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Gallery takes graffiti off the streets

June 12, 2009 | 10:06 am

Karla Lizbeth Zunega Chavez, 20, who uses the identity "Fanzye" for her work, grew up saving her pocket money to spend on aerosol cans.

"I didn't eat anything at the weekend so I could go and buy a box of cans, or sometimes I'd just buy three because of the cost," she says.

Now her work, and that of other young Mexican graffiti artists, has been taken off the streets by a family-business partnership and placed in a gallery in downtown Mexico City.

Cave Men Did It First is the first permanent art space in the city dedicated exclusively to graffiti.

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-- Deborah Bonello in Mexico City