Ever /   Nicolás Romero Escalada

Argentina 1985

Street Art, Painting, Murals


Nicolás Romero Escalada
February 26, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Best known for his large-scale portraits on walls, Nicolás Romero Escalada aka Ever is an Argentinean street artist born in Buenos Aires in 1985. He began as a letter-based graffiti writer on the streets of his hometown in the 1990’s. Additionally, he turned towards portraits and developed a style that is more typical for paintings found in fine art galleries. A five-month long study trip to Paris helped him to develop his own signature style as he spent hours in such art spaces like the Musée d’Orsay looking at works by Vincent van Gogh, Gustav Klimt, Francis Bacon and other widely recognized artists. He is also inspired by Mexican muralists, especially the way their art reflects the people and their social consciousness. “Before 2009, I was apolitical. But in 2009, I lived in Paris, and I began to think of art as the means to inspire societal change. The revolution must start here — on the walls”.

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Ever – The Entity, 2016 (Left) / Eldest Brother (Sisro), 2016 (Right)

When Ever Met Jaz

The artist began his studies in architecture at the local university, but he gave up just a few months later. Subsequently, Ever met Argentinean street artist Franco Fasoli a.k.a. Jaz and other members of DSR crew (mostly members from Buenos Aires and Mexico City) and became really serious about street art. Skilfully using a blend of surrealism, spirituality and politics, Ever creates powerful works of social commentary characterized by clear and strong colors, dreamy, cloud-like forms and whimsical subjects. He paints the faces of ordinary people, using photos of people he found on the Internet or those people he saw on the street. Ever’s colorful, abstract clouds are inspired by the psychedelic patchwork of vibrant colors. He uses both aerosol and brush-based techniques in his work. “I’ve become more abstract and I’ve begun to think of the body as ‘just a dress to use on Earth.’ My portraits no longer have eyes. And I’ve begun to use religious symbols obsessively in my work, even though I don’t believe in a traditional God. My work has also become more socially conscious.”

His portraits on the walls are characterized by clear and strong colors, dreamy, cloud-like forms and whimsical subjects

Ever Apres Capitalisme, Buenos Aires, 2015 public
Ever – Apres Capitalisme, Buenos Aires, 2015

Graffiti Art by Ever: Miguel

One of Ever’s murals is titled Miguel. Miguel is a young man from the U.S. whose photo Ever found by chance on the Internet. “I was looking in Google Images. I type in concepts, for example: ‘woman, beauty, fidelity…’ One day I typed in ‘Miguel’ and out jumped this image that I painted on the wall. It’s something that I like and I like to work with things that I don’t know. When I work with an image that I don’t know, I can imagine lots of different things and I’m not forced to think about the personality of the person. In the case of Miguel, his face is really strange, with wide eyes, a nose like a Mexican, and in the photo his gaze is really penetrating. There are people who say the eyes are the window to the soul. I don’t believe in that but in the case of Miguel’s eyes, they show a lot. So I made another eye it’s his third eye if you like. He has a lot of soul because the photo is a bit sad. I did a bit of investigation and found that the photo is of a kid who was caught by the police in the U.S. for possession of cocaine. The photo is your typical police mug shot.”

Ever The Second Conquest, East Harlem, New York City, 2015 culture past 2011
Ever – The Second Conquest, East Harlem, New York City, 2015

A Lawsuit Against Terry Gilliam

In 2014, three street artists filed a lawsuit against a famous film director Terry Gilliam. Ever was one of them, together with Jaz and Derek Shamus Mehaffey a.k.a. Other. They alleged that Gilliam misappropriated their collaborative work in his film The Zero Theorem. In 2010, this trio painted a mural in a famous street art zone of Buenos Aires called Chacarica. However, mural has achieved international recognition so the work has been copyrighted under the title of Castillo in 2013. Although Castillo mural represents a harmonious whole, the individual elements of the Copyrighted Artwork are instantly recognizable as the contributions of Other, Jaz and Ever. These elements include Jaz’s human-animal hybrid figures, Other’s portrait of a person with patterned clothing and hair, and Ever’s lines streaming from the eyes of two people’s faces. In the lawsuit, this trio complained: “The Infringing Work plays a key part in the world brought to life by the filmmakers onscreen, and it is fully integrated into the Film, the Trailer and related promotional materials, and is being used extensively to market the Film to U.S. moviegoers. Thus the scope of Defendant’s unlawful use of the Infringing Work and derivatives thereof is vast.”

