Beautifully disfigured, on the mottled edge of grotesques, Sepe’s portraits admire and recoil from humanity and its foibles. Here in the Phillipines in monochrome, his newest public works reflect the intensity of the streets where near martial law or actual martial law locks down society.
The Polish Street Artist/ fine artist has traveled to many cities around the world in the last decade painting on the streets and on canvasses, but these four months have been unlike the others. Here we see his rough-hewn painterly style complimented by the schematic illustration style of an architect, the tension between emotional and rational in harmony.
An observer of social and political phenomenon, you may see the state of life reflected here as he surely has formed a view – one that appears to look for a sense of balance. Eyes are fatigued, identities are obscured, clouds may contain troubled thoughts and struggles, yet figures are elegant and dignified.
“Poverty is huge here and probably some parts of the country are very dangerous,” he tells us, “however I was lucky to meet only good and open people.”