MASPAZ is a Latino artist currently living in Arlington, Virginia. He was born in Bogota, Colombia, adopted by an American family, and raised in the Washington, D.C. area. In his home, his mother hung Colombian tapestries; he was fascinated by their bold lines and vibrant shapes, and they give him a closer understanding to his Colombian roots and ancestors. His Latin American heritage plays a huge role in his art today.
He learned the power of typography and color through graffiti. With words he could convey a message. Why not a positive message? The message MASPAZ—meaning “more peace” in Spanish—clicked. With whatever paint materials accessible, he creates to spread his message. He also enjoys working with projections, stencils, stickers, and wheat paste.
MASPAZ travels internationally spreading his message of peace to countries including Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, and Puerto Rico. He has exhibited in numerous galleries and shows in New York City and Washington, D.C., including the New Museum and the Smithsonian.
Along with artist CHELOVE, MASPAZ has created the art for the On the Move gateways, “box truck,” and banners, and will engage with the public in live discussions, demonstrations, and art-making activities from June 29 to July 4.