Thousands of people and militants have been remembering Néstor Kirchner today exactly one year after he died aged 60 following a heart attack. Muralist Marcos Catuares painted a new portrait of the former president in Plaza del Congreso on behalf of the political group ‘Segundo Centenario’ to mark the occasion.

New mural and statue of Kirchner in Plaza del Congreso

A bronze statute of Kirchner created by plastic artist and sculptor Omar Gasparini was also on show in front of the Palacio del Congreso this morning.

Miners of Río Turbio with statue of Néstor

The statue was later carried by the miners of Río Turbio in a procession to Plaza del Mayo followed by members of the public, Kirchnerist groups, militants and party supporters.

Kirchner mural by Catuares in Plaza de Mayo

Catuares also painted another mural of Kirchner in Plaza de Mayo in April to coincide with the sixth month anniversary of Kirchner’s death. Accompaning the portrait is the phrase ‘La vida por su pueblo’, meaning ‘Your life for your people’.

Political portrait in front of La Casa Rosada

Thousands of political posters and graffiti depicting president Cristina Fernandéz de Kirchner and her late husband have also popped up all over the city, as well as more graffiti tributes by political groups.

Kirchner mural in Parque Chacabuco

A number of murals have the phrase KV, an abbreviation for ‘Kirchner Vuelve’ meaning ‘Kirchner will return’.

More Kirchner graffiti in Plaza de Mayo

Click here to see more photos of Néstor Kirchner graffiti

Ever has completed a fantastic new mural in Palermo featuring Mao Tse Tsung, a Chinese girl and boy, and an image of the Virgin Mary. Ever began working on his design almost a month ago and finally finished it this weekend in between working on other projects. However the mural has already caused quite a stir.

Mao and the children of the revolution

Ever explained what his latest design was about: “In the mural, Mao is talking to the youth in China about the idea of communism but the kids aren’t too interested and are looking the other way and thinking about something else, the Virgin (Mary). I found an image on the internet that I liked and wanted to paint. It was of the Virgin of Guadalupe but I had no idea the Church of Our Lady of of Guadalupe was around the corner!”
He added: “Later on a priest from the church passed by. He’s a nice guy but was asking why I had painted the image of the Virgin and why there was a triangle covering her face.”

Virgin controversy

“For me I wanted to create something mysterious and for me the triangle adds a sense of mystery to the artwork,” says Ever. “It also has references to Egyptian culture (with the pyramids), and it was always my idea to put it over the Virgin’s face. In a way the Virgin is also giving the children energy. However, people always make their own conclusions and take away their own meanings when they look at my my artworks but I didn’t think it would cause so much fuss. I had about five arguments with people who were looking at the mural and asking ‘why have I painted it like that?’ One old fella was really angry and told me: ‘You can’t put the Virgin with a dictator!”

The Chairman in Palermo

Despite some adverse comments, Ever said he’s really happy with his the finished design which he reckons is the biggest ever mural he’s painted in Buenos Aires. “You can’t please everyone and that’s what art is about,” says Ever. “I really like everything that has happened and for me it’s the best wall I’ve done.”
The design along Julian Alvarez street is also the second portrait of Mao that Ever has painted in the street. He made his first one in Villa Crespo earlier this year.

Mao in Villa Crespo

Ever was also kind enough to let us help him out with a spot of painting so many thanks to him for the ‘buena onda’ and taking this photo. Next time we’ll leave it to the professionals!

Matt lending a hand

Check out more photos of Ever’s new mural on his flickr page
And find out why Ever paints Mao and more about his other designs in this interview

Cristina Fernandéz de Kirchner is celebrating re-election as president of Argentina after winning a record 53.8% of the vote last night. One CFK fanatic has covered his house in Palermo with stencils depicting famous phrases and quotes relating to Cristina including “Cris Pasion”, “Para todos y todas” (“For all men and all women”), “La chica que nos gusta” (“The woman that we like”), and “Octobre es mañana” (“October is tomorrow”). Continue reading →