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An Exclusive on French Pop-Street Artist Jisbar: “Even the Mona Lisa Likes Luxury Goods?”


Jisbar’s achievements are a result of his deep passion for art and undying work ethic. The thought of wanting to be an artist for a living planted a seed which continuously motivated Jisbar, starting from small exhibitions in bars and restaurants to eventually having his works shown in galleries around the world. Jisbar mentions with a smirk that his accomplishment is all from subtly influenced by his mother who loves to collect art works by young artists and even invites them over for dinner. Every time he saw said artists he would think: “they’re so cool, I want to be like them!”

Not Just Reproduction! Classic art, Street Art and Desire Rolled into One.

Looking into those impressive and colorful works, it’s hard to believe these are all from an artist who never received a formal art education and never studied art history. For Jisbar, oil painting reproduction is an important self-study process: ”I desire to know how The Birth of Venus by Botticelli was completed.” He pointed to the drafts laid out in his studio, and told us that tools, painting techniques and other details are the goals of his research.

One can tell from his most famous art work ”Tom & Jerry Blue Mona” that Jisbar hasn’t just made a replica of other paintings, but rather he has integrated elements of daily life which might otherwise be ironic. When it comes to the daily-life elements which permeate his work, it could be anything from the lyrics of a song, a press, a text message to even a pair of shoes or a purse. All of his works carry a strong and recognizable pop-street style unique to Jisbar himself.Jisbar reminds us that globalization and societies which are dominated by consumerism seep deeply into our lives. He wants to make a record of the phenomena that people of modern times are faced with such as cultural assimilation, mono-fashion trends and various addictions.


Rolling StoneRockstar Mona, 2022, Mixed media on canvas, 146 x 114 cm
Kaws & Jerry, 2022, Mixed media on canvas, 100×81

Stepping Out of One’s Comfort Zone: Collaborating with Brands and Setting Trends.

Instead of going with the flow, Jisbar tends towards activism. He prefers to collaborate with commercial brands rather than work alone in the studio. “Collaborating with brands gives me more opportunity to get out of the studio to meet different people, to step out of my comfort zone and also help me stay on the cutting edge of pop trends.” Aside from these reasons, he also appreciates working in different ways as it allows him to stay inspired. He also mentions that thanks to the professionalism of the people he collaborates with, he is able to focus all of his energy on generating new and interesting ideas.

“Actually, I am so lucky to be able to choose who I want to work with,” said Jisbar. In order for both sides to be satisfied with the final products, Jisbar tends to collaborate with celebrities and brands which align with his values. Last year, he was invited to attend the 24 du Mans 100 year anniversary. It made Jisbar, who already had an interest in car racing, thrilled as he now had the opportunity to paint on the surface of the car while 40 million people watched on a live broadcast. Thus, his artwork was energetically displayed during the event.


from Jisbar facebook


On the topics of experiencing periods of fruitful creativity as well as imagining future forms of art, Jisbar commented that “if I paint a work of the Mona Lisa wearing a mask right now, it might be meaningless, but if I had done it at the time when the pandemic was raging, the work would be meaningful.” In the past, the main functions that art served were those of decoration and beauty; however contemporary art is primarily concerned with conveying a message. As for the everchanging future, art must act as a record of one’s generation. Jisbar encourages anyone who wants to be an artist to “find their own style.” He emphasizes that engaging in art is like long-distance running – you need to do it step by step. Go out,  interact with others and exchange ideas whilst living out your own philosophy. At the end of the interview, Jisbar revealed that he will be collaborating with a high fashion brand next year. What is the brand? What form will the final product take? Jisbar keeps us in suspense.

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“Spanish Nara Yoshitomo” loved by Asian collectors gathered at Phillips Hong Kong

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Javier Calleja - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale in Association with Poly Auction Hong Kong Tuesday, November 30, 2021 | Phillips

“You Me”

acrylic on canvas
110 x 116.5 cm
Estimate : HKD $3,000,000 – 4,000,000
SOLD FOR HKD $7,026,000

Philips Hong Kong Spring “ULTRA/NEO”, presented a series of Spanish artists including Javier Calleja, Edgar Plans and Rafa Macarrón.


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Their works show the pure inner world of children in a concise and clear image, and describe wonderful and grotesque dreams and imaginations. Some people compare them to “Yoshitomo of Nara in Spain”. One of the main reasons for the popularity of these artists around the world is that Asian collectors like their works, and Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Taipei are the main cities. Tintin Gallery in Taipei is a pioneer in cultivating these Spanish artists.

