This is Part II in an ongoing series of posts featuring politically and socially conscious works that have surfaced on NYC streets:

Caleb Neelon and Katie Yamasaki collaborate on a memorial wall for Kalief Browder at Welling Court in Astoria, Queens

caleb Neelon and Katie Yamasaki street art NYC Politically and Socially Conscious NYC Street Art, Part II: Caleb Neelon & Katie Yamasaki, Shepard Fairey, Kesley Montague, Icy & Sot, Chris Stain & Josh MacPhee, David Shillinglaw & Lily Mixe

East Harlem wheatpastes

east harlem political stencils Politically and Socially Conscious NYC Street Art, Part II: Caleb Neelon & Katie Yamasaki, Shepard Fairey, Kesley Montague, Icy & Sot, Chris Stain & Josh MacPhee, David Shillinglaw & Lily Mixe

Shepard Fairey in Coney Island

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Kesley Montague leaves a message in Nolita

Kelsey Monatague street art nyc Politically and Socially Conscious NYC Street Art, Part II: Caleb Neelon & Katie Yamasaki, Shepard Fairey, Kesley Montague, Icy & Sot, Chris Stain & Josh MacPhee, David Shillinglaw & Lily Mixe

Icy and Sot at Welling Court in Astoria, Queens

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Chris Stain and Josh MacPhee in the East Village, fragment from mural in First Street Green Park

Chris Stain street art lower east side Politically and Socially Conscious NYC Street Art, Part II: Caleb Neelon & Katie Yamasaki, Shepard Fairey, Kesley Montague, Icy & Sot, Chris Stain & Josh MacPhee, David Shillinglaw & Lily Mixe

David Shillinglaw and Lily Mixe for Earth Day in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

David Shillinglaw and LilyMixe street art nyc1 Politically and Socially Conscious NYC Street Art, Part II: Caleb Neelon & Katie Yamasaki, Shepard Fairey, Kesley Montague, Icy & Sot, Chris Stain & Josh MacPhee, David Shillinglaw & Lily Mixe

Photos: 1 & 2 Dani Reyes Mozeson; 3, 4, 6 & 7 Lois Stavsky and 5 Tara Murray

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shake the dust  <em>Shake the Dust</em>    on the Transformative Power of Hip Hop Across the Globe    at the Maysles Cinema in Harlem This Weekend

An homage to hip-hop and its power to save lives, Shake the Dust takes us on a remarkable journey into villages, alleys and mountaintops across Yemen, Uganda, Colombia and Cambodia.  Inspired by the culture that was born in the Bronx, the young b-boys and b-girls featured here, “the real kings and queens of hip-hop,” speak of the transformative power of hip-hop in places marked by political conflicts and economic hardships.

shake the dust breakdancer still <em>Shake the Dust</em>    on the Transformative Power of Hip Hop Across the Globe    at the Maysles Cinema in Harlem This Weekend

Former drug addicts, gang members and homeless refugees are among those youth whose lives take on meaning and purpose as they shake the dust off not only from the ground as they dance, but also from their lives. The breakdancing culture that they so enthusiastically embrace provides them with structure, focus and purpose, as it unites them.

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Their pride in their own cultures is, also, evident as the break-dancers attest to the power of hip-hop to promote positive societal change within their own communities.

uplifted face of breakdancer <em>Shake the Dust</em>    on the Transformative Power of Hip Hop Across the Globe    at the Maysles Cinema in Harlem This Weekend

With its stunning cinematography and extraordinary documentation, Shake the Dust photojournalist and filmmaker Adam Sjöberg has given a voice and presence to folks who seldom have one, as he inspires and moves us viewers.

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And Shake the Dust‘s infectious soundtrack of hip-hop samples from across the globe, along with original music by executive producer and rapper Nasir “Nas” Jones, is a further tribute to the soul and spirit of hip-hop.

shake the dust at maysles cinema <em>Shake the Dust</em>    on the Transformative Power of Hip Hop Across the Globe    at the Maysles Cinema in Harlem This Weekend

The movie will be playing in Harlem this weekend at the Maysles Cinema.  Following the screening on Saturday, August 1 there will be a Q&A with director Adam Sjöberg. Following Sunday’s screening there will be a Q&A with director Adam Sjöberg, moderated by Fab Five Freddy. There will also be break-dancers at the screenings.  Maysles Cinema is located at 343 Lenox Avenue/Malcolm X Boulevard between 127th and 128th Streets.

