Chico (Egyptian artist)
|Known for||Public art, stenciling, street art, graffiti|
Career and artwork
Chico claims not to have studied art formally, although he now teaches it. He has said that he has always been "interested in graffiti and stencils in particular." Chico has stated that he works with stencils because they are "fast and safe." During the days of the revolution, he and fellow Egyptian graffiti artist El Teneen spray painted stencils on surfaces in public spaces, such as lampposts and walls, in downtown Cairo. However, these stencils were often quickly identified by security forces and removed, sometimes within minutes.
Since the 2011 revolution, Chico's work has been noted for its political content and criticism of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, or SCAF, which as ruled the country since the February, 2011 resignation of former president Housni Mubarak. He said during the February revolution that contemporary political events had led to the politicization of his artwork, stating that "[m]y work has not always addressed the political situation. I have expressed a variety of issues, including social grievances, on the streets of Cairo and Alexandria. But the Egyptian government does not want to differentiate between political and non-political messages. They are not welcomed by the government, regardless of the topic."
- Ati Metwaly (February 12, 2011). "Has the Egyptian revolution given birth to new Banksys?". Al Ahram English. Retrieved 13 May 2012.
- Sara Elkamel (February 27, 2012). "Egypt's golden era stars shine in pop-graffiti exhibition". Al Ahram English. Retrieved 13 May 2012.