El Pez



El Pez, a trailblazer of Barcelona street art is a famous urban artist well-known for his character smiling fish.  Jose Sabate aka El Pez (“The Fish” in Spanish) created this ever-smiling fish as an alter ego, always colorful and with a heavy load of positivism.

In his own words “My (smiling fish) character is born from experimentation, comics, ska-punk, freedom, LSD, marijuana; a character who smiles because he laughs at anti-graffiti laws”. By speaking this “language of smile”, El Pez is passing on positivism and good vibrations to the people on the streets, spreading smiles worldwide. His art is spanning from classic graffiti to experimental pop art. The art of El Pez has been presented in the most important street art books. Beyond painting buildings and walls all around the world, his art can be found in many prominent art galleries.

The character "fish" comes from the experimentation and the desire to do something constructive on the walls of his city. His alter ego, an always smiling fish is present in all his works, composed with much colorful accompanied by a load of positivism, a journey full of joy that goes from classic graffiti to experimental pop art. During the last years, El Pez has not stopped traveling painting and exposing in galleries around the world, Barcelona, Paris, Amsterdam, Londres, Berlin, Viena, Oslo, NY, Miami, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Bogota, Dubai, and many others.

Today, El Pez is a must reference when we talk about urban art worldwide. His work appears in the most important books of  Street Art: “Street Logos”, "Ultimate street art”, “The art of rebellion”, “ The mammoth book of Street art”, “Carnet de Rue” by the french artist J.R., “Graffiti and Street art (world of art)" and many more...It is important to emphasize his appearance in the Banksy film “Exit Through the gift shop” and his collaboration with big brands like Adidas, Toyota, Reebok. Ecko Unltd.

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