Art Fair

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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Okuda no commissions Swizz Beatz, BACARDI and the Dean Collection Bring <em>No Commission</em> to the South Bronx with: Okuda, John Ahearn, Zio Ziegler, Pablo Power, Faile, Swoon, Nina Chanel and more

Held in a huge South Bronx warehouse, No Commission features the artworks of over two dozen first-rate established and emerging artists. Curated by the Dean Collection and directed by Swizz Beatz, the four-day event — currently underway — is designed to support artists by offering them free space and 100% of the sale of their artwork. Among the artists featured are several whose works have also surfaced on our streets. Pictured above is Okuda. Here are several more:

John Ahearn does Bio, Tats Cru

John ahearn no commissions Swizz Beatz, BACARDI and the Dean Collection Bring <em>No Commission</em> to the South Bronx with: Okuda, John Ahearn, Zio Ziegler, Pablo Power, Faile, Swoon, Nina Chanel and more

Zio Ziegler

zio ziegler artwork no commission Swizz Beatz, BACARDI and the Dean Collection Bring <em>No Commission</em> to the South Bronx with: Okuda, John Ahearn, Zio Ziegler, Pablo Power, Faile, Swoon, Nina Chanel and more

Pablo Power

pablo power no commission Swizz Beatz, BACARDI and the Dean Collection Bring <em>No Commission</em> to the South Bronx with: Okuda, John Ahearn, Zio Ziegler, Pablo Power, Faile, Swoon, Nina Chanel and more

 Faile

faile no commissions art Swizz Beatz, BACARDI and the Dean Collection Bring <em>No Commission</em> to the South Bronx with: Okuda, John Ahearn, Zio Ziegler, Pablo Power, Faile, Swoon, Nina Chanel and more

Swoon 

swoon portrait no commissions Swizz Beatz, BACARDI and the Dean Collection Bring <em>No Commission</em> to the South Bronx with: Okuda, John Ahearn, Zio Ziegler, Pablo Power, Faile, Swoon, Nina Chanel and more

Nina Chanel

Nina Chanel no commissions1 Swizz Beatz, BACARDI and the Dean Collection Bring <em>No Commission</em> to the South Bronx with: Okuda, John Ahearn, Zio Ziegler, Pablo Power, Faile, Swoon, Nina Chanel and more

And on the exterior: Nicer, Tats Cru, close-up from huge mural fashioned collaboratively with Sexer, BG 183, Crash and Bio

nicer tats cru no commission Swizz Beatz, BACARDI and the Dean Collection Bring <em>No Commission</em> to the South Bronx with: Okuda, John Ahearn, Zio Ziegler, Pablo Power, Faile, Swoon, Nina Chanel and more

Photo credits: 1-3, 6-8 Lois Stavsky;  4 & 5 Sara C Mozeson

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All-City Express, a hugely impressive interactive art exhibitionmade its world premiere last weekend at Randall’s Island’s Panorama. Under the curatorial direction of 5Pointz Creates leaders Meres One and Marie Flageul, Lady Pink, Tkid 170Toofly, Meres One, Jerms, Topaz, and See tf painted live, covering digital subway cars with original artwork. Fusing graffiti’s underground roots with innovative video technology, the project was developed by Brooklyn-based AST Studios with Tangible Interaction. Here are a few images captured in the course of this three-day cutting-edge homage to traditional graffiti art.

Five of the 5Pointz Creates crew with Marie Flageul in foreground — on green screen

5pointz creates with marie <em>All City Express</em> Premieres at Randalls Island with: Meres, Lady Pink, Toofly, See tf, Python, Jerms, Topaz and T Kid

Lady Pink and Toofly at work on green screen

lady pink and toofly graffiti <em>All City Express</em> Premieres at Randalls Island with: Meres, Lady Pink, Toofly, See tf, Python, Jerms, Topaz and T Kid

And with completed piece as viewed on virtual subway train

lady Pink and Toofly graffiti production <em>All City Express</em> Premieres at Randalls Island with: Meres, Lady Pink, Toofly, See tf, Python, Jerms, Topaz and T Kid

