Fefe Talavera • 16/11/1979 • Brazilian/Mexican. Fefe Talavera’s monster paintings are metaphors for strong and subconscious human emotions like anger, fear, dreams or desire. Inspired by the darkness and the light innate in the dualistic world we inhabit, the colourful fantastic beasts which she connects with the “dark side” of her inner self stand for the artist’s cultural roots as well as the primary and powerful energy of her work in the streets all over the world and the light she finds in the darkness. Fefe, who is influenced by Mayan or Aztec mythologies and her Mexican heritage, is most well known for her monsters made of cut out letters from concert‐announcement posters found all around the streets. The glued collage‐like figures are related to the artist’s admiration for typography, books and prints, but also to her will to somehow “free” the letters from their fixed meaning as words, sentences or texts, by showing their formal qualities as well as by reminding us that all kind of language is rooted in the direct expression of human affects, not in the function to command them.