Andi Rivas Combines Design and Craftsmanship on the Walls of La Galería
Andi Rivas, a Cadiz native in Bristol, decided to take advantage of his perspective as world citizen to unite modern design -graffiti- with traditional craftsmanship–ceramics and Azulejos–in shaping the aesthetics that accompany the galleries that receive and filter the characteristic light of the Costa del Sol that illuminates Fuengirola’s first gastromercado.
There are three unique murals that those in charge of La Galería have decided to display to welcome regulars and visitors. Using the ceramic Ajulejo tiles in blue tones as a common theme and combining icons of Spanish culture related to food, Rivas has managed to breathe life and color into La Galería.
He’s always liked a change of scenery, which is why Andi Rivas has lived in Madrid, Barcelona, the Netherlands, New York and currently in England, where he believes there is a greater connection to the entire world. According to Rivas, he left home out of love in order to learn why they say that travel broadens the mind and widens horizons.
In every place he has called home he has found a place through his art: “Since my work is universal, I’ve found it everywhere I’ve gone,” he says. A versatile artist who does not differentiate the border between art and design, his work is dedicated to design, painting murals and graffiti, selling paintings, and working with media agencies as a freelancer.
A later partner in La Galería knew his work and contacted the Cadiz native so he would decorate the walls of the future gastromercado. Some time later, Andi settled down for a few weeks to unleash his art on the market walls, true to both his own aesthetic and the values of La Galería: Mediterranean and Andalusian culture, good food, and the appreciation of street life.