Alfredo Segatori

Alfredo Segatori, also known as “El Pelado” (“bald man” in English) is an Argentinian urban muralist who has been creating street art since 1989 using his signature freehand spray technique. Considered a pioneers and one of the most recognized Argentinian exponents of street art and urban muralism; he was one of the first artists to paint the walls of the city of Buenos Aires. He also carries out sculptural interventions with scrap metal and other recycled elements, and tours different places with his Bondi Gallery (a traveling gallery mounted on a Mercedes-Benz 911).

Born and raised in the Floresta neighborhood of Buenos Aires, his path began in the late 80s when the trade was more commonly associated with vandalism than with art. Around that time he was working for a company creating scenography through which he traveled to Brazil where he made friends with some graffiti artists. Later, he would get caught up in the graffiti movement which would eventually lead him to his great passion in life, street art.

Self-taught and versatile, he tends to work from abstraction at the beginning of a project, improvising with color and shape as a work progresses. He also finds inspiration in everyday characters and has shown a preference for making huge murals that completely cover buildings. Also, being one of the first urban artists in his country, he had to forge his own path with some inspiration from foreign painters who cam e before him such as Antonio Berni, Ricardo Carpani, Carlos Regazzoni, Orozco, Siqueiros, Diego Rivera, and Frida Kahlo. He has stated that he admires their variety in use of styles and themes, and that they knew how to innovate.

Alfredo Segatori also teaches Urban Aerosol courses. Additionally, he is a producer and organizer of cultural events. He carries out the Artistic Direction and Curation of Combined Arts Shows in places of great recognition, for example, the Hipódromo Argentino de Palermo; German Embassy in Buenos Aires; Embassy of Brazil in Buenos Aires, among other important exhibition centers where many artists from different disciplines and countries participate.

You can check out Alfredo Segatori’s most recent projects and artworks on his Instagram account here:


Puriskiri is a graffiti artist and muralist from the Bolivian city of Cochabamba, whose pseudonym means “globetrotter” in the Quechua language. His works contain the transience and immediacy that is so characteristic of modern urban street art. Scattered throughout the city, whether on facades of houses, entrances to shops, or walls of an avenida, transient and magical, the duration of any given piece tends to be governed by social dynamics.

Identifying with urban art from the young age of 14, the walls of Cochabamba have been his canvas since 2009 when he started using aerosol as his main tool. Entirely self-taught, his style has evolved significantly over the years.

According to this artist, the most difficult thing when designing a mural is creating something that has wide appeal. Because his pieces are in public spaces, he believes it is important to portray something that takes into consideration the personal interpretation each observer might have at any given moment. Considered one of the most renowned among Cochalos artists, he also likes to create pieces that convey a certain social commentary or reflect the cultures of his people. His paintings often include elements found within the latent folklore of the regional panorama, including Bolivian fauna, portrayals of everyday people, and traditional dances. At the same time, when it comes to characterizing his work, he points out that conveying a feeling of “happiness” is one of the most prevalent themes across all of his paintings. Often inspired by spontaneous actions and unpredictable encounters, he always carries a camera with him to document new ideas for future murals.

You can follow Puriskiri on his Instagram account at where he posts his freshest ideas.

Rundontwalk (Fede Minuchín) (Tester Mariano)

Rundontwalk is an urban art collective born in the city of Buenos Aires in 2001. At the time it was one of the first artistic collectives to paint amid the economic crisis. At the center of Rundontwalk were Tester Mariano (commonly known as just Tester) and Fede Minuchín (also, just known as Minucha), although as of now, only Fede remains as a representative of the group. The 2001 crisis was fertile ground for stencil users in Buenos Aires since many Argentinian artists opted to leave the country in search of better opportunities, however, they eventually returned bringing new experiences related to street art and stencil techniques, driving the start of many graffiti groups.

As a collective, Rundontwalk slowly expanded their experimentation with stencil techniques while continuing to paint small and large works. The members who currently belong to the group are some of the most prominent and active exponents of this technique in the urban art space. Since their beginnings, they have traveled the world painting, teaching, participating in group shows, festivals, workshops, and collaborating on projects with other artists.

Their work tends to be a mix of surrealism with punk and raw style, their messages are many but a touch of satire can be seen guiding their work. Additionally, they have many murals with animals as the protagonists, drawn with stencils accompanied by colorful and psychedelic backgrounds and shapes.

Both Fede and Tester have Instagram accounts where they post the projects they are working on, and you can follow them here: and

Sebastián Oyarbide (Seba Cener)

Sebastián Oyarbide is a native of the Argentinian city of Tandil, and ten years ago he ventured into the world of street art. Known under the pseudonym “Seba Cener,” he has painted murals not only in various provinces of Argentina, but also in other countries such as the United States, Brazil, Perú, and Chile.

Sebastián started his career, like many of the most recognized street artists, by writing without permission on walls, blinds, or even on neighboring balconies. Those acts got him into trouble many times, with the property owners making him clean his work afterward. He eventually realized that the graffiti he made could be covered with something cooler and more aesthetically pleasing, so he started to lean more towards professional styles. Seba kept practicing for years in a self-taught manner, and now, focuses more on painting murals rather than works on a small scale. He has become so adept at muralism that he has been quoted as saying it takes him 10 times longer to complete a painting on an A4 sheet than to create a large mural.

His style can be characterized mainly by a connection to naturalism, often having detailed human faces as the protagonists of his paintings, although other parts of the body are also employed with the same detailed style. Additionally, he is known to include themes such as feminism, homosexuality, adoption, and disability in his paintings.

Saba Cener regularly updates the status of his works through Instagram @sebacener, as well as on his official website

Sebastián Antonio Carreño Gaibisso (UNONUEVE)

Sebastián Antonio Carreño Gaibisso, also known as UNONUEVE, is a self-taught visual artist, a native of the San Antonio commune of Chile. Closely acquainted with painting since childhood, using basic materials he had at hand, self-taught exploration allowed him to create characters from his imagination. Sebastián developed his style of art through the manipulations of color saturation, shapes, and textures that he uses in his subjects, which he generates from inspirations of the Andean culture. The art of UNONUEVE can be found around the world in different formats; from paper to large murals distributed in countries such as Chile, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Germany, Netherlands, and Spain.

Although he was able to discover his motivation and interest in art and painting when he was young, it was not until he began his studies as a graphic designer that he began to create his own line of work, based on transmitting emotions through color, shapes, and textures.

Sebastián is heavily influenced by the crafts of Peru, Chile, and Mexico; styles typical of Latin American culture, very daring in their use of color with frequent mixing of cold and warm shades. Through his works, Sebastián seeks to convey a message of spiritual elevation; coming in contact with that which is beyond the tangible, exploring the expression of feelings and the connection with the universe that his ancestors spoke of.

He is always in constant search of new techniques and materials to use in his pieces, which has led him to travel to different parts of the world, participating in international festivals of public art and exhibitions. Sebastián’s style is constantly evolving and this progression can be seen in the works he posts on his Instagram account:

Alapinta Colectivo

Initially composed of Aner Urra (ANER), Claudio Cabrera (KAIO), Claudio Maher (MAHER), and Gabriel Veloso (GVZ), Alapinta is a collective of Chilean artists who have been painting since 2004. Inspired by public art, graffiti, and murals, they have adapted their style to fit many different public and private spaces, painting murals to promote health, education, culture, heritage, and the environment, among others.

The original members met while studying graphic design and soon started going out together to paint after classes. Currently, the group is composed only of MAHER and GVZ who organize many collaborative community murals where people can join in.

Their commitment has been to transform various public and private spaces through the addition of high-quality art; leaving their unique signature and various messages that highlight identity, culture, and nature.

Alapinta has painted and organized murals in different parts of the world, each of which having a unique flavor and identity based on the space in which it is created. They are on record stating that people’s perception has a lot to do with identifying the themes they choose to work with. Therefore, they tend to do a lot of research regarding the place, its history, and how people living there interact with their surroundings. The joy for them is that they get to deliver a statement of hope, which is one of the engines that move them.