See tf and Python with completed piece on green screen

see tf and python <em>All City Express</em> Premieres at Randalls Island with: Meres, Lady Pink, Toofly, See tf, Python, Jerms, Topaz and T Kid

Jerms and Topaz  as a mix of technologies brings them at work onto a NYC train in real time

Jerms graffiti projection <em>All City Express</em> Premieres at Randalls Island with: Meres, Lady Pink, Toofly, See tf, Python, Jerms, Topaz and T Kid

T-Kid with completed piece on green screen

T Kid graffiti <em>All City Express</em> Premieres at Randalls Island with: Meres, Lady Pink, Toofly, See tf, Python, Jerms, Topaz and T Kid

And as viewed on virtual train

T Kid Randalls <em>All City Express</em> Premieres at Randalls Island with: Meres, Lady Pink, Toofly, See tf, Python, Jerms, Topaz and T Kid

Meres One at work on green screen

meres paints graffiti <em>All City Express</em> Premieres at Randalls Island with: Meres, Lady Pink, Toofly, See tf, Python, Jerms, Topaz and T Kid

Digital tagging by AST Studios; graffiti software by Tangible Interaction & advanced motion capture by PhaseSpace

5 pointz tags <em>All City Express</em> Premieres at Randalls Island with: Meres, Lady Pink, Toofly, See tf, Python, Jerms, Topaz and T Kid

And the trains roll by throughout NYC with AST Studios‘ life-like visual effects and editorial content by Possible Productions

graffiti trains <em>All City Express</em> Premieres at Randalls Island with: Meres, Lady Pink, Toofly, See tf, Python, Jerms, Topaz and T Kid

Photo credits: 1, 3-10 Nic Lyte and 2 Rachel Fawn; videos produced by AST Studios

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en play badge 2 <em>All City Express</em> Premieres at Randalls Island with: Meres, Lady Pink, Toofly, See tf, Python, Jerms, Topaz and T Kid

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A member of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, Colorado-based Gregg Deal is an accomplished muralist, painter and performance artist. I first encountered his artwork awhile back on the grounds of the EBC High School For Public Service in Bushwick, Brooklyn. This past weekend, I met him down in DC at the Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building, where he was one of 40 artists featured in CrossLines, presented by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.

Gregg Deal at Smithsonian Painter and Performance Artist Gregg Deal on Silenced Indigenous Voices

What spurred you to so fervently embrace your Native American identity?

I don’t know that I specifically embrace it. It is just one of my many identities. I am, foremost, a human being. I am also an artist, a husband and a father.

gregg deal portrait face Painter and Performance Artist Gregg Deal on Silenced Indigenous Voices

You are sitting here in a tipi. What does this particular setting represent?

This tipi represents Washington DC. It is where museums, politics, sports and commerce all contribute to a view of Native Americans.

gregg deal tipi Painter and Performance Artist Gregg Deal on Silenced Indigenous Voices

What about the paintings inside this tipi? How did you decide which to include?

I had to include works that would be acceptable to the Smithsonian. They had to be safe. And so I chose identifiable stereotypes of Native Americans — the only image most others have of us.

And as today’s event progresses, you continue to cross out the mouths of your portraits with bold red lines.

Yes! That is because of voices our censored. We have not been permitted to speak for ourselves. I, myself, have been censored.

gregg deal censorship Painter and Performance Artist Gregg Deal on Silenced Indigenous Voices

What about your interpreter? You often speak through an interpreter.

That is because our lives — our experiences, feelings and thoughts —  are almost always interpreted through others. Authentic indigenous voices have yet to be heard or recognized.

gregg deal portrait crosslines smithsonian Painter and Performance Artist Gregg Deal on Silenced Indigenous Voices

You are certainly creating awareness of that here.

