by Ariadna Zierold
Joshua Santos Rivera (featured earlier), also known under the pseudonyms of “Bik”, “Ismo” and “Bik-Ismo” was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico in 1981. The distinctive symbol of this urban artist is the toaster.
Joshua has worked as a graffiti artist for 16 years, which has allowed him to belong to prestigious urban arts groups, among them The Nasty Boys (TNB) and Masters at Destruction (MAD). Among his achievements are being the artist who organized the first exhibition of graffiti on canvas in Puerto Rico, entitled “Virtuosos of Aerosol”, and be the first to organize an exhibition of urban art in Puerto Rico, entitled “Exhibition”. These exhibitions opened their doors to other urban artists so they could present their work in more formal settings.
Similarly, “Bik” achieved the distinction of being one of the students chosen by the School of Visual Arts in Puerto Rico to visit the Arco Fair in Madrid, Spain. Also, “Ismo” painted the largest mural in the Caribbean: A water tank.