Olliemonsta (Spain)

Naza del Rosal Ortiz (Almería) and Juan Rico (Salamanca/Madrid) are Olliemoonsta, an art duo from Spain with a background in Fine Arts and Graphic Design. In 2009 they came together to form Studio Po, an Illustration, Graphic and Web Design studio, which was gradually focusing more on art and illustration creating the duo Olliemoonsta in 2012.

Over the years they have created a series of artworks drawing on the folklore, mysticism and spirituality of traditional cultures from around the world. They are also interested in urban tribes related to graffiti and skateboarding and put a special emphasis on typography. Olliemoonsta’s work has been seen in numerous exhibitions around Europe and Canada. In July 2011 they were invited to the International Percussion Festival of Montreal, Canada, where Juan Rico was performing improvised paintings to the rhythm of the music. Those paintings were part of a traveling exhibition in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. In 2012 they participated in the artists’ residence Beyond Time, in Poland, where in addition to their work at the BWA Bielsko Galery in Bielsko-Biala and Targowo, they participated in several festivals to paint murals. In October 2012 they were working as artists in residence at Pedra Sina Residence, in Madeira, Portugal.

In 2013 they moved to Canada and in 2015 they had a solo show at the Michael Wright Gallery, in Port Coquitlam and a collective show at the Fazakas Gallery. In 2017 they have been invited to develop several projects in Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Poland, The Netherlands and Greece. They currently live and work in Madrid, Spain.

During their residence at Rucka they made a mural on one of the buildings in the center of Cesis, an art work called “Things Can Only Get Better” as well as held a workshop – teaching graffiti art to local kids.