Photo credits: 1, 2, 4 & 5 Lois Stavsky; 3 Sara C. Mozeson; interview by Lois Stavsky

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sheryo and the Yok and Persue Street art powwowdc At <em>Pow! Wow! DC</em> with The Yok, Sheryo & Persue, Wooden Wave, Caratoes, Hoxxoh, Decoy, Vero, Jacob Eveland, HKS181, Naturel, Drew Merritt & Insa and more

Founded in 2010 by artist and curator Jasper Wong, Pow! Wow! has since staged several cultural festivals across the globe. While down in DC this past weekend, we had the chance to check out the final days of  Pow! Wow! DC in the Capitol’s NoMa district.  Organized by DC artist and designer Kelly Towles, Pow! Wow! DC features the talents of 17 local, national and international artists. Above is a segment from a huge mural painted collaboratively by the Yok, Sheryo and Persue. Here are several more images we captured:

Hawaiian duo Wooden Wave

wooden wave PowwowDC street art Washington DC At <em>Pow! Wow! DC</em> with The Yok, Sheryo & Persue, Wooden Wave, Caratoes, Hoxxoh, Decoy, Vero, Jacob Eveland, HKS181, Naturel, Drew Merritt & Insa and more

Hong Kong-based Caratoes

caratoes powwowDC street art WashingtonDC At <em>Pow! Wow! DC</em> with The Yok, Sheryo & Persue, Wooden Wave, Caratoes, Hoxxoh, Decoy, Vero, Jacob Eveland, HKS181, Naturel, Drew Merritt & Insa and more

Miami-based Hoxxoh

Hoxxoh PowwowDC street art Washington DC At <em>Pow! Wow! DC</em> with The Yok, Sheryo & Persue, Wooden Wave, Caratoes, Hoxxoh, Decoy, Vero, Jacob Eveland, HKS181, Naturel, Drew Merritt & Insa and more

DC-based Decoy at work

decoy paints mural art Washington DC PowwowDC At <em>Pow! Wow! DC</em> with The Yok, Sheryo & Persue, Wooden Wave, Caratoes, Hoxxoh, Decoy, Vero, Jacob Eveland, HKS181, Naturel, Drew Merritt & Insa and more

Puerto Rican artist Vero

vera rivera mural art Powwow DC At <em>Pow! Wow! DC</em> with The Yok, Sheryo & Persue, Wooden Wave, Caratoes, Hoxxoh, Decoy, Vero, Jacob Eveland, HKS181, Naturel, Drew Merritt & Insa and more

Richmond, Virginia-based Jacob Eveland, close-up from huge mural

jacob eveland mural art dc powwow At <em>Pow! Wow! DC</em> with The Yok, Sheryo & Persue, Wooden Wave, Caratoes, Hoxxoh, Decoy, Vero, Jacob Eveland, HKS181, Naturel, Drew Merritt & Insa and more

Local artist HKS181 at work

HKS One eighty one paints mural art powwowdc washingtondc At <em>Pow! Wow! DC</em> with The Yok, Sheryo & Persue, Wooden Wave, Caratoes, Hoxxoh, Decoy, Vero, Jacob Eveland, HKS181, Naturel, Drew Merritt & Insa and more

DC-based Naturel

Naturel PowwowDC street art Washington DC At <em>Pow! Wow! DC</em> with The Yok, Sheryo & Persue, Wooden Wave, Caratoes, Hoxxoh, Decoy, Vero, Jacob Eveland, HKS181, Naturel, Drew Merritt & Insa and more

LA-based Drew Merritt and London-based Insa

drew merritt insa mural art pow wow At <em>Pow! Wow! DC</em> with The Yok, Sheryo & Persue, Wooden Wave, Caratoes, Hoxxoh, Decoy, Vero, Jacob Eveland, HKS181, Naturel, Drew Merritt & Insa and more

Photo credits: 1, 3, 5. 7-10 Tara Murray; 2, 4 & 6 Lois Stavsky

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en play badge 2 At <em>Pow! Wow! DC</em> with The Yok, Sheryo & Persue, Wooden Wave, Caratoes, Hoxxoh, Decoy, Vero, Jacob Eveland, HKS181, Naturel, Drew Merritt & Insa and more

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buff monster close up street art nyc The LoMan Art Festival in Downtown Manhattan with: Buff Monster, Beau Stanton, Ludo, Dain & Stikki Peaches, J Corp, Ron English, B.D. White & JPO, Leon Reid and more