In 2014, Jaz, Other and Ever filed a lawsuit against a famous film director Terry Gilliam

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Jaz, Other and Ever – Chacarica, work in progress, Buenos Aires, 2010

Ever’s Installation: The Head

Since 2014, besides his workshop and muralist practice, Ever has developed an interest in three-dimensional works and installations. 头部 (The Head) is an art installation based on the analysis of the Chinese Communist posters. Ever was intrigued by the fact that on posters that represent some great idea, humans are always in the bottom of the picture while Mao Tse Tung’s portrait floats in heaven, protecting the idea. Installation The Head aimed to make people think why the “communist theory” always fails in reality. Ever offered a solution to that dilemma: the great idea has to be taken through a body, a body that exercises the idea that exercises power. The installation is a representation of the power of the idea, represented by 3 characters (performers) that go around the head, feeling that invasion, that invisible force that invades our bodies, a communist tragicomedy – China has a communist government, but its factories create capitalist products, politics don’t exist. Ever presented The Head through Dinámica, a project dedicated to urban art exhibitions, with the mission to promote, disseminate and expose such expressions.

The Head is an art installation based on the analysis of the Chinese Communist posters

Ever The Head, solo show in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2015 culture past 2011 graffiti
Ever – The Head, solo show in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2015

Idealism Metaphor Applied to Reality

In May 2016, Ever participated in a group show at the Contemporary Museum of Art of Cordoba in Argentina. For this occasion, the artist literally froze one of his portraits! The thought-provoking installation entitled Idealism Metaphor Applied to Reality had a cooling system on its back that maintained the low temperature that created the ice chunks seen on the front. Approximately 29.4% of the painting was frozen representing the percentage of children in this province living below the poverty line according to a study by the Catholic University of Argentina.

Ever’s recent oeuvre is inspired by children growing up in poverty

Ever Idealism Metaphor Applied to Reality, 2016 graffiti
Ever – Idealism Metaphor Applied to Reality, 2016

Public Work and Exhibitions

Ever’s beautiful, vibrantly colored portraits of both ordinary, everyday people he sees on the streets and icons from all areas of life can be found worldwide, including Miami, USA, Ciudad Juares, Mexico, Barcelona, Spain, Vienna, Austria, Besancon, France, Rion San Juan, Dominican Republic, Rome, Italy, and Perth, Australia, and many others. Amongst gracing countless cities across the world with his wondrous vision, Ever also creates amazing paintings that he has exhibited in Europe, United State, México, Argentina and Australia. Over the years, he has established himself as one of the most prominent Argentinian urban artists.

The artist is represented by 999Contemporary.

Ever lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Featured image: Ever in his studio
All images copyright of the artist

