23 April, 2014

Fileteado Porteño

While in Buenos Aires, this time, I also wanted to take a workshop of Fileteado Porteño. Alfredo Genovese is very well known fileteador. I took my workshop from him and got certified. I enjoyed doing it as much as I enjoy dancing tango. 
Fileteado is a type of artistic drawing, with stylised lines and flowered, climbing plants, typically used in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It is used to adorn all kind of beloved objects: signs, taxis, lorries and even the old colectivos, Buenos Aires's buses.
Filetes (the lines in fileteado style) are usually full of colored ornaments and symmetries completed with poetic phrases, sayings and aphorisms, both humorous or roguish, emotional or philosophical. They have been part of the culture of the Porteños (inhabitants of Buenos Aires) since the beginnings of the 20th century.
The filetes were born as simple ornaments, becoming an emblematic form of art for the city. The fileteado was recognized as an art after 1970, when it was exhibited for the first time.