Where is the future?

2017
Stencil and spray on cardboard
Unique Piece
70 x 100 cm

Toxicomano-callejero

TOXICÓMANO CALLEJERO (Bogotá, Colombia, 1979)      

A graphic designer and publicist by profession, Toxicómano Callejero (whose name translates as Street Junkie) hit the streets at the head of a group of urban artists with noble intentions who post messages on walls to combat what he calls “double and single standards” and ignorance. He is a genuine street artist; for him, the urban landscape is always his primary canvas.

Although his creations can be found on streets in Colombia’s main cities, Toxicómano’s work has occasionally found its way onto the walls of public buildings like the National Library of Colombia. As a result, his message has spread beyond the streets and the art world to gain recognition in the institutional sphere, without diluting his style, strength or personal convictions.

The images and texts in his work are drawn straight from the world of graphic design. His immediate artistic influences are punk rock, especially the Spanish bands of the 1980s, global pop culture, street culture and mass communication strategies. His language and lettering recall the pasquinades of the 1950s, conveying impeccable social messages that leave a lasting impression. He has created urban interventions in Germany, Sweden, Colombia, Mexico and the United States and participated in group shows in Canada, Spain and Italy.

 

Description

 “Mi contribución en general a la exposición viene siendo un tributo o algo así como una resignificación de las mal llamadas malas influencias. Cuando pequeños nuestros padres, y la sociedad en general, tacharon de malas influencias ciertas cosas como los comics, la música, el skate, la vida en la calle, la protesta, las drogas, ciertos personajes, y muchas cosas más. Pero con el tiempo todo cambió. Esas malas influencias resultaron ser buenas influencias, de hecho, las mejores.  Todo lo que se veía como una pérdida de tiempo, resultó ser una ganancia. Los comics resultaron ser la entrada hacia la lectura y las aventuras, la música inspiradora de nuevas maneras de ver la vida mucho más inteligentes y tolerantes; las drogas se canalizaron como puertas hacia diferentes maneras de percepción, y la protesta y la vida de la calle nos hizo más sensibles y solidarios”.