Argentine sculptor Adrián Villar Rojas produces monumental site-specific works, primarily in clay. The artist first chose the material for its low price and availability, but since then it has come to influence his concept of form. With their crude physicality and cracked surfaces, his sculptures are redolent of ruins, but their forms are more futuristic than antiquated.
Buenos Aires based Diego Gravinese is a talented Argentinian artist who creates hyperreal oil on canvas and acrylic paintings that at first come as photographs. The works are highly detailed, capturing both mundane and bizarre scenes in photo realistic style.
Bright, vibrant, with deeply saturated colors and subjects full of action and movement, these paintings are emblematic of the good life. Sunny poolsides, scenes from a party, or simply non-sequitur images that amuse with a little surrealness.
Nico Sara is based in the city of Rafaela, in the province of Santa Fe, Argentina. His work blends the handmade past and machine-made future. These glazed and enhanced objects morph into a fully automated era when fantastic objects can be instantly manufactured. Nico believes the manual process of meticulously painting them by hand brings a human dimension that transforms these artworks into the props of life.
“My work plays in the limit between craftsmanship and technology. The images I use are composed appealing to photography and computers, which are later rendered on the canvas painting them by hand with brushes, in an effort to rescue the craft work and at the same time showing that is possible to get close to the quality of something produced serially by technologic processes.” Nico Sara
Buenos Aires-based artist Leandro Erlich’s “Single Cloud Collection” gives us a surreal taste of what capturing a cloud in glass would look like. Using the artistic method of layering, Erlich’s sculptural pieces are given a three-dimensionality. Each “captured cloud” is the illusionary result of numerous panes of glass that are individually embellished with acrylics.
Erlich plays with an audience’s visual senses. The artist forces viewers to rethink the way they see things. Like a true magician, he leaves one to question the impossibility of something. What appears to be a three-dimensional anomaly seems to be true based on sensory observation, but, ultimately, is just an illusion.
Nicolás Romero Escalada aka Ever is an Argentinean street artist born in Buenos Aires in 1985. He began as a letter-based graffiti writer on the streets of his hometown in the 1990’s. Additionally, he turned towards portraits and developed a style that is more typical for paintings found in fine art galleries.
A five-month long study trip to Paris helped him to develop his own signature style as he spent hours in such art spaces like the Musée d’Orsay looking at works by Vincent van Gogh, Gustav Klimt, Francis Bacon and other widely recognized artists. He is also inspired by Mexican muralists, especially the way their art reflects the people and their social consciousness.
Argentinian-born, Valencia-based artist Hyuro makes use of negative space through a series of repeating figures, where the location of her work is integral to how we perceive it.
Whether she is mural painting, building installations, or showing her paintings in a gallery, Hyuro is making observations about life: framed by an empty white background, the people in her work demonstrate our relationships and how we interact with one another. In her minimalist style, her works challenge stereotypes and address themes surrounding urban relationships, co-existence and the notion of being “alone together”.
‘Swimming Pool’ is an interactive installation by Argentine artist Leandro Erlich, that creates the illusion of being underwater. Viewers can look down into what appears to be a full pool of water with fully clothed visitors walking around the bottom of the pool. When viewers look up from “underwater”, the thin piece of glass with water running over the top of it gives them blurry vision as if they were actually opening their eyes under water.
‘Swimming Pool’ was conceived in 1999, and is on permanent display at the 21st Century Museum of Art of Kanzawa, Japan. It has also had temporary installations at the Venice Biennale and MoMA PS1.
Italian artist BLU, one of our all-time favorites, just got back from a long stay in Argentina and is updated his site with drawings, videos, etc. Here is a video of the mural he and Ericailcane completed at Lazzaretto, Italy this past summer.