I have a weak spot for Latin American street art. The graffiti movement in Latin American countries is one of the most expressive and colorful that I have ever seen. It speaks to me. This is why when my friend Bé from Bogota, Colombia kept telling me about a street artist named Stinkfish, I listened.
Stinkfish hails from Bogata, Colombia but has put up pieces all over South and Central America. His work is vibrantly colorful and drippy. His medium commonly consists of stencil work which he then elaborates on with colorful brush strokes and runny drips. He often uses self-taken photographs of people’s faces or eyes as bases for his stencils, or sometimes photos from his childhood.
Stinkfish speaks to a sense of Latin American pride and heritage. The ornate details fn his designs are inspired by and pay homage to indigenous tribal face paint and tattoos. The placement of his pieces are often in overrun and gritty urban areas. This is the new South American clashing with the old. The color he uses provides a stark contrast to the environment around his piece and remind me of the parades of the Brazilian Carnival. Stinkfish is providing a reminder of what it means to be a South American. The concrete jungles are replacing the actual jungle. Just try and remember the humanity of it all.