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(Pichi, b. 1977; Avo, b. 1985) is a duo of
artists from Valencia, Spain.
Recognised for their skill at creating connections between painting and sculpture in urban settings, they adopt a thoroughly innovative approach in their artistic fusions. A balanced combination of classical art and the most contemporary urban art can be identified in their work. From the outset PichiAvo shunned artistic individuality, joining forces to create an absolutely unique body of work using a conceptually urban idiom, both in the street and studio.
They trained in Fine Art and in Design and met on the graffiti art scene in Valencia, forming the PichiAvo duo in 2007. From that moment they worked on developing joint projects, pursuing an unremitting search for a style of their own. To achieve this they went through various stages as painters, focusing initially on skill and technique until they reached the point of needing to express themselves through what most defines them: graffiti and classical art.
They work outside and inside the studio, in painting, sculpture and installation, embracing a wide and versatile range of material and painterly approaches.
Since 2015 PichiAvo have carried out projects at some of the leading venues in international urban art, including the legendary Houston Bowery Wall in New York (2017), where theirs was the first painting intervention by European artists. In April 2019 they executed the second largest mural in the world in the city of Porto, in collaboration with the celebrated artist Vhils.
PichiAvo’s career has attained artistic recognition, critical acclaim and popularity on an international scale, establishing them among the most prominent street artists on the current urban art scene.
“Avo, one half of the Valencia-born street art duo Pichi & Avo who designed the monument, is thumbing through a local newspaper. A few pages in, he pauses on a story with the headline “Modernidad y tradicion se dan la mano”, accompanied by a photo of their sculpture. “It means modernity and tradition hold hands”.”
“Valencia-born artists Pichi and Avo, otherwise known as Pichiavo, installed an 85-foot-tall neoclassical sculpture only to have it set ablaze. The sculpture was made to commemorate the start of spring on the annual las fallas festival in Valencia where it was burn during the peak of the event along with 700 others.”
“From art galleries in Valencia to building facades in Berlin, PichiAvo’s work ignites the curiosities of countless fans and followers, no matter where it pops up in the world. Fusing Classical and Urban Art, exploding with colour, movement and narrative, PichiAvo’s projects are impossible to miss.”