Brazilian artist Herbert Baglione has been influential in South American graffiti culture for over a decade. Inspired by Brazilian street culture, Baglione started experimenting with new ways to look at the urban environment of Sao Paulo, his fresh perspective and take on South American urban art provoked dialogue, praise and condemnation in equal measure.
Influenced by his older brother William, Baglione began painting at the age of three, death, individualism, family, and chaos are all prevalent in his work. However, these complex themes alongside his distinctive style often include sly ironic twists easily missed at first glance.
Escapist fantasy lands, or prisons, humans or aliens, existential angst or a hedonistic dance, giving or taking, it’s difficult to conjure up sweeping complex themes with such a simple line and limited palette, but Baglione manages this, and manages it with style.
Baglione utilizes the street in its broadest sense, using pavements, rooftops and lawns as much as walls, all a canvas for his elegant, yet mysterious illustrations. For Baglione urban space isn’t a homogenous landscape, but rather a series of organisms interacting with each other.
Herbert Baglione has created works all over the world and shown in Hollywood, San Francisco, London, Zurich, Barcelona & Valencia amongst others.