A Colombian sign painter’s hand is seen writing with a brush on a music party poster in the sign painting workshop in Cartagena, Colombia. A Colombian sign painter’s hand is seen writing with a brush on a music party poster in the sign painting workshop in Cartagena, Colombia.
A Colombian sign painter apprentice takes down a just-finished music party poster in the sign painting workshop in Cartagena, Colombia. A Colombian sign painter apprentice takes down a just-finished music party poster in the sign painting workshop in Cartagena, Colombia.
A Colombian sign painter paints letters on a hand-painted promotional banner in the sign painting workshop in Cartagena, Colombia. A Colombian sign painter paints letters on a hand-painted promotional banner in the sign painting workshop in Cartagena, Colombia.
A Colombian sign painter writes with a brush while working on music party posters in the sign painting workshop in Cartagena, Colombia. A Colombian sign painter writes with a brush while working on music party posters in the sign painting workshop in Cartagena, Colombia.
Painting brushes are seen floating in the rinse water basin in the sign painting workshop in Cartagena, Colombia. Painting brushes are seen floating in the rinse water basin in the sign painting workshop in Cartagena, Colombia.
Colombian sign painters work on a large music party poster in the sign painting workshop in Cartagena, Colombia. Colombian sign painters work on a large music party poster in the sign painting workshop in Cartagena, Colombia.
José Corredor (“Runner”) talks with a girl while clearing paint from his brushes in the sign painting workshop in Cartagena, Colombia. José Corredor (“Runner”) talks with a girl while clearing paint from his brushes in the sign painting workshop in Cartagena, Colombia.
Colombian sign painters write with a brush while working on music party posters in the sign painting workshop in Cartagena, Colombia. Colombian sign painters write with a brush while working on music party posters in the sign painting workshop in Cartagena, Colombia.
A Colombian sign painter apprentice writes with a brush while working on music party posters in the sign painting workshop in Cartagena, Colombia. A Colombian sign painter apprentice writes with a brush while working on music party posters in the sign painting workshop in Cartagena, Colombia.
Clean brushes and folded posters, available to pick up, are seen placed on a splattered kerb in the sign painting workshop in Cartagena, Colombia. Clean brushes and folded posters, available to pick up, are seen placed on a splattered kerb in the sign painting workshop in Cartagena, Colombia.
A music party propaganda, created by Runner’s collective, is seen painted on the wall in Bazurto market in Cartagena, Colombia. A music party propaganda, created by Runner’s collective, is seen painted on the wall in Bazurto market in Cartagena, Colombia.

Champeta poster painting

Cartagena, Colombia – 2017-2018

Hidden in the dark, narrow alleys of Bazurto market, a group of dozen young men gathered around José Corredor (“Runner”), the master painter, produce every day hundreds of hand-painted posters. Although the vast majority of the production is designed for a cheap visual promotion of popular Champeta music parties, held every weekend around the city, Runner and his apprentices also create other graphic design artworks, based on brush lettering technique. Using simple brushes and bright paints, the artisanal workshop keeps the traditional sign painting art alive.

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