Street art piece
Street Art Museum Amsterdam
Btoy is one of the first women who stepped out onto the streets of Barcelonawith detailed multi-layered stencil art that playswith colour, light and shadow to create moody and powerful portraits. Born in Barcelona, Btoy is the child of social activists and refugees fleeing the dictatorial regime in Uruguay lasting from 1973-85. As a self-taught artist, she came to graffiti while completing a photography degree (and after abandoning studies in law), first playing with paste-ups on the streets of Barcelona in the early 2000’s. At that time, before it became the mass tourism hotspot it is today, a welcoming culture and low cost of living in Barcelona created fertile ground for those experimenting with graffiti, underground music, theater and art subcultures. It was in this setting that Btoy began to vigorously investigate feminism, stereotyped gender roles and identities, and to express her own identity through her work, choosing the streets as her medium for their freedom from convention, their hidden moods, memories, and stories.
Schiphol the Basis
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The portrait chosen by Btoy is perhaps among the most iconic photos of the artist, representing the alter ego of Ziggy Stardust. As commented in contemporary works such as 'Stephen Hawking' or 'Nelson Mandela', also in this work it is possible to appreciate a stylistic evolution in the detailing virtuosity that characterises the Spanish artist. The portrait has a great realism, especially with regard to details such as Bowie's hairstyle or his gaze. The use of colour is skilful and bright with the choice of the background dialoguing harmoniously with the palette of Ziggy's character.
The portrait represents David Bowie, symbol of 20th century experimental rock. Bowie was not only a world-famous musician but also one of the most famous icons of the queer movement because of his androgyny on stage and in his private life. The portrait was made shortly after the second anniversary of the British artist's death.