Pez

‘Pez’ (Spanish for ‘fish') (born 1976) is a Spanish graffiti artist. He started painting graffiti in 1999 in his hometown Barcelona. Specifically, he got into street art writing his signature, which soon took the shape of a fish. “Little by little his tags turned into the shape of a smiling blue fish, and he became a celebrity throughout Barcelona”.

Writing that peculiar signature, and influenced by comic and urban subcultures, he is interested in searching for a character whose language was universal. This was the born of his famous character. He find the universal and timeless language onto the smile. Pez was born! A fish character with a huge smile. He found a way to communicate and spread good vibration to the pedestrians of Barcelona. This was the way to talk with the Barcelona citizens.

In the early 2000s, Pez begins to travel around Spain invited by graffiti contests and urban art exhibitions: Madrid, Pamplona, Las Palmas, Valencia, Bilbao, Sevilla. In a few years he begins spreading his smile around Europe. He’s invited to show his work in art galleries: Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Milan.

In 2006, he travels to South America to paint in Caracas, Bogota and Lima. Some months after, Pez takes part in the K-Swiss Tour, brand that leads the Asian painting market. The K-Swiss Tour brings him to Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai, Tokyo, Seoul, Taipei. Pez has exhibited in Bogotá, Barcelona, Hamburg, Paris, London, NY, Portland and Los Angeles.

His works appear in the best-known street art books: Street Logos, Art of Rebellion, Street Art, Bcn New York, ... in specialized magazines and internet websites. His work also appears in documentaries such as: “Bomb It-The Movie”, "Muros Libres, Free Walls”, and “A Primer on Urban Painting”.

As a result of focus on spread his “good vibes” further than streets and galleries with the objective to “talk” with more people around the world, in 2011 he decided to create his own line of products: graffiti spray cans, backpacks, mobile cases, apparel, plushies.

Nowadays, Pez is showing his art in galleries, festivals, international art fairs and art auctions.