NUEVO MUNDO . LATIN AMERICAN STREET ART
by Maximiliano Ruiz
Ruiz travelled to many Latin American countries to document the artistic output of new generation in polished metropolises as well as smaller rural towns in Latin America. An exhaustive collection of beautifully photographed works of art, a context for each artist is given in smartly insightful summary and the occasional soliloquy – part of the poetry that defines this world. Particularly beautiful is the seamless way in which the placement of many pieces blends with the unique Spanish-Baroque architecture prevalent in Latin America.
Latin America has a proud history of public and political mural artists in the past century – Revered masters of muralism like Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Sigueiros (among others) are widely considered defining contributors to Latin American culture and socio-political advocates of change.
Outdoor murals have historically been considered a fitting stage for creative expression, social critique and political galvanizing – even a point of civic pride for their role in engaging communities. In the case of muralists working in the realm of their newly coined “Social realism” style, wide credit is given for being social change catalysts in the fight for workers rights and the rights of the poor in much of Latin America from the 1920s through the 1960s. In the 1970s and 1980s other renowned artists took the public mural tradition into additional stylistic territory reflective of the art movements inside galleries worldwide, while retaining thematic connections to social and political advocacy.
One could argue that today’s most innovative street artists come from Latin America. The unique visual styles of Os Gêmeos, Bastardilla, Vitché, Saner; Jorge Rodriguez Gerada, and others are not only highly respected in the international art scene, but their work h as also been exhibited at renowned museums including the Tate Modem and Fondation Cartier.
Nuevo Mundo is the first book to provide a comprehensive documentation of current street art in Latin America by exploring the full spectrum of vibrant regional scenes in their impressive diversity. The book is structured into chapters that introduce work by established artists and promising new talents from Argentina, Brazil, Central America, Chile, Columbia, Cuba, Ecuador Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
Nuevo Mundo features not only established artists from Latin America, but also promising new talents. In addition to inspiring images, the book’s informed texts describe the history and context of the region as a whole and also give insight into each scene. The explosive mixture of indigenous cultures, local folklore, and the history of European colonisation has created a unique visual style. The high regard in which these young street artists are now held around the world is a sign of the new self-confidence of an entire continent.
Published by Gestalten, Germany.
21 X 26 cm .
256 Pages .
Hard Cover .
European Release: April 2011.
International Release: May 2011
ARGENTINA: Aire, Bs. As. Stencil crew, Chu, Defi, Doma crew, Emy Mariani, Ever, Grolou, Gualicho, Jaz, Lean Frizzera, Nazza, Nerf, Pastel, Run Don’t Walk crew, Tec, Triangulo Dorado crew, Vomito Attack.
BRASIL: Alexandre Orion, B-47 crew, CriptaDjan, Dalata, Dedablio, Emol, Ethos, Fefe Talavera, Firme & Forte Records crew, Flip, Medo, Nove, Onesto, Os Gemeos, Pia, Ramon Martins, Raul Zito, Rodrigo Level, Selon, Smael, Thiago Alvim, Titi Freak, Treco, Vitché, Yuske, Zezao, 6 Meia crew.
CHILE: Agotok crew, Aislap crew, Blok, Cekis, Charquipunk, Crudo, Dees, Esec, Inti, Kelp, Don Lucho, Mato, Piguan, Pobre Pablo, Quillo, Ren, Saile, Yaiquel, Yisa.
COLOMBIA: Bastardilla, Caifas, DjLu, Lesivo, Guache, Nadie, Nómada, Ródez, Stinkfish, Toxicomano.
MEXICO: Blast, Buytronick, Dhear, Dose-Zenzontle, Edgar Argaez, Huízar, Mugre Crew, Neuzz, Saner, Said Dokins, Tomas Güereña, Sego, Seher, Smithe.
PERU: Basik, Decertor, Faber, Fuma Kaka crew, Jade, Marco Sueño, Naf, Pesimo, Physe, Seimiek, Wesr. CUBA: Jorge Rodriguez Gerada.
ECUADOR: Estone. PARAGUAY: Oz.
PUERTO RICO: La Pandilla crew. TRINIDAD & TOBAGO: Wendell McShine. URUGUAY: Alfalfa.
VENEZUELA: Dixon, Flixby Gestalten, Germany.