I’m a massive fan of south american linocut artists. I’m always looking at online channels like Instagram and Pinterest for new and inspiring linocut artwork and I’m impressed by the skilled graphic as well as observational styles that printmakers from South America demonstrate.
What appeals to me about South American artists is often the combination of a beautiful mixture of native and Spanish culture. These influences are delivered with narrative style in ways that remind me of protest art, graffiti, classic storytelling & graphic novels that I think is true mastery.
So how could I not share some of my absolute favourite artists and their work. Please follow these printmakers on instagram, buy their work and support them however you can. No matter what’s going on in the world, we need people like these to keep making art and reflecting back the world we live in. Much respect!!
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Kill Joy Mall
One of my new absolute favourite linocut artists from Mexico is Kill Joy Mall. Her work is just jaw droopingly brilliant. Her ridiculously strong graphic style often features amazing plants and native South American people as well as what feel are her trademark little hands. Words cannot describe how much I admire this artists work. Bravo!
Lugar de Huida
Another great linocut printmaker from Mexico. Lugar de Huida is extremely noteworthy. Not only does he have the skill to carve incredible observational art of animals, people and plants, he also prints amazing graphic stylised characters, has an amazing grasp of using pattern and colour.
I’ve followed Carlos Palomares for a while and have featured him on a previous blog I wrote a few years ago. Since 2015 when I first featured his lino-prints he’s just continued to churn out amazing prints.
With an amazing talent for linocut and woodcut printing, Chalio produces a lot of nature inspired work that is both beautiful & delicate as well as graphic and strong. I can’t really think of anything else to say, it’s just great stuff isn’t it? I will be watching this printmaker artist for a long time.
Alejandro Lopez Alvarez
Alejandro is an artist that explores a lot of materials and techniques, but I think his print artwork is the best. His style seems to have been drawn from lots of sources that all combine into work that is bold and graphic. I’m also a big fan of his figures with their stylised faces.
Where do I even start?? This guys work absolutely blows my head off. Full respect. Linoleum must have been invented to ensure the world didn’t miss out on artists like this.
It really doesn’t matter whether he’s carving and printing a bright red phallic Rooster or just displaying his Rembrandt like capacity for understanding light, Sergio is a true master of the art form.
There is something deliciously gothic about Ramon’s work. His style is unlike any of the other linocut printmakers I’ve found from South America. His prints look like they have the influences of early 20th Century art from Vienna, or an American book illustration style from the same period. He has a real ability to get the balance of black and white just right, and each design looks like a perfect snap-shot from an old ghost tale.
I think that Ramon posting works on wood, not Lino, but whatever… he’s too good not to include.
An article on great South American Linocut artists wouldn’t be complete in my humble opinion without a mention of the highly talented Mazatl. His work is amazing. Hi-lighting multiple worthwhile causes through his linocut prints of incredible design and skill.