Ah technology. After admiring the art on the streets of Miraflores, Lima, I added some photos to instagram, tagging them, as one does, with #streetart, and then looking up the tag to see what else was out there locally. I stumbled upon some amazing work by one mateoliebana and immediately wanted to check it out - and he kindly invited me to his studio in Barranco, the town next door, for a tour.
An architect by profession, Mateo had quit the trade three years ago to focus on his art. His studio walls are ablaze with incredible paintings as you can see, although I'm not sure my photos do them justice. I was lucky enough to catch his brother Joaquin there, who with the hospitality I've come to appreciate so much in Peru, invited me to visit his studio a few doors down. Joaquin had studied sculpture in Edinburgh and his studio was full of a myriad of different forms of art, from beautiful iron chairs (very comfortable) and iron sculptures to paintings and drawings to two-storey high mannequins which wouldn't look out of place in Glastonbury's Shangri-La. All brilliant.
Both with very different styles and both supremely talented, the brothers are set for great great things and it was a privilege to meet them. Thank you Mateo and Joaquin. And technology.