Artists to make Frankston City their canvas for Big Picture Fest 2022

Published on 04 March 2022

Big Picture Fest - The Messenger

The Big Picture Fest is back in 2022 with another incredible line up of local and national artists – all ready to make Frankston City their canvas. The event, now in its fifth year, brings the best street artists together each year to paint new murals on buildings across Frankston City.

South Ward Councillor, Liam Hughes said each year the festival brings more colour and life to Frankston’s City Centre.

“All you have to do is take a walk around our city centre to see the contribution this festival makes to the atmosphere and beauty of our town. To see this grow every year is wonderful. We are all so lucky to have such beautiful imagery here on our doorstep.

“The calibre of artists this festival attracts, both internationally, nationally and locally, says a lot for how important the Big Picture Fest has become on the global street art scene. I feel proud that Council is supporting the arts by gifting these amazing artists a new canvas to showcase their work, where it can be enjoyed by thousands of people every day,” Cr Hughes said.

Monterey Secondary College and Frankston High School students are again participating in the Big Picture Fest via support from the State Government‘s Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, this year also joined by McClelland College students.

Artists participating in this year’s festival include Adnate, Baxter, Bond Truluv, Dvate, George Rose, Ghostpatrol, 23RD KEY, Benjamin Knock, Ling, Morano, Melanie Caple, Scott Nagy & Krims One, REFUZ, Vans the Omega and Zedr.

Street artist Camilo Delgado (REFUZ) is keen to get back to Festival this year, after assisting artist Julian Clavijo (Julian Cla) with his incredible life size whale mural, The Messenger, in 2021.

“[At the time] I had been assisting Julian for about a year and a half with various projects. We connected really well with the graphic style we both have and we work well together, so last year when he had the idea for The Messenger, he asked if I would like to be involved,” Camilo said.

“I got introduced to this festival as an assistant and it’s just so cool to see how after only a year I’m returning as one of the artists.”

Camilo is from Columbia and has been in Australia since 2019. The mural Camilo will be completing for Big Picture Fest 2022 will sit next to his friend Julian’s in Arthur’s Lane, off Playne Street Frankston.

“While I studied graphic design, my work is more illustrative. I like to create scenes and tell a story.”

“My mural will talk about fears. I think for all of us, living with the virus these past few years have been a hard time, so I want to talk about all this fear that we have but how we still can live with it. Fear is not going to disappear but we can live with that,” Camilo said.

“Julian is one of my best friends, he’s someone who really helped me when I first came to Australia and this time he will be assisting me with my mural, along with another friend, so it will be a great time together.

“When I first got involved in street art in Columbia this was always the dream. I used to see all the international festivals happening around the world and I always wanted to be a part of one of them.

“Last year the artists would all get together and have dinner and then go and relax on the beach. We could all talk together and share experiences, which is also really amazing to me. The artists involved in Big Picture Fest this year are all amazing. I remember admiring some of their art back in Columbia,” Camilo said

The Big Picture Fest 2022 runs from Monday 14 to Sunday 20 March. Street Art Walking Tours will be running throughout the Festival and The Block Party on Friday 18 March are both opportunities to watch the artists at work.

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Follow Camilo’s work on Instagram @refuz_paint