underground in German language) is the street art workshop located in the underground tunnels of this huge warehouse. It’s here where you will be able to meet and greet some of the most talented Spanish young artists:

How to purchase street art in Madrid at an affordable price?
Ze Carrion, not politically correct art. Photo Credits go to Oscar Guerra
How to purchase street art in Madrid at an affordable price?
Guillermo J Bueno, does classic art and robots have anything in connection? Photo Credits go to Oscar Guerra
How to purchase street art in Madrid at an affordable price?
Keru de Kolorz, black & colourful scribbling. Photo Credits go to Oscar Guerra

‘Los artistas del barrio’, the artists from the hood.

Another artistic project which supports the local emergent scene is also located in Calle Embajadores, but on the upper part of the hill, close to Plaza Cascorro.

Los artistas del barrio offers affordable limited edition prints created by artists from Madrid city.

What’s really interesting about this association is that they organize events where the local artists’ studios are opened for the general public to come in & see or buy.

The first edition was organized in 2014 and since then, they have been contributing to the modern art scene in town.

Last time we bought a print, we purchased it from NSN997, an Italian street art crew based in Madrid.

How to purchase street art in Madrid at an affordable price?
NSN997 Crew in Action. Photo Credits go to Oscar Guerra

Are there any street art galleries in Madrid?

Yes, there are and we would you like to know where they are, so that our contribution to the community is completed!

La Causa galería, close to Tribunal metro station

This modern art gallery promotes emerging national and international artistic creations.

Designed as a meeting point around young contemporary art in Madrid, La Causa is the cornerstone of a diverse exhibition program where artists from the worlds of urban art, illustration, drawing, and other disciplines meet.

It is organized into two spaces: an exhibition space and a shop of original and serial graphic work by contemporary artists.

IMON Boy, a famous Spanish graffiti illustrator is currently on exhibition with a solo-show entitled Cosas de casa (translated name from “Family matters”, a famous American TV Show).

Gviiie was the last urban artist from Madrid on show.

Delimbo and Swinton & Grant

These two art galleries focus on post-graffiti and contemporary art. First of them is located in Calle Doctor Fourquet, Madrid’s most famous street for modern art galleries.

Okudart or Felipe Pantone are some of the worldwide awarded artists who featured their work at Delimbo.

Calle Miguel Servet also hosts a indie art venue. Swinton and Grant is both a book store and urban art gallery. We are proud to say that they feature local artists’ artworks, among them Dingo Perro Mudo or Dos Jotas.

Javier García Colomo

Photo Credits go to Oscar Guerra and Javier Garcia Colomo

A note from Aliya:

Again, I hope you enjoyed reading the article and I really hope you visit these places with Javier. If you visit without the tour, it would mean the world to us both if you could tell the places you visit that you discovered them on this website so that we can continue to realise that this site really does work by connecting people!

Happy Art Hunting!

Mama Inés Cafe: Calle de Hortaleza, 22, 28004, Madrid

Mama Ines Cafe: Calle de Hortaleza, 22, 28004, Madrid
Mama Ines Cafe: Calle de Hortaleza, 22, 28004, Madrid
Mama Inés Cafe: Calle de Hortaleza, 22, 28004, Madrid

Exhibiting Christian Vega & Javier Melus

Christian Vega

Prices from €450 in this selection. Mixed Media, Canvas, Glass, Arcylic, Print, Spray Paint.

Mama Ines Cafe: Calle de Hortaleza, 22, 28004, Madrid
My favourite is the Merman.

You can find Christian Vega’s Facebook here and Instagram here. Vega Arte on Instagram here.

Direct contact details for Christian (0034)616595582, c.vegallamazares@hotmail.com.

I love these continuous line drawings, at this scale they are super very impressive! The bold block colour shapes add another layer of depth which helps the viewer integrate an understanding of the character of the subject, perhaps a display of an aura? The face blacked out with just the eye gives a sense of privacy and anonymity. Very stylish!

Javier Melus

Prices from €750 in this selection.

Mama Ines Cafe: Calle de Hortaleza, 22, 28004, Madrid
Right: €750

You can find Javier Melus’s Facebook here, Instagram here and website here.

Direct contact details for Javier are (0034)607903914, javimelus@gmail.com.

It’s clear that Javier’s style is full on pop art through the ages. The iconic super heroes, cartoon legends and even modern heroes like the minions means that his art attracts fans of all ages. Bright colours, busy compositions and large scale formats become an exciting addition to any wall.

Mama Inés Cafe

You can find the cafe on Trip advisor here, Facebook here, Instagram here. Their website is here.

I first discovered this cafe in early 2019. I was visiting a friend and we went on a date here! The cafe are serious about their coffee and were not happy we had walked in with our Starbucks drinks! A moment later their coffee arrived followed by a fantastic breakfast. I don’t remember if they had art when I first visited, perhaps that’s an indication of how the date was going!

