Fileteado porteño

Fileteado is a type of artistic drawing, with stylised lines and flowered, climbing plants typically used in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It is used to decor all kind of beloved objects, signs, taxis, lorries and even the old Colectivos, Buenos Aires’ buses.
Filetes (the lines in Fileteado style) are usually full of colored ornaments and symmetries completed with poetic phrases, sayings and aphorisms, both humorous or roguish, emotional or philosophical:
“No dejes para mañana lo que puedas beber hoy” (don’t leave for tomorrow what you can drink today) 😀
“Feliz de Adán que no tuvo suegra” (Lucky Adam that didn’t have a mother in law) 🙂

They have been part of the culture of the Porteños (inhabitants of Buenos Aires) since the beginnings of the 20th century. Fileteado is the artistic expression that best represents the City. Like Tango, in Buenos Aires there is no agreement neither to its history and its origins, nor to the first initiator artist. Indeed, as a popular art, the Fileteado has little documentation and what we know today is through testimonials.

The first fileteadores were active, specially in the car factories in the city: these first teachers and craftsmen in the business were Italian immigrants.

Initially Fileteado consisted on very fine lines that covered panels separating trucks or two different colors on its sides. Then later new decorations and refined techniques were added: flowers, scrolls, acanthus leaves, ribbons Argentine ball, straight lines and curves of different thicknesses are combined with country scenes and celebrities, like the Virgin Mary and Carlos Gardel.

Take a look at two of the most important important Fileteadores of Buenos Aires, in our humble opinion: Martiniano Arce and Leon Untroib.

Next time you go to San Telmo,pay attention, you may run into Martiniano Arce , since he lives only one block away Plaza Dorrego…

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