David Mendez &
Por Alguien Alguien
a David Mendez para COM Elisava.
Textos Alguien Alguien
Fotografía Alguien Alguien
Agosto 15 de 2019
David Mendez Alonso is an artist and illustrator who grew up in Galicia, a region surrounded by the sea and forests in northern Spain. But David doesn’t particularly like the idea of growing up. “I reject the concept of growing up,” he says. “That moment when a child stops imagining and their way of seeing the world changes.” His art—playful shapes and characters rendered in vibrant colors—is a refection of that viewpoint. “My art is a statement for all the outsiders who are still imagining and laughing,” he explains.
David’s work, which he describes as “grandpa gone wild with yellow color while he listens to Morrissey,” includes installations, oil paintings, sculptures, ceramics, and textiles, and also appears on a collection caps as part of his brand, Outsiders Division. “Outsiders Division is something I used to write in my graffiti when I was 15,” he explains, “and it’s a concept that has been pursuing me all my life. Outsiders Division is a brand for misfits, weirdos, and freaks.” David further discusses art and fashion in the following interview, along with his bold use of color and unique vision. “I am interested in the spontaneous, the premature, and adolescent thinking,” he explains.
“I think the biggest mistake of humans is to grow up and lose their sense of wonder. Don’t grow up—it’s a trap!”
ZIO: When were you first interested in art? Do you remember the first thing you saw that attracted you to it?
DAVID MENDEZ ALONSO: The first contact I had with the world of images was graffiti. I remember how I fantasized about the tags that appeared all over my neighborhood, until I understood what that language was and why graffiti existed. That was the first time that I became aware of what I wanted to do. I wanted to create images and be part of that forbidden sub-artistic scene and all that it entailed. I wanted to tell a lot and the streets seemed the best possible way.
When and why did you move to Barcelona? How do you think Barcelona affected your aesthetic?
In 2009, I was awarded with a scholarship to finish my fine arts [degree] in Barcelona. At first, it was going to be temporary, but I ended up staying and I developed professionally. In Barcelona, no matter who you are or where you come from, what counts is how good you are at your job. It is a city open to new talent and where it is very easy to collaborate with other artists and feel alive. Barcelona connects perfectly with my work and has a vast artistic and graphic background. The streets have a different light, and the sun shines the whole year. I feel comfortable here.