The Mexico-born, Colombian-raised artist has been honing his skills on the streets of his hometown in Bogota from an early age. He first experimented with stencils in 2003 and has since perfected a unique style, with each of his murals featuring a stenciled portrait at their center.
Kathmandu Girl, 2019. Spraypaint on canvas. 30 x 30 in., 76 x 76 cm.
Referencing photos taken during his travels around the world, Stinkfish creates portraits using faces that caught his eye, but not those of people he approached or talked to. Another source is found photographs; either discovered lying on the streets or bought at flea markets. He fashions large format stencils based on these photographs, which are then amended by impromptu, colorful halos on the street.
Stinkfish’s “The short distance between lands. The long distance between ports.” is on display at Vertical Gallery in Chicago through June 29, 2019.