Compadre Cafecito

Compadre Cafecito
Tymon de Laat - Compadre Cafecito
Tymon de Laat - Compadre Cafecito - Closeup
Tymon de Laat - Compadre Cafecito - Closeup
Tymon de Laat - Compadre Cafecito - Closeup
Tymon de Laat - Compadre Cafecito - Progressie

“Compadre Cafecito”
7 meter x 3.5 meter.
Spray paint and marker on wall.
commissioned by 7 continenten restaurant
Ede Netherlands
Tymon de Laat. 2021

Portrait of a young coffee farmer from Viñales Cuba that I photographed just before the first covid wave hit Europe. A very friendly fella who’s name i forgot to write down but he was showing us his coffee plantation and how to roll a cigar the proper way. Vinales is the greenest region in Cuba and a must visit when we are allowed to travel again.

This commissioned wall is made at 7 continenten restaurant for Art2gointerieurprojecten. A big thanks goes to Chas Loveletters for connection.

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De Laat started painting murals and canvases, often based on his own photographs of the people he met during his travels. He exaggerates the natural lines in their faces, and fills the spaces that appear between those swirling lines with swaths of vivid color. The linework and color palette he applies in that way, are a means of translating his memories of Latin America to visual imagery. The food, the architecture, the clothes, and particularly his respect for the culture of indigenous peoples; it’s all in there, as de Laat transitions it over to enliven drab Western concrete.

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