Meet Praxis: The Rebellious Latino Artist Standing Up Against Speciesism

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Praxis is a rebellious Latin American stencil artist who was born and raised in Colombia. Grounded in humble beginnings, he has made a name for himself by harnessing his passion for Latines, his community, and animals by creating art with an impact. He has dedicated his life to helping animals and has taken Bogotá, Colombia; New York; and Texas by storm with his strong, influential animal rights art. In fact, he was the first artist to hold an animal rights art show in Bogotá.

Praxis has even brought his talents to Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. In a three-day painting marathon, he created an anti-speciesism mural on the side of PETA’s Bob Barker Building. Later, in a weeklong painting event, he encouraged people to “wear vegan” by illustrating a mural on our Empathy Center that depicts the cruelty of the leather and wool industries.

Praxis has generously donated many pieces to PETA and PETA Latino causes over the years and has worked closely with us on projects focusing on Lolita the orca, bullfighting, the Iditarod, vivisection, exotic skins, and vegan eating. Check out the edgy and powerful art he has created to inspire millions of people around the world.


Lolita the orca—along with several other orcas in Puget Sound (off the coast of Washington) who were later sold to marine parks—was violently torn away from her family and natural habitat decades ago. She died on August 18, 2023, without having been freed from the smallest orca tank in the world.


When Lolita was still alive, Praxis created this powerful image to illustrate the suffering she had endured every day and the crucial need to transfer her—and others like her—to a seaside sanctuary.

As long as Lolita and other animals are oppressed and exploited, there will be those of us who won’t rest until they are freed, even if it takes our whole lives.


Praxis’ art was vital in urging Millennium Hotels and Resorts to drop its sponsorship of the deadly Iditarod dog-sled race, which is nothing short of a nightmare for the dogs who are forced to run approximately 1,000 miles while pulling a heavy sled in some of the most grueling conditions on Earth. More than 150 dogs have died while running it—not counting those who have suffered and died while chained up outside during the off-season or who were killed because they lacked the speed or stamina to make the grade.


Praxis has designed several thought-provoking images to aid in the global campaigns to end of the sale of fur, exotic skins, down, and other animal-derived materials. He and his art have offered endless support to our campaigns against the use of such materials by brands and fashion houses, from Urban Outfitters to Louis Vuitton and Prada.

There’s no excuse for this senseless violence towards birds and coyotes when so many fashionable, functional alternatives to fur and down exist.


PETA and Praxis took to the streets of San Antonio to spread awareness of the torture of monkeys at the national primate research centers (NPRC).

The NPRCs receive tens of millions of taxpayer dollars every single year via the National Institutes of Health. Instead of funding effective non-animal research, the agency gives money to the NPRCs so that they can pry baby monkeys away from their mothers, embed devices in their skulls and eyes, breed monkeys infected with Zika virus, and more.

Artwork Reveals Monkeys’ Suffering in NPRC Labs

In Portland, Oregon, Praxis and PETA raised their voices with a citywide flyposting campaign that confronted passersby with images of a traumatized baby monkey who was separated from her family and abused by experimenters. The provocative street art takes aim at the Oregon NPRC at Oregon Health & Science University as well as the six other federally funded primate research centers in the country, demanding that these archaic monkey laboratories be shut down. Praxis’ art targeting the Washington NPRC was seen on the streets of Seattle.

In Texas, San Antonio residents were also confronted by images of a traumatized baby monkey torn away from her mother to be abused by experimenters. Praxis and PETA plastered the city with thought-provoking street art, demanding an end to the Southwest NPRC at Texas Biomedical Research Institute.

In California, Praxis and PETA took over not only the busy downtown streets of Sacramento but also the University of California–Davis, where several infant monkeys have died, including one who died of heat stress and another who was severely injured after staff placed her in the wrong outdoor enclosure and she was attacked by other stressed monkeys. UC-Davis staff also injected 54 titi monkeys with a vaccine that was inappropriate for their species—as a result, three of them had to be euthanized. Praxis shocked residents with impactful art demanding that the California NPRC at UC-Davis lose both its federal funding and its license to conduct experiments.Go Vegan

PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat or abuse in any other way,” and Praxis has dedicated his talents to spreading that message through his art.

Compassion is the way to liberation! Our lives for theirs, until every cage is empty.

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