Spanish based artist duo Pichi & Avo have become one of the most talked about talents in the global urban art community due to their combination of two heavily contrasting sensibilities.
Pichiavo work in oil, acrylic and spray paint on surfaces that range from canvas to sculpture and street walls. In 2007 they were brought together by their mutual love for visual art and an antipathy to the self-centredness of graffiti art. Their resolutely open approach avoids the formulaic stencil and spray techniques of much street art and combines strokes and signatures with collage and a loose expressive painting style more associated with fine art.
Faithful to the heritage of classical art, the duo incorporate elements of philosophy, history and ideals of beauty into urban art, which is associated with progression, anonymity and predominately a lowbrow discipline. Their practice brings the relationship between art, sculpture, performance, architecture and social contexts to life.
They have worked as one, taking their effusive murals to walls around the world, including commissions in Norway, Greece, Portugal and the US where they created a mural for the Miami Dolphin’s new Hard Rock Stadium. In 2016 their mindblowing depiction of Zeus loomed majestically over a used car lot for Bristol’s Upfest and they were commissioned by the Manchester International Festival to create a giant mural for the city’s Northern Quarter. Unit London was proud to host Pichiavo’s first major solo gallery exhibition in 2017. In Gods We Trust offered Londoners a colour-saturated spectacle of large-scale murals across Unit London’s Wardour Street facade and inside on the walls and pillars of the gallery.
In the studio with PichiAvo, 2017
Unit London x PichiAvo - TV Screen
PichiAvo: In Gods We Trust
In Summer 2017 Unit London presented the first major London exhibition by PichiAvo, the Spanish duo who have become one of the most talked about talents in the global urban art community. This exhibition followed a recent commission for New York’s iconic Houston Bowery Graffiti Wall, where they were the latest in a line of celebrated artists - from Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf to Shepard Fairey and RETNA - to paint the famous wall.