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October 7, 2020

Sam3 _ Cats in the Garden

Sam3 (b. 1980, Spain)
Cats in the Garden
cyanotype on 300gr watercolor paper, 1/1 edition.

Sam3 debut gallery exhibition was in September 2009 Anno Domini with Exsitu Insitu. All the paintings on canvas and the accompanying animation in the exhibit were created on-site at the gallery in the 10 days leading up to his opening night.

About the Artist
Sam3 is known for creating massive scale silhouettes in urban spaces. He refers to his dramatic black and white works as “shadows.” The absence of defining details in his paintings allows for him to not only work quickly, but also makes the message more accessible. His seemingly simple style is dense with profundity; the work is a reflection of the human condition as viewed through the experience of his global travels.

Sam started drawing and painting at an early age. His first drawing classes were from a monk at the monastery near his home. When he was 13 he was fascinated with the graffiti culture in his small town and stole spraypaint from local shopkeepers (he was caught by police the first time he went out to write his moniker “BREAK.”) The following years were spent trading photos and zines with other graffiti artists through the mail.

After graduating with a fine arts degree from a Granada university, he worked as waiter, a roadie, an illustrator in Barcelona, and then in animation in Madrid for a year before he “slammed the door on alienation” and abandoned the path of a corporate future. In 2006, Sam made a vow to dedicate his life to his art and has since created murals all across the globe leaving metaphorical images that are to be deciphered and “owned” by the community.

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