In the course of their 15 years of trajectory, Alapinta has continued to hone their talent through countless productions. Have a look at their Instagram account here to get a sense of the scope of their work:

Santiago Spirito (Cabaio)

Santiago Spirito (the real name of urban artist Cabaio) began painting in the streets of Buenos Aires after the 2001 Argentine economic crisis. Acting as part of a collective known as “Vómito Attack,” he, together with his fellow artists, sought to influence the political debate by stenciling political messages and drawing people’s attention to issues such as consumerism and commercialization of public spaces.

Santiago (Cabaio) first got interested in stencil techniques through a coworker in a restaurant, and the issue of commercial messaging on the streets of his city was something that he had been concerned about for some time. He was horrified by the amount of information that was and still is, displayed in the streets; from billboards, numbers, shops, t-shirts, and much more, an absurd amount of information that, just through passive reading and being a little curious, somehow permeates your thoughts and attitudes. Along with his friends, he was interested in the idea of ​​creating urban interventions in these highly saturated spaces by offering other kinds of information, not just commercial slogans. That was the moment Vómito Attack emerged, (and yes, that means what you think it means), a name conceived to describe the saturation of information people are subjected to just by walking down the street. After several years of activism and interventions, Santiago parted ways with the collective in 2007 to work on his own solo project.

While his works as part of the collective were based on heated criticism and protest, his work as a freelance artist could be considered apolitical. Cabaio changed his focus in order to experiment with art, embellishing a chosen walls, privileging aesthetics over political messages. His murals often combine colorful wheat pastes, stencils, and hand-drawn details. The final effect emerges as an elaborate layered collage with combined images, creating beautiful kaleidoscopic murals.

Cabaio tries to match his creations to the street where he places them; mixing and matching colors and images, using the street as a supplier of materials essential for his work, such as spray paint can leftover from other works, objects that serve as frames, radiographs to use as templates.

More of Cabaio’s characteristic collages can be appreciated on his Instagram account here:

Georgina Ciotti

Georgina Ciotti was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and from a very young age was always involved in art and especially linked to drawing, painting, and workshops. Like all of the other artists included here, this natural lead her to eventually become involved in the South American street art scene.

Her works have been described as very powerful and the strength they project can be at least partly attributed to her training as a designer and illustrator. Her expression as an artist coupled with this technical expertise allows her to create truly remarkable urban murals with otherworldly characters. An interesting side-note, If you have seen the movies Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy 1 and 2 you will have already been exposed to her work as she was part of the special effects team that produced these award winning films!

After dedicating herself entirely to painting, she began specializing in murals and urban interventions, of which she was a large part of in Barcelona. Her works tend to have a strong visual impact, made up by complex beings and shapes that represent beasts of her creation or female characters with decorative elements, resulting in surreal compositions that transport us to another world.

At the end of 2009, she returned to Argentina, where she continues to paint and make murals. Currently, she works as a plastic artist, illustrator, and designer specializing in murals and public and private urban interventions. To see more of her work check for updates updates on her Instagram account here:




Arturo Rodriguez Naranjo (Volátil)

Arturo Rodriguez Naranjo is a Colombian artist who has left his mark on number of cities of the world, going by the name “Volátil.” His work is full of color and passion and the faces of his subjects, usually women with very Latin features, are imbued with symbols and auras that bring his pieces to life. He says that he chose to go by the artist name Volátil (meaning “Volatile” in English) because he felt it fit with his mystical theme, the fire that purifies, and the strong connection he feels with nature, elements that are never lacking in his paintings and murals.

Arturo was born in Barranquilla, and it was his mother (also a painter) who instilled in him the need to express himself through art. Constantly on the move, he lived for a time in La Guajira, then later moved to Pereira for a few years, and then found himself in Manizales and later in Bogotá. This tendency to keep moving from place to place and to leave murals everywhere he went gained him a reputation as a sort of modern day nomad painter.

According to the artist, his work attempts to present elements and metaphors that have the power of transformation and to stimulate culture; elements such as fire, radiant light, and the delicacy of the female form are themes common in his paintings. The poetic intention in his work is to foster a connection to that transformative potential that we all have.

Arturo is also a talented musician, expressing through lyrics what painting sometimes cannot. Check out his multitalented artistic expressions on his Instagram account here:

Jocelyn Aracena (Anis)

Under the pseudonym “Anis,” the Chilean illustrator and muralist Jocelyn Aracena has earned a prominent place in the urban art scene. Establishing herself as one of the most talented and prolific representatives of the medium, she churns out pieces packed with meaning, symmetry, neon tones, and stylized characters; in which nature and the female form occupy an essential place.

Jocelyn started painting the urban canvas at the age of 12, initially finding it rather difficult since no one in her family was an artist or even had an interested in art. A few years later she took up studying illustration, launching her on a path to eventually produce large and intricate murals.

The biggest challenge she experienced while getting into street art was probably access to materials since they were so difficult and expensive to come by at the time. With her limited resources, she ended up mixing spray paints to get the maximum number of tones of a certain color. She would also collect partially used bottles on paint left on the street that she would be careful to make it last. Painting in this way proved difficult but allowed her to define her own technique with acrylic paints and aerosols.

Anis’ art deals with subjects such as metaphysics, self-knowledge, nature, and the female experience. She says the women she paints could be anyone; an indigenous woman, someone who comes from another continent, a black woman, a white woman, or a Japanese woman. She aims for her characters to be a mixture of all women together, all being one.

To check out Anis’ most recent works, have a look at her Instagram account here:

Pum Pum

Pum Pum is an urban artist and graphic designer from Argentina, who, although she tries to keep her face and name out of the media, has become one of the most recognized artists in the field of urban art in Buenos Aires. While in the early 2000s many of her contemporaries opted for aerosol as the main material in their works, Pum Pum chose to prioritize latex paint and brushes in figurine-inspired murals.

At some point in her childhood she started drawing and never stopped. A product, perhaps of always being surrounded by art because she had a sculptor as a father and a psychologist for a mother. Eventually, she started making small images by hand and sticking them to city walls and, through this first step, came to fall in with a group of other artists; for next to her simple early works, other artists would add theirs too, collectively adding presence to random spots in the city.

Pum Pum is known for her iconic two-dimensional child-like characters; a result of an eclectic influences that ranges from Hello Kitty to American punk rock bands. She illustrates her characters with strong colors and fine lines, resulting in vibrant compositions.

Pum Pum has an Instagram account where she continues to add her most recent creations. Check it out here:

Kocha Se Raya

KSR stands for Kocha Se Raya, a group of urban artists from Cochabamba who have been painting the walls of the city for some time now. The crew includes artists Oveja213 and Puriskiri, both of whom have a long history in the Colombian street art scene and who have participated in numerous national and international events and festivals.

The KSR collective fuses elements such as typography, lettering, and realism. In recent years, they have intervened in many spaces in the city in order to, as they put it, “give it a break from political propaganda and advertising that try to tell you what to buy or what to do.”

According to them, graffiti is always going to be about rebellion, because whether it carries a message or not, it appropriates public space, and serves as a counterattack against propaganda, and advertising. For the collective, covering an advertisement with graffiti is reducing the strength of consumerism. Their work also adds elements of flora and fauna native to their country, reminding people of the importance of nature and national heritage.

You can check out KSR’s recent work on their Facebook account here:

Diana Ordóñez (Ledania)

Diana Ordóñez, better known as Ledania, is a Colombian artist from the city of Bogotá who offers a fresh and different perspective on ​​art. Apart from creating street art she also works with plastic sculpture and does quite a lot of photography and graphic design. Her best-known creations are found on different walls of the Colombian capitol, in the form of street art and large murals, although she has broadened her approaches through the years and now creates decorative objects and a line of clothing.

