Argentine street artist Lean Frizzera has been forced to cover up his own mural after a local resident complained that the image was ‘pornographic’.
Provocative – Lean’s original design with Emy Mariani
Lean is famous for his fantastic and provocative murals of voluptuous women that you can find all over Buenos Aires. However, his latest with Emy Mariani entitled ‘Red Hot Riding Hell’, which showed a dog performing oral sex on a semi-naked woman, proved a step too far for one neighbour who called TV and radio station to complain.
Lean told BA Street Art: “I made this artwork and someone, a neighbour, was offended. They called the media saying it was like a porno. Canal 9 and Radio Continental both contacted me saying they wanted to do interviews. I think they wanted to see a fight between me and my neighbour but I told them I wasn’t going to fight. The whole thing is crazy.”
The local residents committee then called Lean to inform him that the police had received a complaint about his mural. “After that I put up a giant notice saying ‘Obra Censurada!’ (‘Work Censured!’) and covered it all up,” said Lean. “Do I think think this painting is a bit too expicit? Of course not, I think someone was just trying to stir up some trouble. For me painting has to shock. It has to surprise the person who sees it and make things happen.”