Franco Fasoli aka Jaz is recognized as one of the first major graffiti writers to begin painting in the streets of Buenos Aires in the mid 1990’s. His compositions are characterized by conflict and duality, references to popular culture and local traditions, with a particular emphasis on Latin American themes. We reached him for a chat about his latest mural on the streets of Montreal for the Mural Festival and his future projects.
There’s no doubt about your signature, you achieved a great unique style and your murals are easily recognizable. But looking at your most recent walls I found a new line shape and primitive colours in a way. Do you find the same? Is it something are you developing in these days?
One day I read a sentence by B.Bertolucci: “I hate to always be myself. It would be great to be able to completely renew myself every year, every month, to make different films every year, every month, rich in various obsessions instead of repeating the same things, the same images .. “
I’m always curious about the technical issues during the painting process. I can only imagine what kind of monster a 50 meters wide mural could be. Would you give a brief walk through your workflow?
It seems you lose your early black lines drawn on your characters. Did you stop to delete something or did you find another way to express symmetry?
Let’s go back to the origin of your artworks, how hard was to establish yourself on the scene and what do you think were the most important steps on the run?
Over the past decade the murals have multiplied ceaselessly, what do you like most and what you don’t of the current street art scene?
Next is Sea Walls in Cozumel Mexico, City Leaks in Cologne Germany, projects in Brazil , and I finish the year with my show in my home town.