Joshua Santos Rivera, also known under the pseudonyms of “Bik”, “Ismo” and “Bik-Ismo” was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico in 1981. The distinctive symbol of this urban artist is the toaster. BIK ISMO has been popping out “Metallic” murals from 2D walls impressing street audiences with his standout style and technique. His 3D skills in crafting smooth metallic surfaces out of aerosol are much more complex than it appears.
Cristina Tufiño is a Puerto Rican artist best known for the installations and photography she creates inspired by a social debris. Tufiño gets her inspiration from the social surroundings. Cristina’s expression comes in a form of certain rearranging of cultural products as if they were her very own artistic material.
Joshua Santos Rivera (featured earlier), also known under the pseudonyms of “Bik”, “Ismo” and “Bik-Ismo” was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico in 1981. The distinctive symbol of this urban artist is the toaster.
Joshua has worked as a graffiti artist for 16 years, which has allowed him to belong to prestigious urban arts groups, among them The Nasty Boys (TNB) and Masters at Destruction (MAD). Among his achievements are being the artist who organized the first exhibition of graffiti on canvas in Puerto Rico, entitled “Virtuosos of Aerosol”, and be the first to organize an exhibition of urban art in Puerto Rico, entitled “Exhibition”. These exhibitions opened their doors to other urban artists so they could present their work in more formal settings.
Similarly, “Bik” achieved the distinction of being one of the students chosen by the School of Visual Arts in Puerto Rico to visit the Arco Fair in Madrid, Spain. Also, “Ismo” painted the largest mural in the Caribbean: A water tank.
Famed American master muralist, El Mac attended ‘Los Muros Hablan’ 2014 along with SAN, Agostino Iacurci, PUN 18, Alexis Díaz and Vero Rivera in December. The festival which took place in Puerto Rico hosted El Mac who began a gigantic mural eleven stories high towering over the city. Here are some work in progress photos through various sources including El Mac’s IG @mac_arte and the festival @losmuroshablan. Finished mural photos will post soon. Aerial shots are credited to @skyretinapr.
Emerging Puerto Rican street artist, BIK ISMO has been popping out “Metallic” murals from 2D walls impressing street audiences with his standout style and technique. His 3D skills in crafting smooth metallic surfaces out of aerosol are much more complex than it appears. We take a closer look at some of his latest works documented via his IG @bikismo and others who captured his work in Wynwood, Miami, at this year’s ArtBasel among other places.
New CYRCLE mural in Puerto Rico is in progress, curated by Charlotte Dutoit for Just Kids Official and Santurce Es Ley. Here are work in progress photos released to us by Just Kids Official. Follow up on this mural coming soon!
We respect the good city officials of San Juan, Puerto Rico on this one. According to Fast Company, “The government has decided to infuse the city with $1.5 billion dollars to re-develop San Juan and, most of all, make it a walking city, with no cars allowed.” Wow, where are you on that one San Francisco?
There is going to be a new mass transit network, roads, intersections, and beach access points, all trying to make San Juan a more desirable place to live. Sign us up.
We think the Arcade Fire wrote of such a place a few years ago…