Check out our photo coverage by Melinda Sanchez, for POW! WOW! Long Beach, from the event “Night Dive: Presented by POW! WOW! Long Beach” at The Aquarium of the Pacific. The event was on Thursday July 14th.
The description for the event was as follows:
“Join us for an extra-special Night Dive where you can watch world-renowned street artist Pantonio (aka Antonio Morales) paint a mural on the Aquarium’s nearly 2,600-square-foot front wall. This event is in partnership with POW! WOW! Long Beach.
Night Dive is an adults-only event with local bands rockin’ out right next to the fish, DJs spinning in the Aquarium’s galleries, inspiring works of art, cocktails and drinks, and tasty bites from food trucks. Come take in the Aquarium at night, when the lights go down and the bubble curtain goes up in Honda Blue Cavern!
Thanks to POW! WOW! Long Beach, Antonio Correia aka Pantonio will paint a mural on the front wall of the Aquarium of the Pacific. Hailing from Lisbon, Portugal, this artist is best known for his very personal visual vocabulary and a strong graphic style.
8:00PM- Secret Garden
10:00PM- Dusty Crates
Black Marble Collective members, including:
– STVY RVRE
– Casio Mcombs
Enjoy a brewski from our Beer Garden on the front plaza of the Aquarium. Cheers!
Learn more about POW! WOW! SCHOOL OF MUSIC and and see the young musicians in action.
PANTONIO: Major artist of the street art scene Lisboan Antonio Correia aka Pantonio (Lisbon, Portugal) has developed a very personal visual vocabulary and a strong graphic style with remarkable amplitude. Pantonio’s animated works of a motionless movement proceed from a peculiar dynamics at the whim of a wave flow.
Inhabited by a fantastic bestiary in almost human eyes, his figurative work are driven flexible lines with fluidity renders the momentum of a disheveled leak, a dash, a mad hunt. Its motive the best known in France, thanks to its intervention in the Tower 13 is the horde of black rabbits failed, symbol of fear, escaping in an uproar, and frenzy as an anthropomorphic metaphor for contemporary society.
After studying Fine Arts and school graphics, Pantonio occurs for the first time in the street when arrived in Lisbon in the 90s. Public art, pop art adapted to the environment, urban art aesthetic notes elementary accessible to all. Space to enter to pass a message. Pontonio often brings a social meaning to his work through which he wishes to echo the crises. The urban area is for him a source of activism. The city generates images, shapes, movements and extension ideas. Combining taste of intrusion, distrust in relation to established programs, interventions relate to both subversion and dissenting poetic.
Pantonio is from the islands of Azores, and his paintings are based on the strength of the black rocks and the sea. Pantonio is one of the most prolific and influential artists of the street art scene in Lisbon. Deeply influenced by the inhabitant of Lisbon culture, his works regularly refer to riches Tagus: sardines, cod, octopus, mermaids, ropes, boats.
Pantonio designs, which adorn the walls of the city, also deliver messages filled with social meaning, as evidenced by this fresco imaging a boat or bar seems maintained by the authorities at the stern while the people carry arms at the bow, ink hand in protest.
The graphic style of Pantonio, easily identifiable thanks to the dominant colors blue and black, further enhances the reputation of this unique artist, who gives generously to the street for our greatest pleasure.