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Monk

Agosin Andres a.k.a “Monk”, was born in Viña del Mar, Chile and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He’s a graphic designer, art director and an artist. He is founder of Göoo, 1:100 and Porco magazines.
He’s a member of a generation of artists who have taken their talents beyond traditional galleries, mixing street art, live interventions, as well as the customization of objects and toys.
Being part of the emerging street art movement in Argentina, his walls and paintings have landed in several cities and publishers of Latin America, Mexico, USA and Europe. Influenced by various artistic expressions such as pop-surrealism (lowbrow), cubism and modern architecture, his works have a strong color imprint and coexistence between geometric and organic, defined and stained shapes, resulting from his experience in fine art and street art.
His work has been recognized by critics and has been published in books and magazines in different countries like Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Spain and England.

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HIC Crüe

HIC Crüe is the stencil collective behind the legendary street art gallery Hollywood in Cambodia. The group is composed of BsAsStencil, Malatesta, Run Don’t Walk, Stencil Land and, up until recently, Tester Mariano

The collective was founded in October 2006 when the artists were commissioned to paint Post Bar, a trendy watering hole in the heart of Palermo Soho.  The artists were given total creative freedom to design floor-to-ceiling murals throughout the bar, and in exchange for their work they were offered the use of half of the bar for their own personal project.  Thus, Hollywood in Cambodia was born, becoming the first street art gallery in Buenos Aires run by its very own artists: the HIC Crüe.

What took shape through this unique indoor collaboration had originated in the streets where the artists had long been familiar with one another’s work. For years prior, they had come across each other’s stencilled images and taken to adding their own to the same spaces in what became dynamic collaborative murals. They engaged in a kind of dialogue with one another through the city walls. There, none of the artists signed their contributions; all shared a fundamental belief in the importance of the collective and understood their role in service of a larger design. These were the roots of HIC Crüe and, to this day, when asked who their artwork is by, their answer is always “it was all of us”.

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Ice

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.

Ice has painted murals and lead workshops across Argentina as well as in Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, Brasil and Peru. He has also participated in events such as Ciudad Emergente, Arte Patricios, Meeting of Styles Festivals, and Latido Americano, among others.

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Nasa

NASA is Hernan Mariano Lombardo. His artistic formation is rooted in graphic design, architecture, skate and urban culture. NASA explores the chaos between the analog and digital worlds in murals and on canvas, clothing and objects.

NASA’s artwork is characterized by a monochromatic colour palette, high contrast, and dynamic geometric forms juxtaposed with organic shapes and enigmatic symbols. Seeking to subvert traditional methods of communication in his cryptic compositions, NASA borrows from calligraphy, ideograms, graphic design, and modern art.

NASA’s collaborations range from painting the streets with DOMA & FASE, to murals commissioned by renowned architect Clorindo Testa.

NASA is based in Buenos Aires and works as creative director, illustrator and designer.

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Sonni

Sonni is one of a number of artists who have used their experience in graphic design and illustration as inspiration for urban art in Buenos Aires. Together with other artists from similar backgrounds, Sonni helped to define a style of street art defined by its playful cartoon aesthetic.

Sonni studied graphic design and has worked as an Art Director for animation and film companies. His artwork is a celebration of playful child-like imagination, often with a hint of irony. He seeks simplicity through the use of primary colours and a cast of cartoon-like characters elaborated from geometric figures. Sonni creates with a range of mediums and supports, including public murals, illustration, acrylic on canvas, and wooden sculpture.

Alongside his mural work in the streets, Sonni exhibits his artwork in galleries, conferences and festivals across the globe. While a part of Miami-based artist collective FriendsWithYou, Sonni worked with clients such as Hello Kitty, MTV, VH1 and Nick Jr. He is currently based in New York City.

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Prensa La Libertad

Federico Cimatti created Prensa la Libertad in 2008. Having studied graphic design, he ultimately gravitated towards the letterpress printing system used in old school typography. Highly skilled in a medium now all but extinct, Cimatti uses vintage machines and collections of moveable types and characters salvaged from defunct printing shops to create typeset works that both celebrate and reinvent traditional printing.

Fascinated by the minutia of day-to-day city life, Cimatti collects words and phrases from things seen in the streets and heard in idle conversation. These urban snapshots serve as inspiration for visually compelling works composed around the artist’s thoughtful minimalist verse.

An artist with the eye of a designer and the hand of a craftsman, Prensa la Libertad creates visually stunning works that transmit meaning through messages both cryptic and memorable.