This time, I stumbled across the cafe again whilst helping another friend promote her latte infusions…another story for another time. This time I was delighted to see the artwork up on the walls! The exposed brick a perfect compliment to the glass fronted pieces, shiny and rough surfaces allowing the contrast of textures to amplify the colours. Visit and enjoy!

It would be super helpful to everyone involved in this project, if you visit please can you say that you found the place on this website: Amazing Aliya, so that we can see that this project DOES help connect people together.

Sería muy útil para todas las personas involucradas en este proyecto, si al visitar un local recomendado por nosotros, menciones que lo encontraste en nuestro sitio web: AmazingAliya.com, para que podamos ver cómo este proyecto está ayudando a conectar a la gente.

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Estrellados, Espacio De Art: Calle Estrella, 4, 28004, Madrid

Estrellados, Espacio De Art: Calle Estrella, 4, 28004, Madrid
Estrellados, Espacio De Art: Calle Estrella, 4, 28004, Madrid

Exhibiting Alain Cugnenc, Lorena Domingo Aliaga and other artists.

Prices from €25 for jewellery. Creative items such as Jewellery, Ceramics, Canvas and more.

Estrellados, Espacio De Art: Calle Estrella, 4, 28004, Madrid

You can find Estrellados Espacio de Arte’s Facebook page here. It’s a brand new gallery and studio space, only opening in November 2019!

The space is fresh and bright with a great display of the artwork, jewellery and ceramics in an accessible way that’s very inviting. They have great gift ideas, the artwork is captivating and the jewellery is cleverly designed and well made.

You can see Alain Cugnenc’s Intagram here, Facebook here and website here.

You can see Lorena Domingo Aliaga’s Instagram here and Facebook here.

I really urge you to visit the space and discover a fresh approach to how a working studio and gallery can be created. There are lots of pieces with great details that can’t be captured in a photograph, also when I discovered the space it was night time so the photos I could take were in difficult lighting! Happy art hunting!

It would be super helpful to everyone involved in this project, if you visit please can you say that you found the place on this website: Amazing Aliya, so that we can see that this project DOES help connect people together.

Sería muy útil para todas las personas involucradas en este proyecto, si al visitar un local recomendado por nosotros, menciones que lo encontraste en nuestro sitio web: AmazingAliya.com, para que podamos ver cómo este proyecto está ayudando a conectar a la gente.

Art for Sale in Madrid

Cafetería Panadería Mona: Carrer de Juan de la Cierva, 37, 03560 El Campello, Alicante

Cafetería Panadería Mona: Carrer de Juan de la Cierva, 37, 03560 El Campello, Alicante
Carrer de Juan de la Cierva, 37, 03560 El Campello, Alicante
Carrer de Juan de la Cierva, 37, 03560 El Campello, Alicante

Exhibiting Lavinia Martinez

Prices from €50, contact via email or WhatsApp, details below.

Carrer de Juan de la Cierva, 37, 03560 El Campello, Alicante
€50 for this large canvas, 60cm by 50cm approximately
Carrer de Juan de la Cierva, 37, 03560 El Campello, Alicante
Canvas with Oils, 60cm by 50cm approximately

You can contact the artist Sylvia on (0034)604371650 or laviniamartinez1@gmail.com

You can find the Cafetería Panadería Mona Facebook page here. They are such a hidden gem they are not on trip advisor or on instagram. They have good coffee and a warm and friendly manner! I would recommend highly!

It would be super helpful to everyone involved in this project, if you visit please can you say that you found the place on this website: Amazing Aliya, so that we can see that this project DOES help connect people together.

Sería muy útil para todas las personas involucradas en este proyecto, si al visitar un local recomendado por nosotros, menciones que lo encontraste en nuestro sitio web: AmazingAliya.com, para que podamos ver cómo este proyecto está ayudando a conectar a la gente.

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LAUGHTER YOGA WORKSHOP!

Laughter Yoga Madrid

I am so excited to tell you I have a great collaboration happening with the AWESOME and INCREDIBLE Carmen La Greiga!

Carmen has kindly offered me her studio space to run my Laughter Yoga workshop in. A visual artist, Carmen creates art and finds time to teach art to adults and children, in Spanish and English.

You can find her studio in Madrid’s website here, her art on these websites here and here and on Instagram here.

I’m so grateful to be working with her, linking Art and Movement of the body for health and wellbeing purposes!

WHAT IS HAPPENING?

Laughter is the best medicine! We’ve all heard the phrase but do we make time for this natural, magical elixir or do we take our health too seriously!

I’ve made a FREE 2 hour workshop, combining traditional hatha, ashtanga and yin yoga practises with the energising and health boosting laughter yoga! Sign up on MeetUp here!

WHAT IS LAUGHTER YOGA?

Laughter yoga, was the invention of medical doctor Dr Madan Kataria and supported by his wife Madhuri Kataria they started the laughter movement in a Mumbai Park in 1995. Now there are thousands of laughter clubs in more than 100 countries. – I want to make a new club here in Madrid!

Simple, pure and natural laughter has been scientifically proven to reduce levels of stress hormones such as cortisol and epinephrine in the blood. Just 15 minutes of continuous laughter has many health benefits!

