cheikrew street art porto Portos Playfully Alluring Street Art: Chei Krew, Hazul, Costah, Hugo Sousa, Godmess, David Pintor and Justin Phame with Bella Amaral

A charming, vibrant coastal city north of Lisbon, Porto boasts a dizzying array of enchanting street art, including many relatively small-scale works. Pictured above is by Porto-based duo Chei Krew. Here are several more:

Hazul

hazul street art portugal porto Portos Playfully Alluring Street Art: Chei Krew, Hazul, Costah, Hugo Sousa, Godmess, David Pintor and Justin Phame with Bella Amaral

Costah

costah street art porta portugal Portos Playfully Alluring Street Art: Chei Krew, Hazul, Costah, Hugo Sousa, Godmess, David Pintor and Justin Phame with Bella Amaral

 Hugo Sousa

alien street art porto portugal Portos Playfully Alluring Street Art: Chei Krew, Hazul, Costah, Hugo Sousa, Godmess, David Pintor and Justin Phame with Bella Amaral

Godmess

godmess street art porto portugal Portos Playfully Alluring Street Art: Chei Krew, Hazul, Costah, Hugo Sousa, Godmess, David Pintor and Justin Phame with Bella Amaral

David Pintor

David Pintor street art porto portugal Portos Playfully Alluring Street Art: Chei Krew, Hazul, Costah, Hugo Sousa, Godmess, David Pintor and Justin Phame with Bella Amaral

Brooklyn native Justin Phame & Rio de Janeiro native Bella Amaral, currently based in Porto

Justin phame and Bella Amaral street art porto portugal Portos Playfully Alluring Street Art: Chei Krew, Hazul, Costah, Hugo Sousa, Godmess, David Pintor and Justin Phame with Bella Amaral

Photo credits: 1-6 Lois Stavsky, 7 courtesy Justin Phame

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17matrix street art portugal In Quinta do Mocho with L7m, Odeith, Vhils, Nomen, Ricardo Romero, Oze Arv and Violant

Situated in Sacavém, Loures, Quinta do Mocho is home to an urban social project from the municipality of Loures. This project started with the festival o bairro I o munro and has since graced dozens of stark buildings with stunning murals by both local and international artists. Pictured above is the work of Brazilian artist L7m. Here are several more images captured:

Odeith

odeith street art portugal In Quinta do Mocho with L7m, Odeith, Vhils, Nomen, Ricardo Romero, Oze Arv and Violant

Vhils

vhils street art portugal In Quinta do Mocho with L7m, Odeith, Vhils, Nomen, Ricardo Romero, Oze Arv and Violant

Nomen

nomen street art portugal In Quinta do Mocho with L7m, Odeith, Vhils, Nomen, Ricardo Romero, Oze Arv and Violant

Ricardo Romero

Ricardo romero aka chip street art portugal In Quinta do Mocho with L7m, Odeith, Vhils, Nomen, Ricardo Romero, Oze Arv and Violant

Oze Arv

ozearv street art portugal In Quinta do Mocho with L7m, Odeith, Vhils, Nomen, Ricardo Romero, Oze Arv and Violant

Violant

violant street art portugal In Quinta do Mocho with L7m, Odeith, Vhils, Nomen, Ricardo Romero, Oze Arv and Violant

Photos by Lois Stavsky

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drawing jesus faces on the wall street art lisbon portugal In Lisbon, Portugal: Faces on the Blue Wall with Drawing Jesus, Francisco Camilo, Trafic, Ayako, Robo and Vanessa Rosa

Facilitated by the Galeria de Arte Urbana, or Gallery of Urban Art, a long wall surrounding Lisbon’s Julio de Matos Psychiatric Hospital has evolved into an intriguing open-air gallery, showcasing a range of expressive faces.  Pictured above is by Portugese artist Drawing Jesus. Here are several more images captured from this wall that stretches over half a mile:

Also by Drawing Jesus

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Francisco Camilo

francisco camilo street art mural lisbon portugal In Lisbon, Portugal: Faces on the Blue Wall with Drawing Jesus, Francisco Camilo, Trafic, Ayako, Robo and Vanessa Rosa