Shake the Dust was previewed and reviewed by Lois Stavsky & Sara C Mozeson

Photos courtesy of Bond/360 Films

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On view through August 9 at Dorian Grey Gallery in Manhattan’s East Village is an eclectic array of stencil-based compositions spanning 35 years. Among the 25 artists featured in the exhibit are several whose works are also presently on the streets of NYC. Here is a sampling of these artists’ pieces at Dorian Grey.

Lady Aiko, Drip Skull

lady aiko stencil art dorian grey <em>STENCIL</em> Continues at Dorian Grey Gallery through August 9: Lady Aiko, Icy & Sot, Blek le Rat, Chris Stain, Joe Iurato, Nick Walker, Solus & more

Icy & Sot, Starlight

icy and sot starlight stencil art dorian grey galleery nyc <em>STENCIL</em> Continues at Dorian Grey Gallery through August 9: Lady Aiko, Icy & Sot, Blek le Rat, Chris Stain, Joe Iurato, Nick Walker, Solus & more

 Blek le Rat, The Violinist

Blek le rat the violinist stencil art dorian grey gallery nycJPG <em>STENCIL</em> Continues at Dorian Grey Gallery through August 9: Lady Aiko, Icy & Sot, Blek le Rat, Chris Stain, Joe Iurato, Nick Walker, Solus & more

Chris Stain, Bukowski

chris stain bukowki <em>STENCIL</em> Continues at Dorian Grey Gallery through August 9: Lady Aiko, Icy & Sot, Blek le Rat, Chris Stain, Joe Iurato, Nick Walker, Solus & more

Joe Iurato, Cosmic Kid

joe iurato stencil art cosmic kid <em>STENCIL</em> Continues at Dorian Grey Gallery through August 9: Lady Aiko, Icy & Sot, Blek le Rat, Chris Stain, Joe Iurato, Nick Walker, Solus & more

Nick Walker,  I love New York

nick walker I love New York <em>STENCIL</em> Continues at Dorian Grey Gallery through August 9: Lady Aiko, Icy & Sot, Blek le Rat, Chris Stain, Joe Iurato, Nick Walker, Solus & more

Solus, Dream Big

solus dream big stencil art dorian grey gallery NYC <em>STENCIL</em> Continues at Dorian Grey Gallery through August 9: Lady Aiko, Icy & Sot, Blek le Rat, Chris Stain, Joe Iurato, Nick Walker, Solus & more

Located at 437 East 9th Street off Ave A, Dorian Grey Gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday 12pm-7pm and Sunday until 6pm.

Photos: 1 Tara Murray 2-7 Dani Reyes Mozeson

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Li Hill dragon Chinatown Li Hill Fashions <em>In Pursuit of Prosperity</em>: a Site Specific Installation in Chinatown’s East Broadway Mall

A mythological dragon fashioned by the wonderfully talented Aaron Li-Hill surfaced earlier this month in Chinatown’s East Broadway mall. With its movement of wood and paint, it represents the journey of  the migrants who have come to NYC in search of the American Dream, along with the movement of  the “capital and goods dictated by the demands of global economic markets.”

Li Hill installation IPOP sign Li Hill Fashions <em>In Pursuit of Prosperity</em>: a Site Specific Installation in Chinatown’s East Broadway Mall

A metaphor for the struggles and successes of immigration, the piece was initially inspired by the 1993 Golden Venture incident that exposed a large human trafficking ring that brought migrants from the Fujian province — the main ethnic group within the East Broadway Mall — to America.

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“My own background, being half Chinese and half Austrian, speaks to such struggle and success, “ explains Li-Hill, “I would not have the life I do now if it was not for the hardships faced by my grandparents in leaving their home country”

Li Hill IPOP darkside Li Hill Fashions <em>In Pursuit of Prosperity</em>: a Site Specific Installation in Chinatown’s East Broadway Mall

The dragon, a Chinese symbol of abundance and prosperity, aptly represents the American dream, which remains elusive to so many.

