Street Art: Covent Garden

In fitting with our Mexican and market culture, at each Wahaca you can expect to see site specific commissions focusing on street and environmental art by the most exciting artists of the moment.

Environmental artist:  Stuart Haygarth
The installation that greets curious customers and passers-by from Wahaca’s giant bow window is the work of designer Stuart Haygarth.

Following his acclaimed installation-performance at Design Miami, Stuart returned to the UK to complete the piece for Wahaca. The work entitled Mercado is composed of found objects; recycled wooden fruit crates food cans and metal bottle tops from Wahaca’s kitchen and the recycling bins of the restaurant.

Street Artist: Nelio
Working with our street art curator, Tristan Manco, we were introduced to the work of Nelio, a highly talented young French artist from the global street art scene, who came over to bring a fresh lick of paint and an installation piece to our recently revamped Covent Garden restaurant.

Bursting with colour and energy, Nelio’s vibrant work has been attracting a cult following worldwide, due in part to his many travels painting across Europe, Asia and Australia and recent shows in France and Denmark. When he is not busy traveling in search of inspiration and walls to paint, he works from his studio in Lyon.
Part of the appeal of Nelio’s work is his striking and unusual use of different colour palettes and tonality from nearly monochromatic to beautifully polychromatic compositions. These colours and forms in turn are often suggested by the found textures and hues he finds on faded and deteriorating walls. Another quirky attraction is the way he sometimes incorporates three-dimensional elements into his street pieces using found wood and discarded materials – something that he plans to do at Covent Garden.

While his paintings are rooted in graffiti, his influences also include architecture, art history and graphic design. Among his references he cites the symbols of the ancient Egyptians and the Maya and the influence of “futuristic movements such as Suprematism, Cubism, Dadaism, Surrealism, De Stijl, Bauhaus, Op Art”. Fusing these influences he aims to create a universal visual language that is both ancient and futuristic. For our pieces he has looked to Mexico for inspiration, in particular Mayan architecture and the explosion of colours of a piñata party.