Argentine muralist Martin Ron has completed a new giant mural of Diego Maradona in the city of Buenos Aires. Story and photos by BA Street Art.
The mural measures 40 metres wide by 45 metres high and is located in the neighbourhood of Constitución. The artwork was sponsored and organised by state-owned petrol company YPF that also sponsors the Argentina national football team. It is being inaugurated today to commemorate the birthday of the Argentine footballer who was born on 30th October 1960 and would have been 62 years-old.
Maradona won the World Cup with Argentina in 1986 and helped his country to the final of the tournament again in 1990. He is widely regarded as the world’s greatest ever footballer. Argentina was in mourning and millions of football fans were in shock after the superstar player died on November 25th 2020.
Martin Ron told Buenos Aires Street Art the mural took 25 days to complete with at team of seven other people helping him and the image is based a photo of Maradona from the 1990 World Cup final against Germany in 1990 in Italy when Argentina lost 1-0 in the final. The artist said: “I chose this photo because we know that Maradona was the best footballer in history and in this photo appears the Diego that all Argentines know – the warrior who fights against all adversity and shows his passion to win.”
The mural covering a 12-story apartment building has been described as the largest mural in the world depicting Maradona. Street artist Jorit also painted an enormous mural of Maradona in Naples, Italy in 2017.
The mural has been completed just three weeks before the World Cup starts with Argentina among the favourites to win the tournament along with Brazil, England, France and Spain.
Also check out our photos and blog post about another mega mural of Maradona by Argentine street artist Maxi Bagnasco that was also finished this week.
All photos © Buenos Aires Street Art