Estevan Oriol

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  • Estevan Oriol LA Fingers Black Spray Paint Can Artwork by Montana MTN

    Estevan Oriol Estevan Oriol LA Fingers Black Spray Paint Can Artwork by Montana MTN

    Estevan Oriol- LA Fingers Black Limited Edition Rare Spray Paint Can Artwork Crossover by famous graffiti paint maker Montana MTN. Estevan Oriol LA FINGERS, 2021 Limited Edition of 500 Montana Spray Paint Can Color: Black Estevan Oriol is an internationally celebrated professional photographer, director and entrepreneur. Beginning his career as a club bouncer turned tour manager for popular Los Angeles–based rap groups Cypress Hill and House of Pain, Oriol developed his passion for photography while traveling the world. He began documenting life on the road and established a name for himself amid the emerging hip-hop scene. In 1995, Chicano street photographer Estevan Oriol held a now-famous photo session in which he asked a Latina model with a fierce set of claws to arrange her bling-gilded fingers in the shape of two letters: L and A. Her black, pillowy lips pouting in the background, the image presented a mesmerizing, defiant symbol of West Coast pride. It reclaimed the typography of the Hollywood sign and it reimagined the Dodgers’ interlocking L.A. symbol. Not since the palm tree, the smoggy freeway or the lonely Hockney swimming pool had one image so succinctly captured the essence of Los Angeles — inaccessible and forbidden until Oriol (with its full blessing) delivered it to us.


  • Rascal In The '47 Fleetline PP Archival Print by Estevan Oriol

    Estevan Oriol Rascal In The '47 Fleetline PP Archival Print by Estevan Oriol

    Rascal In The '47 Fleetline PP Printer Proof Archival Print by Estevan Oriol Limited Edition Print on 290gsm Moab Entrada Fine Art Paper Pop Artist Modern Artwork. PP Printers Proof 2018 Signed & Marked PP Limited Edition Artwork Size 24x17 Archival Pigment Fine Art Unveiling Street Narratives in Art Street Pop Art and graffiti Artwork are distinctive in contemporary visual culture, often blurring the lines between high art and everyday urban experience. The work "Rascal In The '47 Fleetline" by Estevan Oriol is a striking example of this genre, where the imagery is as potent in its aesthetic as in its cultural commentary. This particular piece is an Archival Print, a Printer's Proof (PP) from 2018, and it brings forth a raw and unfiltered look at street culture through the lens of modern art. Estevan Oriol's artwork captures the essence of the street in a manner that conveys authenticity and a gritty realness often absent in traditional art forms. The '47 Fleetline, an automobile that resonates with Chicano culture and the lowrider community, becomes a canvas for expressing identity, resilience, and pride. Oriol's subject, Rascal, is not merely a figure but a representation of a larger narrative that speaks to the experiences of those often marginalized in society. The intensity in Rascal's gaze and the sharp detail of the tattoos that adorn his skin tell a personal and collective story. Technique and Medium in Street Pop Art The technical aspects of Oriol's print are as notable as the subject matter. The choice of 290gsm Moab Entrada Fine Art Paper is deliberate, offering a weight and texture that gives depth to the black and white imagery. The archival pigment used in the print ensures longevity, allowing the piece to stand as a historical document of the era it represents. Oriol's signature and the print marking as a Printer's Proof signify its exclusivity and role as a collectible piece within the world of street pop art. Cultural Resonance of Graffiti Artwork While not graffiti in the traditional sense, Oriol's work holds a similar energy and impact. The term 'Graffiti Artwork' often conjures images of spray-painted walls and tagging, yet it has evolved to encompass a broader spectrum of visual street expressions. With its careful composition and stark contrasts, Oriol's print communicates graffiti's defiance and boldness. It is a fixed moment of street culture, elevated to art, yet unremoved from the asphalt and concrete that form its backdrop. The intersection of street culture with the art world, as seen in Oriol's "Rascal In The '47 Fleetline," is a testament to the evolving perceptions of what constitutes fine art. This limited edition piece is not just a representation of a moment or an individual but a profound commentary on the society from which it emerges. It captures the spirit of street pop art and graffiti artwork, making a statement that is felt as much as it is seen.


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The Artistic Journey of Estevan Oriol

Estevan Oriol is an artist whose work has become synonymous with the visual narrative of Los Angeles street culture. Born in Santa Monica, California, Oriol's foray into pop art, street art, and graffiti began unconventionally. His initial career as a bouncer at hip-hop clubs transitioned into a role as a tour manager for iconic groups such as Cypress Hill and House of Pain. During this period, Oriol's passion for photography blossomed amid the kinetic energy of touring​.

Capturing the Essence of Los Angeles

As a Mexican-American photographer, Oriol has a unique perspective that is deeply rooted in his heritage and the pulsating life of Los Angeles. His photography, known for its stark black-and-white portraits, captures the glamor and grit juxtaposing the early 2000s in Los Angeles. Oriol delves into the Latinx lowrider and tattoo subcultures, presenting an authentic lens through which the street pop art scene can be viewed. His work does more than document; it tells the stories of communities and the guarded subcultures that form the tapestry of urban life​.

A Conduit of Urban Expression

Oriol's celebrated status as a professional photographer, director, and urban lifestyle entrepreneur has propelled him onto an international stage. The raw snapshots of life that he captures reflect not just the Latino experience but also speak to a broader audience, resonating with anyone who appreciates the accurate and genuine aspects of city living. His affiliation with Soul Assassins, a collective of artists and musicians, further embeds him in urban artistic expression. Estevan Oriol has become more than an observer; he is a participant and a chronicler of the evolving landscape of street pop art and graffiti artwork. His lens has afforded many a view into the enclaves of Los Angeles that might otherwise go unnoticed. Through his art, Oriol has not only documented the lives of others but also shaped his narrative, one that is interwoven with the city he so vividly captures. His work stands as a testament to the power of street pop art as a form of cultural commentary and as a means of bringing the margins to the center of the conversation about art, identity, and community.
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