Street art: SW19

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.

Street artist: GoDDog
GoDDog aka Damien Mauro is an up-and-coming street artist from the historic city of Avignon in South Eastern France. A self-taught artist, GoDDog learnt to paint after being introduced to graffiti as a teenager. Having always loved drawing his style began to develop over time by painting on the street alongside others – what he calls “a Street School of Art”. Besides graffiti he cites the influences of pioneering painters such as Jean Michel-Basquiat, Gustav Klimt and Francis Bacon. Even more influential have been his travels and experiences abroad in India and Asia, which opened his eyes to traditional arts and crafts. Most recently he has become interested in the indigenous arts of South America and the graffiti culture of Argentina, Peru and Mexico.

“My paintings” he says, “are often colourful mysterious creatures, all curves and sometimes wearing fur… I create the material of my creatures with textures that are often precise and meticulous. The idea is to “re-awake” the public’s imagination and inner child. I like to compare my work with the urban world to make it more attractive and fantastic.” Through his graphic language, GodDog conjures up a world of fantasy made of futuristic shapes crafted in various ways from skulls to figures and mythical creatures. He also plays with colour contrasts, fickle forms and geometric shapes.

“Graffiti remains for me an art that promotes integration… in any country. Whether it’s with children or the elderly… You can always attract people’s curiosity… Painting allows me to share and laugh”

GoDDog was commissioned by Wahaca to paint the interior of our restaurant in Wimbledon. We’d love to know what you think. To see more of his work, check out his Tumblr page.