Basco Vazko was born in Santiago, Chile in 1983. Strongly influenced by South American street artists such as Sao Paulo based Vitche and Os Gemeos, the South American post-punk scene, graffiti and Chilean political muralism. Vazko has been painting in the streets of Santiago since age 14, his early works, often of huge headed figures in military uniforms, were controversial and considered subversive but prove highly influential in the young art scene in Santiago of the early 2000s
From 2004 to 2006 Vazko lived in the U.S. and exhibited work in various spaces throughout California. In 2009 Vazko participated in Born in the Streets-Graffiti at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris, that same year Basco Vazko had his first solo exhibition in Santiago at Galeria Animal.
Currently based in Santiago where he has exhibited extensible his work of collages, publications and paintings Basco Vazko has also remained present in the streets through the realization of large commissioned murals.
Basco Vazko is a 2016 Inga Maren Otto Fellowship recipient.
Emerging Chilean visual artist Basco Vazko premieres a new exhibition mirroring his practice of collage-graffiti. The exhibition creates an assemblage by layering new and old artworks in his infamous pop-punk aesthetic.