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Nazza Stencil

Nazza Stencil (aka Nazza Plantilla) began painting in the streets in 1994. His introduction to stencil came through technical school rather than from street art, where it was presented as an efficient and economic technique for image reproduction and typography.

An artist at the crossroads between artistic practice and political activism, Nazza’s work is an aesthetic realization of his political ideals.

His compositions have focused on issues such as the Argentine Disappeared (the estimated 30,000 disappeared during the last military dictatorship), the Grandmothers and Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo (the association of women whose children and grandchildren were disappeared during this same period), and the silent destruction of Argentina’s indigenous cultures and peoples.

Each of his interventions tackles a specific issue, developing it on an artistic level with the aim of inserting it into the public sphere.

Nazza has painted and exhibited his work across Argentina, Uruguay, Venezuela, Colombia and Brazil, as well as in Barcelona, London, Berlin, and Paris.

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Chu

Chu is part of the DOMA collective, a multidisciplinary and experimental art group that was created in 1998 in Buenos Aires. As a pioneer in the local urban art scene he worked to transform the city following the Argentine economic crisis of 2001, bringing colour, energy and positivity back to the streets. 

Chu’s talents in art and design give him the versatility to create a diverse range of works including towering graphic murals, striking paintings and sculptures. He works with unconventional materials like automotive paint, lacquer and aerosol to create multilayered artworks in vibrant colours.  His paintings, which explore geometry, abstract and organic forms, frequently incorporate a cast of his signature characters and forms.

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bs.as.stncl

bs.as.stncl is a two person stencil collective comprised of artists NN and GG, a printmaker and graphic designer respectively. bs.as.stncl have a long history of involvement in the Argentine street art scene, and led the first wave of stencil art in the capital’s troubled streets following the 2001 crisis. Formed in 2002, the duo was motivated by the potential for expression and communication using the medium of stencil as an urban intervention.

Despite deliberately leaving their work unsigned, their easily recognizable style has gained a loyal following. Their early work had strong political undertones, created to communicate clear messages to its urban audience. Over time their pieces became less overtly political, and shifted towards a focus on satirizing popular culture, icons and current affairs. The trademarks of their creative backgrounds are evident in their work – the bold use of primary colors and stylized figures combine to create a heavily graphic style.

bs.as.stncl emphasizes the importance of collaboration, insisting that this is what gives street art its incredible power and impact. They celebrate “do-it-yourself” culture, as both a system of organization and in the production and distribution of their work.

In 2006 they were two of a group of six artists who launched Hollywood in Cambodia, an artist-run urban art gallery in Buenos Aires. They have participated in urban art festivals and exhibited in galleries around the world, including; London Newcastle Project Space (London), Choque Cultural (San Pablo), Alexis Lartigue Gallery (Paris), and the Palais de Glace (Buenos Aires).

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Zumi

Zumi began painting in the streets of Buenos Aires in 2006, as one of the initial participants in a series of collective street art experiments called Expression Sessions. Her background in fashion design has contributed to the development of a unique style of muralism that is colorful and feminine.

In her outdoor work Zumi takes inspiration from zen philosophy and nature, combining flora and fauna in fantasy landscapes created in aerosol and latex paint. Through her artwork Zumi creates oases that recall the peace of natural surroundings amidst the noise and pollution of the city streets. Her indoor work predominantly features a stark palette of black and metalics in delicate geometric compositions of minimalistic painted line or sewn thread.

Zumi works on an independent as well as collective basis on and off the streets. She has painted in festivals and exhibited in galleries around the world including London Newcastle Project Space, Neurotitan Gallery (Berlin), and The Fridge (Washington, DC). She is currently based in San Pablo, Brazil.

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Tester

Mariano Tester Alonso belongs to the artist collective Rundontwalk, together with stencil artist Fede Minuchin. A self-taught and collectively trained artist, his career began in the late 1990’s, developing within the local music scene before taking to the streets, and finally moving indoors to art galleries around the world.

Tester’s compositions are a riot of abstract and popular phrases, stamps and lettersets combined with hand-drawn forms. Heavily influenced by the DIY attitude of the Buenos Aires punk rock scene, Tester creates elaborate works using analogue processes and a range of materials including aerosol, ink and acrylic paint.

In 2006 he was one of a group of 6 street artists to launch Hollywood in Cambodia, an artist-run street art gallery in Buenos Aires. In 2014 he helped create Club Albarellos, an art studio and gallery en El Tigre, Buenos Aires. He has painted in festivals and exhibited in galleries around the world including the London Newcastle Project Space, Palais de Glace (Buenos Aires) and Choque Cultural (Sao Paulo) among others.

