The Masked Man of Honduras Brings Street Art to Its Knees / Hyperallergic

hotographer Javier Arcenillas recently photographed Urban Maeztro in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa, check out his entire photo essay here. (via Vice)

hotographer Javier Arcenillas recently photographed Urban Maeztro in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa, check out his entire photo essay here. (via Vice)

CHICAGO — A Honduran street artist who goes by the name of Urban Maeztro, a translation of “Urban Master,” is covering the walls of the country’s capital, Tegucicalpa, with posters of art historical images holding neon weapons. A reproduced Mona Lisa grips a neon pink pistol; the eponymous American Gothic couple holds an M-16 instead of pitch forks. This anonymous artist isn’t doing it for the thrill or the kill. And in fact, he has almost been killed by people who aren’t interested in his mission: To push Hondurans into thinking about the violence that has overtaken their country.

“There is a parallel between the brutal violation of a work so beautiful by adding a firearm and the violence and guns in Tegucigalpa, which could also be a beautiful city without them,” he recently explained to Fox News Latino.

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