Sometimes people dislike street art because in their eyes is just an act of vandalism that ruins buildings and streets making them looking dirty and ugly. For myself street art is a proper form of art that, in most cases, communicates social issues of everyday life. There are so many street artists that work with this in mind and really try to get their messages across as much as they can.
Having said that, you will fully understand that being in Berlin for me was like being in heaven. Nowadays Berlin is one of the most known centers for street art where many artists try to express themselves and, considering the amount of works scattered everywhere in Berlin, it isn’t always easy to be recognized and sometimes loved.
A Signature That Emerged
In fact only on our second visit to the German Capital did I finally notice an artist that I’d never heard of before, El Bocho. I’m not sure how but El Bocho’s works got lost to my eyes and attention between the amount of other street art pieces, maybe years ago there weren’t as many as there are today.
El Bocho is now a well known and one of the most famous Berlin’s street artist. His works are mainly very big cut outs and installations which are all drawn and printed beforehand to then be put up during the night.
Apparently he prefers to keep his identity secret from the cameras and media, he’ll wear a hood or something similar not to be recognized. Even if I’d love to meet El Bocho in person and see how he works, I like the fact that he doesn’t show who he is and it’s like if he doesn’t want to be at the centre of the attention so people might pay more attention to his work than to the hands behind them.
From what I’ve seen whilst walking around Berlin, it looks like his work’s main characteristics are urban life and the communications with whoever passes by and stops to look at his street art pieces.
I’ve also noticed that most of El Bocho’s works are located away from art galleries and museums in locations where there will be different kind of viewers ready to observe them. That cannot be a coincidence, I’d love to ask him directly why he choose to do so, one day perhaps who knows?
There are some recurrent themes shown in El Bocho’s works we saw scattered in various places in Berlin. One of them –and most probably my favorite– is the crazy Little Lucy.
She might look a cute little girl at first, but in reality she is constantly trying to kill her cat every time in different and ingenuous ways. She comes from an inspiration of a Czechoslovakian TV series called “Little Lucy – Fear of the Streets”. However, El Bocho’s version of Lucy differs from the original, you can tell that he likes dark humor and so do I.
Another current El Bocho theme is related to two cartoonized CCTV cameras called ”Kalle and Bernd” that function as watchers and surveillances of what happens in the streets.
Some of the biggest cut-outs we spotted signed by El Bocho represent women, usually portraits, which most of the time, differ from the cheeky Little Lucy, saying nice things – almost sentimental.
I really like El Bocho’s street art, the vibrant colours he uses, his style, the way he draws his cut outs and how they look to me like they have been hand painted one by one. It would be awesome to get to meet him to understand more about his art and signature and also to see him in action.
I like discovering new street artists, I’m sure there are many more of El Bocho’s street art pieces we missed and some new ones that will be decorating Berlin’s streets, walls, bridges and buildings. I guess this will be an extra reason to go back to the German Capital one day, not that we need any more! 🙂