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2016Idealism Metaphor Applied to RealityMuseo Carrafa, CordobaGroup
2015The HeadDinamica, Buenos AiresSolo
2014Friends and Family exhibition (Art Basel)Miami, USA Solo
2014Depth of a substanceSucculentt Gallery, NYC, USA Group
2014Color Walk (City Goverment Project)Juarez, Mexico Solo
2014Cauce Ciudadano (Mammut project)Mexico City, Mexico Solo
2014Board Dripper, NomadeQueretaro, Mexico Solo
2014IDEALISMOGaleria Libertad, Queretaro, Mexico Solo
2014MotinGaleria Dinamica, Buenos Aires, Argentina Solo
2014EverLa Escocesa Festival, Barcelone, Spain Solo
2014EverLivin Streets Festival, Graz, Austria Solo
2014EverBien Urbain Festival, Besançon, France Solo
2014Villa Ocupada exhibition, Neo Muralisme de l’amerique latine a l’europeNantes, France Solo
2014EverNystGallery, USA Solo
2014EverBloomingsdale, USA Solo
2014PUBLICPerth, Australia Solo
2014Facebook OfficesBuenos Aires, Argentina Solo
2014Via Vai Mural Art ProjectBrindisi, Italy Solo
2014Futbol Now ExhibitionLazarides Gallery, London, UK Solo
2014999 Gallery Mural Art Project999 Gallery, Rome, Italy Solo
2014Inoperable Gallery Mural Art ProjectInoperable Gallery, Vienna, Austria Solo
2014Futbol Now Pepsi, London, UK Solo
2013Board DripperQueretaro, Mexico Solo
2013Do Art Foundation: Mural project Boulevard St MichaelMontreal, Canada Solo
2013Heineiken Mural Art FestivalWashington DC, USA Solo
2013Wall TherapyRochester, NY, USA Solo
2013Richmond Mural ProjectVA, USA Solo
2013Talking Walls Buenos AiresThe Fridge Gallery Washington DC, USA Solo
2013PawnWorks ProjectNYC, NY, USA Solo
2013PawnWorks ProjectChicago, Illinois, USA Solo
2013Do Art FoundationLos Angeles, California, USA Solo
2013Painted Desert ProjectNavajo, Arizona, USA Solo
2013PawnWorks ProjectPawnWorks Project Cleveland, Ohio, USA Solo
2013EverYoung & Rubicam Offices, NYC, USA Solo
2013Back AlleyGr Works Gallery, Do Art Foundation, Los Angeles, USA Solo
2012Fountaine Art FairArt Basel, Miami, USA Solo
2012Le Murl'Espace des Blancs Manteaux, Paris, FranceGroup
2012Los Muros HablanSan Juan, Puerto Rico Solo
2012The Talking Walls of Buenos AiresLondonewcastle Project Space, London, EnglandGroup
2012A SPACE IN BETWEEN & UNION show grupalCape Town, South Africa Solo
2012Le MurParis, France Solo
2012UnknownAttack Festival, Foligno, Italy Solo
2012UnknownFAHR Festival, Amposta, Spain Solo
2012Open WallsBaltimore, USASolo
2012Latir LatinoLima, Peru Solo
2012Mamutt ProjectDF, Mexico Solo
2011Primary Flight, Living WallsArt Basel Miami, USA Solo
2011Living WallsThe City Speaks Conference, Atlanta Georgia, USA Solo
2011Outsider GalleryThis is not a Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina Solo
2011Festival de Ciencia y TecnologiaTecnopolis, Buenos Aires, Argentina Solo
2011Fuera de la Línea, Argentina-BrasilMuseo MACRO, Rosario, Argentina Solo
2011Street ArtBAFundación Rozembluml, Buenos Aires, Argentina Solo
2010Proyecto Internacional Anilla CulturalCCEC, Cordoba, Argentina Solo
2010Bienal Internacional de Intervenciones UrbanasCCEC, Cordoba, Argentina Solo
2010Intervenciones Urbanas LatinoamericanasCCEBA, Buenos Aires, Argentina Solo
2009Estación de metro Puan, MetrovíasBuenos Aires, Argentina Solo
2009Graffiti MundoGaleria L inc. Buenos Aires, ArgentinaGroup
2009Graffiti ArgentinaGaleria Issue, Paris, FranceGroup
2009Artistas UrbanosEspacio Multiarte, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaGroup
2009Ellos, HIC Hollywood in CambodiBuenos Aires, ArgentinaSolo
2009Puma Urban ArtBuenos Aires, Argentina Solo
2009Nike: Dunk be TrueBuenos Aires, Argentina Solo