Gustavo Gagliardo aka DEFI was born in Villa Real, Buenos Aires, into a traditional Italian family living in a small neighborhood in a cosmopolitan city. Gagliardo played an important part in the birth of Street Art in Argentina.
While the street is his natural environment, his work has been exhibited in gallery spaces in London, Berlin, Los Angeles, Barcelona, Milan and Buenos Aires. His first pets were two ducks, Tota and Toto, who became important characters on his childhood block. What began as innocent and casual play developed over the years, accompanying his first experiences of intervening in public spaces He studied design at the University of Buenos Aires, but his flammable spirit burned beyond the limits of academia, where it nurtured itself in the beginning, later transgressing them and creating Fase with other artists, a movement that synthesizes illustration, motion graphics, music and experimentation. This movement served as the basis for a personal development, in which curiosity branched out into distinct plans of action. Small kittens inspired him to distort lines and fill walls, canvases, car doors and grass lawns with color. Around 2001, he played an important part in the birth of Street Art in Argentina, which emerged as a medium of direct communication with the spectator in a time of crisis, while at the same time generating alternative spaces due to a lack of galleries willing to appropriate its works. It was in this way that animals, friends and the street were spontaneously transformed into the material on which his explorations of color and his constant search for reaction express themselves. He evades categorization and definition, escaping them through perpetual mutation. The many facets of his work range from the kitchen to fashion design. Lindo Killer brings his art to unique garments that transform the person wearing them into a mobile painting. While the street is his natural environment, his work achieves its potential when his many creations are exhibited in a single gallery space, as was done in London in 2003, and continues to be done today in Berlin, Los Angeles, Barcelona, Milan, Buenos Aires. His ducks lived for 10 years. He doesn’t know if they never had offspring because he desecrated their nests. He has fish now. Some in the freezer and others that are quarreling or fighting in three fish tanks.
Gustavo Gagliardo. Libro Pintado
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