You can visit the installation at the East Broadway Mall, 88 East Broadway, Stall 149, in Manhattan’s Chinatown.  And you can find out more about this site-specific installation directly from Li-Hill in the video by Hardpin here:

 Photos: 1, 2 & 4 courtesy of the artist; 3 Dani Reyes Mozeson

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Geoffrey Carran and Rowena Martinich street art mural Project brookLYNK NYC Project BrookLYNK Transforms EBC High School into an Exuberant Outdoor/Indoor Gallery: Geoffrey Carran & Rowena Martinich, D. Gale, Rob Plater, Nepo, Hori Shin, See One &  Phetus

Designed to link artists with schools, Project BrookLYNK has transformed EBC High School for Public Service in Bushwick into an exuberant outdoor/indoor gallery. We recently visited the school and spoke to Project BrookLYNK director, Thomas Gleisner aka Tommy Gee.

What a wonderful space! How lucky these students, teachers and staff members are! What exactly is your role in making this happen? And what is your relationship to this school?

I engage the artists, oversee the execution of the murals and organize a range of activities related to the artworks. I also teach art and Special Education.

D Gale art mural Project brookLYNK NYC Project BrookLYNK Transforms EBC High School into an Exuberant Outdoor/Indoor Gallery: Geoffrey Carran & Rowena Martinich, D. Gale, Rob Plater, Nepo, Hori Shin, See One &  Phetus

 When did it all begin? 

The first mural inside our building, Black Lives Matter – painted by Bevon Brewster — surfaced over four months ago.  Then in June, Melbourne-based artists-in-residence Geoffrey Carran and Rowena Martinich involved our students in painting murals and instructed them in a variety of art activities. Since then, it’s been an ongoing project.

Rob Plater art mural Project brookLYNK NYC Project BrookLYNK Transforms EBC High School into an Exuberant Outdoor/Indoor Gallery: Geoffrey Carran & Rowena Martinich, D. Gale, Rob Plater, Nepo, Hori Shin, See One &  Phetus

How has your principal responded to this intitiative?

Our principal, Shawn Brown, loves it. I’ve known him since 2010, when we worked together at another high school in Brooklyn. We share a similar educational vision.

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And how have the students and faculty members reacted?

Most haven’t seen all of the art yet. But their response to what they did see was positive. The students love it. And the teachers were quite surprised at first, but their response has also been positive.

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How have you managed to involve so many artists — and so many celebrated street artists?

Some are friends; others are friends of friends, and some are referred to me.

see one art mural Project BrookLYNK NYC Project BrookLYNK Transforms EBC High School into an Exuberant Outdoor/Indoor Gallery: Geoffrey Carran & Rowena Martinich, D. Gale, Rob Plater, Nepo, Hori Shin, See One &  Phetus

 What’s ahead?

More murals, more artists’ residencies and more community engagement and collaborative projects here at EBC High School for Public Service. And I would, also, like to expand Project BrookLYNK to other schools in the fall.

Phetus outdoor mural ProjectBrookLYNK NYC Project BrookLYNK Transforms EBC High School into an Exuberant Outdoor/Indoor Gallery: Geoffrey Carran & Rowena Martinich, D. Gale, Rob Plater, Nepo, Hori Shin, See One &  Phetus

That would be great! We are looking forward to seeing more!

Note: The murals pictured above are a small sampling of the dozens of pieces in disparate styles by local, national and international artists that can be seen inside and outside EBC High School for Public Service located at 1155 Dekalb Avenue in Bushwick, Brooklyn. More info and links here, and keep posted to our Facebook page for many more images.

Murals: 1. Geoffrey Carran and Rowena Martinich 2. D. Gale 3. Rob Plater 4  Nepo 5. Hori Shin 6. See One 7Phetus

Photos: 1-4 Lois Stavsky; 5-7 Tara Murray

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Earlier this summer, the Centre-fuge Public Art Project once again transformed the now-famed trailer on East First Street off First Avenue, bringing color and intrigue to Manhattan’s East Village.

