When you think of street art you may picture classic painted images, but the art form takes many shapes. One of the most playful forms of street art is a method called paste-up which includes the use of images pasted into the overall work of art. In Buenos Aires, Argentina we saw many notable examples of paste-ups (and stencils and posters) from street artists including Boxi Trixi, the Buenos Aires Paste-Up crew (a group of artists working together), Gerdy Harapos, KTLVR, Rusty Deimos, Brazilian Luis Bueno (who is known for incorporating Brazilian soccer legend Pele into his work), and many others.
Paste-up street art in Buenos Aires
Here are some of our favorite examples of posters, stencils, and paste-up street art in Buenos Aires.
Brazilian artist Luis Bueno is known for taking a famous image of soccer legend Pelé hugging Muhammad Ali and swapping in other cultural icons. On the streets of Buenos Aires, we saw paste-ups from this artist featuring Pele hugging Salvador Dali, Argentinean soccer legend Diego Maradona, and Bob Marley. The artist has put up paste-ups of this image in other locations with images of Batman, the Mona Lisa, all of the Beatles, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Amy Winehouse, Marilyn Monroe, Freddie Mercury, and more stars.
Paste-ups frequently play with words and images to form witty social commentary like the work above (clockwise): “They call this art?”; Putin time bomb; “Coke is poison”; “Life is a game, but it is full of bugs”
The celebrity-filled stencil work of Cartooneros is frequently seen around Buenos Aires. Seen here are Kurt Cobain, Salvador Dali, Vincent van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, Jimmy Hendrix, James Brown, Kieth Richards, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, David Gilmour, Thom Yorke, Angela Davis, and others.
More star-studded stencil work from Cartoonneros including his large figures of Kurt Cobain, Frida Khalo, and Vincent van Gogh, a play on the famous Magritte pipe that says “This not a stencil”, Salvador Dali, Jim Morrison, Gustavo Cerati (from Soda Stereo, arguably Argentina’s most famous band), Michael Stipe and various eyes.
The creators of Tegui, one of the best restaurants in South America before it recently closed, wanted an unexpected facade so they commissioned artist Cabaio Spirito to cover the outside of the restaurant (left) with stencils. The same artist also stenciled the facade of a noodle shop (left).
Gerdy Harapos, an artist who frequently works with stencils on paste-ups as part of the Buenos Aires Pasteup crew, also works directly with stencils especially when doing commercial projects like decorating this hair salon (left), and this Asian-inspired fast food joint (right).