Ledania’s style is vibrant and ornate, exploring the genre of expressionism, cubism, and surrealism to capture her artistic vision. Her drawings and graffiti mix elements of these three movements to create something new and fresh. Through the process of relating her own methods to those of artists from different movements, she is able to create pieces containing unique and novel figurative personalities; some closer to realism and others more related to expressionism with exaggeration and distortion of some characteristic features.

She uses geometric shapes for the composition of her subjects and sometimes creates collages of different images to achieve a new and different effect, adding depth to these characters using symbolism and transposing elements to represent what they are meant to feel and convey.

With her large palette of colors and geometric figures, she continuously keeps us looking forward to her newest creations that can be found here:

Franklin Piaguaje

Franklin Piaguaje was raised among the Siona, one of the 102 indigenous communities that inhabit the Colombian territory. An indigenous man who from a very young age was instilled with the value of care and conservation of nature. Franklin was educated with a sensitivity to issues that affect the country at large, training that compelled him get involved in protests and mobilizations in defense of different struggles such as education and territorial rights.

In 2012, when he was 14 years old, he began to experiment with sculptures in plaster, clay, and porcelain, materials that he learned to handle thanks to tutorials he found on the internet. Soon after, he also began making drawings with with oil paint, charcoal, and pencils, though it would take several years before he took to the streets with his artwork.

It was in 2016 that Franklin decided to start creating work in a more serious way and with greater social commitment, addressing issues such as childhood, violence, and the reality of the country he lived in. Together with a group of friends he painted murals where there was political advertising, sometimes covering it with artwork related to education, violence against women, rights of ethnic groups, and protection of flora and fauna.

Franklin has stated that the concepts he deals with in his work vary, according to what he is experiencing at certain times. In addition to expressing his indigenous heritage with pride, Franklin paints portraits of artists and fictional characters as superheroes in his spare time, something that serves as an exercise for other projects.

You can follow Franklin Piaguaje’s work on his Instagram account here:


Bastardilla is the name of an urban artist who was originally born in Medellín but grew up in the Colombian capital of Bogotá. Her work aims to create a dialogue with passersby on the street and the thick lines she uses in her creations tell stories she hopes will connect with the locals where her murals are created.

At the age of 13, Bastardilla discovered that walking on the street and wandering was an experience she loved, but for some time she thought that painting without permission was a complicated and dangerous endeavor. The moment came however, when her gaze broadened and she began to see the movement of graffiti and urban art as an opportunity to be in line with her interests so she put aside her prejudices and fears.

Today, her work is scattered around various corners of the globe, painted on walls, doors, and corrugated shutters of shopfronts; her characters exhibiting female faces with Latin features, often semi-hidden by their hair, and almost always accompanied by flowers, hummingbirds, and glitter splashes that attract the attention of people passing by on the street. Often, her works speak to the violent circumstances that women in Latin America sometimes experience. Bastardilla paints characters that originating from intimate, ancestral, personal, and public stories and her work becomes a social example, learning from other people, and from herself.

You can follow Bastardilla on her Instagram account here:


Steep is an academic artist born in Ecuador who feels the need to look for alternative spaces where his creations can be realized. That’s how he found, in the walls of various cities, spaces where he could express his unique vision he calls “Explosive Realism” thus creating environments full of mythical beings and fantastic characters.

The presence of planetary flora and fauna is essential in his compositions, as well as ancestral magic, a lot of realism in contrast with explosions of color, elements that work in conjunction to establish a connection with the passerby.

For 10 years now he has managed to create fantastical characters and portray them in natural settings drawing on his Latin American heritage. Not only do his paintings enhance the urban landscape, thanks to his “explosions of creativity” concept, he manages to capture the vitality and serenity he sees around him.

Using a unique technique of blasting or dripping paint that he has been perfecting since the beginning of his work,  he strengthens lines in his creations, imprinting his personal touch onto the figurative representations of animals, indigenous people, water, jungles, myths, and ancestral knowledge. Likewise, he integrates materials such as acrylic, spray paint, rollers, brushes, and stencils to achieve his characteristic style.

You can see more work by Steep’s on his Instagram account here:

Knorke Leaf (Norka Paz Rodo)

Knorke Leaf, a.k.a Norka Paz Rodo is a very talented muralist, illustrator, and engraver born in La Paz, Bolivia. With many works scattered around the capitol, she has also painted internationally, with works exhibited in Argentina, Brazil, Spain, and the United States, as well as several other cities in Bolivia. This has allowed her to become one of the most influential figures in the street art scene of her country.

For more than three decades now, Knorke has been hard at work creating, stating that her mother got her painting from the age of two years old. So, between precociousness and practice, Knorke’s career has had a steady trajectory towards becoming an artist. As soon as she graduated high school she enrolled in a course to study plastic arts at the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, specializing in engraving. At the same time, she took courses in Biology because she had an interest in nature conservation. Eventually, she realized she was more of an environmental activist than an academic, so she continued on her path to becoming an artist.

Knorke Leaf’s art attempts to break boundaries and her intention is to touch the extraordinary, the joy in life, and to experience the profound through the infinite possibilities that art offers. She possesses strong environmentalist convictions that she expresses through her art. Environmental degradation, threats to indigenous and peasant territories, the destruction of biodiversity, all of these are issues that society should be concerned about and that the media does not always reflect properly, so Norka has taken up the task of expressing it through her murals. The artist also advocates for women’s struggles and is committed to culture and the preservation of ancestral values.

You can follow Knorke Leaf’s work on her Instagram page here:

Roberto Mamani Mamani

Roberto Mamani Mamani, of Quechua birth and Aymara blood, was born on December 6, 1962. From a very early age, his need for creative expression led him on a path to becoming an artist. Since 1983 Mamani Mamani has held over 52 exhibitions, including 44 solo events that have garnered him numerous awards and distinctions through the years. The inspiration for his art is tied to his culture: the rituals, dances, food, spiritual visions, and the feelings of his community, always respecting mother earth Pachamama.

His first paintings arose from childhood games with stones and clay, painting with the ashes from the fireplace; subjects drawn from daily life and the agricultural tasks of his parents.

Without formal training, he managed to depict his world with originality and authentically. His artwork is an introspective and scrutinizing vision of the vast and rich Andean world. Color and shape are the nexus between the artist and his world, between his origin and his authentically Aymara worldview. He has dedicated his life to expressing through painting the Aymara vision of the Andean Universe. Roberto has developed his art based on the culture and spirit of his people; a vibrant and vital land, full of colors, character, textures, and emotions, like the Bolivian land he inhabits.

You can follow Roberto’s recent work on his Facebook account here:

Verónica (MIN8)

Born in 1982, MIN8 is a self-taught pioneer of graffiti art in Uruguay and in recent years has become well known across Latin America. She began in graffiti at the age of 15 and, without having formal studies in art, acquired her technique through many years of practice and dedication. Alongside her work as a street artist, she currently serves as a teacher of Fine Arts, for the Universidad del Trabajo de Uruguay, and at Fundación Iturria teaching Graffiti workshops.

Influenced by hip hop and rap culture, Verónica (her real name), started producing graffiti in 1998 which led her to start experimenting with tags and lettering. After five or six years she was already painting as an established street artist and since 2007 she has represented her country in a number of national and international events. Reoccurring themes in her work are the role of women in society and the importance of nature. She has a dynamic style that combines realistic figures with color and the geometric universe.

MIN8 has recently become involved in a project named “Luces,” a social artistic conglomerate that performs various urban interventions in order to support inclusion processes for people in the most vulnerable places such as prisons, disadvantaged neighborhoods, psychiatric hospitals, drug rehabilitation centers among other places excluded by society.

MIN8 is very active as a painter and continues to adorn the streets of the world with her art pieces. You can see what she’s up to on her Instagram account heret:

Gastón Rosa (Untonga)

Untonga, whose real name is Gastón Rosa, lives in Montevideo, Uruguay, where he “wallpapers” the city with his epitaphs and phrases written in public spaces. His compositions tend to be simple words framed in a particular way: a pink semicircle, three flowers, and a message, a combination resulting in his characteristic “pink gravestones.” This motif has been ever-present in his career, and using this visual style, he attempts to convey the values of diversity, respect for others, and inclusion.

