Street artist Franco Fasoli aka “JAZ”, covered here on our blog, has long been inspired by his native Latin American culture and its chaotic history, as it relates to his own personal life. His dynamic and colorful images of muscular figures, hybrid animals and mythological beings are often used as stand-ins for the different and overlapping societies that he has observed throughout his career, and as a Mexican-Argentinean artist. In his final mural of 2015, JAZ traveled to Madrid where he painted one of his most introspective murals to date.
Street artist and painter Franco Fasoli, aka JAZ, began his career in the late ’90s, and has always been experimenting with new materials and media. He is primarily known for his large scale murals, featured here on our blog, which led him to finding new opportunities all over the world. JAZ credits his travels for his style of work, which is like a fusion of visual aesthetics and cultures. “My inspiration comes from Latin American cultures, and chaotic history, with images that overlap or confront different cultures,” he says. His latest exhibition, “REMAINS”, which opened last night at Elsi del Rio in Argentina, is a culmination of all of his recent experiences that inspire him for different reasons.
In recent years, Mexico City has played host to some of the most progressive urban artists in the world. Many of them have come together in Celeya Brothers’ anniversary exhibition, “Cuatro Igual A Uno”: 3TTMan, Christiaan Conradie, Franco Fasoli aka JAZ, Fusca, Augustine Kofie, Lesuperdemon, Sten & Lex, Sanez, Smithe and Jorge Tellaeche. The group represents not only the freshman artists to show with the gallery, but also the city’s international draw, hailing from the United States, South Africa, to Argentina. Take a look at more photos from the exhibition after the jump.
Throughout his career, Franco Fasoli aka JAZ has treated his work as a search for identity, primarily between his native Argentina and Mexico. He represents a mix of cultures in motifs like masks, football, popular rituals and clashes between opposing parties, as in his mural about the 2014 Iguala Mass Kidnapping. This sort of confrontation is the main theme of his solo show, “CHOQUE” (English: “Collision”) now on view at Celaya Brothers Gallery in Mexico City. His exhibit offers different interpretations of this idea through culture, beliefs, ideals, and artistic techniques.
Argentinian artist Franco Fasoli, aka JAZ (previously covered here), created this large-scale mural for Color Walk Festival, Mexico last week. The piece coincides with an ongoing national protest. Known as the 2014 Iguala Mass Kidnapping, on September 26th, 43 trainee teachers were abducted and apparently massacred by military forces.
Currently on view at BC Gallery in Berlin, “VINCULO,” opened last Friday after the Argentinian artist JAZ (Franco Fasoli) completed his wildly affecting mural of a muscled, hunch-backed Minotaur crying out in what appears to be more likely help or defeat rather than glory. The two-story exhibition space is divided into two sections: in the basement, four-legged animals in various iterations – solo, running in packs, melded into a single abstract form – on blue backgrounds; and on the ground floor, larger-format paintings of ordinary men with animal heads fighting one another within the same monochrome settings.