Gordopelota literally translates to “fat ball,” a perfect connection to the cherubic, cartoon-like sports fans painted by Buenos Aires-based painter and muralist, Martin Gordopelota. Endowed with features that resemble lowbrow, street-centric Botero figures, Gordopelota doesn’t paint the iconic stars or legends of the pitch. His works are colorful depictions of football culture, like comic book versions of Bill Buford’s iconic soccer hooligan memoir, Among the Thugs. But these are Argentinian scenes, not European, laced with particular details and elements that speak to a specific fandom and culture on the streets of South America. With fellow Argentinian painter Felipe Pantone asking the questions, we learn about Gordopelota’s early days as an uncertain artist, his explorations into graffiti and fútbol culture, and…

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