The gravestone shapes seem almost infantile with their hastily rendered simplicity, however, behind this style of drawing, some deep truths are revealed. Untonga’s use of satire allows us to contemplate a “pink” death, which, according to the artist, does not contradict our typical notions of death, but helps us understand life and death in a different way.

However, in this case, to the artist death is not just a physical unraveling, death occurs with any crisis. His pieces tend to speak of broken relationships, job losses, or life projects that are truncated and for which we must mourn and turn the page. Through these thoughtful reminders on city walls, his goal is to help us put things into perspective and move ahead with optimism.

He usually paints the gravestones on kraft paper and sticks them up at night, all of them are unique and all are made by hand. There are also variations with graffiti and various phrases written with marker on shop’s windows.

Untonga draws up different phrases that can brush the poetic, like: “when you were gone I ate what you left, I lay down on your bed, I thought about opening a drawer, I listened to your music, I missed you, I wrote you this”; or depicting day to day activities with apparent simplicity with: “what happens to the neighbor, happens to you” and “if you feel like dancing, then you’re home.” His phrases generate hope and although we know that not everything is always positive, we can embrace the idea that in hard moments empathy can save us.

Untonga’s artistic possibilities are limitless and he continuously shares more of his pink gravestones on his Instagram account:

José Gallino

José Gallino has become one of the most talked-about names in the Uruguayan street art scene. This 33-year-old has produced an enormous number of murals, so many that he has lost count of them. He was born in the city of Salto and managed to make a name for himself by portraying the most prominent figures he could come up with, and doing it nonstop for years.

Since 2016, Jose Gallino has been developing into a project he calls “Tribute to Uruguayans,” a compilation of realistic murals adorning city street walls the width and length of Uruguay. Jose felt it was important to portray the faces of prominent people in various localities around his country, both easily recognizable people and the “invisible” people who still do a lot for their communities.

His works focus on enhancing the legacy of national figures, such as “China” Zorrilla, Alfredo Zitarrosa, Carlos Páez Vilaró, and Eduardo Galeano, to name just a few examples of portraits scattered around Montevideo that bear Gallino’s signature.

Even though these photorealistic portrait murals are a big part of Gallino’s work, he has also dabbled with different characters designs, his first mural in 2013 was a bug with reptile eyes and shark teeth. Raised in the countryside, Gallino says that animals fascinate him and that he got a number of tattoos inspired by animals that he feels some connection to.

You can follow José Gallino’s work on his Instagram account here:

Milu Correch

The Argentinian Milu Correch is a specialist in large-scale murals, charged with nostalgia and within a very emotionally intimate atmosphere, creating pieces that evoke the feeling you get from looking at old family photographic portraits. Being the daughter of an amateur painter and a literature teacher, she has traveled Europe performing urban interventions in different cities and different spaces, but she also continues to create murals in her native city of Buenos Aires.

Although Milu is a staunch advocate for urban art in Buenos Aires, she tries to downplay the commercialism and sensationalism that street art and muralism has been generating lately. She says that the way people encounter murals has changed, consumption through social networks has takes away some of the intimacy of seeing pieces in their environment.

When asked what her works are about, she replies that it’s “ambiguous” or “whatever you want,” leaving the viewer free to interpret. Despite this, its undeniable that the role of women in society plays a very important factor in Milu’s work.  Women are the protagonist in most of her creations, however, her pieces constantly pay tribute to the human figure in general. Her pieces tend to feature different shapes of masks,  locations that remind us of places we visit daily, and, in a lot of cases, are accompanied by elements from nature including animals and sometimes plants.

You can follow Milu Correch via her Instagram account here:


Despite multiple exhibitions of his work in galleries around the world, it seems this artist prefers to keep his name private and exhibits and paints murals under the pseudonym FLIX. A Venezuelan architect who graduated from the Central University of Venezuela in 2002, FLIX wants his pieces to not only captivate and grab the attention of the viewer, but also to break paradigms and wake people up in order to dissolve day-to-day monotony.

His aesthetic employs elements such as chromatic labyrinths, robots, stencils, and various creative scenarios. In this sense, he appropriates public spaces and uses them as a canvas for the activation of urban aesthetics. His pieces he says are all woven into a strategy for constructing new understandings of the urban setting.

While he considers himself an artist who seeks to generate a reaction from the public and who has inserted political commentary into some works, this is not necessarily the intention of his artistic discourse. He always makes sure that these features do not end up defining his overall style.

Urban interventions by FLIX tend to use of subtle strategies and his pieces aim at manifesting desires of the local population through renegotiating meaning and relationship. For example, a piece that reflect the desire for a park in a certain neighborhood, a hopscotch drawing that rises to the sky, or a bus stop full of color that makes it more enjoyable and playful.

FLIX’s work has taken him on a trip around the world and he continuously provides updates on his most recent creations. Feel free to have a look on his Instagram account:

Jean Betancourt (Mr. Garek)

Jean Betancourt, better known as Mr. Garek is a Venezuelan animation specialist and muralist living in Bogotá, Colombia since 2018. Mr. Garek’s work has been mutating over the years, started with pure graffiti, he started moving towards a more figurative style and now his work is characterized by a the use of a high degree of symbolic elements. Some of the most common themes this highly talented Venezuelan artist addresses are identity, migration, invisible borders, desires, and projections. Taking a broad overview of his work, you will notice a number of elements that are repeated such as the way hands are drawn, anatomical hearts, and the types of flowers used in his compositions.

His murals tend to be a cluster of elements that are not necessarily related to each other, such as the hearts he often uses, which he sees as the symbolic manifestation of dreams, passions, and, personal projections; especially those related to migrations where the theme of aspirations and dreams are particularly prevalent. Another recurring element is the portrayal of skulls, which he says represents human fragility and our humility even during times when we feel strong or unbeatable. In his murals you can also sense his strong identification with the place he grew up, for example, through the tropical foliage. He cherishes his Venezuelan and Latin American identity, which he likes to remember beyond borders.

Although Jean is currently in Colombia, a country that according to him has been very supportive, he wants to continue traveling and then at some point return to Venezuela to share his experiences.

You can check out his latest pieces on his Instagram account here:

Alejandro Medina (Okso)

Ironic, scathing, irreverent, and very graphic, the Venezuelan Alejandro Medina, A.K.A Okso Vacuno raises a hand in protest to paradigms established by society through the use of characters like the blue cow “Cleta.”

This urban artist considers graffiti, in principle, an alternative way of presenting his creations to the public. According to him, graffiti always begins as a taking of space, because where he is from it is very difficult to access traditional art spaces. Therefore, scouting out unused spaces in order to express his ideas through art became a way forward. In fact, at some point and with other artists from the Caracas cultural scene, he decided to set up  a galleries in abandoned houses around the city. This taking back of spaces and ruins in order to turn them into a sort of urban gallery is something Okso is passionate about.

Around this time, a curious blue cow began inhabiting the walls of his native city Maracaibo: a news reporter cow, a cow with an astonished expression enclosed in a brick wall; another cow representing a worker from an old bingo parlor; another one in the form of ice cream melting from the heat of the city. Such is the nature of the unconventional graffiti Okso creates in many places around his city.

The artist explained that the idea was born with the “mad cow crisis” and from there he began to humanize animals in order to address what he calls “social cannibalism” and “human consumerism.”

Okso continuously comes up with new ideas for his character Cleta. Check them out on his Instagram account here:

Fuga Muralista

The collective Fuga Muralista was born in the Venezuelan city of Mérida in 2013 and arose from the perceived need for more cultural representation in the streets of their city. This movement is made up of a multidisciplinary team of artists and professionals from various areas such as architecture, graphic, industrial design, production, film and photography, anthropology, among others. Together they work with lines and colors to portray their vocations in light of recovering their history and identity, not only of their professions, but also of their city and of their country.

