Greek Gods Graffiti: Classically Styled Street Art by Spanish Duo PichiAvo

Greek gods and other figures from antiquity tower over a very
different world from the one in which they were born, entwined
with contemporary graffiti on building facades and other urban
surfaces across the globe. The style of PichiAvo, a Spanish street art
duo composed of individuals nicknamed Pichi and Avo, is
undeniably distinctive, taking imagery usually associated with
static, immobile stone statues and enlivening it with a sense
of movement and lots of vivid color.

Sometimes, these figures are playfully interacting with the
imagery around them; at other times, they’re translucent
against their colorful backdrops, almost like ghosts
temporarily visiting our realm and checking out what we’ve done
with the place. The duo began working together in 2007,
painting their creations all over the streets of Spain. Since
then, their work has only become more complex.

They were particularly prolific in 2016, splashing a cherub
across a five-story apartment building in Denmark and
completing a mural of Prometheus in Murcia, Spain for the
Festival Arte Urban Mar Minor. They also painted a pair of
Greek figures on the side of an abandoned factory building in
Valencia, Spain. For the latter, they tried some new
techniques, including using spray paint for the background and
mixing it with acrylic paint to create the statues.

The duo
recently did an interview with Global Street Art
explaining how their styles work together and why they choose
these particular visuals.

“We started our style thinking we should bring everything we
know about art together and adding graffiti to help bring
classical art back to life. The best way we could think of to
do this was by working with classical sculpture, sculptures
that today are white but people don’t realise they used to be
covered in paint, so our painting the figures with the graffiti
is our small tribute to the classical sculptures that have
marked many historical recognised artists.”

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