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Bikismo - Streets Made of Chrome

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Edd Norval
July 4, 2018

A lot of artists have found their style, that is to say they fit into a certain style or they merge two together. Very rarely do they just paint something that exists in a vacuum. That's sort of what Bikismo is doing though.

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Think of the shiny tied-balloon sculptures of Jeff Koons. Now imagine them painted in chrome onto a black wall. That's as good an idea of Bikismo as you'll get without seeing his work. The Puerto Rican street artist has created something that gives us an entirely new perspective of what we can expect to see on walls. Essentially, he's painting sculptures, fully equipped with their own reflections like the world is a pop-up gallery.


His eye-catching style is very much his own. It's easily recognisable and going on some of his collaborative efforts, more versatile than might be expected. The process itself is unique. Layers, including shadow and reflection, are built up until the finished product has the necessary sheen to pop off the wall.


Most recently, he has been painting all around the world, and notably on more obscure surfaces like shipping containers and rusted metal facades. These new challenges have just offered him new opportunities. The future is 'bright' for the artist, and having seen his inventiveness with the form (like utilising interesting reflections in the pieces) he is the only person that can halt his forward march. There isn't too much of his work around so the novelty effect is there, it's up to him to keep evolving to make something meaningful. He's definitely on the right path thus far.

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