The cultural artistic movement Fuga Muralista, through various works, aims to examine all of the cultural, ancestral, and religious manifestations from popular imagination. Through the use of various techniques, materials, and styles, they try to use the mural as a tool for training their members and for educating the public.

This group of young muralists, based on their academic training and moved by their creative spirit, have designed some of the most original works their country has seen. Defined by an avant-garde style with a conservative tint, they have created murals in emblematic places in different regions of Venezuela. With diverse themes that attract the attention of local populations, reception to their work has been very positive.

You can follow Fuga Muralista’s work on their Instagram account here:

Oz Montanía

Oz Montanía, born in Paraguay in 1985, is one of the most recognized artists in the Latin American urban scene and uses his position to promote the street art movement in Paraguay, a country where urban art is still taking its first steps.

At the age of 12 he began scribblimg on walls, some time later, inspired by sixties comics that his father read, such as The Adventures of Robin Hood, as well as characters and plots from DC, Marvel, and Spawn, he developed a taste for illustration. It wasn’t until the age of 17 however that he began to perfect his style on the way to becoming an illustrator, graphic designer, and urban artist. Based on musical influences such as punk, hardcore, and metal, in the beginning he leaned more towards the use of three colors: white, black, and red. At present, his work has evolved and now uses an extensive color palette.

Oz bases his characters on the worldview of Paraguayan ethnic communities such as the Guaraní, Nivaclé, Ayoreo, or any group with traditions and thoughts different from ours. He borrows from and reinterprets all of them using the style he developed based on comic book drawings.

Oz Montanía is an avid supporter of street art festivals and encourages their development in his natal city of La Asunción, he partly managed the Latidoamericano Festival in 2016, bringing 40 Latin American artists, 31 foreign artists, and 9 locals, to intervene in the Historic Center of La Asunción. He has also launched some graffiti shops to make tools accessible for both new and veteran artists.

You can follow Oz Montanía via his Instagram account:

Carla Bresciani

Carla Bresciani is a well known name in the Ecuadorian street art scene of Guayaquil; working with a group of other artists who hope for a more cultural city. Carla entered into Street art, like so many, out of sheer curiosity and ended up getting hooked to the point where she left her work as a visual artist to put all her energy into painting walls.

Carla’s paintings are currently focused on the conservation of ecosystems and environmental care; she wants her art to generate awareness in people. Her main sources of inspiration are care for nature and female empowerment.

In some of Carla’s murals you can see how her characters are influenced by Valdivia culture. One of the oldest settled cultures in the Americas, Carla admires this culture for the importance they gave to women and how she thinks that those values could be important in today’s society. She also portrays surreal humanoid beings in an energetic environment and how they can change shape with a particular level of energy.

Carla’s art is getting more people interested in urban art and is raising awareness with here environmental perspective. She feels street art should reflect the values of local communities and hopes Guayaquil and other cities of the world will be cleaner and filled with cultural.

You can follow Carla’s work on her Instagram account:

Alejandro Molina (Hamk Trazos)

Alejandro Molina, better known by his pseudonym Hamk Trazos, is an urban artist from Caracas, Venezuela who over the years has filled the streets of the capital city. His designs seek to raise awareness of childhood issues through characters that children can relate to, most notably the characters “Los Menores.”

From a very young age he felt an affinity to graffiti and, thanks to his dedication, managed to get his message out on the streets of his city. His artistic name “Hamk Trazos” is a combination of the initials of his names and surnames, adding the word “trazos” (meaning “sketch” in English) which is how he begins every mural that he creates.

Hamk Trazos began painting murals in 2016 and the most common theme in his paintings is children wearing hats that carry a message that teaches society how to care for them. In this way, he hopes to bring back family values that he feels are no longer seen in homes today. He depicts characters that, despite adversity, always maintain a positive outlook on life.

The project was conceived thanks to his younger sister, who he had to care for in the absence of his father; an experience that allowed him to understand many things about the importance of a stable family. In a sense, he learned about the important role adults play in the lives of children today. Inspired by the youngest of the household, these memories continue to drive his work today.

You can follow Hamk Trazos’s work on his Instagram account:

Florencia Durán and Camilo Núñez (Colectivo Licuado)

Florencia Durán and Camilo Núñez studied industrial design together at university and later began painting murals together on a grand scale. It started humbly, just with graffiti and stencils on open walls on local street. The results were good though, and they decided to try making a living from it as they traveled. Now, with quite a lot of experience under their belts, they enjoy getting to know new cultures and accurately representing things from them in each new mural.

In Spanish “Licuado” means shake or smoothie and the artists say they chose this name to highlight their blend of talent. They like that after a work is completed there is no way to distinguish between who painted what, just that the overall project has been completed. Both artists in their own way add to the distinctive and unique result; like ingredients in a smoothie after it has been blended.

In their art, they aim for the non-obvious and atypical, but not to such an extent that people in the area won’t feel a connection to, or won’t identify with the subjects they paint. To achieve this, the collective spends a few days in the neighborhood, they talk to the inhabitants, take pictures and over-all spend time there. This they turn into a sort of study in culture, where the objective is to find the positives and beauty of everyday life, not specifically in the conventional way but through observing gestures and subtleties.

Common elements in their works are various types of cultural symbols and portrayal of ethnic groups, cultural issues involving women, and inspiration from mythology and classical art.

You can follow what Collectivo Licuado is up to on their Instagram accounts: @theic_licuado for Camilo and @fitz_licuado for Florencia, as well as on their official website

Tainá Lima (Criola)

Originally from the city of Belo Horizonte, Criola is part of the new generation of Brazilian urban artists whose pieces are informed by issues surrounding their feminine universe and the search for a connection with their ancestry. Graduating in Fashion Design at UFMG, apart from painting Criola also collaborates with several important brands to deliver her message.

In 2008, at the age of 18, she entered art school and in 2012 started making her own paintings. Her graffiti and street art soon caught the attention of people living in her region (Minas Gerais) and she started making a name for herself. She says that graffiti was the type of art closest to her reality, reaching where conventional art does not dare to go.

Raised on the periphery of society and suffering prejudice for her African heritage, childhood proved to be a difficult time. Later, she would channel this experience into her artwork in which she explores the image of the black woman. Based on her own story, she believes that graffiti is a powerful tool for ending prejudice, especially for people coming from a marginalized background.

The inspiration for her drawings comes from women she has met over the years. For her, each woman is a universe of feelings, beautiful and strong at the same time. Other themes she works into her compositions are Brazilian flora, cultural diversity, indigenous communities, prayers, and urban legends; all of these fuel her artistic process. Full of vibrant colors and strong symbolism, her works are not to be missed.

Without a doubt, Criola’s artistic vision is clear and she doesn’t show signs of slowing down. Check out her new ideas, creations, and ventures on her Instagram account:

Dasic Fernández

Dasic Fernández is a Chilean born artist but has lived and worked in New York for 11 years. Fernández, whose work is characterized by the use of rivulets of color floating upwards from his subjects, has painted dozens of large murals not only in Chile but also in countries such as Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Peru, Canada, and the United States. In September 2016 The New York Times recognized him after being the only Latin American selected to paint a mural at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami during its renovation.

His influences come from a strong political education, hip-hop culture, and years of architectural studies; and you can sense in his work a kind of light impressionism with political undertones. He has stated that his goal while painting is to be happy and to make people recognize and identify with their own happiness. He says that he hopes his murals bring some positive energy to the neighborhoods where they are painted.

Currently, he says his process involves taking photographs and then sketching in details and adding effects to bring out a sort of hyper-realistism. We saw several of Fernández’s large murals around Santiago de Chile in 2018/19 and we have to say they are really eye-catching. When he’s not planning or painting new murals, Fernández dedicates himself to organizing and teaching his way of understanding and applying art.

You can check out his latest pieces on his Instagram account here:

Jesús Camarena (Xomatok)

Xomatok is the pseudonym of Jesús Camarena, a Peruvian visual artist and art director who spent several years working with a modern aesthetic that transforms urban spaces through the use of color in the most striking way possible, with prisms and bright streams of color gradated over walls and other surfaces.

