This artwork was created for PangeaSeed Foundation's HOME: A Stay-at-Home Mural for the Planet in celebration of Earth Week 2020 amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic.
"After weeks of quarantine, I started feeling trapped, underground, in darkness. My mind struggled every day to focus, to relax. I knew I had to transform these negative feelings into positive ones to survive and to keep my sanity. I started thinking about how much of an impact we are making by just ceasing our activities as human beings and how that is already a positive shift for the planet, the animals, the trees, the oceans. I then tried turning the feeling of being trapped underground into a positive feeling. It came to me. We’re trapped, underground, devoid of sunlight, waiting to come out, to bloom like little seeds, waiting patiently to reach out to the first rays of sunlight of a new era, a transformation, a rebirth."
- Pogo -
Alfredo Conrique (aka Pogo) is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice focuses on surreal painting but extends into the fields of sculpture, design, textile, printmaking, and music. He studied graphic design at Universidad Intercontinental in Mexico City and started working at design firms almost instantly.
His colorful and yet dark imagery draws inspiration mostly from the mystic field, looking to answer his own questions about death, the universe, the recycling of life, spiritual existence, and their earthly counterparts. Stars, bones, flowers, and the power of the feminine body are all central elements of his work.