 Trafic

trafic street art lisbon portugal In Lisbon, Portugal: Faces on the Blue Wall with Drawing Jesus, Francisco Camilo, Trafic, Ayako, Robo and Vanessa Rosa

 Ayako

Ayako street art lisbon portugal In Lisbon, Portugal: Faces on the Blue Wall with Drawing Jesus, Francisco Camilo, Trafic, Ayako, Robo and Vanessa Rosa

Robo

robo street art lisbon portugal In Lisbon, Portugal: Faces on the Blue Wall with Drawing Jesus, Francisco Camilo, Trafic, Ayako, Robo and Vanessa Rosa

Brazilian artist Vanessa Rosa

Vanessa rosa street art lisbon portugal In Lisbon, Portugal: Faces on the Blue Wall with Drawing Jesus, Francisco Camilo, Trafic, Ayako, Robo and Vanessa Rosa

Photo credits: 1 – 4, 6 & 7 Lois Stavsky; 5 Sara C Mozeson

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bordalo2 street art lisbon portugal At Lisbons LX Factory with Bordalo II, Miguel RAM,  Noty & Aroz, Mário Belém, Mariana Dias Coutinho and MaisMenos

A renovated industrial complex that how houses some of Lisbon’s coolest shops, design firms and restaurants, the FX Factory is also home to an eclectic collection of first-rate street art. Pictured above is a bee fashioned by Bordalo II from discarded objects. Bordalo II has the following to say about his work: …I belong to a generation that is extremely consumerist, materialist and greedy. With the production of things at its highest, the production of “waste” and unused objects is also at its highest. “Waste” is quoted because of its abstract definition: “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”.  I create, recreate, assemble and develop ideas with end-of-life material and try to relate it to sustainability, ecological and social awareness.

Here are several other artworks I saw last week while visiting the FX Factory:

Miguel RAM

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French artists Noty & Aroz

Noty and Aroz street art lisbon portugal At Lisbons LX Factory with Bordalo II, Miguel RAM,  Noty & Aroz, Mário Belém, Mariana Dias Coutinho and MaisMenos

Mário Belém, close-up from huge mural

mario belem street art lisbon portugal At Lisbons LX Factory with Bordalo II, Miguel RAM,  Noty & Aroz, Mário Belém, Mariana Dias Coutinho and MaisMenos

Mariana Dias Coutinho, close-up

Mariana Dias Coutinho close up street art portugal At Lisbons LX Factory with Bordalo II, Miguel RAM,  Noty & Aroz, Mário Belém, Mariana Dias Coutinho and MaisMenos

MaisMenos, one of his “streetments”

MaisMenos street art lisbon portugal1 At Lisbons LX Factory with Bordalo II, Miguel RAM,  Noty & Aroz, Mário Belém, Mariana Dias Coutinho and MaisMenos

Photos by Lois Stavsky

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alski with merchandise all the right Speaking with Veteran Queens Graffiti Writer Alski

While attending the Street Art Expo NYC this past May in Elmhurst, I met the legendary Queens graffiti writer Alski. Struck by his passion and devotion to the graffiti culture, I was delighted to have the opportunity to interview him. We met up late last month at All the Right – a hip-hop clothing and graffiti art store — on the corner of 92nd Street and Corona Avenue in Elmhurst.

When did you first get up?  

It was back in 1979 in Corona. I was in the 6th grade at the time.

What were your main spots?

Street corners and the 7 train.

alski paints graffiti Speaking with Veteran Queens Graffiti Writer Alski

What inspired you back then?

It was the incredible pieces I saw on my walks from Roosevelt Avenue to Junction Boulevard – works by Dondi, Fuzz, Flame. I remember being struck by their phenomenal colors. And I liked the idea of becoming popular — of getting known.

Did you paint with any crews back in the day?

I was mostly solo. The kids from school wouldn’t put me down because I was White.

How did your family feel about what you were doing back?

My father couldn’t understand why I was doing what I was doing! He yelled at me, but he was always good to me.

Alski graffiti on canvas with background Speaking with Veteran Queens Graffiti Writer Alski

What were some of the dangers you encountered doing what you were doing?

Running as I was getting chased and dodging bottles that were thrown at me.

Can you tell us something about your name — Alski?

I’ve actually had lots of names. But the Al is my tribute to Raskal; I like his handstyle. And ski signifies homie.