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Tec

Tec is a founding member of FASE, a multidisciplinary art, design and music collective, formed together with Defi and Pedro Perelman in 2000. Together with the DOMA art collective, Tec and FASE were the driving creative force behind a graphic design influenced form of street art, which stood out for its use of latex paint, bright colours, friendly characters and overwhelming positivity. The movement was hugely influential in defining the aesthetics and philosophy of early urban art in Buenos Aires in the years following the 2001 Argentine economic crash.

Tec’s work celebrates the raw and colorful eccentricities of Argentine life and culture in pieces characterized by a unique cast of eccentric characters, crude forms and unfinished textures. His playful and at times ironic art is developed in large-scale mural works, on canvas, in wooden sculpture and screen-printing.

Now based in Sao Paolo, Tec continues to develop artwork both on and off the streets. He artwork has been exhibited in renowned galleries and museums around the world, including the Sao Paolo Museum of Art, the Rosario Museum of Contemporary Art (Rosario, Argentina), Choque Cultural (Sao Paolo) and ArtyFarty Gallery (Berlin).

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Stencil Land

Stencil Land took to the streets of Buenos Aires in 2003, participating in the renaissance of politicized stencil art that developed in the wake of the 2001 economic crisis in Argentina.

True to his name, Stencil Land works exclusively with the medium of stencil, crafting original concepts through the elaborate manipulation of borrowed images. His pieces are at once accessible and provocative, and striking both in terms of their content and level of complexity and detail.

Stencil Land continues to be a fixture in the local street art scene of Buenos Aires. He is one of a group of 6 artists to run Hollywood in Cambodia, an artist-run street art gallery in Buenos Aires.

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SAM

Sam is a Brazilian transplant to Argentina. His early paintings were heavily influenced by hip-hop culture and graffiti, which were prevalent in the province of Buenos Aires where he grew up. However, after having experimented with letter-based art, Sam ultimately developed a more abstract style of muralism.

Sam favours the streets as canvas and has a penchant for enormous walls. His work oscillates between monochrome and vibrant colour palettes while his compositions shift between the organic and the geometric. Sam’s style reveals influences of cubism, surrealism and futurism.

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Run Don’t Walk

Run Don’t Walk formed in 2002 and was one of the earliest street art collectives to begin painting in Buenos Aires in the wake of the Argentine economic crisis of 2001. Composed of artists Tester Mariano (Tester) and Fede Minuchín, RDW became a pillar of the Buenos Aires scene, thanks in large part to contributions made by Minuchín, who works exclusively with stencil in his public work.

While stencil art in other countries became popular as a way of minimising time spent painting in the street, Run Don’t Walk have taken full advantage of the relative tolerance shown to street art in Buenos Aires. Over time the collective’s works have become increasingly ambitious in complexity and scale, resulting in masterful stencils that would be impossible to put up in less permissive environments.

The work of RDW has been heavily influenced by punk and skate cultures and pieces frequently explore social themes, satire and politics. While the group often encodes provocative messages in their clever combinations of images, Run Don’t Walk is equally well known for its playful works, especially its series of exotic, domestic and hybrid animals.

RDW has participated in international urban art festivals and exhibited in galleries worldwide, including Neurotitan Gallery (Berlin), Choque Cultural (Sao Pablo), The Fridge (Washington, DC) and London Newcastle Project Space. In 2006 they were two of a group of six artists who launched Hollywood in Cambodia, an artist-run urban art gallery in Buenos Aires.

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Roma

Roma was amongst the first artists in Argentina to begin experimenting with graffiti. Inspired by hip-hop culture and New York style graffiti, Roma began his career as a writer in 1996 when the letter-based art form was first taking root in Buenos Aires. His style evolved over time and by 2000 he had traded in traditional graffiti for organic abstract muralism.

In both his indoor and outdoor works Roma creates elaborate detailed compositions with a mixture of abstract and figurative forms. He predominantly paints with aerosol, acrylic and latex. Much of his work, both graffiti & murals alike, is characterized by an exploration of form and colour, which stems from a love of improvisation.

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Pum Pum

Pum Pum is one the best known female artists participating in the street art scene of Buenos Aires, and another of a generation of artists to take their talents in design and illustration to the city walls. Beginning in the early 2000’s, while many of her contemporaries experimented with aerosol and letter-based graffiti or stencil, Pum Pum gravitated towards latex paint and brushes in a figurative, character-inspired muralism.

