• Untitled (Caguas, PR)

    “Untitled (Caguas, PR)”

    Date 2005
    Dimensions Variable
    Category Painting
    Medium Spray paint and acrylic on wood
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 21st Century
  • Caparazón bling (Rio San Juan, DR)

    “Caparazón bling (Rio San Juan, DR)”

    Date 2014
    Dimensions Variable
    Category Painting
    Medium Spray paint on concrete
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 21st Century
  • Piña pa la niña

    “Piña pa la niña*”

    Date 2015
    Dimensions Variable
    Category Painting
    Medium Spray paint on concrete
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 21st Century
    Collection *Translation: Pineapple for the girl (Santo Domingo, RD)
  • Hand shake (Brooklyn, NY)

    “Hand shake (Brooklyn, NY)”

    Date 2014
    Dimensions Variable
    Category Painting
    Medium Spray paint on concrete
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 21st Century
  • Tiro libre

    “Tiro libre*”

    Date 2010
    Dimensions Variable
    Category Painting
    Medium Mixed media on canvas
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 21st Century
    Collection *Translation: Free Shot
  • Cover the earth (Santurce, PR)

    “Cover the earth (Santurce, PR)”

    Date 2011
    Dimensions Variable
    Category Painting
    Medium Spray paint on concrete
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 21st Century
  • Muerte digna (Santurce, PR)

    “Muerte digna (Santurce, PR)*”

    Date 2014
    Dimensions Variable
    Category Painting
    Medium Spray paint on metal
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 21st Century
    Collection *Translation: Grateful Dead (Santurce, PR)
  • Brillo infinito (Arecibo, PR)

    “Brillo infinito (Arecibo, PR)*”

    Date 2014
    Dimensions Variable
    Category Painting
    Medium Spray paint on concrete
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 21st Century
    Collection *Translation: Endless shine (Arecibo, PR)
  • Perreo Intenso (Wynwood, Miami)

    “Perreo Intenso (Wynwood, Miami)*”

    Date 2014
    Dimensions Variable
    Category Painting
    Medium Spray paint on concrete
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 21st Century
    Collection *Translation: Hard twerking (Wynwood, Miami)
  • 3D Italy (Padova, Italy)

    “3D Italy (Padova, Italy)”

    Date 2008
    Dimensions Variable
    Category Painting
    Medium Spray paint on concrete
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 21st Century
  • Untitled (Caguas, PR)
  • Caparazón bling (Rio San Juan, DR)
  • Piña pa la niña
  • Hand shake (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Tiro libre
  • Cover the earth (Santurce, PR)
  • Muerte digna (Santurce, PR)
  • Brillo infinito (Arecibo, PR)
  • Perreo Intenso (Wynwood, Miami)
  • 3D Italy (Padova, Italy)

- BIKISMO

Arecibo, PR, 1981

Biography Details

Muralist, graffiti artist and painter. Santos earned his BFA from Escuela de Artes Plásticas de San Juan, in which time he was chosen to participate in the Feria Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo (ARCO) in Madrid. He has been the creator and organizer of two big events of urban art in Puerto Rico, Fuego a la Lata (2007) and Arecibo Street Art Project (2015), the latter an initiative to rehabilitate through art, abandoned buildings in the area of Arecibo. Additionally, he is ascribed for organizing the first exhibition of graffiti on canvas, Virtuosos del Aerosol at Galería Enlaces in San Juan (2002). He has shown in several group exhibitions in the United States, Japan, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Spain and Israel. His urban work is characterized by the symbol of a toaster and the phrase “Seguimos Tostando” (We’ll keep toasting). He is currently part of prestigious international groups of urban art such as FX, The Nasty Boys (TNB) and Master of Destruction (MAD).

Formation

Education

n.d.