These days — would you rather work alone, or do you prefer to collaborate with others?

I generally like working alone, but collaborating with others allows me to get to know other writers.

alski paints train Speaking with Veteran Queens Graffiti Writer Alski

Any thoughts about the graffiti/street art divide? Do you — personally — feel it?

There’s definitely resentment among some graffiti writers towards street artists. Many street artists come from privileged backgrounds, and they’ve gone on to earn degrees in Fine Arts. Most graffiti kids can’t spend money the way many street artists can to promote their careers. The writers also feel that much of street art is a sell-out. But, no, I don’t feel it personally. I’m neutral! I’m open to interviewing street artists for my podcast, as well as graffiti writers.

Have any particular cultures influenced your aesthetic?

The B-Boy culture and hip-hop were my main influences.

the alski show Speaking with Veteran Queens Graffiti Writer Alski

I’ve been checking out The Alski Show. I love it.  It’s so much fun, and I’m learning so much. You’ve interviewed quite a few legends.

Yes. Among them are Ces, Moody Mutz, Fade AA Mobb, DusterDuel, Ket, Giz & Easy

You’ve been doing this weekly now for almost a year. I know that you work full time. That’s a lot of love and a lot of devotion.

It’s my way of giving back, of keeping the culture alive and pushing it forward.

The Alski Show certainly seems to be doing that!

street art expo nyc queens Speaking with Veteran Queens Graffiti Writer Alski

You can check out Alski’s website, Out to Crashhere.  And you can meet him tomorrow, Sunday, at the Street Art Expo NYC where he will be selling a range of merchandise — from canvases to his  OTCITY Truckbooks – and signing black books.

Photos: 1 Lois Stavsky; 2-4 courtesy the artist. Interview conducted and edited by Lois Stavsky.

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lamour supreme paints 100 gate street art NYC Lamour Supreme Completes 100th Gate at Katzs Deli on the LES, and the 100 GATES Project Invites Us to Celebrate!

With Lamour Supreme’s completed shutter for the legendary Katz’s Deli, the 100 GATES Project has reached its goal of transforming 100 LES shutters into artworks. Produced by the Lower East Side Partnership, the project has been connecting artists with LES businesses through original murals on roll down security gates since the summer of 2014. Beginning today, September 15 through Sunday the 18th, the 100 GATES Project – in coordination with Tiger Beer –invites us to come out for a self-guided walking tour of the gates while enjoying Tiger Beer specials. Pictured above is Lamour Supreme captured at work by travel and street photographer Karin du Maire.

Another of Lamour Supreme, close-up

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Houston, corner of Ludlow

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And a small sampling of what you will see on your self-guided walking tour:

ASVP, close-up, A. Feibusch Corporation, 27 Allen Street

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Hektad, T shirt-express, 15 Orchard Street

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For specific information, images and a wonderfully comprehensive documentation of it all, check out 100 GATES Project.

100 gates image Lamour Supreme Completes 100th Gate at Katzs Deli on the LES, and the 100 GATES Project Invites Us to Celebrate!

Photo credits: 1-3, Karin du Maire; 4 & 5 Tara Murray

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kwue molly col ski and 2esae jpg Centrefuge Public Art Project, Cycle 21:  Kwue Molly with the Ology Collective    Col, 2ease & Ski   , Julia Cocuzza,  J Mike Kuhn, Ogie and  Damien Miksza

Under the direction of Centre-fuge Public Art Project co-founder Jonathan Neville, the once drab trailer on the south side of East First Street is continually reinvented. Here are some images from its current transformation:

Staten Island-based Kwue Molly with the Ology Collective – Col, 2ease & Ski

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Brooklyn-based Julia Cocuzza with J Mike Kuhn on her left

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J Mike Kuhn

j mike kuhn public art nyc Centrefuge Public Art Project, Cycle 21:  Kwue Molly with the Ology Collective    Col, 2ease & Ski   , Julia Cocuzza,  J Mike Kuhn, Ogie and  Damien Miksza

Ogie 

ogie public art nyc Centrefuge Public Art Project, Cycle 21:  Kwue Molly with the Ology Collective    Col, 2ease & Ski   , Julia Cocuzza,  J Mike Kuhn, Ogie and  Damien Miksza

Damien Miksza

damien miksza public art nyc Centrefuge Public Art Project, Cycle 21:  Kwue Molly with the Ology Collective    Col, 2ease & Ski   , Julia Cocuzza,  J Mike Kuhn, Ogie and  Damien Miksza

Check here for information on how you can submit a proposal to paint on the East 1st Street Trailer.

