Los Niños De La Calle
- medium Acrylic on wood relief
- edition 1
- size 72.00w x 96.00h in
- created 2010-2011
COA: This work comes with a certificate of Authenticity from West Chelsea Contemporary
Exhibition History: Hallelujah World Tour, New York, 2011; Hallelujah World Tour, London, 2011
Los Niños De La Calle is executed with RETNA’s typographic style while simultaneously displaying his underlying expressionism. The black spray-painted symbols and lines are systemic and thoughtfully arranged with each text block acting as a sophisticated system of hieroglyphs, calligraphy, and illuminated lettering. Alternatively, to the typical canvas background, this work features RETNA’s spray painted script on top of a wooden relief of the artist’s same iconic lettering. The high-relief carvings are juxtaposed against the thin spray-painted lines with accumulations and drips of paint, resulting in a multilayered and three-dimensional composition laden with symbolism.
The work’s title Los Niños De La Calle translates to ‘Children of the Street’ or ‘Street Children’ and derives from a documentary by the same title that follows the gritty reality of four children living on the streets of Mexico City in 2001.
2011 was an important year for the artist Retna. He participated in the Art in the Streets exhibition at MOCA, Street Cred at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, and painted the tail of a business jet in Geneva for VistaJet. The Hallelujah World Tour was Retna’s most significant solo exhibition, featuring many of his most important works to date.