Defi Gagliardo was born in Buenos Aires in 1975.
He went on to study Graphic Design at Universidad de Buenos Aires, where he expanded on his knowledge in art to later break through it creating FASE, a multidisciplinary art, design and music collective, formed together with Tec and Pedro Perelman in 2000. Together with the DOMA art collective, Defi and FASE were the driving creative force behind a graphic design influenced form of street art, which stood out for its use of latex paint, bright colours, friendly characters and overwhelming positivity. The movement was hugely influential in defining the aesthetics and philosophy of early urban art in Buenos Aires in the years following the 2001 Argentine economic crash.
Defi’s work is characterized by the use of bold explosions of color in compositions varying from the abstract to the figurative. His artwork celebrates spontaneous experimentation and the innocent anarchy of adolescence in works that often feature his childhood pets as protagonists.
Expanding far beyond the streets, Defi works in digital media, sculpture and music. With an established international profile, Defi has exhibited around the world: in the Sao Paulo Museum of Modern Art, Galería Pasto (Barcelona), Choque Cultural (San Pablo), Artscape (Los Angeles), and Neurotitan Gallery (Berlin) among others. In Buenos Aires his works can be found at Galería UNION.
He lives and works in Buenos Aires.