D. Gale at work

Dorothy Gale at work Centrefuge public art project east village Centre fuge Trailer Cycle 17 on East First Street with: D. Gale, Vince Ballentine, Smurfo, HissXX, Pawn, Kingbee and Ramiro Davaro

Vince Ballentine

Vince Ballentine Centrefuge public art Centre fuge Trailer Cycle 17 on East First Street with: D. Gale, Vince Ballentine, Smurfo, HissXX, Pawn, Kingbee and Ramiro Davaro

 Smurfo 

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HissXX

Hissxx street art centrefuge public art project NYC Centre fuge Trailer Cycle 17 on East First Street with: D. Gale, Vince Ballentine, Smurfo, HissXX, Pawn, Kingbee and Ramiro Davaro

Pawn

Pawn street art centre fuge public art project Centre fuge Trailer Cycle 17 on East First Street with: D. Gale, Vince Ballentine, Smurfo, HissXX, Pawn, Kingbee and Ramiro Davaro

Kingbee

Kingbee centrefuge public art project street art nyc Centre fuge Trailer Cycle 17 on East First Street with: D. Gale, Vince Ballentine, Smurfo, HissXX, Pawn, Kingbee and Ramiro Davaro

Wide view with PawnKingbee and Ramiro Davaro

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Photos: 1, 3-6 & 8 Dani Reyes Mozeson; 2 & 7 Tara Murray

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izolag johnny <em>Faces from the Block: The Brazilian Bronx Connection </em> with Izolag, Ananda Nahu and Ricky Flores through August 10 at BronxArtSpace

On view at BronxArtSpace is the brilliantly conceived and beautifully executed exhibit, Faces from the Block, featuring works by Brazilian artists Izolag and Ananda Nahu and Bronx-based photographer Ricky Flores. While visiting last week, we had the chance to speak to Ananda Nahu.

You and Izolag have so beautifully interpreted Ricky Flores’s photos of the Bronx of the 80′s. How did this collaboration come about?

Back in 2007, we discovered Ricky Flores’s photos of the South Bronx — the photos he’d taken 20 years earlier — on his Flickr account.  They had affected us so deeply that we were inspired to bring these people to life on our streets in Brazil.

Ricky flores <em>Faces from the Block: The Brazilian Bronx Connection </em> with Izolag, Ananda Nahu and Ricky Flores through August 10 at BronxArtSpace

Why do you suppose you felt such a strong connection to these South Bronx residents?

Back in Brazil, we have enormous respect for the culture of the South Bronx.  We identify it with the birth of hip-hop that has enriched our lives so much and has greatly influenced our culture.

Ananda Nahu Rock Steady crew <em>Faces from the Block: The Brazilian Bronx Connection </em> with Izolag, Ananda Nahu and Ricky Flores through August 10 at BronxArtSpace

You visited last year and painted a mural over at the Point, and now you are back — not only to exhibit with Izolag and Ricky Flores — but to paint again on our streets. What is your personal impression of the South Bronx?

I love it. I love its energy and the wonderful cultural mix of the people who live here.

izolag drawing <em>Faces from the Block: The Brazilian Bronx Connection </em> with Izolag, Ananda Nahu and Ricky Flores through August 10 at BronxArtSpace

How have the folks here in the Bronx reacted to this exhibit?  As we are speaking, people of all ages are coming by to check it out.

The folks here seem to love it. Everyone has been so supportive and helpful, always wishing us well. It was quite a thrill to meet at our opening some of the actual people whom Ricky Flores had photographed over 20 years ago!

Ananda Nahu <em>Faces from the Block: The Brazilian Bronx Connection </em> with Izolag, Ananda Nahu and Ricky Flores through August 10 at BronxArtSpace

And what about Ricky Flores? How has he responded to this project?

He is delighted to have so deeply inspired us. It’s been a wonderful partnership.

izolag mural in gallery <em>Faces from the Block: The Brazilian Bronx Connection </em> with Izolag, Ananda Nahu and Ricky Flores through August 10 at BronxArtSpace

What’s next? What happens to this project when it leaves the Bronx?

It will travel next to Los Angeles and then to São Paulo.

izolag street art South Bronx <em>Faces from the Block: The Brazilian Bronx Connection </em> with Izolag, Ananda Nahu and Ricky Flores through August 10 at BronxArtSpace

That sounds great, and we are so glad you are bringing a taste of your culture to us here in NYC.

Note: Follow StreetArtNYC on Instagram and Facebook for images of murals — sponsored by Casita Maria – that Izolag and Ananda are painting this week with youth in the South Bronx.

