The Swedish artist Etnik has just completed his latest mural, for Contorno Urbano’s 12+1 project in Barcelona. The 12+1 project is a proposal put forward by Contorno Urbano: 12 artists, 12 months. One wall, one artistic intervention per month and one final exhibition, presenting each of the artists’ unique work.
12+1 is an open-air art gallery that changes each month. It has several locations: in L’Hospitalet, Barcelona and Sant Feliu de Llobregat. The goal of the 12+1 project is to bring the gallery concept to a next level. They want to create an exhibition at street level. So the art is closer to citizens and strategically located. A great initiative.

Etnik. All pictures by Clara Anton

Every work on the designed wall will be on show for 30 days. This month the honor went to Etnik. Etnik was born in Stockholm in 1972. He lives and works in Turin (Italy). Active since the early 90’s in the writing scene, Etnik has been searching new ways to push the limits of classical graffiti to an higher level of painting. Etnik has been painting large scale murals worldwide and organizing events to connect the best European artists.
From 2001 his style of painting began to evolve to geometrical and architectural forms, still working on the lettering with a mixture of urban landscapes.
This way to represent and criticize the city, and painting the urban volumes as an abstract composition, is Etnik’s guide lines. He works on different media from studio painting, to murals or sculpture and installation.

The wall

The wall is a series of colored Acanto leaves along with some geometric architectonic elements in white. The composition is a dualism between the energy of the nature. The acanto leaf represents the nature in Etnik’s work and is also a symbol that you can regularly see in several paintings and classical architecture in the history of art and urban solid geometries.

The result.

Curious who the next artist will be? Keep an eye on our website because we’ll let you know soon!


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