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Javier Calleja

“Ultra” and “Neo” mean “extreme” and “innovative”,  aptly describing the avant-garde creative styles of artists born after 1970. Calleja’s big-eyes characters always make people feel warm and pure. Characters Calleja’s created are a reflection of his happy childhood and his rich imagination. In his most famous works, he transports children back to a situation full of comfort and familiarity. Surrounded by flat, brightly colored expanses, Calleja paints children unsullied by the concerns of the adult world.

Night Creatures

“Night Creatures”

mixed media on canvas
150 x 280 cm
Estimate : HKD $1,200,000 – 1,800,000
SOLD FOR HKD $3,024,000

In “Creatures of the Night”, a blue, multi-eyed creature shoots glowing neon bubbles into the air while standing in front of a towering abstract backdrop covered in intricate graffiti. A group of figures running up a labyrinth of ladders, passing brushes to each other or sprinting with a tube of red paint in hand, evokes the surreal landscapes of Spanish artist Juan Miró. There is a small red house in the lower right corner with a warm glow inside, and paper and pencils outside the door, perhaps alluding to the scene of manuscripts, sketches and painting tools scattered throughout the living room of the artist in his childhood, making the picture full of nostalgia.

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Edgar Plans

In his works, Plans deliberately uses the infinite creativity of children’s paintings to return to simple visual presentation, thus reflecting a pure artistic expression. However, the various mediums in the work are intertwined into layers of intricate visual planes, which also demonstrate the artist’s superb creative skills.


“Sin título (Cosmos)”

mixed media on canvas
150 x 280 cm
Estimate : HKD $700,000 – 1,000,000
SOLD FOR HKD $1,386,000

Rafa Macarrón seems most directly related to the Spanish surrealist artist Juan Miró. His work is filled with cartoons and grotesque creatures, bizarre scenes and vibrant colors. These images and colors themselves seem to have life, dragging people into a whimsical fairy tale world.

Macarrón’s “Untitled (Universe)” is the artist’s largest work ever to appear in the auction market, depicting a colorful and poetic galaxy, whether in surreal expression, or The lyrical nature of the works echoes Juan Miró.

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Rafa Macarrón

For example, in Miro’s work “Carnival of Clowns”, the protagonists in the painting are some alien figures drawn by Miro in the early days. The work depicts the hustle and bustle of the festival day, when abstract characters gather together. Although the composition of the painting is divided by a simple horizon line, Miró’s characters appear to float in mid-air, leaving the viewer unable to discern the depth of the space. The plain background behind the characters accentuates their figurative nature, as well as their individuality.

Macarrón’s build a picture through the extension of color and simple lines, presenting a creative futuristic universe. This universe is inhabited by a group of strange creatures who build bridges and houses between the earth and the sun. Macarrón’s use a variety of different materials in their work to seek freedom of artistic expression.

Similar to Yoshitomo Nara, the works of Javier Calleja, Edgar Plans and Rafa Macarrón are not only cute and joyful on the surface, but also contain many deep meanings. It expresses the author’s various feelings about modern life, so it can arouse widespread love and resonance.



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2022/ 06/ 22  |  06:00 pm

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Rafa Macarrón at Sothebys ‘Contemporary Art Evening Sale’

Rafa Macarrón’s Rutina Fluor (diptych)

Sotheby’s Hong Kong Fall 2021 ‘Contemporary Art Evening Sale’ presents a refined selection of exceptional masterpieces by leading contemporary artists from around the world.

Our artist Rafa Macarrón achieved the second highest price with his renewed work < Rutina Fluor (diptych)  > in the auction, selling for

HKD 4,284,000, which set a record 8.6x the estimate HKD 500,000 – 700,000 .

About the artist

Macarrón, born in 1981 in Spain, is one of the most notable emerging artists known for his vivid dreamscapes, drawing inspiration from comic strips and the amorphous structures of French painter-and-sculptor Jean Dubuffet to the immersive works of Chilean Surrealist Roberto Matta.

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Edgar Plans at Christies

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Christie’s Shanghai-London 20th/21st Century: Evening Sales was held on 1 March. Amongst 105 lots offered, 95 of them were sold and achieved a sale total of £249 million pounds (around US$334 million dollars). The series of three sales started in Shanghai and fetched a total of RMB 222 million (about US$35.1 million dollars). In this auction, 19 out of 20 lots offered were sold – setting a stellar 95 per cent sale rate.

Our artist Edgar Plans achieved  a soaring price with his renewed work < Colors > in the auction, selling for RMB 4,410,000, which had been just valued between RMB 500,000 – RMB 800,000.