To date, Xomatok has completed a number of art interventions in public and abandoned spaces, creating both murals and installations, both individually and as collaborations with other artists. His main motivation is to change the appearance of cold and forgotten places in order to give them new life. He is fond of saying his goal is to, “reach beyond the retina,” to wake people up to the possibilities around them.

His murals are inspired by the design and alteration of urban spaces with a clear emphasis on how his color palette completely changes our point of view depending on where we are looking at it from. For him, this manifestation of color and its relationship with everyday human experience is what moves him when it comes to making his work. His murals have a defined aesthetic, drawing the attention of the viewer into the layers of color, making it impossible not to want to get closer to see every detail present in his technique.

Currently, Xomatok is sharing his artistic vision by attempting to transforming each space in which he presents his work. Whether they are large buildings, rocks, the walls of a gallery, stairs leading up through a village, you can find all his new pieces and installations here:

Joan Jiménez (Entes)

The Peruvian artist known as Entes (real name Joan Jiménez) has been a muralist and promoter of urban art for over 22 years now, painting murals in more than 20 countries around the Americas, Europe, and in Africa. Now he is seen as one of the main urban art figures from his country at the international level.

When he first started out, his parents were opposed to the idea of him dedicating his life to drawing and said they would only allow it if it was related to a professional career like architecture. So, with the road to artistic expression closed at home, Entes was forced to take to the streets in search of spaces to draw and paint. Looking back, he says that this only motivated him more, and it taught him to be disciplined, respectful, and to keep the faith alive that he can achieve his dreams.

Interested in Afro-Peruvian culture, he bases his work on the investigation into marginalized groups in society, clandestine culture, and racial an class-based discrimination. His characters often have deep set gazes that tell stories of life on the streets, narrating impressions he collects and the day to day lives he witnesses in the city of Lima.

For many years, Entes has worked in association with Pésimo, another of the heavyweights of urban art in Peru (if you check out our article on Pésimo you will see a collaboration piece they did together). The pair, in addition to traveling the world making art, has promoted a number of new talents on the Peruvian urban art scene. In 2012, they created the most important graffiti festival in Perú, “Latidoamericano,” that quickly became popular on an international scale.

You can follow Entes on his Instagram at:

Jade Rivera

Jade Rivera was born in Junín, Peru in 1983 and is widely recognized for his large-format murals that often feature people and disproportionately large birds and insects depicted with a heavy dose of surreal mysticism. Apart from painting murals, Jade spends much of his time working in the studio exploring more traditional techniques such as oil and watercolor painting and wood carving. If you ever find yourself in Lima it’s worth visiting his studio which now operates as a gallery and museum.

Rivera grew up in the Chorrillos district of Lima, studied at a public school, and it was there that he first took an interest in art when he was eleven years old. The lack of skilled teachers at his school and his growing interest in art motivated him to devote more of his free time to drawing and painting by himself. Some time around 1997 he started working as a self-taught artist producing gallery pieces.

As he struggled to find his way as an artist, Rivera spent much time searching for for people who shared his passion for painting, for more accomplished artists he could emulate, and for friends he could exchange ideas with who were following a similar path. His search led him to discover the works of the Mexican muralists Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros. It is these artists who inspired him to carry his message to the streets and to find expression through painting murals.

Jade Rivera pays close attention to what the street tells him before starting work on a mural. He has stated that the whole environment tells him what to paint, including the houses on the sides, the people who live there, the landscape. He then makes the decision to paint when he feels he has a fairly broad vision and is able to integrate all that he has observed from the location.

His murals are usually reflections on life and its constant eventfulness, portrayed with a definite sense of optimism and wonder. Jade says he is interested in expressing a message of faith originating from oneself, as well as the importance of believing in our own dreams.

Jade Rivera regularly posts updates of his work on his Instagram account, which you can check out here:

Nina Pandolfo

Nina was born in 1977 in the city of Tupã and a bit later her family moved to the capital of São Paulo when she was still just a baby. As a teenager, she always showed interest in painting and drawing, and, along with a group of friends she met while studying visual communication, Nina experienced the excitement of street painting for the first time along Avenida Tiradentes, in the central of São Paulo.

Distinct from the street art movement defined by protest and antiestablishment messaging, Nina is part of a group that decided to take graffiti to art galleries and museums. Apart from her large public murals, she also creates paintings on canvases, art installations, and objects made with different materials such as latex, resin, plastic, and fabric.

Her first street art pieces were simple letterings—for example, her name in stylized characters—and little by little she moved towards painting the subjects she is most known for today, a series of girls seemingly influenced by characters in comics and anime. She had already been experimenting with these subjects on canvas using simple lines and over time the works became more and more complex and detailed both on canvas and on the walls of the city.

The main themes of her work are images of childhood and of nature. Nina explores the relationship between the innocent gaze of children—portrayed by girls with big wide spaced eyes— and secret feelings mirrored by the soul. The artist also incorporates the beauty in all animals in her art, highlighting insects, fish, and cats in her murals and paintings.

Her objective is to show that we can see life in many ways, and that we can see life through a simpler lens, with more hope and sincerity, and that the same images can have totally different meanings to different people.

You can check out Nina’s newest creations on her Instagram account

Rui Amaral

Considered one of the most influential graffiti artists in Brazil, the multimedia artist Rui Amaral is part of the pantheon of the first generation of modern urban art in São Paulo, which emerged in the late 1970s. A multi-faceted and versatile creator, he explored various platforms such as animation, toy design, and video production. His works usually refer to the universe of children’s imagination and urban modernity. Around 2008, he created his own mascot “Bicudo,” a smiling figure that, according to the author, “represents the joy that the cities tend to lack.”

Rui took part in the development of the famous “Batman’s Alley” (Beco de Batman), named in the 1980s after a group of art students painted a cartoon of the comic book hero on the wall. While Batman’s Alley served as his initial space for creation and experimentation, after that, his main works can be appreciated in the tunnel on Paulista Avenue.

Rui has a Plastic Arts degree, but he also has carried out projects of graphic design, animation, and production of multimedia. He also works on the creation of websites and advertising, while being responsible for regular graffiti and urban intervention workshops.

You can follow Rui Amaral on his Instagram account to see what he’s up to

Nicolás Germani and Sasha Reisin (Primo Murales)

Primo Murales is the name of the street art duo formed by Nicolás Germani, an industrial designer and visual artist, and Sasha Reisin, a graduate in electronic arts. In 2012 they began creating urban interventions on walls and making a name for themselves in the street art scene of Buenos Aires and the interior of Argentina.

As the name suggests, they are actual cousins (“primo” means cousin in English) that grew up together, and with strong support and encouragement from their families, followed their artistic leanings that would eventually lead them to painting large murals in the neighborhood. They started simply, by painting the patio of one of their houses, from there it expanded to other neighboring patios and terraces until finally it reached all the way out to one of the walls facing the street, which is now their preferred location to paint.

The group considers itself part of a generation of muralists from the visual arts who place an emphasis on figurative representation. Taking advantage of portraiture and nature, their work is based on the contrast between local and globalized culture, alongside individualized expressions of native communities; many times pointing out some juxtaposition. They have stated that the resignification of the way we build our routines and daily lives is one of the main themes present in their works.

You can follow Primo Murales via their Facebook account

(Juegasiempre) (DJ LU)

Juegasiempre, also known as DJ LU, is a Bogota architect and urban artist who paints large murals and also works as a university professor. He’s considered one of the most important proponents for urban art in Colombia, and along with Lesivo and Toxicómano is part of the Bogotá Street Art Collective.

Although well-known among his peers, he prefers to do what he can to keep his identity out of the media and goes mainly by the name Juegasiempre (always playing)—reflecting his approach to life and to his art. In interviews, he wears a distinctive gas mask to hide his identity and many people mistakenly think this is to protect himself for legal or security reasons, however, he states that it is to avoid diverting the viewer’s attention from his artwork. Also, he says he does this to take advantage of the common stereotype that the stranger, weirder or more disturbed the artist is, the better an artist’s work will be.

