Julieta XLF – The Artist Behind

Julieta XLF – The Artist Behind

Sicily-Julieta XLF

Sicily-Julieta XLF

It was a big honor to interview street-artist Julieta from the XLF crew of Valencia. While having lunch at Plaza del Carmen, she introduced me to her artistic world.

Being a writer next to being a tour guide, we both share the passion for expressing ourselves in a creative way. I felt connected to her work right away and got to know her as a bright, positive, modest and happy person.

Valencia-Julieta XLF

Valencia-Julieta XLF

Julia (her real name) is born in Valencia. You notice her murals instantly. Her artwork even covers one of the local buses but some murals are hidden in the far corners of El Carmen´s little streets.

Description of Julieta´s style by Belén García Pardo:

¨Julieta’s little girl is a chameleon. She may be a fairy or a shard, she may be dead or alive. They are her girls, transforming dreams into reality. The transformation and renewal the world needs. How else would the world evolve around them? Flowers, petals and lots of colors are typical to be found in her work. Look closely. She rarely uses rectangular shaped forms.¨

Salemi-Julieta XLF

Photographer Pablo Ortuño-Mural in Salemi-Julieta XLF

Is social media any advantage to you?

  • Social media is key to informing people about my work and new projects or to keep in touch with other artists.
  • With over 6000 followers on Instagram, it can be overwhelming though. Fans wanting to know about my personal life or people wanting interviews. My work is more important than my private life to be honest.
  • Social media makes it easier to connect in some ways, yet I prefer a face to face conversation like this.

What´s your point of view on tagging?

  • Tagging is the root of urban art and I admire it. There´s a world behind every tag. They seem easy but they´re not. It´s lettering, like classical graffiti yet the size is smaller.
  • I personally respect the walls of churches, other type of heritage and apartments.
  • I always ask permission from the owners for certain buildings or I choose deserted places.
  • Urban art is meant to confront the public eye. You either feel positive or negative emotions. You question life and you get influenced by what you see or not.
  • Tagging nowadays provokes more (negative) reactions, than most of the beautiful murals do.
Galería Octubre-Julieta XLF

Galería Octubre-Julieta XLF

When did you start painting?

  • When did you stop? (touché) We are all creative from the start. In kindergarten we learn how to paint.
  • I never stopped developing this creativity. I can´t remember doing anything else.
  • It´s not important to be or not to be an artist. We all are. It´s much more important to keep developing your creativity.

Why did you choose for the Kawai style?

  • I never did actually. Someone defined my style as the Kawai style. From that day on, everyone thought I choose for this Japanese style.
  • It was a new word to me though I see the resemblance. I work with the organic style emphasizing curves that grow from inside, unraveling towards the outside. If you look at my work, I hardly use rectangular shaped forms.
Valencia - Julieta and Barbiturikills XLF

Valencia – Julieta and Barbiturikills XLF

What does street-art mean to you?

  • It´s a way of life. It enables me to travel and work in different countries.
  • I get to experience new cultures and feel inspired by all this. Inspiration is needed as we all lack inspiration once in a while.
  • Working with other artists in the urban scene is very inspiring!

Does it bother you when someone covers your work?

  • It depends. Some murals are untouched for many years. It also matters who decides to cover my work.
  • But it´s part of being a street-artist however you should understand the unwritten rules.
Valencia-Julieta XLF

Bed&Bike Mural in Valencia-Julieta XLF

Can you live from your work as an artist?

  • Right before finishing University, I started with small projects establishing my name. I was still in the beginning phase so I couldn´t live from my art back then.
  • Recently I´m getting more paid work which enables me to save more money.
  • Now I rent my own apartment and I can travel more. I know how to safe money, which is key to living the life of an artist.
  • I don´t care much for things. I prefer spending on new experiences in life or buying new paint for new projects.

What´s your biggest challenge as an artist?

  • Being able to live from my work is a blessing, yet I don´t want to lose the passion.
  • I like setting up new murals in my free time. Working together with other artists can be very rewarding.
  • My biggest challenge is to find balance in between working for someone who hired me to deliver art, or painting for myself in my free time.
Street-art project Mercado Rojas Clemente

Street-art project Mercado Rojas Clemente

Who else is part of the XLF crew?

  • DEIH, Xelon, On-ly, CESP, Barbiturikills, Hope, Escif, Sr.Marmota
  • On our recent project at Mercado Rojas Clemente, our crew worked together in one masterpiece. It was amazing!
  • This market was very unknown and needed the attention it deserved. Street-art draws people´s attention and it´s our opportunity to show the world what we can.

Which country would you like to travel to next?

  • New Zealand for sure.
  • Cambodia would be amazing as well.
  • Ecuador also attracts a lot.
  • So many places I´d love to travel to, yet we only have one lifetime.
Sagunto-Julieta XLF

Photographer Alfred Ramírez-Mural in Sagunto-Julieta XLF

After my last question, I felt I got a little closer to Julia. She made me understand more about the complexity of being a street-artist. Her recognizable style greets me every day when I wander around the streets of Valencia.

Curious to find out more about her? Follow her on Facebook or check her full BIO in Spanish on www.julietaxlf.com You will find in depth information and many more photos of her latest work and projects.

If street-art peeks your interest book a street-art tour and give yourself the opportunity to see Valencia in a colorful different way. Surprises guaranteed!

Street art Tour

Duration: Min 2 hours Max 3 hours
Difficulty: Low
Neighborhood: Colorful El Carmen
Price 2 hours: 20 euro p.p.
Price 3 hours: 25 euro p.p.
One short break included
 

TODAY YOU JUST PASSED BY JULIETA´S BEAUTIFUL ARTWORK!
DID YOU NOTICE?
Esther Vlieger

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