The iconic two-dimensional protagonists that define Pum Pum’s work are created with bold color and clean line, and are characterized by a mixture of the artist’s own eclectic influences; from Hello Kitty to legendary hardcore punk bands like Black Flag.

A graphic designer by trade, Pum Pum creates murals and works on canvas, as well as unique illustrations and screen-printed series. She has painted in festivals and exhibited in galleries from Argentina to the US, England, Spain, Germany and Tunisia.

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Poeta

Poeta began painting in the streets in the year 2000, taking part in the first waves of graffiti and street art to develop in Buenos Aires. He credits the barrio of Villa Ballester, in the province of Buenos Aires, as his greatest influence. There, alongside the artist Roma he spent his formative years, developing his style and nurturing his desire to transform his surroundings. While his background is firmly entrenched in graffiti culture, he developed a muralism that has evolved from the figurative to the abstract.

Poeta’s art explores color and form, in an abstract geometric style of saturated color and firm line. His striking puzzle-like compositions are inspired by his research in philosophy, mysticism and esoterica.

A prolific exhibiting artist and muralist, his work can be found across Latin America as well as the urban centers of Spain, Germany, France, Belgium and Holland.

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Pastel

Pastel is a painter and architect. His work is rooted in a consideration of public art as urban acupuncture. In his compositions plants and flora are both descriptive and conceptual tools that represent a place and symbolize the events that marked it, resulting in artworks that stand as contemplations of the dialogue between mankind and space, and the confrontation between industry and the natural world.

Working with flora as social symbolism, the artworks invite reflection on the nature of man and his surroundings. The existential, real, pure and tragic, almost forgotten in modern society.

Currently based in Buenos Aires, Pastel has exhibited in galleries and painted in festivals and residencies around the world, including most recently the Traffic Design Festival (Poland), Via Vai Project (Italy) and Art Basel (Miami).

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Parbo

Lucas Lasnier aka “Parbo” is a graphic designer and visual artist who was part of an entire generation of Argentine artists who took their talents in art and design beyond the traditional confines of gallery and commercial settings.

Having begun painting in the streets in 2001, experimenting with letter-based graffiti and stencil, Parbo ultimately gravitated towards large-scale muralism. Much of Parbo’s artwork is graphic design and character-culture inspired, though he also has a flair for stunningly realistic portraiture and bizarre installations.

In 2002 Parbo founded Kid Gaucho, a multidisciplinary design and art collective. The collective specializes in experimental and commissioned artwork and provocative installations as well as commercial projects.

Parbo’s murals can be seen across Argentina, Chile, Mexico and Brazil, as well as in Berlin and Poland. His artwork has been featured in books and magazines such as Trace Magazine, Juxtapose and Hi Fructose.

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Pedro Perelman

Pedro Perelman is a member of FASE, a multi-disciplinary art, music and design collective which formed in Buenos Aires in 2000. Working with other artists, they pioneered the city’s street art scene. In his solo project, Perelman’s works are marked by their experimental character and graphic quality.

Perelman studied at the University of Design of Buenos Aires, where he has also worked as a teacher, and his design background has influenced both his murals and his more traditional artistic projects. His work, which displays a careful balance between organic and geometric forms, and incorporates both subtle and explicit elements, is carried out in a variety of mediums including canvases, walls, silkscreen prints, engravings and installations. The protagonists are often surreal characters, sleepwalking robots and synthesisers. The worlds depicted in his paintings provide a visual representation of Perelman’s other life – that of a musician.

Exhibiting internationally as a solo artist and member of FASE, Pedro Perelman draws inspiration from major cities such as Sao Paulo and Berlin, places which continue to inform his artistic and musical direction. He has exhibited in urban centers around the world from Buenos Aires to Boston, New York, Miami, Berlin, Cologne, Tolosa and London.

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Mart

Mart began painting in the streets of Buenos Aires at the tender age of 12, joining older graffiti writers to participate in the first wave of New York influenced graffiti to hit Argentina in the 1990’s. Working with these early writers, Mart became one of the first graffiteros to paint entire trains, introducing this form of art to Buenos Aires.

Over the years Mart’s style evolved beyond graffiti writing and he became a self-taught muralist. His public works are predominantly figurative, and often appear to be whimsical in nature. Mart uses fine, loose lines of freehand spray and vibrant swaths of latex paint to elaborate playful works where eccentric stylized characters are the protagonists of fantasy scenarios.