His earliest pieces used a very distinctive style of pictogram art which later evolved into large portraits of people from the streets of the places where he is painting. Very eye-catching, he uses this approach in order to draw attention to pressing social issues of the day. Through the use of creative irony, denunciation of oppression, as well as the idea of people bearing “wittiness” to social and political problems such as violence and racism, for more than seventeen years now his murals and pictograms have continued to attract people’s attention on the streets of the world.

Juegasiempre shares his thoughts, images of new pieces, and topics he finds interesting via his Instagram account

Oscar González (Guache)

Oscar González, better known as Guache, is an urban artist from the city of Bogotá, Colombia. Guache’s art is heavily influenced by Latin American political muralism of the first half of the 20th century and by art from indigenous communities. Through his work, Guache hopes to explore ideas of social interest such as identity and ancestral culture.

He chose “guache” as an artist’s name because it’s a word that has many meanings. In his country, it is currently derogatory and often used to describe rude people; originally however, it was used to describe a “Muisca,” or, indigenous warriors.  As this dual-meaning suggests, part of his mission is to liberate language and take back cultural symbols in Colombia and in the rest of Latin America.

His natural drawing skills and a hunger for comics and graphic novels led him to create his own comic series at an early age. Later when he started studying graphic design, he found people with the same desire to experiment and edit fanzines and various publications. It is then that he became familiar with screen-printing, which was followed by his other two passions: stencil and graffiti. At some point during his career, he began to incorporate indigenous themes into his work, giving it a new look. Nature, animals, and  mythic symbolism is a fundamental part of his art and many of his pieces include representations of sacred totems.

His style and choice of subject continues to evolve as he explores new cultural phenomena and integrates what he sees during his travels. A common tendency is to focus on one element that attracts his attention, develop it, and occasionally combine it with others elements to see what novel effects he can produce.

Guache has an Instagram account where you can follow his latest updates:

Francisco Díaz (Pastel)

Francisco Díaz (better known as Pastel), is an Argentinian urban artist and architect who started painting on the street in 2001. Today, his work focuses on a critique of modern living; adding value to architectural structures by decorating them with sprawling flower gardens in the form of murals.

While on the surface his pieces seem simplistic and more decorative than artistic—typically arrangements of plants and other elements on a grand scale—a deeper look reveals that withIn his compositions, flora and fauna interact as conceptual tools that often symbolize events that took place in a certain area, resulting in works that encourage a dialogue between humanity and space, as well as the contrast between the industrial world and the natural world. Two recurring elements within his pieces are are arrow-shaped stones and flowers native to the place where he is painting. He developed this concept over many years based on personal  interpretations and experiences. Using various materials such as watercolor, tempera, and even technical drawing (due to his architect background), he is able to create works in which the organic and the figurative coexist in perfect harmony.

You can follow Francisco by checking out his Instagram account:

Elian Chali

Elian Chali is an Argentinian street artist and muralist, born and raised in the city of Córdoba. He began painting at the age of 16 and by the age of 20, was completely dedicated to the arts. Although he possesses a degree in graphic design, his training has been mostly self-taught and he attributes his skill as an urban artist mainly to things learned from other people and participation in countercultural circuits that he always gravitates towards when he arrives in a new place. According to Chali, traveling to different places and having a wide range of life experiences is the most valuable thing for living a rewarding life. Now, with pieces spread across 32 different countries, Chali says it’s difficult to say with certainty the exact number of pieces he’s created to date.

While his influences and techniques vary, Chali pieces tends to incorporate large geometrical shapes, abstraction, and occasionally sociopolitical messages. The purpose of his pieces he says, is to put on the table the social issues that occur around him, as well as highlight the beauty of the places where his art installations are placed. In recent years he has turned his technique a bit towards perspectivism to draw attention to the dynamism of the cities he paints. With this approach and using a plethora of bright solid colors, he strives to show the changes and evolutions of cityscapes. After finishing the first stage of a work he then adds elements such as layers, overlays, and geometry that contrast with the gray tone of the surrounding walls. His canvases of choice for these pieces are buildings, cultural centers, museums, town halls, and even the floors of soccer fields.

Elian Chali has regular updates of his work on his Instagram account, which you can follow by clicking this link:

Santiago Panichelli, Pedro Panichelli, and Francisco Ferreyra (Triángulo Dorado)

Formed in 2007, Triángulo Dorado (“Golden Triangle” in English) was one of the most influential artist collectives to join the Buenos Aires street art movement. The group was made up of three artists: Santiago Panichelli (Nemer), Pedro Panichelli (Hombre Tiki) and Francisco Ferreyra (Lema)–all three Fine Arts teachers. In June of 2013, Ferreyra split from the group to form his own collective LEMA while Santiago and Pedro changed their crew name to Presente.

As it turns out, all three artists grew up in households where at least one parent was a painter; subsequently, all three began drawing and painting from an early age. They first met in 2001 while attending the same high school. It was Santiago who first nudged the group into painting in the streets, and, the more they painted, the more they realized the far reach that this type of art has on people. Independent of intermediaries and of current trends, they were able to produce pieces that a vast public was able to appreciate.

Murals by Triángulo Dorado have a very refined and recognizable look. Influenced by expressionist painters, they explored techniques and styles from a wide variety of contemporary and classic movements dedicated to urban art interventions. They also experimented with abstract geometric compositions and with astonishing figures with surreal bodies but surprisingly realistic faces displaying a high degree of detail. Works by Triángulo Dorado are recognizable for their use a royal color palette on dark-toned backgrounds, and for their use of eye-catching figurative elements such as calligraphy and geometric shapes.

Before their eventual split, in many respects Triángulo Dorado was representative of a new generation of street artists and muralists. Despite moving in different directions, all three members continue to produce art pieces true to the style they developed together. To see their latest projects, have a look at Presente’s Facebook page:  and for LEMA:

Conrad Florez

Ricardo Conrad Flórez was born in Lima, Perú and later his family moved to the city of Ventanilla where he would eventually get involved in the street art movement. Growing up his attention naturally drifted to urban art, comics, and graffiti because that’s where he felt free, unchained, and full of adrenaline. Another big influence on him was Todd McFarlane, the creator of the superhero “Spawn” and bands like Korn, Slipknot, and the Deftones.

Conrad was born to be a painter and states that he never lost his way or had a vocational crisis. He always knew that he was going to be an artist. His parents never objected to his choice of career and the young artist soon realized he could make a living from art.  As he grew older, he experimented with several styles and a number of genre, but always came back to his centers; making urban art, seeking freedom, and promoting rebellion.

As soon as he finished high school, he entered a Fine Arts academy. Unfortunately, his expectations of action, active creation, and lots of painting were met with the reality of having to endure endless classes on theory. So, he decided to drop out of school and leave the Fine Arts forever because he felt that he was taking a spot from someone who really wanted to be there.

Despite dropping out he was still able to make a lot of great friends; people like Pésimo and Chimpa, both important figures in the street art scene and both close friends who helped him coming up. He formed a team of artists and forged the artistic collective DMJC (Dedos Manchados en la Jungla de Cemento, translated as “Stained Fingers of the Concrete Jungle”), which soon achieved a degree of notoriety with their many graffiti and murals on the walls of their city.

Today Florez does not limit himself just to painting only street art but also paints pieces for galleries, does interior design work, and has painted large commercial projects for shopping centers. His art has gained a massive number of followers and appreciation, turning him into a central street art figure in his country.

You can follow Conrad Florez on his Instagram account to find out what he’s up to:

Cris Herrera (Kiki)

Colombian Street artist Cris Herrera, better known as “Kiki,” has been living in Argentina since 2015 actively producing a number of large intricate murals. Focussing heavily on the communities where he is painting and always conscious of the local values and sensibilities, he tries to leave behind pieces that will be meaningful to the people living there. To help him achieve this level of versatility, he is always experimenting with new styles and techniques gleaned from fellow street artists.