You can see the Laughter University website here.

WHAT DO I NEED?

Anyone can come to this workshop. No previous yoga experience required, no sense of humour is needed. If you find it difficult to laugh then this is a workshop you really need to come to. It’s for your own good!

How to enjoy the workshop best:

  1. Comfortable clothes – no tight jeans or formal shirts, something like pyjamas acceptable!
  2. A smile – we will give you one of ours to borrow if you forget yours.
  3. Something to lay down on (towel, blanket or yoga mat).
  4. Childlike attitude – we can provide one for you on the day.

WHERE IS IT?

The workshop will be held in The Greek workshop (Taller La Griega), Calle de Fúcar, 4, 28014, Madrid, SPAIN.

Closest metro is Esatación de Arte or Sol.
Bus Routes 6 (Desamparados), 27 and 34 (Prado-Atocha), 32 (Neptuno).

WHEN IS IT?

Sunday 1st December 2019, workshop starts at 11am.

Please arrive 10-20 minutes before the class so we can arrange the space to fit us all. Remember, we are here to have fun, allow yourself the most fun by coming early to settle in and start comfortably!

FINALLY, WHY?

You can’t enjoy life if you are sick.

Laughter Yoga strengthens the immune system which not only prevents
you from falling ill, but also helps to heal a variety of conditions like hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, depression, arthritis, allergies, asthma, bronchitis, backache, insomnia, fibromyalgia, migraine headaches, menstrual disorders, cancer and many others.

SOURCE: https://laughteryoga.org/

Here is some HARD SCIENCE that backs up these health claims:

In a 2014 study on the effect of laughter Yoga on general health among nursing students:

Conclusions: The findings showed that laughter Yoga had a positive effect on students’ general health and improved the signs of physical and sleep disorders, lowered anxiety and depression, and promoted their social function. Therefore, laughter Yoga can be used as one of the effective strategies on students’ general health.

SOURCE: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3917183/

In a 2017 study on the effect of laughter yoga exercises on anxiety and sleep quality in patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease:

Conclusion: The results of the present study demonstrate that laughter yoga exercises can reduce anxiety and improve sleep quality in patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease. As a result, laughter yoga exercises may be beneficial as a complementary therapy with standard treatment methods to reduce anxiety and improve sleep quality in patients with Parkinson’s.

SOURCE: http://www.bmrat.org/index.php/BMRAT/article/view/200

BUSINESS LEADERS: In 2016 on QUARTZ – a website for global news and insights for a new generation of business leaders – an article:

Clinical findings support claims that mirth, genuine or otherwise, has positive physical, physiological, and psychological effects. Laughter is associated with improved heart rate and immune system function, lowered blood pressure, reduced stress hormone production, increased salivary flow, and elevated pain tolerance. Whether or not people are really feeling gleeful, the body responds positively to the act of laughing, which can then induce actual relaxation and feeling of wellbeing.

SOURCE: https://qz.com/824005/the-hard-science-that-backs-up-age-defying-laughter-yoga/

A 2019 article on the website Help Guide – a non profit mental health and wellness website, this article explains the benefits of laughter. Written by Lawrence Robinson, Melinda Smith, M.A., and Jeanne Segal, Ph.D.

Find your inner child. Pay attention to children and try to emulate them—after all, they are the experts on playing, taking life lightly, and laughing at ordinary things.

https://www.helpguide.org/articles/mental-health/laughter-is-the-best-medicine.htm
Laughing with my friend Aisha in Egypt

One of my favourite reads is this study as is has an example of a laughter prescription:

We propose that laughter prescriptions might contain detailed information as to the frequency, intensity, time, and type of laughter (forming the useful mnemonic “FITT”), much like pharmacological prescriptions and exercise prescriptions. This format aims to give patients clear and easy-to-remember guidelines. It is also a way to present laughter in a serious manner. When prescribing laughter, it would be of utmost importance to individualize the recommendations, taking into consideration the patient’s own sense of humor and willingness to engage in new activities, such as laughter yoga.

SOURCE: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6125057/
SOURCE: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6125057/ See below for the prescription:
  • An example of a laughter prescription:
  •  (F) Frequency: once a week
  •  (I) Intensity: belly laughing
  •  (T) Time: 30 minutes
  •  (T) Type: your favorite sit-com
I don’t know these people but they look happy!

If you are still unconvinced a more extensive list of studies is available here.

I WELCOME YOU:

I really hope you can come along and start something fun and healthy with me. I teach yoga, art, emotional freedom (EFT and TFT) and now I hope to teach you how to have a good laugh at yourself, your problems and just how ridiculous some things that we worry about are.

I’m not a medical doctor. If you have any health concerns, speak to your doctor, however I have full insurance for teaching yoga and I promise to look after you.

I’m not your guru or a magical being that can solve all your problems – YOU ARE.

Take back control of your life – laugh and the world laughs with you.

If you have any questions, please ask!

Join us: https://www.meetup.com/Amazing-Yoga-with-Aliya/events/266314528/