Gustavo Oviedo is a contemporary artist born in Paris, France in 1981 and raised in Colombia, Venezuela and Mexico. At age 15, he arrived in Miami for the first time where he was able to easily assimilate to American kids because of his skill with a spray paint can. Oviedo’s graffiti art was performed under the alias PEST131. While many old school notorious writers attached their street number to the end of their graffiti name, Oviedo chose a combination of his mother’s and father’s favorite numbers (13 & 31) as he didn’t identify with a particular street while moving around the world.
Over time, Gustavo transitioned from being an urban explorer who was fixated on abandoned buildings and construction sites into a marine explorer, avid diver, skilled boater, and nature environmentalist. His studio work now combines his early graffiti roots with highly colorful, graphic-oriented forms inspired by his love of the sea. A commonality in his pieces are linear elements that look like waives to the untrained eye, but in reality contain the number 131 over and over again as a means of keeping his graffiti roots present in his marine-inspired, fluorescent works.
Oviedo has obtained formal education in the arts, including a Masters in Visual Effects from the Academy of Arts in San Francisco, California and a Bachelor degree in Graphic Design at the International Fine Arts College in Miami, Florida. He has published several art books and participated in many art workshops organized by the Young at Art Museum and De la Cruz Collection. His body of work encompasses numerous projects and solo expositions, some private (Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, Chotto Matte Miami, The Standard, The Marseilles Hotel), other corporate (Stella Artois, Xerox, Louis Vuitton) and more recently, public commissions (Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center with Miami-Dade County).
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