27 & 28 April 2019

Oslo Opens Reference group
Astrup Fearnley Museum for Moderne Art
Atelier Nord
Billedkunstnerne i Oslo og Akershus (BOA)
Forbundet Frie Fotografer (FFF)
Kunstnernes Hus
The National Museum of Art, Archtecture and Design
Norsk Billedhoggerforening (NBF)
Norske Kunsthåndverkere Oslo og Akershus (NKOA)
Norsk senter for teknologi i musikk og kunst (NOTAM)
Norske tekstilkuntnere/SOFT
Tegnerforbundet (TF)
Young Artists Society (UKS)

Norwegian Crafts

Supported by
Adam Mickiewicz Institute
Arts Council Norway
City of Oslo, Agency for Cultural Affairs
The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Mesanza, Araiz

Araiz Mesanza (1983 Basque Country/Spain) is an artist and illustrator. She received her 5 years BFA from the Basque University of Art (Bilbao), and she holds a 3 years specialization in illustration from the Art and design center Escola Massana (Barcelona). She has worked as a freelance illustrator since 2009 and in 2011 she co-founded Ediciones Armadillo, an artist collective and publishing outlet releasing an annual collaborative illustration fanzine and other publications. Having relocated to Oslo in autumn of 2016 Mesanza has continued working as a independent illustrator and visual artist. Lately her personal projects has largely focused on exploring her relationship with her new surroundings, mainly around nature, through drawings, paintings
and small installations.

Selpublication araiz mesanza
Self-publications, various, 2012/2018
Burning araiz mesaza
Burning. Watercolour 42 X 29,7 cm, 2016
Maybe the things araiz mesanza
Maybe the things change position. Gouache, graphite, marker, pencil, 150 X 90 cm 2018
Cosmic dust araiz mesanza
Cosmic dust, Installation, 2018



1983, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain


2006–2009 Higher Diploma in Visual Arts and Design for Illustration, from the Art and design centre Escola Massana – ES
2001–2006 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Basque University of Art, Bilbao – ES


2018 Her og der. Oslo – NO
2018 Apartment Project Residency. A novell. Berlin – DE
2017 PRAKSIS Residency ”For A Rainy Day: Publishing As A Site Of Collectivisation” Oslo – NO


2016 Where have you been? Casa Gracia, Barcelona – ES


2108 Maksimalistik mangfold Atelier Agnor, Fagerestrand – NO
2018 A Novel, Apartment Project Berlin, 2018 – DE
2018 Between the Lines, KHIO, Oslo – NO
2018 Contraespacios / Kontraespazioak, Pamplona – ES
2017 Don’t rest narrate, Guttorm Guttormsgaard Arkive, Blaker – NO
2016 Comic Con, Navarra – ES
2015 AutoEdit II, Huarte Art Center, Navarra -ES
2015 CCC Kunsthalle. Contemporary Cruise Crew, Fredrikstad – NO
2015 VOLUMES, Independent art publishing fair, Zurich – SZ
2014 AutoEdit, Huarte Art Center, Navarra – ES
2012 Bakea sormena, Vitoria-Gasteiz – ES
2011/10 Mercat de Arte Joven, Sant Boi, Barcelona – ES
2010 Engravings, Escola Massana, Barcelona – ES


2018 Maksimalistik mangfold, (Helga Bu+ Araiz Mesanza) Atelier Agnor, Fagerstrand – NO


2017 GRAFILL,Reisestiepend – NO
2010 Finalist Peru Abarka, Markina Xemein, Bilbao – ES
2010 Special mention future creators, VIII Premios Junceda, Barcelona – ES


2018 Ados! Children’s book, Denonarteaan, – ES
2007–2108 Forest pathologies illustrations. Neiker Tecnalia. Vitoria – ES
2017 Visual exercise on hostile architecture, TRAP magazine, Oslo – NO
2017 Illustration contest. Transnational art production, TRAP magazine, Oslo – NO 2015 Illustration, Ultravioleta, Navarra – ES
2013 Illustration IVAP magazine, Bilbao – ES
2012 La palabra y el hombre, Universidad Veracruzana, Veracruz, MEX
2012 Hizkuntzaren keinua, Kontseilua editorial, Bilbao – ES
2102 Fauna exótica invasora en Bizkaia, Bilbao – ES
2010 Arraroa, Peru Abarka/Gero Mensajero, Bilbao – ES
2010 Illustration Barcelona Educació, Barcelona – ES
2009 Catalinasss, Marisa Lopez Soria, Bambú, Barcelona – ES
2009 Book cover, Otoño azul, Bambú, Barcelona – ES
2008 Illustration Barcelona Educació, Barcelona – ES
2008 Illustration for El periódico de Catalunya, Barcelona – ES


2018 Troll Girl, Oslo – NO
2017 Don’t rest, narrate, Oslo – NO
2017 Fanzine Aramdillo #4, Oslo – NO
2016 Fanzine Armadillo #3, Barcelona – ES
2016 Lainoa, Barcelona – ES
2015 Emptiness, Barcelona – ES
2014 Etxe berri bat, Barcelona – ES
2014 Fanzine Armadillo # 2, Barcelona – ES
2014 Grizzly, Barcelona – ES
2012 Fanzine Armadillo # 1, Barcelona – ES
2012 he battle of the two sides, Self publication, Barcelona/Oslo – ES/NO
2011 Fanzine Armadillo # 0, Barcelona – ES


2018 Bastard, Lillehammer – NO
2013-2108 Gutter fest, Barcelona – ES
2017 Lofoten international art fair – NO
2017 Guillotnia, Donosti – ES
2015-2107 Pumpk, Iruña – ES
2014-2107 Give print a chance, Barcelona – ES
2015-2107 Bala, Bilbao – ES
2014-2017 Give print a chance, Barcelona – ES
2016 Bergen Art book fair – NO
2015-2016 Salon del comic Barcelona – ES
2014-2016 Flia, Barcelona – ES
2014-2016 Graf, Barcelona – ES
2012-2014 Salon del comic de Zaragoza – ES
2013 La Maza, Zaragoza – ES

- Mazoka book fair – ES
- Comic book: Måfå – NO
- PRAKSIS, Don’t rest, narrate II Publication – NO

Open on: Saturday


Her og der

Myntgata 2, 0151 Oslo