In recent years Mart has created murals and participated in exhibits across Latin America, Europe and the United States, including at the Galerie Issue (Paris), Neurotitan Gallery (Berlin) and the London Newcastle Project Space.

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Malatesta

A former professional skateboarder, Dario Suarez aka Malatesta has transferred the skater’s intimate and dynamic relationship with public space and urban culture to his nostalgic, experimental artwork.

Malatesta creates mostly figurative works utilizing a range of mediums including stencil, etching and sculpture. He incorporates a number of methods in the creation of his vintage-style portraits, which are often elaborated by scratching the design from layers of paint on the surface of found objects like scrap metal. Local and urban culture feature heavily in his art along with references to anarchy and alternative scenes.

In 2006 Malatesta was part of a group of six artists who launched Hollywood in Cambodia, an artist-run urban art gallery in Buenos Aires.

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La Wife

After studying painting at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes Prilidiano Pueyrredón, much of La Wife’s artwork developed in the public sphere. In 2007 she began participating in street art festivals, and working with collectives such as The Stickboxing Federation.

Raised in the Patagonia region of Argentina, La Wife cites the arid and exotic panoramas of her youth as a source of inspiration in her artwork. Her paintings often reference the rituals, traditions, flora, fauna and sun bleached skeletons that are common to that part of the country.

La Wife’s work draws from a range of eclectic influences; from comics, anime and pop art to the vintage aesthetic of the 50s and Katsushika Hokusai’s iconic prints. Her paintings, wheat pastes and illustrations feature an electric palate of fluorescent colours and portray a stylized vision of the future, where tradition and ritual converge.

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Jaz

Franco Fasoli aka “Jaz” studied and worked in scenography at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, and studied painting with Jose Marchi, Nahuel Vecino and Diana Aisemberg. He is recognized as one of the first major graffiti writers to begin painting in the streets of Buenos Aires in the mid 1990’s.

Jaz’s artwork evolved into large-scale figurative muralism, borrowing techniques and mediums from his scenography work and the political graffiti which characterizes the urban landscape of Buenos Aires. He works in blended mediums of latex paint, tar and gasoline, as well as in acrylic, aerosol and paper collage.

The artist explores identity, on both a personal and cultural level, in pieces that feature hybrid creatures, which are part man, part beast. His compositions are characterized by conflict and duality, and frequently reference popular culture and local traditions, with a particular emphasis on Latin American themes.

Jaz has participated in urban art festivals and residencies, and exhibited in both solo and collective exhibitions all over the world including the Celaya Brothers Gallery (Mexico City), BC Gallery (Berlin), Inoperable Gallery (Vienna), Yo Amo 305 (Miami), and Soze Gallery (Los Angeles).

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Pablo Harymbat

Pablo Harymbat was born in 1977 in Buenos Aires, Argentina and began painting graffiti in the 1990’s. While his work has focused primarily on muralism, he has also explored diverse mediums such as ceramic, sculpture, drawing and video animation. His first large-scale murals were created in 2004, and between the years of 2006-2014 the artist was known by his alias “Gualicho”.

Harymbat’s work has evolved through several formal stages, but always centers around a fundamental exploration of organic and the mechanical aspects of life and human nature. He has created murals and exhibited artworks throughout the Americas and Europe and has also participated in many urban art festivals, including the LGZ Festival (Moscow), Biennial of Cuba, Monumental Art (Poland), and the Concreto Festival (Brazil) among many others.

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Georgina Ciotti

Georgina Ciotti is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work includes muralism, sculpture, fashion design, illustration and special effects. She first began painting in the streets in the early 2000’s while living in Barcelona. She found that the streets provided the perfect outlet for experimentation and has continued to use the public realm as her canvas ever since. In her special effects work, she was part of the team that worked on the Oscar winning Pan’s Labyrinth, directed by Guillermo del Toro.

Georgina’s work is highly visual. She creates intricate figurative pieces that depict animals or female characters combined with elaborate decorative elements, resulting in surreal and fantastical compositions. The mythical creatures depicted in her ethereal paintings offer a glimpse into a parallel universe, both beautiful and bizarre.

Ciotti has extensive experience working in different mediums, however her focus is in painting. Specializing in murals and site-specific interventions her works can be seen on the facades and internal spaces of businesses and residences from Barcelona to Buenos Aires.

