As the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E team breaks new ground on the roads of the world, this is exactly where we find those who share our hunger to leave comfort zones and follow passions. What drives an artist to leave the traditional canvas and take his artwork to the streets instead? This is Chilean street artist Karim Sabal Benito’s story.
The instant the first drop of metallic blue paint hits the brick, Karim knows he’s right where he belongs – on the streets of Santiago, honouring what his hands and mind were made for. Making statements, brightening people’s lives and creating something out of nothing.
Karim is one of the 800 or so artists sharing their passion with the streets of Santiago. A city long known for its creativity, political and philosophical art movements, a thriving music scene and numerous culinary revolutions. In short, Santiago is the perfect home for the driven few.
Here, the attitude of ignoring the traditional and doing the extraordinary lives on every street corner, back alley, brick wall and shop front of Santiago’s creative district – Bellevista. A vibrant barrio nestled between the Mapocho River and San Cristóbal Hill, known as Santiago's bohemian quarter, home to Santiago’s “Curators of The Street” and their artworks.
And it’s here, while competing in our third ever Formula E race, we got talking to Karim about what drives him to pick up the spray can instead of the paintbrush and leave his mark on this colourful city instead of a canvas.