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Our Pick of the Most Influential People Shaping Culture in Buenos Aires in 2018

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Updated: 13 February 2018

Buenos Aires is one of the most vibrant cultural hubs in South America. As Argentina’s capital, it is also the country’s capital of culture. We check out the most influential tastemakers in the city this year.


Victoria Tolomei

Victoria Tolomei is an independent curator who has her hand in everything from street art to fashion and big brands. She is currently an ambassador for Cynar, a popular drink who sponsor all of the hottest events in the city, as well as working with artists to curate solo and collective exhibitions. She sees contemporary culture as all encompassing, and that the modern world is a fusion of art, music, drinks, fashion and friends. Follow her on Instagram and check out what’s hot.


Emiliano RNDR Martinez

Graphic designer, art director and collage artist Emiliano RDNR Martinez is a lover of all things visual and creative. Not only does he contribute his own designs to magazines and album covers, but he also organises exhibitions and collage workshops so people can learn the craft for themselves. Check out visual alchemy on his Instagram and follow his page Collagear for the country’s best collage works.


Allie Lazar

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This Chicago import is the go-to girl for anything food related. Her food and drink blog Pick Up The Fork is a veritable bible of all things culinary going on in Buenos Aires and around Argentina, and a review from this popular food critic can make or break a restaurant. Lazar has had her own TV show with Pick Up The Fork on YouTube where she samples some of the best Argentine cuisine out there, and you can check it out here.


Ponto Tattoo

Ponto Tattoo, a.k.a. Nano, is one of the most in-demand tattoo artists working in Buenos Aires right now. Oozing talent from every pore, clients want his ink because he only does one of a kind pieces in his signature handpoked dotwork style. With nearly 55,000 followers on Instagram, Nano’s (mainly) black designs are elegant and ephemeral, except that they’re for life. Get an appointment quick via direct message, as he’s leaving soon and who knows when he’ll be back.


Christina Sunae

Christina Sunae has single-handedly created a Southeast Asian food revolution in the Argentine capital. Her closed door restaurant was always booked out, so much so that she upscaled to a fully fledged restaurant, Sunae Asian Cantina. The go-to joint for anything from Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia, Sunae’s influence can be felt in bao bars across the city.


Santiago Vazquez

Multi-talented musical maestro Santiago Vasquez has been at the helm of some of the city’s most impressive big bands, orchestras and jam sessions. One of the driving forces behind the famous Monday night drum circle Bomba del Tiempo, Vazquez now directs the weekly sonic extravaganza of La Grande, a semi-improv musical display that sees some of the city’s best musicians team up with amateurs to bring you one of the most popular nights in the city.


Pedro Pena and German Sitz

This culinary tag team have the market cornered when it comes to reinventing typical Argentine dishes. Their contemporary take on the tried and tested parilla came in the form of La Carniceria, a small restaurant serving up tasty slabs of meat in a modern way. They then moved on to the humble choripan, which was transformed into gourmet deliciousness at Chori, and their latest venture Nino Gordo fuses Argentine cuisine with Asian flavours in a decadent and gauche setting that has foodies queuing out the door to get a seat.