Edgar "Saner" Flores is an...
urban artist, illustrator and graphic designer. Raised in Mexico City, surrounded by rich color and tradition, Saner developed an interest in drawing and Mexican muralism early on. He began expressing himself on paper and through graffiti art, later going on to earn a degree in graphic design from the Universidad Autónoma de México. His lively and humorous images of masked characters on public walls, found objects and other canvases are influenced by Mexican custom and folklore. His work has been exhibited in galleries in Mexico City, New York, London, Berlin and Barcelona.
Saner started painting graffiti in the late 1990s. He met follow artist Sego a couple years ago, after seeing photographs of Sego's work, which he loved. The two artists have worked on murals together since then, such as the one they did in July 2010 for the National Museum of Popular Culture in Mexico City. Their large-scale piece titled Tejedores de Sueños (Weavers of Dreams) is an incredibly detailed work that shows two of Saner's masked characters making a colorful quilt in a watery landscape inhabited by Sego's otherworldly creatures.
Sego and Saner come to Miami for the first time in 2011, and their joint mural for the Wynwood Walls will be featured in the next edition of this book.
From Mexico City, Sego's initial love...
for graffiti was ignited by the works he observed on his city's streets. In the early 2000s he chose to take the next step and began to leave his own mark, spending most of his time sketching and illustrating his ideas on paper, and then transferring them onto walls using spray paint. Sego's fantastic drawings and paintings of imaginary creatures are complemented by the abstract images that he creates under his second alias Ovbal. Much of the artists' work is inspired by his childhood and the natural environment that surrounded him.
Sego says that what allowed him to develop his own graffiti style was his experience living on the coast of Oaxaca. "When I was 12 years old, I lived in Istmo de Tehuatepec in Oaxaca for two years and suddenly found myself in a totally different environment than that of Mexico City. The vegetation, flora, fauna and the lifestyle of Oaxaca were all different from what I knew at the time. Later on when working on murals, in a subconscious way, I started to add elements, colors, textures and forms from that time lapse in Oaxaca."
Sego and Saner's joint mural for the Wynwood Walls in 2011 is surely going to be a lively and colorful one, and it will be featured in the next edition of this book.