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Ever

Ever began his career as a graffiti writer in the streets of Buenos Aires in the 90’s. His style developed almost accidentally as he began to painting portraits of ex-lovers and his brother. He found that the result of this was to give importance to the inconsequential, that the anonymous faces he was painting were imbued with an unintentional gravitas by the viewer. His philosophy was, and still is, that graffiti is a point of connection for people.

Ever explores the themes of religion, contradiction and politics in his murals. He is fascinated by the human body and uses this as an artistic vehicle, combining portraits or figurative studies with social criticisms. His style is more closely related to traditional fine art and he is highly skilled with both aerosol and latex. His compositions are often vibrant in colour and he has recently begun to experiment with art installations, providing commentaries on current events using stuffed animals, ping-pong tables and toilets.

Based in Buenos Aires, Ever has participated in exhibits, residencies and festivals from Art Basel (Miami), Mammut Project (Mexico City) and Public Festival (Perth) to Lazarides Gallery (London) and the Inoperable Art Gallery Mural Project (Vienna).

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Cabaio

Cabaio began painting in the streets following the Argentine economic crisis of 2001 as part of the stencil collective Vomito Attack, a politically motivated group who used stencil art to unleash caustic political commentary and anti-consumerist messages throughout Buenos Aires. Departing from Vomito Attack in 2005, he adopted the name Cabaio Stencil and began creating independently.

Following his initiation in heavily anti-political and anti-establishment street art, Cabaio has developed an elaborate style of collage-like layering with carefully curated imagery, which reflects a more personal and intuitive expression. His stencil compositions are dense and colorful and are characterized by the repetition of geometric shapes combined with figurative and textual elements.

Cabaio has exhibited in galleries around the world, including; London Newcastle Project Space (London), The Fridge Gallery (Washington, DC) and the Palais de Glace (Buenos Aires). He creates spontaneous stencil interventions in the public sphere as well as custom works on canvas and other supports.

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Defi

Defi Gagliardo is a founding member of FASE, a multidisciplinary art, design and music collective, formed together with Tec and Pedro in 2000. Together with the DOMA art collective, Defi and FASE were the driving creative force behind a graphic design influenced form of street art, which stood out for its use of latex paint, bright colours, friendly characters and overwhelming positivity. The movement was hugely influential in defining the aesthetics and philosophy of early urban art in Buenos Aires in the years following the 2001 Argentine economic crash.

Defi’s work is characterized by the use of bold explosions of color in compositions varying from the abstract to the figurative. His artwork celebrates spontaneous experimentation and the innocent anarchy of adolescence in works that often feature his childhood pets as protagonists.

Expanding far beyond the streets, Defi works in digital media, sculpture and music, and has his own clothing line, Lindo Killer. With an established international profile, Defi has exhibited around the world, in the Sao Paulo Museum of Modern Art, Galería Pasto (Barcelona), Choque Cultural (San Pablo), Artscape (Los Angeles), and Neurotitan Gallery (Berlin) among others.

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DOMA

Doma, formed by Mariano Barbieri, Julian Pablo Manzelli (Chu), Matias Vigliano (Parquerama), and Orilo Blandini, came of age in 1998 amidst the Argentinean political and economic collapse, immediately taking a critical, yet optimistic and fun, stance against the chaotic environment they experienced. The collective creates fantastic, absurd and often playful conceptual universes and characters that make a direct reference to the society in which they live.

Doma’s early urban interventions made the group one of the most important collectives Buenos Aires in the 1990s. Known for wacky, attention-grabbing urban installations as well as stencils, street projections and strange campaigns verging on performance art, Doma turned strong social and political content on its head in order to provoke its audience.

Currently, Doma works with various media, mainly audiovisual, creating animations, films, drawings, silkscreens, and sculptures, which are usually part of large installations. Doma’s artists have backgrounds in illustration, graphic and audiovisual design at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA).

As a collective, the group has developed projects and exhibitions in some of the major art centers of the world, including Buenos Aires (Contemporáneos II, MALBA, 2003), Berlin (In Tango, 2004; Stupid Tank, Planet Prozess, 2007; Meat Tour, Berlin Neurotitan Gallery, 2009), New York (Doma Exhibition, Zakka Corp., 2004), Barcelona (Doma Show, Maxalot, 2006), Mexico (Pictoplasma, 2006-2007), Santiago de Chile (Transferencia, Feria Chaco, 2011), São Paulo (Multiverso, LOGO gallery, 2014; Templo Criptométrico, 2012), and Toronto (This is Not a Toy, Design Exchange, 2014).

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