  • BFA. Escuela de Artes Plásticas de San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Professional Experience

2015

  • Creator and Director. Arecibo Street Art Project (ASAP), Arecibo, Puerto Rico

2011

  • Juror. Certamen andaluz de graffiti, Linares, Andalucía, Spain

2010

  • Juror. Festival Snikers Urbania, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2008

  • Creator and Director. Fuego a la Lata, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2003

  • Curator. Exhibición Virtuosos del Aerosol, Galería Enlaces, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Exhibitions

Group Shows

2012-2014

  • Carry-On: Puerto Rico Inspected – Traveling Exhibition, Galeria Yemaya, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, Massachusetts, United States; Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Educational Center, New York, United States; Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Cultura, Illinois, United States; Georgia College Museum, Georgia, United States

2014

  • The RAW Project, Wynwood Miami, Florida, United States
  • Artesano Project, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Artists 4 Israel, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
  • Santurce es Ley, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2013

  • Santurce es Ley, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2012

  • Los Muros Hablan, Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Santurce es Ley, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2011

  • Artists 4 Israel, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
  • Santurce es Ley,San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • The Co11ective, Wynwood Miami, Florida, United States

2010

  • MIA Projects: Total Intervention, Miramar, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2008

  • Small Things by Big People, Galería Candela, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Live Painting, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Graphopoli, Caguas, Puerto Rico

2007

  • Pulpo,  Galería Nacional, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Hoy,  Galería Black Box Art, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2006

  • Tributo a Héctor Lavoe,  Galería Prinardi, San Juan, Puerto Rico 
  • Feria de Cultura Urbana, Urban Train, Río Piedras Station, San Juan, Puerto Rico 
  • Taxi Galería,  Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2005

  • Tokio Lights, Galería Lapnet Ship, Harajuku, Japan

2004

  • Candela Art & Music Festival: Live Painting, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2003

  • ExhibicionISMO, Galería Enlaces, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Collections

  • Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Museo de Arte Dr. Pío López Martínez, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Cayey Campus, Cayey, Puerto Rico
  • Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Bibliography

Web

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“Artista documenta con técnica del ‘time-lapse’ murales hechos en Puerto Rico”. Univisión, 21 de enero de 2015. http://www.wuvntv.com/2015/01/21/artista-documenta-con-tecnica-del-time-...

 

Gonzales, Mariángel. “Los muros hablan arte urbano”. El Punto es, 2 de octubre de 2012. http://www.elpuntoes.com/los-muros-hablan-festival-internacional-de-arte...

 

Mejías, Janice. “Entre Ismo, Jordan y arte legal: ‘a Banksy nunca lo van a arrestar’”. Diálogo UPR, 22 de octubre de 2014. 
http://dialogoupr.com/_cultura/actualidad/entre-ismo-jorda-y-arte-legal-...

 

Molina, Natalia. “El arte callejero de Bikismo”. Antidepresivo, 13 de diciembre de 2014. http://antidepresivo.net/2014/12/13/el-arte-callejero-de-bikismo/ 

 

“Murales de dos boricuas entre los mejores 25 del mundo”. Primera Hora, 27 de diciembre de 2014. http://www.primerahora.com/estilos-de-vida/cultura/nota/muralesdedosbori...

 

“Murales de puertorriqueños entre los mejores del mundo”. El Nuevo Día, 28 de diciembre de 2014.
http://www.elnuevodia.com/muralesdepuertorriquenosentrelosmejoresdelmund...

 

Ortiz, Bianca. “BikISMO deja huella en Israel”. Conboca, 20 de agosto de 2011. http://www.conboca.org/2011/08/20/b-i-k-i-s-m-o-deja-huella-en-israel/ 

Rivera Cruz, Sigfredo. “El muralista Bik Ismo plasma el arte en Arecibo”. Índice, 12 de marzo de 2015. http://www.indicepr.com/elnorte/noticias/2015/03/12/38066/rescata-su-pue...

 

Ruiz Ramos, Gretchen. “De Puerto Rico a Miami, un paso es”. Visión Doble, December 15, 2014. http://www.visiondoble.net/2014/12/15/de-puerto-rico-miami-un-paso-es/