Basco Vazko was born in Santiago, Chile in 1983. Strongly influenced by major South American street artists such as São Paulo-based Os Gêmeos and Vitché, Vazko has been painting in the streets of Santiago since age 14. His early works, often of huge-headed figures, were controversial and considered subversive, at times provoking negative responses from fine art collectors and gallerists. Vazko has become a part of the vibrant and highly influential São Paulo street art scene, where he occupies a unique space as the only non-Brazilian artist in the group. From 2005 to 2008, Vazko lived in the U.S. and exhibited work in various spaces throughout California, including a group exhibition with Vitché and others in 2005 at Scion Space in Culver City and a solo exhibition in 2006 at Fifty24SF in San Francisco. In 2009, Vazko participated in Born in the Streets—Graffiti at the Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain in Paris. His exhibited works have included responses to Mark Rothko’s large works, Robert Motherwell’s technique, and the postpunk scene of the late 1970s and early 1980s. An artist who is comfortable both in the studio and in the street, Vazko paints in public spaces every week and plans to continue doing so, because as Vazko says, art in the street is ‘pure’ and ‘uncensored.’
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.