Argentina has got a very important community of street artists and graffiti artists. Many are internationally renowned like Martin Ron, Milu Correch, Ever and Jaz. Buenos Aires, the capital city, attracts both local and international street artists due to it’s abundance of abandoned buildings and grey walls. There are nearly no restrictions on where artists can paint and there’s no need to obtain any kind of authorisation from the local authority. All you need is the consent of the property owner making it the perfect playground for urban artists.
In the last few years, Buenos Aires has developed a reputation for being one of the street art capital cities of the world. It is not surprising that Argentina is the birth place of some of the most creative urban artists worldwide. Today we’re presenting you 20 Argentinian street artists you absolutely need to know about. If you think we’ve missed anyone please let us know.
Jaz was born in Buenos Aires in 1981. He’s one of Argentina’s most talented creative urban artists. He first started painting on the street in the late 90’s.
Nicolás Romero Escalada aka Ever was born in Buenos Aires in 1985. He is renowned for his very large-scale portraits on walls..
Martin Ron is an Argentinian street artist based in Buenos Aires. Martin Ron specialises in the creation of huge murals. His works have a realistic feeling that is hard to match while at the same time they include fantasy segments that really inspire. He is known for the originality of his work and attends festivals and competitions around the world.
Elian Chali was born in Cordoba. His work is beautiful in its simplicity. Working sparingly with primary colours and simple geometries, he creates graphic murals that trick the eye with overlapping and subtle layering.
Francisco Diaz aka Pastel is an Argentinian artist who started painting, tagging and bombing in 2001. He earned his degree in Architecture from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Pastel uses symbolism and nature to explore and communicate seldom told stories about war and socio-political differences. Working with symbols like arrowheads and flora, the pieces begin a dialogue about the nature of man and his surroundings.
Milu Correch is an Argentinean artist best known for her large-scale murals that tend to dissect aesthetic and moral certainties. A gifted painter and provocateur, over the past few years she has established herself as one of South America’s leading figurative mural artists.
Graciela Goncalves Da Silva is an Argentinean artist and Animalitoland is her visual universe. She is a self-taught illustrator and studied Graphic Designer at Buenos Aires University. She has spent the last 10 years experimenting with different visual media. She started initially with comics and fanzines, then moved on to animation, videogames, toys and graphic design, blending different styles and techniques
Cof first started painting graffiti in 2000 in his home city of Santa Fe and his humorous, colourful and fun cartoon characters can be found all over the walls of Buenos Aires.
K2man is a Graphic Artist, Art Director, Character Designer and illustrator born in Argentina.
Caro Pepe is an Argentinian artist whose work has focused on the exploration of the inner world. She has developed a character suspended in the absence of backgrounds. “I try to portray emotions” she explains and swings between naive and provocative motifs. Her works are a constant balance of this duality. To the question “Why only one eye?” she answers that as subjective individuals, we’ve got a partial view on reality and from that “misperception” we define our worlds.
Georgina Ciotti is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work includes muralism, sculpture, fashion design, illustration and special effects.
David Petroni is an Argentine artist born in 1984 . He studied Graphic Design at the University of Buenos Aires, and Visual Arts at the National University of Arts. His practice includes murals and atelier work such as painting, engraving and three-dimensional volume. His semi-abstract aesthetic research is marked by a sensitive looking universe around man.
El Marian is one of the fastest rising stars in the world of Argentine street art. His work deals heavily with political and social activism and his murals and paintings often depict scenes of riots or marginalised societies affected by social oppression.
Pol Corona is somewhat of a legend of the Buenos Aires street art scene. He has won the admiration of fellow painters by curating colourful murals throughout the southern Buenos Aires neighbourhood of Barracas.
Luxor is the best-known street artist in La Plata, Buenos Aires, and in the last five years he has painted more than 400 murals around the city. His striking and colourful artworks contain influences from Latin American aboriginal traditions, symbolism and popular culture.
Primo is a street art duo formed by Nicolás Germani and Sasha Reisin. Nicolas is a student in industrial design and visual arts, and Sasha a graduate in electronic arts.
Esteban Loeschbor aka Pesk is an Argentinian visual artist, born in Cordoba, Argentina. He works freelance, doing illustrations, commissioned paintings and graphic design. He began in 2001 doing letters but quickly introduced characters to his designs. He loves to try new ideas, themes, techniques and styles. He has painted all over the world including Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Colombia, Spain and the UK.
Once a student of fine arts and graphic design, Ice’s murals were initially influenced by hip-hop style graffiti. In the 1990’s when letter based graffiti first began to hit the streets in Buenos Aires, he developed a penchant for aerosol while remaining independent from the crews that began to form as part of the movement.
Inspired by the breadth of possibilities offered by muralism, Ice’s artwork has gravitated towards a wide range of figurative subjects. With flawless technique, Ice uses latex paint and aerosol to conjure up portraits of familiar faces and whimsical landscapes, lifelike bugs and animals, and his notorious mushrooms, which have popped up throughout Buenos Aires as a signature image of the artist.
All photos by courtesy of the artists
Books about street art and graffiti in Argentina
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Street Art in Argentina interesting websites
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