Javier Serrano Guerra
Juan Jaume Fernández
Pablo Ferreiro Mederos
Pablo Purón Carrillo


Each of the more than twenty countries in which we have worked represents a unique experience that has made us learn and gradually generate a participatory methodology in which we involve communities not only in the design process but in the execution of a urban art piece. More than fifteen years of work with the aim of humanizing the city and generating great changes from simple artistic activities.


How to Cite
Serrano Guerra, J., Jaume Fernández, J., Ferreiro Mederos, P. and Purón Carrillo, P. (2018) “Art as a tool for change”, The Journal of Public Space, 3(2), pp. 13–40. doi: 10.32891/jps.v3i2.1108.
Art and Activism
Author Biography

Javier Serrano Guerra, Boa Mistura

Boa Mistura is a multidisciplinary team with roots in graffiti art. Born in late 2001, Madrid, Spain. The term ‘Boa Mistura’ comes from the Portuguese ’good mixture’, referring to the diversity of backgrounds and points of view from each member. We were fifteen years old when we first met, while painting the walls of our neighbourhood. We became friends since then. We painted our first mural in the late 2001 and in January 2010 we opened our own studio in Madrid, where we work hard with passion and love. We develop our work mainly in the public space. We have carried out projects in South Africa, USA, UK, Brazil, Mexico, Georgia, Chile, Algeria, Norway, Kenya, China, Serbia or Panamá. Our headquarters is in Madrid, but we spend the day from here to there, living among paint buckets, computers and ping-pong matches.
We love what we do. We understand our work, as a tool to transform the street and to create bonds between people. We feel a responsibility with the city and time we are living in.