Matias Paradela / Niño Grande
Born in the city of La Plata, Argentina in 1989, Paradela holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the National University of La Plata (UNLP), which he received in 2008. He has participated in several group shows and has had solo shows in his natal Argentina as well as in his second home Bolivia where he also has a studio.
"I paint gas tanks as they are expensive relics, vessels to catch attention. Like a shiny wrapping paper to switch the way we see them. They lost the uniformity and yellow neutrality, and each develops its own personality. I made gas tanks become part of my identity to feel less foreign, to be part of something bigger; a family, a country, a neighborhood. To feel at home without having one."