Maxi Bagnasco says he is aware of Diego Maradona’s options by coronary heart after portray portraits of the soccer star nearly every day because the Argentine World Cup winner died final November.
The artist, who creates lifelike work with spray paint on enormous canvases, determined to make Maradona his area of interest after the outpouring of grief over the footballer’s dying.
“I am not afraid of being pigeonholed, I believe that what everyone sees from me is the hand of God,” Bagnasco informed Reuters with a smile, a reference to Maradona’s well-known purpose in opposition to England on the 1986 World Cup, which Argentina went on to win.
“I think Maradona will accompany me in other projects that I do.”
Bagnasco, 39, has been utilizing his cellphone to repeat pictures of Maradona, who has cult-like standing in Argentina, the place he was nicknamed ‘D10S,’ a play on the Spanish phrase for ‘God’ that comes with the quantity ’10’ shirt he wore as a participant.
In a stylish meals court docket in Buenos Aires, Bagnasco confirmed off some twenty work of Maradona, together with a big rendering of a well-known pose of the silky striker in his blue-and-white Argentina jersey, which he was ending off with a brush.
A black-and-white portray confirmed a younger Maradona with lengthy hair over his face. In one other, the participant holds aloft the World Cup. Another mirrored Maradona’s wilder aspect, exhibiting him puffing on a cigar in entrance of an enormous Argentina flag.
Bagnasco, who mentioned he knew he wished to be an artist at age 9 when he received a contest copying a Vincent van Gogh portray, is now trying to public sale off the works. He mentioned there had been robust demand and social media curiosity in his artwork, which had led to numerous commissions.
“He was the best of all time. The Argentine best known in the world, with a unique life, a life no one else will have,” mentioned Bagnasco.
“That’s why I say that what is happening to me today, that they are asking me to paint him all over the world, is not going to happen with anyone else, only with Diego.”