Photos by Lois Stavsky

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santhori wuth youth mural art first green At First Street Green Art Park: Santhori with Community Members, Vedran Misic, Murrz, Peter Missing and Stuart Ringholt

Back in 2008, First Street Green converted a derelict building lot at 33 E. 1st Street in Manhattan’s Lower East Side into an open art space. In collaboration with NYC Parks and Partnership For Parks, it has successfully incorporated the lot into First Park.

These days, First Street Green provides a wide range of cultural activities and programs in First Park by engaging with artists, architects, cultural groups and community members. It has also become a favorite destination for us street art aficionados, as it has evolved into an intriguing outdoor gallery featuring some of our favorite artists and introducing us to others. Pictured above is a segment of a collaborative mural created during #WeSpyNY, a community workshop conducted by Swiss pop artist Santhori. Here is a small sampling of other works that were seen earlier this month:

Bosnian artist Vedran Misic

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Murrz

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Bronx-born, Copenhagen-based artist, musician and activist Peter Missing, close-up of huge mural

Peter missing mural art nyc At First Street Green Art Park: Santhori with Community Members, Vedran Misic, Murrz, Peter Missing and Stuart Ringholt

Melbourne-based artist Stuart Ringholt

Stuart Ringholt sculpture first street green park  At First Street Green Art Park: Santhori with Community Members, Vedran Misic, Murrz, Peter Missing and Stuart Ringholt

 Photo credits:1-4 Lois Stavsky & 5 Tara Murray

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Nether410 No Frontiers artwork Baltimore Based Nether 410 Brings his Vision to Chicago    in <em>Lets Talk About It</em> at Galerie F and with Pablo Machioli on the Streets of Pilsen

Earlier this summer, Baltimore-based Nether 410 shared his talents and vision with us up in the Bronx with the TAG Public Arts Project. More recently his particular socially-conscious aesthetic made its way to Galerie F’s current show Let’s Talk About It  and to the streets of Pilsen with Pablo Machioli. Pictured above is No Frontiers. Here are several more images with commentary by Nether:

Rising and Raising of the Super Block, close-up, Ink on paper canvas, 30″x22″

Between 1950 and 1969, Chicago’s housing authority built 11 enormous high rise projects for public housing, which isolated most of the extreme poor in “super-blocks.” Cabrini–Green, Henry Horner and Harold Ickes are some of these housing developments.  As the economy suffered, crime rose. Many of the projects in this arguably failed ‘master-plan’ became derelict and were eventually demolished.  This piece clashes an archival photo of the mayor and developers hovering over an architectural model of a super-block, with an image of the demolition one of their planned developments.

nether410 Rising and Raising of the super block Baltimore Based Nether 410 Brings his Vision to Chicago    in <em>Lets Talk About It</em> at Galerie F and with Pablo Machioli on the Streets of Pilsen

Baptized into the Movement, close-up, Digital print, 11″x17″

A young kid pouring a bottle of water over his face following being tear-gassed in Ferguson.

Nether410 Baptized Into The Movement artwork Baltimore Based Nether 410 Brings his Vision to Chicago    in <em>Lets Talk About It</em> at Galerie F and with Pablo Machioli on the Streets of Pilsen

Candlelight Protest, Digital print, 17″X11″

From a photo I took during the first Freddie Gray candle light vigil protest. Three generations of Baltimoreans witnessing the beauty of the struggle. That evening changed the entire trajectory of the movement.

