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Lapiz is a self-taught artist who started painting anonymously in the streets of Dunedin (New Zealand) shortly after moving there from South Africa where he had been working in HIV research. The sharp contrast in living conditions, social issues and the resulting cultural shock was vented by painting socio-critical wheatpastes around town.

Later, while living in Buenos Aires (Argentina) the close contact to other street artists inspired him to paint huge thought-provoking stencils. The many abandoned buildings and public spaces together with the openness of the people are an Eldorado for every Street Artist. Here, he adapted the name Lapiz. It is derived from the Spanish word for ‘pencil’ and refers to the idea of writing a story on the wall that invites people to reflect on current issues, inequality, social media, etc.

Recently, he has arrived in Europe and currently lives in Germany, which allowed him to visit some noteworthy festivals such as the Meeting of Styles, the iBUG, the Upfest and the STROKE art fair. He was part of the Brandalism campaign during the world climate conference (COP21) in Paris and most recently painted a mural for Germany’s first Museum for Urban and Contemporary Art in Munich (MUCA).

Lapiz prefers to paint on a large scale believing that if you have something to say you should do so loud and address as many people as possible. This might not result in something that makes you smile but at least it will make you think.

You are invited to sign up for the newsletter to accompany Lapiz on this adventure on the search for new walls, projects and people around the world.

If you would like to know more, fell free to drop a line at info@lapiz.ca or directly in the contacts section.

Photo credit: Arnaud Paillard

Festivals/Exhibitions

2018

Street Art 4 Human Rights
Tblisi, Georgia (Festival)

Urban Art Edition 2018
Hamburg, Germany (Group Exhibition)

One Dollar for Art
Hamburg, Germany (Group Exhibition)

Kunstlabor – Muca
Munich, Germany (Group Exhibition)

Fabrikat
Weisswasser, Germany (Festival)

Paste-up Festival
Berlin, Germany (Festival)

ibug 2018
Chemnitz, Germany (Festival)

MsArtville
Hamburg, Germany (Festival)

OpenAir Gallery
Berlin, Germany (Art Fair)

Grenoble Street Art Fest
Grenoble, France (Festival)

Farbflut
Lemwerder, Germany (Festival)

Museum Voswinkelshof
Dinslaken, Germany (Group Exhibition)

Kunst Statt Leerraum
Dinslaken, Germany (Festival)

Pinta Malasaña
Madrid, Spain (Festival)

Street Art City
Lurcy-Levis, France (Residency)

New Wall Festival
Hamburg, Germany (Group Exhibition)

2017

Teufelsberg Reloaded
Baden, Switzerland (Group Show)

Trump
Cologne, Germany (Group Show)

Tollwood
Munich, Germany (Festival)

Desenlata
Porto, Portugal (Festival)

Stil.Bruch
Berlin, Germany (Festival)

ibug 2017
Chemnitz, Germany (Festival)

Artfest Berkovitsa
Berkovitsa, Bulgaria (Festival)

MsArtville
Hamburg, Germany (Group Show)

Upfest
Bristol, UK (Festival)

ungeniert/engagiert
Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven, Germany (Group Show)

Post G20
Gängeviertel Hamburg, Germany (Group Show)

Label Valette Festival
Pressigny-Les Pins, France (Festival)

KSL-Dinslaken
Dinslaken, Germany (Festival)

Opus Aquanett
Magdeburg, Germany (Group Show)

The Artbox Project Basel 1.0
Basel, Switzerland (Group Show)

4 Elemente Hip Hop Jam
Biberach, Germany (Festival)

Brandalism/#SubvertTheCity
worldwide

2016

Candidplatz/MUCA
Munich, Germany

iBUG
Limbach-Oberfrohna, Germany (Festival)

Urban-Up 4
Leipzig, Germany (Festival)

Meeting of Styles
Wiesbaden, Germany (Festival)

KURA
Wittenberg, Germany (Festival)

Muehlheimer Nacht
Cologne, Germany (Group Show)

Strassengold
Cologne, Germany (Group Show)

Bridge Club Goslar
Goslar, Germany (Solo Show)

2015

Brandalism
Paris, France

Stroke L.T.D.
Munich, Germany (Art Fair)

40 Grad Urban Art Festival
Duesseldorf , Germany (Festival)

Paint the Park
Dresden, Germany (Festival)

2014

Pinta el Hospital
Buenos Aires ,  Argentina (Festival)

Press

2018

Detector FM (television)
Featured art (‘Dystopia’)

Sachsen Fernsehn (television)
Featured art (‘Dystopia’)

NDR (television)
Featured art (‘Create your own God’)

Brooklyn Street Art
Featured art (‘One Love’)

Munich Walls (book)
Featured art

I Support Street Art
Featured art (‘The hero is you’)

Brooklyn Street Art
Featured art (‘The hero is you’)

2017

scooj,org
Featured art (‘Rioting Venus’)

I Support Street Art
Featured Art (Toy soldiers)

Frankfurter Allgemeine (FAZ)
Featured art

My lovely Hamburg blog
Featured art/Interview

Iven Einszehn
Featured Art (MsArtville)

I Support Street Art
Featured Art (G20 summit)

Deutschland Funk Kultur
Featured art/Interview

ARD Brennpunkt
Featured art

NDR Aktuell
Featured art

I Support Street Art
Featured art (‘Soulmates’)

40 Grad-Book
Featured art

2016

MUCA
Featured art (film)

Goslarsche Zeitung
Featured Artist

Arte Tv
iBUG – featured art (video)

LSD Magazine
Featured Art

I support Street Art
Featured Art (iBUG)

MDR Sachsen
iBUG

Freie Presse
iBUG – interview

MDR -Sachsenspiegel
iBUG – featured art (video)

MDR-Artour
iBUG – featured art (video)

I support Street Art
Featured Art (MOS16)

Hessenschau
MOS16 – featured art (video)

Wiesbadener Kurier
MOS16 – featured art (video)

Merkurist
MOS16 – featured art

Allgemeine Zeitung
MOS16

Dosenkunst
Featured Art

Brooklyn Street Art
Featured Art

Mitteldeutsche Zeitung
Featured Artist – Kura

taz
Interview

I Support Street Art
Featured Artist

2015

My beautiful air
Featured Art

Sky.com
Featured Art – Brandalism

Bored Panda
Featured Art – Brandalism

9Gag
Featured Art – Brandalism

Art Rebels
Featured Art

Sin Pasarte de la Raya
Featured Artist

Global Street Art
Featured art

Dim ART
Featured Artist

2014

BA Street Art
Featured art

Wander Argentina
Interview

Apard Photos
Interview