Art is believed by many people to be inherently not political. Is it true, though? Considering the growing social problems in the world, it is hard to believe that someone can stay away from politics. From highly metaphorical Dutch Still-Life to contemporary abstract art, any form of artistic expression can well be imbued with politics. A good example is street art, where a street artist plays the role of urban Prometheus, bringing light to omnipresent problems.
Unbridled and somewhat chaotic, street art has become a straightforward way to convey the message to the public. However, showing things as they really are is not enough. Although murals should involve criticism, they should also be approachable. LAPIZ, a self-taught street artist from Germany, knows it and thus portrays criticism beautifully.
LAPIZ — more than just a street artist
Not much is known about LAPIZ. The urban artist went into street art in Dunedin (New Zealand). He had some socially important art projects in Africa, Argentina, and other parts of the world. As of today, he lives in Germany where most of his artworks can be found. Stencil paintings by the street master have been numerously featured at art fairs, group exhibitions, art shows, and art festivals. But why is LAPIZ’s work vital for society, and why should you care?
Like Banksy, BLU, Bambi, and other socially proactive contemporary street artists, LAPIZ is an activist. His language is symbolical and emphatic, while his art has clear aims: to break the dangerous illusions present in modern-day society and to disrupt viewers (citizens) from pseudo-soothing normalcy. What is more, he portrays criticism rather beautifully, in good taste.
As expected, the street artist mostly criticizes the stupidity and absurdity of social life. Take, for example, a look at his latest work “Know your place citizen – consume” or his coronavirus-related motives “Life in Time of Corona,” “Liberty suspended,” and “Covidiot.” You are bound to find lots of food for thought, as LAPIZ’s every work is but a lesson to be learned by everyone. It’s worth paying attention to!