Zosen /   Zosen Bandido

Argentina 1978

Street Art


Zosen Bandido
August 9, 2014
Nina Karaicic is a journalist with experience in TV and radio media. Born in 1989, she had studied at the University of Belgrade – Faculty of Political Sciences (Journalism). Interests: Photography, Art, Film, Folklore, Video Games

Zosen Bandido is Barcelona – based artist who creates his proper mythology, flooding walls and canvases with fantastic characters that reveal his commentary on the happenings of our own world. Filled with neon colors, geometric patterns and symbols, Zosen’s paintings immerse the viewer in their vivid imagery. Zosen was born 1978 in Buenos Aires, Argentina and finished the Llotja School of Art and Design in Barcelona.

An active member of the Barcelona graffiti scene since the early 1990s, Zosen continues to produce projects that carry the anti-authoritarian spirit of his early days in the punk and do-it-yourself movements. After immigrating to Barcelona from Buenos Aires as an adolescent, he began to experiment with different graffiti styles, combining social criticism with amusing characters and letters. In 2001 he became a member of the celebrated crew Ovejas Negras (ONG). Though the crew has disbanded, he continues to collaborate with its former members as well as artists of different disciplines from around the world.

The influences of skateboarding, fanzines and street culture permeate Zosen’s contemporary work, both on the street and in the studio. His murals bring color and spontaneity to the austere gray of the urban landscape of Barcelona as well as many other international culture capitals. But despite their playful aesthetic, Zosen’s paintings speak out against the social injustices he perceives. The multi-colored, two dimensional characters, though naive at a first glance, criticize the corruption of today’s society. Folkloric elements combine with the excesses of post-modernity, creating a new vocabulary of symbols.

While Zosen paints on the streets frequently, his repertoire has expanded to include performance art, printmaking, illustration and fashion design. He has shown his work in galleries in Europe, the Americas and Asia and is the co-founder of the clothing label “Animal Bandido”. Relentlessly creative, Zosen constantly invents new artistic projects and urban interventions.

Zosen also has a partner Mina Hamada and together they made crew of two visual artists based in Barcelona, one from Argentina and another from Japan. Their passion for colors and free forms led them to collaborate on murals of various formats. The artistic repertoire includes murals, paintings on canvas, illustration, screen printing and handmade books. Their work together can be found in several European, American and Japanese cities.

The last Zosen’s exhibition was “City Limits”, an art project with Mina Hamada. During their three week February residency at Islington Mill, Zosen and Mina have been exploring and navigating Salford and Manchester’s landscapes, to create a map of City Limits, a new vision of public spaces. Embracing their situationists ideas, this map breathes new life into neglected public spaces and disgarded objects with  inspired series of collaborative colorful and vibrant D.I.Y interventions.

Zosen lives and works in Barcelona.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2014City LimitsIslington Mill, ManchesterDuo
2014Inside-OutsideB&B Gallery, SheffieldDuo
20141ª Biennal d’art urbà al VallèsCentre cultural de la Llagosta, Barcelona Group
2014Bien Urbai ( Artistic route through urban spaces)Besançon, FranceGroup
2014Monumental Art FestivalZaspa, Gdansk, PolandGroup
2014Zosen y CalderónGalerie-T, DüsseldorfDuo
2013Art Urbain Contemporain auctionArtcurial, ParisGroup
2013NeofauvismoIam Gallery, MadridDuo
2013Ad infinitumIam Gallery, MadridGroup
2013Otomo Atomico tenKojimachi Gallery, TokyoSolo
2013Cash, cans and candy Art FestivalGalerie Ernst Hilger, VienaGroup
2013Desordes Creativas (International Urban Art Festival)Ordes, GaliciaGroup
2012InsidersN2 galeria, BarcelonaGroup
2012Grafika BelgradoInstituto Cervantes Belgrado,SerbiaGroup
2012Memento MoriLa Grille, Yverdon Les Bains, SwitzerlandSolo
2012Bloop FestivalIbiza, SpainGroup
2012ARD*Pop-upGlobal gallery, OsloGroup
2012Le M.U.R. de l’artLes Blancs Manteaux, ParisGroup
2011Summer Graffiti Show 2Galerie Celal, ParisGroup
2011Barcelona's FinestGalerie Celal, ParisGroup
2011Barcelona FinestGalerie Celal, ParisGroup
2011RisografiaDOK, Ghent, BelgiumGroup
2011Live totem, Sziget FestivalBudapestGroup
2011Infart festivalBassano de Grappa, ItaliaGroup
2011GrafikaInstituto Cervantes, Burdeos-Madrid-BeirutGroup
201130 artists from young SpainJordan National gallery of fine arts, Amman, JordaniaGroup
2010System CollapseStolenspace Gallery, LondonSolo
2010Never Judge...?Stolenspace Gallery, LondonGroup
2010Summer Group Show 2010Stolenspace Gallery, LondonGroup
2010XVI Bienal Mostra d ' Art Contemporani Cataladifferent museums of CatalunyaGroup
2010Art Stars Group Exhibition for Ralph LaurenPhillips de Pury, LondonGroup
2010RitualAperitivos Visuales,TenerifeGroup
2010Infart festivalBassano de Grappa, ItalyGroup
2010Los brujos in red magicReggio Emilia, ItalyGroup
2010We dream in ColorsMONTANA  SHOP & GALLERY, LISBONGroup
2010Never judge..? A Group Exhibition In Association with Penguin Books, Stolen Space, LondonGroup
2009Vinyl FactoryMondoPop,RomaGroup
2009Digital Entertainment JamMuseo della Scienza e della Tecnologia “Leonardo da Vinci”,MilanoGroup
2009Homenaje a CobiDudua, BarcelonaGroup
2009The north and south connection (Zosen and Affex show)Woah Gallery, BerlinDuo
2009Untitled enemiesApostrophe Gallery, Hong KongGroup
2009Beyond eden Art fairLA Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park, Los AngelesGroup
2008Arte Bastardo FestivalLargo Baracche, NapoliGroup
2008Concret secretsNeurotitan Gallery, BerlinGroup
2008Urban affairsBrauerei Friedrichshöhe, BerlinGroup
2008Wild painting partyYron gallery, LisboaGroup
2007Power noise performance, Festival Htmelles 8La Centrale gallery,MontrealGroup
2007Noisehead , Festival PikselBergen, NoruegaGroup
2007Zosen & Remed85 Gallery, AnwerpDuo
2006Meeting of stylesMuseo nacional de bellas artes de Santiago, ChileGroup
2006LOOP-offFestival de videocreación internacional, BarcelonaGroup
2006Festival d’arte urbana bastardoXM-24, BolognaGroup
2006Down the street and around the cornerFlux Factory, New YorkGroup
2006NEXT: The Group Art Show (AFI festival)O’Melveny gallery, Los AngelesGroup
2005December CollectiveBase elements, BarcelonaGroup
2004Milano street madness : live painting & exhibition Milano,ItalyGroup
2004Barcelona styleGrapixo, Sao Paulo, BrazilGroup
2004ZOSENGalería Tau, Tarragona.Solo
2004DE WERELD VAN GRAFFITIGo Gallery, AmsterdamGroup
2003Meeting of stylesAlmere, AmsterdamGroup
200215º Anniversary of MACBA foundation Macba, Barcelona Group
2002Premi Art Utopia 2002 videocrationSan Just Desvern, BarcelonaGroup
2000Third Festival of Art and ContemporaryCulture Kunst & Revolution, ReusGroup
1998Pointed the Teva "urban Project, meeting in BosniaDistricte 11, Sarajevo ALD, Mojmillo, Sarajevo, MostarGroup