About the artist

Edgar Plans was born in Madrid, Spain in 1977. He likes to create comic strips and the Hero Animals. His artworks are exhibited in collaboration with Ainori Gallery in Lisbon, Galería Miquel Alzueta and Pigment Gallery in Barcelona, Casa Cuadrada Gallery in Colombia, and Tales of art Gallery in Italy. His artworks also selected by Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Cuba, Museo Bellas Artes de Asturias, Junta General del Principado de Asturias, Pinacoteca Municipal de Langreo – Eduardo Úrculo, LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial in Spain and other public institutions.

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【Break the Barrier】Site-specific Graffiti

Ting Ting Art Space is opening a new art space, a the renovated version of 50-year stone building — Tektite House, located in Tianmu, Taipei.  Curators Sphinx Ting and Gong Jiayan conceived many new creative ideas on this outstanding  activity.  Young Artist Project was planned to support young artists. The graffiti exhibition No.1 “Break the Barrier” in 2021 was launched during the transformation of Tektite House. With Tin Tin Studio and Curators planning the renovation and interior design, it is expected to be open to the public in the third quarter of this year. The design ingenuity perfectly combines history and creativity in the space.


Art Show at Construction

In the past, graffiti was seen as a social movement, and was often mistaken for uneasiness that created chaos. However, with the advancement of art, graffiti art has been accepted by the world, forming an indispensable artistic expression in contemporary art.

The purpose of this “Break the Barrier” is to use graffiti art to provoke public to have deep understanding perspectives of new generation. Through graffiti, one can overcome the epidemic, race and culture, as well as the existing knowledge of art. With the art show, Tektite House is turning a new page , remodeling into Ting Ting Art Space .

Site-specific Art

The art exhibition has invited the graffiti artists Art Show for the main visual design. Art Show is committed to promoting street culture, and is into various fields such as hip-hop , graffiti, design and education, and has important representative significance in the hip-hop world.

In addition, the exhibition also presented the art works of a well-known writer in the circle of graffiti, the studio Mess-Age E. Mess-Age E  works share a reputation all over the world, the team directer Faso & Miss N  actively communicates the world’s first-hand graffiti information with art lovers.

It is worth mentioning that the exhibition space will use the original appearance of the Tektite House before the renovation, and use the current situation before the renovation to create graffiti art, creating a brand-new exhibition experience and feeling, injecting complete hip-hop street elements, and more art, music. Incorporating dance into the exhibition, this will be one of the most hip-hop, Chill, and most anticipated art exhibitions after the Lunar New Year.

Ting Ting Art Space 

BREAK THE BARRIER 021 Graffiti Art Exhibiton


No. 111, Tianmu E. Rd., Shilin Dist., Taipei City 111037 , Taiwan

now – 2021 / 03 / 01 Mon. 02:00 pm – 08:00 pm

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Rafa Macarrón at Phillips ‘New Now’

Rafa Macarrón’s Viaje al Espacio, 2020

Works by young emerging artists were well received at Phillips’  ‘New Now’ at 4/28 in London, with several pieces achieving prices more than double their presale estimates.

Our artist Rafa Macarrón achieved the second highest price with his renewed work < Viaje al Espacio > in the auction, selling for £239,400. It had been valued between £100,000 and £150,000.

About the artist

Macarrón, born in 1981 in Spain, is one of the most notable emerging artists known for his vivid dreamscapes, drawing inspiration from comic strips and the amorphous structures of French painter-and-sculptor Jean Dubuffet to the immersive works of Chilean Surrealist Roberto Matta.

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New Landmark of Art

It’s a new landmark of art because of its creative renovation of 54-year stone bungalow.TING TING ART SPACE held its opening and opened to the public on January 11, 2022!


It was renovated from a 54-year stone bungalow, under the large ​floor-to-ceiling windows, the outdoor greenery and warm sunshine could be easily brought in.

In addition, there is more than 100 square meters art spaces where are planned to display abundant exhibits of outstanding artists from all over the world.

The exhibits let the place fill the literary atmosphere here, and it seems to be a new landmark for collectors and art lovers.


TING TING ART SPACE has planned a new field of quantum art and culture of 330.58 square meters, which is also named “TEKTITE HOUSE Meteorite House”. 

The rebuilt project was planned by TING,CHUN-CHENG, the principal of the TIN TIN STUDIO curatorial office. 

He took the special material “TEKTITE” that is both stone and glass on the earth as his idea, and then used it on the building idea. 

The main body of house is made of Guanyin stone, which is a specialty from the north of Taiwan.

After the renovation, a large number of transparent glass and other elements are fully integrated, so that the original 54-year stone bungalow can be transformed into the current new look, and also endow TING TING ART SPACE with more artistic sense and creativity.