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 a 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.
With a draftsmanʼs meticulous eye, today Claudio Picasso engages a limited, complementary
palette to symphonize saturated color portraits in a style that dances precariously between
hyperrealism and abstraction. Crafting images with a depth and sensitivity that pushes
the bounds of spray paint, Claudio occupies a space between graffiti writer and fine
artist. His work today emphasizes the positive attributes of spray paint as a medium while
pushing to overcome both the physical limitations and preconceived notions that accompany it.
Often times monochromatic, the works leave greater emphasis to rendering, smooth gradients,
shading, and the relationship between foreground and background; positive and negative.
Claudioʼs work has been featured in numerous print and online publications. Recently, his
mural at Sweat Records was given special recognition by The Atlantic, in its article detailing
Miami's alternative, cultural reaissance. In 2009, The Miami New Times dubbed Claudio Miami's
most progressive, urban artist. Claudio has completed murals for the Fillmore at the Jackie Gleason,
SLS Hotel Miami Beach, and a number of commercial and private commissions, including a local
NBA star's home and galleries in Miami's famous Wynwood art district. He is currently working on
large-scale mural projects in Wynwood and in Miami Beach, for acclaimed restaurant Tongue & Cheek.