Chico's Back L.E.S. / Loisaida
Chico can be reached at www.chicoartnyc.com. He is probably the best known of an older generation of "aerosol artists" whose graffiti, street art, and ads have graced this area for many years. Showing an acute urban sensibility, Chico takes advantage of every street element that can be painted on (fences, grates, windows, hinges, ledges as well as walls) making the viewer become aware of parts of buildings otherwise taken for granted. He also builds bridges in his art, ethnic and otherwise. Chico, is known particularly for his memorialization of people, many of the Loisaida residents who died young. But it is not a stretch to say that his pictures for the Howl! Festival or his ad for Shapiro's Wine are arguably neighborhood favorites. If he paints NYC's skyline, there is often a reference to places in Puerto Rico. On Houston and Avenue B, his work guards the entry way to Loisaida and also says "I Love the L.E.S."
Jul 10, 2012