He got his start drawing simple images on sidewalks with chalk. The ephemeral nature of these pieces opened his eyes to the magic of street art and today, even though he is creating much more grand compositions, he still says he doesn’t mind if his works end up destroyed by nature or vandalism, as long as long as he manages to communicate something through his art. His favorite technique these days is to mix spray paint and acrylic paint, always experimenting to achieve better results.

Kiki is among a number of other South American street artists (as well as some American and European artists) who have chosen to, through their work, pay tribute to the great ancient civilizations of the region such as the Maya, Inca, and Aztecs.

You can check out Kiki’s most recent murals on his Instagram:

Edwin Higuchi Fernández (Pésimo)

Pésimo or Edwin Higuchi Fernández is one of the most renowned graffiti artists in South America with over 20 years of experience and hundreds of murals to his name. A central figure in the Peruvian urban art world, Pésimo has now painted in more than 40 cities around the globe including Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Hamburg, Barcelona, Madrid, Vienna, and Eindhoven.

For Spanish speakers, his pseudonym (Pésimo) quickly draws your attention, translated in English as “Dreadful.” Most of his pieces you find today will be signed this way though he has come to use different names over the course of his career. Starting with his initials “EHF,” he signed pieces in this way until he realized that several other artists he knew were using English names such as “Beast” or “Chaos,” so he began to use names in Spanish, like “Ácido” or “Sucio” until he finally settled on “Pésimo” just because he liked the sound of the word.

Pésimo grew up in a family of artists and had a big Japanese influence from his father, painter Oswaldo Higuchi Onaka. His mother was also a potter and his sisters were involved in painting and dancing. Pésimo began his street art career with lettering and was impressed with how street artists used spray techniques to achieve various effects and decided he wanted to do give it a try.

Eventually, Pésimo formed a collaborative duo with artist Entes, and together they began promoting urban art in their country through events such as Latidoamericano. Some time later, they started taking their techniques to the streets of neighboring countries, allowing them to develop as artists. In 2017, this duo broke up but Pésimo hasn’t stopped painting.

In his work, faces in profile stand out as a defining characteristic. Pésimo says he does this for several reasons; first, it helps him to finish pieces more quickly, but more importantly, he feels that depicting characters in profile makes them more approachable and less invasive to people viewing them on the street. Faces have been the main engine of his work and there has been much evolution in the way he depicts them over time. He feels this helps him transmit a certain sense of humanity through his art. Pésimo’s most recent works can be found on his Instagram account:


Sofia Acosta (La Suerte)

Sofia Acosta is the real name of Ecuadorian street artist “La Suerte” (translated as “The Luck”). Apart from an urban artist, she is also a photographer and illustrator for several independent magazines and publications; and though she completed a degree in Philosophy in university, she opted to follow her passion for street art rather than a career in her chosen field of study. In her youth, she says that she met the urban artists Pin8, Ralex and EmeEse who she began to paint with while “learning the scene” from other artists in Quito.

Her grandmother, who painted in watercolor and oil, was an enormous art influence on Sofia when she was a child and they spent many summer days together painting. Acosta has said that through her art, she attempts to portray women in everyday life, while casting a light on what she describes as the fictional world created around women and their bodies. She is especially concerned by aggressive advertising campaigns where women end up being objects rather than subjects and what effect that has on society. In many ways, her work can be characterized by a certain rebelliousness that opts to paint women in diverse ways, without attempting to fit them into classical stereotypes of female beauty. Instead, she chooses to highlight many other beauty traits that run counter to the consumerist advertising model of female beauty. She considers her work to be highly autobiographical and her role as a woman, mother, artist, and activist are present in each piece she creates.

Her current style seeks to explore different materials, textures, and organic surfaces; sometimes incorporating garbage into a work as an expression of rejection and of reclamation of so much of our throw-away culture. Sofia regularly shares her new content on Instagram if you would like to take a look:

Belén Jaramillo (Bln Bike)

Belén Jaramillo, known as Bln Bike in the street art scene, is a renowned illustrator and muralist from Quito Ecuador, where she graduated as a Graphic Designer from the Metropolitan Institute of Design.

Belén showed great interest in art as a child and today continues to draw inspiration from several early sketchbooks that contain her first creations. Now she has more than 40 sketchbooks and continues updating her drawings in a quest to find the exact result she is after. A careful planner, while in the early phases of preparing to create a new work she does a careful audit of the space she plans to work in, taking pictures so she doesn’t forget any details, taking measurements of almost every inch of the wall and investigating every detail that seems like it may be relevant. Without a doubt, the term that best describes Belén’s art is “well-planned” and it is this careful and regimented process that seems to allow her to express her experiences, her relationships with other people, and her relationship with nature.

In addition to muralism, she does illustrations for publishers, video game companies, magazines, and advertising agencies. This has lead her to travel abroad to several countries where she has participated in festivals involving different urban spaces. At the time of writing this article, you can find her art in Colombia, Peru, Argentina, UAE, and Brazil, though we are sure there are now more countries to add to this list.

Belén’s most recent works can be seen on her Instagram account:

Simon Arancibia (La Robot de Madera)

Simon Arancibia, better known as La Robot de Madera (translated as “The Wooden Fembot”) is a Chilean painter, graffiti artist and muralist. He began participating in urban interventions while he was a student at the Viña del Mar School of Fine Arts in 2007 (In close proximity to Valparaiso, Chile’s street art capital). He specializes in indigenous human forms and has taken his creations to numerous cities around the world.

His pseudonym comes from a comic he made out of boredom when he was just a boy in school. For him, it represents “achieving the impossible.” Although he uses the initials LRM most of the time, he continuously plays with his name to reinvent himself, using names such as Never, ROVOC, and Mr. L.

His career developed due to him being invited to participate in social murals of vulnerable sectors in Chile while still being in high school. After experimenting a couple of years with stickers and stencil techniques, in 2007, he formally arrived at graffiti while he was a student of painting.

His murals focus mainly on human beings and their internal thoughts, stemming from his research and tastes acquired through his travels: music, regional dishes, wildlife, traditional festivals, the church as a sign of human decadence, carnivals, dance, etc. Social issues also figure prominently in his art, as evidenced by a series of murals named “Los Estudiantes,” dedicated to the fallen youths in Chilean student protests, which led to the idea of education as a struggle.

Showing tremendous artistic range, Simon most recently has been experimenting with drawings of shapes that resemble natural elements such as coral or rock. His paintings are infused with a sense of mystery, as they tend to make us consider the hidden meaning they may have.

Simon has an Instagram account where we can check for updates on his most recent work:

Daniel Cortez (Decertor)

Decertor is the alias of the Peruvian artist Daniel Cortez, a self-taught painter active since 2005. Decertor got his start when he was following the rising hip-hop scene of Callao, a city near Lima considered by many to be a dangerous area. It is here that he met several graffiti enthusiasts who inspired him to start down the path towards becoming a street artist. Now, years later he has become one of the most renowned urban artists of Perú.

At some point, this artist adopted a pre-Columbian aesthetic, thoughtful and realistic, with his main influence being everyday life. His art aimed at representing the people, and his murals aimed at personifying those in society who deserve a better life and those who have come before who should not be forgotten. Under this slogan, Decertor began to receive commissions from ordinary citizens who wanted to commemorate their relatives in murals.  Because the project had the added benefit of decorating deteriorated and abandoned spaces in the process, it became very popular. Eventually, his career led him to other cities around the world, and most recently, he joined a group of international artists who left their mark on the Dubai Street Museum Project.

Decertor has occasionally collaborated with several other artists, mainly Elliot Túpac (also Peruvian), an incredible lettering artist who paints brilliant 80s inspired posters that adorn the streets of Lima. Their individual processes have reached a point where they perfectly complement each other’s style, achieving unique results. Apart from Elliot, Decertor also occasionally collaborates with an artist known as Jade and the three of these artists together are the main actors in the urban art scene in Peru.

You can follow Decertor via his Instagram account: or by checking out his Facebook page: