Enrique Kayejero (b. Costa Rica, 1970) is one of the leading artists of Latin America’s emerging urban art scene. His powerful work explores the effects of time on the urban fabric and its dwellers: the oxidized and the decaying as well as the anonymous interactions its citizens have among themselves and with their surroundings.
Through the lens of complex difficulties that defined his childhood, Kayajero movingly interprets daily life in the city. “Kayejero” is a clever spelling for the Spanish word “callejero” which means someone of the street. A “callejero” spends his days out and about, observing, absorbing, enjoying life, talking to people, socializing; feeling the pulse of his surroundings, the heartbeat of the city.
Kayejero’s work is full of the raw energy that is found in street art, in protest art, but greatly refined by a layered technique he has developed over a career that spans more than two decades; plus a unique perspective from a life of struggle and uncompromising principles toward his art and vision. His passion and inspiration comes from urban life and from his observations on society (the good, the bad, the just and unjust). He feels his work “is beyond beauty; it is what I see, what I hear, what I feel, what I do.”
Kayejero’s paintings reflect the whimsical and subtle (yet clear) reflections of his everyday life, drizzled with elements of social critique but it is not his intention to use his art as propaganda and he labors to keep it from becoming a cliché. “City life has always interested me. I consider myself an urban landscaper” says Kayejero. “When I work, I always focus on the three aspects most important to me: humanity, the social condition and physical environment.”
Kayejero has exhibited in his homeland, Costa Rica, and internationally. His work is rapidly being acquired by important private collections. He lives and works in San Jose, Costa Rica.