Born in Seattle, Mexico City based artist CHITO gained notoriety from a young age with his distinguishable tags in the streets of New York and Mexico City. Rooted in contemporary street culture, CHITO has become synonymous with his idiosyncratic abstract motifs and cartoon like-characters created using an airbrush. Renowned for his self-taught hallmark style, the artist’s aesthetic is equally influenced by street and graffiti cultures, as well as high fashion and contemporary art.
Tracing the evolution of his work, CHITO first created his characters using traditional spray cans, tagging street walls. He transitioned his graffiti into the studio, and began to create canvases and works on paper with an airbrush, in a manner more akin to contemporary art. This too transitioned to high fashion as he customised high end luggage and garments using his airbrush graphics, acid etching and Dremel carving. Through this process, the artist forged numerous collaborations with fashion houses and brands to create one offs and capsule collections, notably Givenchy in 2022, Supreme in 2020 and Arc'teryx in 2021.
CHITO is perhaps most widely known for his Distance Pups – a series began in 2017 which outlines a malevolent cartoon-like dog set against a variety of backdrops. In Always Change, Never Change, the series is presented in an immense salon hang. The display will include a diverse array of media, including airbrush on canvas, stretched barbed wire as well as a custom-made canvas in the form of a Distance Pup and as wall mounted sculptures. For the first time, the artist will showcase a free-standing sculpture. Known as CHITO Pup, and wrought from concrete, this mischievous editioned pup stands guard as the epochal 2D works are brought to life. As with CHITO’s works more broadly, the sculpture is both alluring and menacing – a combination of seduction and malevolence which can be seen throughout the exhibition.