Claudio Picasso

Born in Santiago, Chile, Claudio Picasso moved to Miami with his mother at the age of two. By age 16, his compositions as CP1 began surging through Miami streets and his murals graced the walls of private residences, local offices and his high school. This time would mark the beginning of Claudioʼs formal studies in art and sculpture, as well as develop a love of drafting. Claudio would be introduced to graffiti art by friends and instantly fell in love with its bold color schemes, graphic styling, monumental scale, underground culture, and means of social commentary. Still as he began to work with spray paint, he felt the need to branch out from the traditional bright, pastel designs, often-repetitive structure, and constraints as solely a form of word art.

Soon after graduating high school, Claudio would expand his repertoire in the School of Art and Art History at Florida International University, delving into every medium he could. A Masterʼs degree in Education would soon follow. After working in sculpture, photography, printmaking, and digital art, Claudio found himself returning to charcoal and spray paint as his preferred mediums.

Claudioʼs work has been featured in numerous print and online publications, including The Miami Herald, Miami New Times, and FIUʼs The Beacon. Recently, his mural at Sweat Records was given special recognition by The Atlantic, in its article detailing Miamiʼs alternative, cultural renaissance. Claudio's pieces have been featured in numerous regional exhibitions and can also be seen on shows like the TLC reality series Miami Ink and CNNʼs My City, My Life series. In 2009, The Miami New Times dubbed Claudio Miamiʼs most progressive, urban artist. For 2011, Claudio completed murals for the Fillmore at the Jackie Gleason, Univision, and Tobacco Road, along with a number of commercial and private commissions, including a local NBA starʼs home. He is currently working on projects for world-renowned designer, Phillipe Starck, at SLS Hotel, South Beach, and on a large-scale mural project in Wynwood.

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