Ricardo Passaporte

Ricardo Passaporte (b. 1987, Portugal). Passaporte paints a wide variety of subjects that reflect his interest in branding, advertising, and consumerism. Passaporte, who first worked as a graffiti artist, rose to fame for his series of Pop art-influenced paintings inspired by the German discount retailer chain Lidl. He has accrued a following in Europe and mounted solo exhibitions in Paris, Madrid, Cologne, and Naples, among other cities. His frequent use of airbrush—a nod to his tagging past—lends his work a hazy appearance that affords his subjects a sense of dispassionate remove. Passaporte also creates sculptures and installations that explore the aesthetic and ubiquity of corporate branding, from Footlocker to Tesco to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.