A year and a half ago, San Spiga didn’t know upon leaving to Europe that he was embarking on a journey of pasting Maradonas around the world. The visual artist –or image worker, as he prefers– was in Naples last year on the anniversary of the Hand of God, possibly the most controversial goal in the history of fútbol. “It began as an isolated homage on June 29th, 2016 for the 30th anniversary of the Hand of God and it evolved into a series of full size prints and cut outs of emblematic Diego pictures. They started being part of all of my travels”.
San Spiga had decided to take a hiatus from teaching design at UBA’s FADU and crossed the charco over to Europe to research and visit visual arts schools for an upcoming documentary. Focused on the teaching and learning of design in Europe and Latin America, the making of “Se hace, se aprende” took him through Spain, Italy, Holland, Germany, Poland and England. All through the old continent, San Spiga interviewed art school masterminds and pasted larger than life Diegos. In Europe again this year, he pursued his mission and pasted more Maradonas, from Denmark to Morrocco and back through Naples.
Meanwhile in Buenos Aires…
“A true Maradonian understands that the rivalry isn’t with Messi, but with Pelé”, Spiga explains after a day of sticking larger than life Diego Maradona posters on the walls of La Paternal. On the occasion of Diego’s birthday, the Argentine visual artist brought his work to the neighborhood that hosted the first division debut of el 10. “Comparing Maradona and Messi is like opposing Boca to Racing. It’s just not accurate.”
Semillero del Mundo, a social association linked to Paternal’s Argentinos Juniors, invited San Spiga to intervene the walls of the frozen in time neighborhood for the second consecutive year. “We saw what he was doing in Naples and it seemed like a good way of giving something back to the people of our community, knowing what Maradona means to the folks here”, organizer Ramses Santangelo explains. “So we invited San Spiga to share his art on the Argentinos Juniors stadium and on the streets of where Diego became Diego”.
As the next World Cup approaches, San Spiga has a few other projects up his sleeve. “I’m thinking of other emblematic players from around the world and ideally getting those posters up in Russia for the 2018 Mundial”. Just getting the word out there, in case any Russian clubs are reading this, San Spiga is down with doing your cancha.