Sergio Hidalgo Paredes, also known as SIXEART, better known as the artist SIXE PAREDES, was born in 1975 in Barcelona.
He began his artistic career in the world of graffiti at the end of the 1980s and it has been evolving and transforming. Always investigating and looking to take his art further, he began experimenting in the mid-90s with other artistic formats such as painting, sculpture, and installation.
This is how, at the end of the 90s, he settled into his own studio developing work that came to define him as a visual artist. In this studio, he developed an abstract universe of color equipped with shapes and symbols that show a very personal aesthetic, one that is instantly recognizable visually and has helped to shape his own unique identity and artistic originality. This evolution has led him to develop an abstraction that is based on a very diverse and intense palette of colors, with complex symbolism and a meticulous mastery of geometric forms, which sometimes includes numerical cryptography, referred to by the artist as “circuits” helping the viewer “connect” with another, deeper reality.
Meanwhile, since he started working in his studio, he has continued his artistic career outside of the studio combining both the public and the private, through artistic interventions in the street and constant work in his studio.
In the same way that in Sixe there is a confluence of artistic traditions, specifically Catalan, artists such as Antoni Tàpies and Joan Miró have been direct influences and he has, in turn, inherited their traditions. In addition, since approximately 2009 there have been many others who have helped move and shape the artist’s work.
As a result of his repeated contact with Peru, Sixe began to travel extensively through this country, immersing himself in its culture and working with local artisans whose ancient techniques in ceramics and looms are almost extinct. This contact fundamentally changed the discourse of his work, and he began to develop a style in which he merges these learned traditions with a contemporary perspective. This is how “Ancestral Futurism” as it is defined by Sixe himself, appeared – a tribute to the primitive cultures in the search for the essential, mixing past and present. This work contains both a metaphorical and reflective nature and arose from personal experiences, not through an attempt at imitation. Here the artist is trying to show other realities or ways of perceiving reality from a deep, mystical starting point. The mixture of these different styles and elements is what gives his work such a unique aesthetic.
This exploration goes beyond using animal forms, human representations or ancestral figures to create its own language and symbols to explore the primordial. The connection of these ancient traditions and his reflection and reinterpretation brings us closer to social processes that occurred in antiquity, and that are repeated nowadays because they are intrinsic to humanity – to the deepest and most universal essence of all human beings, in all times and places. Using his own abstract and pictorial language, Sixe reinvents the idea of ancestral connections. He perceives the experience of reality in a unique way, transforming it and in his works of art, turning it into something new and universal.
An artist whose work has become one of the most notable Spanish references in terms of urban art, Sixe’s work has been exhibited in galleries and art spaces around the world, as well as top-level institutions such as the British National Museum of Modern Art “Tate Modern“ located in central London. Sixe Paredes was one of six artists who painted the facade of the Tate Modern in 2008 in the innovative exhibition of wall paintings “Street Art“.
Despite his constant investigative work, he has never abandoned the activity that aroused his creativity, public art. There are numerous festivals, biennials and urban art projects, which feature the artist today.
Despite his constant investigative work, he has never abandoned the activity that aroused his creativity, public art. There are numerous festivals, biennials and urban art projects, which feature the artist today. No doubt, Sixe Paredes, is a visual artist and a master of urban art, who has managed to take the discussion from the street to a deeper more profound level. This Catalan artist, claimed in the five continents, continues traveling today with his work all over the world.