Nether410 Candlelight Protest graphic art Baltimore Based Nether 410 Brings his Vision to Chicago    in <em>Lets Talk About It</em> at Galerie F and with Pablo Machioli on the Streets of Pilsen

And on the streets of Pilsen with Pablo Machioli:

The Taming of the Bull

As part of a collaboration with Pablo Machioli.  Painted from ground with mini rollers, a statue of Hercules wrestling a Bull in Pilsen, a South Side-neighborhood  being redeveloped. The figure taming the bull is blinded by gold while the bull is being pierced by an arrow — shot through the Robert Taylor Homes — into his throat. Between 1950 and 1969, Chicago’s Housing Authority built 11 enormous high rise projects for public housing, which isolated most of the extreme poor in “super-blocks”. Many of the projects in this failed ‘master-plan’ were almost intentionally underfunded, became derelict, were demolished, and now, of course, the surrounding neighborhoods are being redeveloped for a different population

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Close-up

Nether taming the bull close up Baltimore Based Nether 410 Brings his Vision to Chicago    in <em>Lets Talk About It</em> at Galerie F and with Pablo Machioli on the Streets of Pilsen

Let’s Talk About It continues through September 18th at Galerie F. Located at 2381 N Milwaukee Ave, it is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11AM – 6PM

Images of artworks courtesy Galerie F

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mr prvrt a visual bliss jorit agoch street art staten island ny1 Staten Island Based NYC Arts Cypher    a  Model of Community Engagement    to Present Its First Annual Street Art Festival

Passionately engaged in promoting the positive values of the cultures of street art, graffiti and hip-hop, the Staten Island-based NYC Arts Cypher is a dynamic ever-evolving venture. For the past few months a host of  local, national and international artists have been busily at work preparing for Cypher Fest, NYC Arts Cypher‘s first Annual Street Art Festival. While visiting I had the opportunity to speak to its founder and president, Charlie Balducci aka Charlie B.

When was NYC Arts Cypher born?

It was founded in 2004, and it became an official 501c3 nonprofit organization in 2007.

What spurred you to create it?

It was a way for me to stay involved in all aspects of the arts and entertainment and –- at the same time — engage the community.  The realization of it was a dream come true. Of the five boroughs, ours had been the least recognized.

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How would you describe its mission?

Its mission is to promote positive values through programs and events related to urban art. NYC Arts Cypher also serves as a networking tool for artists in all five boroughs. And with its open-door policy, it introduces many of our local kids to a range of skills from painting and dancing to acting and producing videos.

What are some of the concerns that  NYC Arts Cypher has addressed?

When Amanda Cummings, a local teen, threw herself in front of a bus in 2013, we took on the issue of bullying.  And, tragically, the issue of bullying was in the news once again when 13-year-old Staten Island resident Danny Fitzpatrick took his life leaving behind a note that expressed his pain as a victim of bullying. Among other issues we address are: vandalism, drug abuse and conflict-resolution.

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Does any particular highlight stand out?

In 2010, we were awarded “best documentary short” at the Staten Island Film Festival for our documentary, M.U.R.A.L

Can you tell us something about it?

Yes. It presents graffiti as an art form – rather than an act of vandalism. It features interviews with a range of people from the youth who are active in our programs to law enforcement officials to such accomplished artists as the members of Tats Cru and Meres of 5Pointz fame.

What are some of the challenges you encounter in overseeing such a multi-faceted space?

Working on sustaining it is the principal challenge, as we continue to expand and offer more programs and networking opportunities.

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It seems like a monumental task! How do you do it?

We have support from sponsors like SIBOR, Wheel Concepts and Williams Eye Works. But nothing beats the heart of a volunteer — like Cynthia Valle and Tony Spinelli.

What’s ahead for NYC Arts Cypher?

We are utilizing all our resources to beautify not only our block, but — also — neighboring blocks, as artists from across the globe are now painting alongside local artists. We will continue to engage schools in a range of programs promoting positive values –particularly the Don’t Be a Bully initiative that combats bullying with creativity and Pillz Killz that tackles head on the epidemic of drug abuse plaguing our community. We will also be hosting  a pop-up shop and café. And next Sunday, September 10th we will be presenting Cypher Fest, our first Annual Art Festival.

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Images

1  Mr. Prvrt & A Visual Bliss with Jorit Agoch at work on the right

2  L7 Matrix

3 & 4 Sipros

5  La Femme Cheri

Photo credits: 1, 2, 4 & 5 Lois Stavsky; 3 Tara Murray; interview with Charlie B conducted and edited by Lois Stavsky

Note: Hailed in a range of media from the Huffington Post to the New York Times, our Street Art NYC App is now available for Android devices here.

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