A giant iguana in the streets of the second city of Aruba is what the community has been mesmerised with. It is not a scene from movie, but the first visible sign of the Aruba Art Fair. The world famous street artist Bordalo II arrived in Aruba last week and went to work immediately.

Born in Lisbon in 1987, Artur Bordalo aka Bordalo II grew up watching his grandfather, Real Bordalo, painting the city of Lisbon. Bordalo II presents us a figurative painting full of vivacity and movement, where he paints his own interpretation of urban landscapes and city entertainment. He collects what we consider garbage and makes collages with it on city walls. All of a sudden an enormous animal is watching the people on the streets. It is not only a way to recycle, but also a critique of the world we live in, where we often have nice things, which are based on junk without realizing it.

Bordalo II gracefully accepted when he was invited to attend the first Aruba Art Fair. About a dozen international and many local artists will participate in this mixed event that will be held on September 16, 17 and 18. Paintings, sculptures, music, dance, performances, fashion and even culinary art will be on display.

All the artists will be hosting workshops for free to the local community. Through the workshops the international artist will select one to three local artist to help the international artist in creating a mural. In de days to come the walls of San Nicolas will change forever and the cultural capital of Aruba will become a must see for visitors and local people alike.

PMO Staff