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Soma Difusa, ecomuralist?

Laura Ortiz is an illustrator, graphic artist and muralist painting Colombian (and universal) values onto community walls. Under the spray-name Soma Difusa, she works with a range of artists around the country and more recently, around the world. BristoLatino’s Rebecca Wilson caught up with her via email.   Can you explain your alias, Soma Difusa, […]

German Andino’s graphic novels unmask gang violence in Honduras

Bristolatino’s Literature Editor Isaac Norris delves into the innovative comic of the Honduran artist German Andino, the first ever graphic novel in Central America.   Transformar números en barcos piratas (Transforming Numbers into Pirate Ships), by the Honduran illustrator and reporter German Andino, is the first chapter of a series titled El hábito de la […]

The WATI Collective: Supporting Indigenous Artisans of Colombia

Bristolatino Art Editor Moné Betterton had the opportunity to meet with José, one of the founders of the Wati Collective- an online business which sells a range of hand-made products made by indigenous artisans in rural Colombia.   The Wati Collective (“wati” meaning woman in Arhuac) came to life after José and his friend Jess found […]

The Cosmic Boys bring communities together with their technicolour murals

The Cosmic Boys are an artist duo who paint murals all around the world, often collaborating with local people to make bright, colourful creations that unify communities from Syria to Brazil. BristoLatino’s Social Media Editor, Helen Westlake, gives an overview of their work.   This month, Arte Core held a two day convention at the […]

Why handpoke tattoos? A short convo with Daniel Dobleu

‘Daniel Dobleu’ is an artist from Bogotá, specialising in graphic design and branding, mural painting and writing fantastic book titles. He is now a skilled handpoke tattoo artist, going by the alias sebra.handpoke. BristoLatino‘s Rebecca Wilson spoke to Daniel about his new work in handpoked tattoos.   BL: Tell us a bit about your artistic journey […]

ROCINHA’S ‘CHURCH’ AND ITS GREEN AND YELLOW APOCALYPSE

Ahead of the second-round of Brazil’s presidential election, BristoLatino‘s Helen Westlake spoke to Rio de Janeiro-based underground art group ‘A Igreja do Reino da Arte’ about their politically-charged work, with a discussion about a perceived shift in the understanding of Brazilian national identity in the midst of the tense current political climate.  A Igreja do Reino da Arte […]

Beatriz Gonzalez: the Colombian Pop Art history painter

Beatriz González is a painter, sculptor and art historian who is lauded as one of the first modern Colombian artists. Her work undeniably has the same energy as Pop Art, questioning the divides between high and low art by taking inspiration from tabloid articles, recreating European classical paintings with an eccentric colour palette, and using […]

Gam̈a͇ puts a microscope to the sounds of Brazil

Gam̈a͇ is an artist and musician who melds the sounds of Brazil’s cities and natural landscapes to create unique electronic albums. BristoLatino’s Rebecca Wilson reports. Gama is a multidisciplinary Brazilian artist from a metropolitan area of Rio de Janeiro. The artist’s androgynous name avoids definition and allows them to play with gender, “although this wasn’t […]

This month we’re reading….The Book of Emma Reyes

Every month, we tell you which Latin American writings we are reading. Taking many different forms and featuring writers stretching the whole of the South, Central and North America, we bring to you a wide selection of the modern works that are stirring literary interests. This month, Theatre Editor Helen Brown is taken with Emma Reyes’ autobiographical […]