Photos: 1, 4 and 6. Izolag by Lois Stavsky; 2. Ricky Flores by Tara Murray; 3. Ananda Nahu by Tara Murray;  5. Ananda Nahu by Lois Stavsky & 7. Ananda Nahu and Izolag by Lois Stavsky

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Queens native Cern began writing graffiti in the early 90′s.  His artworks — characterized by luscious colors, swooping shapes and imaginative characters — have, since, made their way into public spaces, alternative venues, festivals, galleries and museums throughout the globe. We recently met up with him in Long Island City where his current exhibit, Vertical Archipelago, remains on view through the end of this month.

cern art on canvas Speaking with NYC Based Artist Cern aka Cernesto

When did you first get up? And where?

Back in 1990 in Queens. I was 12 at the time.

What inspired you to do so?

Everyone around me was doing it!

Are there any early memories that stand out?

I remember riding the train with my mom, looking out the window and thinking, “Wow! This is amazing!”  She said, “This is bad!”

cern abstract face Speaking with NYC Based Artist Cern aka Cernesto

What percentage of your day is devoted to your art these days?

Way too much!

Any thoughts on the graffiti/ street art divide?

Everyone seems to be having a good time!

Your current exhibit Visual Archipelago is beautiful, and it encompasses an incredibly wide range of artworks. How do you feel about the movement of graffiti and street art into galleries?

It’s nothing new. It’s been going on for 40 years. It’s a normal progression. And I like the way art looks everywhere.

cern surreal Speaking with NYC Based Artist Cern aka Cernesto

What about the corporate world? How do you feel about the relationship between street artists and the corporate world?

I have no problem with an artist getting paid to promote a cool product. I, myself, like working with small, independent businesses.

Do you prefer working alone or collaborating with others?

I like both.

What is the riskiest thing you’ve ever done on the streets?

I just finished painting six stories high on Canal Street throughout the night!

cern multiple faces  Speaking with NYC Based Artist Cern aka Cernesto

How you feel about the role of the Internet in this scene?

It’s cool! It provides us all with yet another medium.

Do you have a formal arts education?

I have a degree in Studio Art from Queens College, but I never really used it. It did teach me, though, how to deal with bureaucracy.

What inspires your art these days?

Memories, discoveries, nature, animals and urban life. And, of course, all my travels have been a source of inspiration.

cern surreal birds Speaking with NYC Based Artist Cern aka Cernesto

Do you work with a sketch in your hand or do you let it flow?

I sometimes work from loose sketches.

Are you generally satisfied with your work?

Usually.

How has your work evolved in the past few years?

It’s more experimental, and I tend to work with a range of mixed media including spray paint, watercolor, graphite and ink.

cern with art work at exhibit Speaking with NYC Based Artist Cern aka Cernesto

What do you see as the role of the artist in society?

To heighten people’s visual awareness.

What do you see as the future of street art and graffiti? Where is it all going?

Styles seem to be evolving more quickly. And the marketing of the art has become increasingly important, almost as important as the art, itself.

And what about you? What’s ahead?

I want to continue in my own development as a person and as an artist.

Note: All of the above images were captured on our visit to Vertical ArchipelagoCern’s current exhibit at 26-19 Jackson Avenue in Long Island City.

Interview by Lois Stavsky with Tara Murray.

Photos: 1, 2, 3 & 5 Tara Murray; 4 & 6 Lois Stavsky

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eder muniz and meal street art graffiti ithaca Street Art and Graffiti in Ithaca, New York: Eder Muniz, Meal, Alice Pasquini, Desi Mundo, Roti, Bates and more

On our recent stopover in Ithaca, New York, we were delighted to discover the rich and varied street art and graffiti — by local, national and international artists — that have found a home there.  Here is a small sampling:

Italian artist Alice Pasquini, close-up

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Brazilian artist Eder Muniz

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Peruvian artist/activist Paloma Abregu Arroyo and Ithaca-based Caleb R Thomas, close-up

Paloma Abregu Arroyo and Caleb R Thomas street art Ithaca Street Art and Graffiti in Ithaca, New York: Eder Muniz, Meal, Alice Pasquini, Desi Mundo, Roti, Bates and more

Oakland-based artist Desi Mundo

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French artist Roti

roti street art ithaca new york Street Art and Graffiti in Ithaca, New York: Eder Muniz, Meal, Alice Pasquini, Desi Mundo, Roti, Bates and more

The legendary Copenhagen-based graffiti writer Bates

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Ithaca-based Meal

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 First image is a collaboration between Eder Muniz and Meal 

Special thanks to Meal for introducing us to Ithaca’s rich public art and to Fresh Paint NYC for connecting us.

