HIC Crüe is the stencil collective behind the legendary street art gallery Hollywood in Cambodia. The group is composed of BsAsStencil, Malatesta, Run Don’t Walk, Stencil Land and, up until recently, Tester Mariano.
The collective was founded in October 2006 when the artists were commissioned to paint Post Bar, a trendy watering hole in the heart of Palermo Soho. The artists were given total creative freedom to design floor-to-ceiling murals throughout the bar, and in exchange for their work they were offered the use of part of the bar for their own personal project. Thus, Hollywood in Cambodia was born, becoming the first street art gallery in Buenos Aires run by its very own artists: the HIC Crüe.
What took shape through this unique indoor collaboration had originated in the streets where the artists had long been familiar with one another’s work. For years prior, they came across each other’s stencilled images and added their own to the same spaces in what became dynamic collaborative murals. A kind of dialogue developed through the city walls. There, none of the artists signed their contributions; all shared a fundamental belief in the importance of the collective and understood their role in service of a larger design. These were the roots of HIC Crüe and, to this day, when asked who their artwork is by, their answer is always “it was all of us”.
For more work by HIC Crüe:
Available artworks in UNION Gallery