I’ve had the good fortune of being introduced to some of the amazing street artists in Buenos Aires. Yesterday I was told by my friend Matt, of Buenos Aires Street Art, that there’d be some artists painting in what’s going to be the graphic design district. I took a particular liking to the piece that was painted by Ice, a local artist whose work I had seen around town, without knowing it was him. It was a pleasure to meet him.
One of the really cool things about the street art scene in Buenos Aires is that it is so embraced by the city. Instead of how many Western cities see it, as vandalism or an eye-sore, it’s truly embraced by the city and people of Buenos Aires. This project was commissioned by the city in order to promote the area that they’re trying to create, a graphic design district. I think it’s pretty fitting.
Ice really enjoys painting mushrooms, and animals. He’s famous around town for his apes. They’re incredibly life-like and a critique of couch potatoes. The funny thing is, that he felt like he was insulting apes by comparing them to a couch potato.
Another commissioned piece that I saw before meeting Ice was in the Recoleta Cultural Centre. I was in there for a jazz show, and saw some really great art painted onto the walls of the centre. Little did I realize it was Ice’s work. As you can see from the pictures, he’s a gifted artist, and is able to paint in many different styles.
If you want to see more of Ice’s work, check out his Flickr page. It was a pleasure to meet him. He’s a super nice guy, and when I told him about my site, he offered to introduce me to some of his friends that play bike polo here in town. Sounds like it could be a fun adventure for another story to be told.