BENUZ (Victor Manuel Pérez Esteves) was born in Mexico City in 1977. He first came in contact with graffiti through skateboarding in 1992. Considered one of the pioneers of the Mexican graffiti movement, his technically elaborate style has inspired many young graffiti artists worldwide. Benuz is influenced by the American artist Barry McGee, the originator of the neograffiti, and by the great Mexican cartoonist José Guadalupe Posadas. He works with
skeletons and skulls in his writing, mixing new tendencies with the traditional topics of the Mexican culture. His project “Nahuallis,” or “nocturnal guardian spirit,” was influenced by contemporary artist Marta Pallau. He discovered calligraphy in a workshop with master Chaz
Bojorquez in 2006 and his repertoire includes figural portraits and abstract lines mixed with his Nahualli figures. His current project “Ritual Graffiti” uses new forms of “nontextual” expression, similar to the Mexican “Tlacuilo” (writing through painting) symbols. His paintings use the mystique energies of the preHispanic Mexican culture of the Anahuak, contemporarily expressed and interpreted. Benuz has been part of many international festivals, and lives and works in Dresden, Germany.