Photos: 1, 2, 5, 6 & 8 Lois Stavsky; 3, 4 & 7

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Ramiro Davaro centrefuge public art project Speaking with Argentine/American Artist Ramiro Davaro

With influences ranging from comic book art to South American/European muralism, Brooklyn-based Ramiro Davaro has created a wondrous world of fantastical characters who have made their way onto public and private spaces throughout NYC and beyond. We recently had the opportunity to visit Ramiro’s studio and speak to him.

When did you first paint on a public surface and where?

It was back in high school around 2002. I was about 16 at the time. I painted some mushrooms on a huge rock at a park we used to go hiking in.  It was the worst. I basically ruined a nice lookout.

What inspired you to do so?

I was getting tired of painting on small surfaces. I wanted a larger canvas so I could paint way bigger! But what I painted was so dumb that it took a few years before I was ready to try again.  My first real art on the street was in 2007 in Buenos Aires.

ramiro Davaro little havana street art Speaking with Argentine/American Artist Ramiro Davaro

Do any early graffiti/street art-related memories stand out?

I remember seeing lots of political art – with faces of politicians and names of soccer teams — on the streets of Argentina when I was a young child.

What percentage of your day is devoted to your art these days?

About 70%. When I’m not doing something art-related, I’m skateboarding.

How does your family feel about what you are doing?

Everyone likes my work and has been very supportive.

ramiro davaro studio art Speaking with Argentine/American Artist Ramiro Davaro

Any thoughts on the graffiti/ street art divide?

I don’t feel it, and I don’t think about it. I love both, and they’re both necessary.

How do you feel about the movement of graffiti and street art into galleries?  We’ve seen your work at Cotton Candy Machine in Williamsburg and you are now showing with Brandon Sines at Grumpy Bert in Downtown Brooklyn.

I think it’s good for everyone!

What about the corporate world? Any feelings about that?

So long as I can dominate the conversation and be true to my vision, I don’t have a problem with it.

ramiro davaro street art Speaking with Argentine/American Artist Ramiro Davaro

How you feel about the role of the Internet in this scene?

It’s a bit much! It can be insane. But on the positive side, it creates opportunities for artists, and it also builds bridges.

Do you have a formal arts education?

No. I majored in Business. But my mom used to always take me to art museums. While growing up in Massachusetts, I got my very early schooling at the Worcester Art Museum.

Do you work with a sketch in your hand or do you let it flow?

I mostly just let it flow.

ramiro davaro art on paper Speaking with Argentine/American Artist Ramiro Davaro

Are you generally satisfied with your work?

About 80% of the time!

How has your work evolved in the past few years?

Before moving to Brooklyn, I had been able to visit and live in different countries. As a result of my experiences, my process has become more mature, more thought-out, and tighter. Working with different companies, painting murals in a range of places and engaging in various projects have also helped me become more flexible and fluid in the work I can produce. In these past couple of years, my hand has really taken over and put a definitive mark on the work I produce.

Are there any artists out there whose works have inspired you or influenced your particular aesthetic?

I remember reading about David Ellis and the Barnstormers crew in Juxtapoz back in 2008.  That blew me away!  As far as influences — Os Gemeos, D*Face and Word to Mother come to mind.

sines davaro Speaking with Argentine/American Artist Ramiro Davaro

What’s ahead?

More shows and more murals! A group show in LA at Luz de Jesus Gallery in September; a few animations with FlipBooKit for the Maker Faire here in NYC in at the end of September; painting at Art Basel in December; a group exhibit at Redefine Gallery in Orlando in February. Books, walls, Aruba, Argentina and more art!

It sounds great! Good luck with it all!

Note: Through Sunday, you can check out Ramiro’s works — many in collaboration with Brandon Sines – at Grumpy Bert in Downtown Brooklyn.

Photos: 1, 5 Tara Murray; 2 – 4 Lois Stavsky

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