With steady brushwork, a witty comment, and always a bit of Rock’n’Roll: This mixture characterizes him as an artist, says Hugo Jose Maria Corral from Barcelona. The Catalan with the nickname Brusco is an artist in body and soul and has dedicated himself to “Lowbrow art”. He usually embellishes motorcycle helmets with lettering in his studio, reminiscent of a garage, or he gives motorcycle tanks a new look. The 38-year-old creates signs with his own personal style: Sometimes provocative and courageous, other times playful and funny.
… is a visual art movement in which influences from different subcultures are mixed, for example, from the underground comic scene, the hot rod scene and the rock scene. Often also referred to as pop surrealism, Lowbrow-art often uses iconic “retro” elements with a sense of humour.
Brusco has drawn and painted throughout his life. As an 18-year-old he engaged in a study of the fine arts. Later, his talent earned him a job in an advertising agency. What he took from there: “I learned how important communication is. In addition, I have always adapted my style to meet the needs of my customers.” After working as a Creative Director for several years, Brusco decided to return to his roots and become self-employed. “I wanted to have a brush in my hands again,” he says, grinning. The move to self-employment was a challenge for him: “I had to leave my comfort zone and my financial security to do something new.”
I had to leave my comfort zone and my financial security to do something new
Brusco’s recipe for success: You have to face art with humor, don’t always take everything so seriously, explains the Spaniard. That is why he is drawn to Lowbrow style, which reflects this attitude exactly. His passion for motorcycles can be combined perfectly with this art form: Brusco is committed to preserving the classic rocker and biker scene. He is a member of the “Walking Irons”, an offshoot of the legendary ACE Café from London, which was founded in early 2017 in Barcelona.
Brusco does not back away, even from major projects. He has already painted a large mural for a well-known clothing brand. An indispensable highlight in his collection is the Indian food truck Masala73. Brusco gave the rebuilt Mercedes-Benz 406 D a new color and inscription. He left nothing to chance with the design. With comprehensive research he tried to transfer the flair of India to the van. To achieve this, Brusco created a suitable color palette and looked for the perfect typography. The result is impressive: The Masala73 is now an absolute favorite of the public on the streets of Barcelona. The design is an eye-catcher and carries the signature of Hugo Jose Maria Corral, alias Brusco.