Earlier this month, the LoMan Art Festival brought not only live art by a wonderfully diverse range of artists to Downtown Manhattan, but also a series of workshops, performances and events. And even though the festival has officially ended, mammoth murals continue to surface on our streets. Here are a few scenes from it all:

Another close-up from Buff Monster‘s huge mural

buff monster mural fragment les lisa project nyc The LoMan Art Festival in Downtown Manhattan with: Buff Monster, Beau Stanton, Ludo, Dain & Stikki Peaches, J Corp, Ron English, B.D. White & JPO, Leon Reid and more

Beau Stanton at work on mammoth mural on East Third Street

Beau stanton street art nyc The LoMan Art Festival in Downtown Manhattan with: Buff Monster, Beau Stanton, Ludo, Dain & Stikki Peaches, J Corp, Ron English, B.D. White & JPO, Leon Reid and more

 French artist Ludo in the East Village

Ludo street art LISA Project NYC The LoMan Art Festival in Downtown Manhattan with: Buff Monster, Beau Stanton, Ludo, Dain & Stikki Peaches, J Corp, Ron English, B.D. White & JPO, Leon Reid and more

Dain and Montreal-based artist Stikki Peaches

dain and stikki peaches street art nyc The LoMan Art Festival in Downtown Manhattan with: Buff Monster, Beau Stanton, Ludo, Dain & Stikki Peaches, J Corp, Ron English, B.D. White & JPO, Leon Reid and more

JCorp at the Social Sticker Club‘s installation inside the Mulberry Street lot during the festival

J Corp sticker social club loman arts fest The LoMan Art Festival in Downtown Manhattan with: Buff Monster, Beau Stanton, Ludo, Dain & Stikki Peaches, J Corp, Ron English, B.D. White & JPO, Leon Reid and more

Ron English with assistance from Solus standing to his right

Ron English street art LoMan Arts Festival NYC The LoMan Art Festival in Downtown Manhattan with: Buff Monster, Beau Stanton, Ludo, Dain & Stikki Peaches, J Corp, Ron English, B.D. White & JPO, Leon Reid and more

JPO and B.D. White, one of many collaborations spotted along Mulberry Street

JPO BD White street art NYC The LoMan Art Festival in Downtown Manhattan with: Buff Monster, Beau Stanton, Ludo, Dain & Stikki Peaches, J Corp, Ron English, B.D. White & JPO, Leon Reid and more

Leon Reid,  alongside murals by Team Crash — John Matos, Ananda Nahu and Izolag — and Team BIO — Bio, Nicer and Binho — for the Secret Walls Illustration Battle

Art Battles Leon Reid street art nyc The LoMan Art Festival in Downtown Manhattan with: Buff Monster, Beau Stanton, Ludo, Dain & Stikki Peaches, J Corp, Ron English, B.D. White & JPO, Leon Reid and more

Keep posted to the StreetArtNYC Facebook page for more images of the works that have surfaced and continue to do so in Downtown Manhattan through the efforts of the LISA Project

Photo credits: 1, 3, 5, 6 & 9 Dani Reyes Mozeson; 2 & 4 Tara Murray; 7 Rey Rosa Photography / The LoMan Art Festival and 8 Lois Stavsky

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bk foxx art all city street art expo Three Day All City Art Expo Brings Outdoor Art Inside with: BK Foxx, Dain, See One, Rob Plater, Zimad, Taki183, Art is Trash, Rocko and more

Opening tomorrow at 23 Meadow Street in East Williamsburg, the three-day All City Art Expo 2015 is an exuberant celebration of NYC’s outdoor art culture. We stopped by yesterday and had the opportunity to speak to Evan Tobias of Cluster Wall who, along with Kevin Michael, curated the exhibit.

dain all city art expo nyc Three Day All City Art Expo Brings Outdoor Art Inside with: BK Foxx, Dain, See One, Rob Plater, Zimad, Taki183, Art is Trash, Rocko and more

This is quite an eclectic collection of art here! What is the concept behind the All City Art Expo?

It is a celebration of all outdoor art. We wanted to showcase a range of artwork — by sticker artists, graffiti writers, street artists and muralists — all in one setting.

see one all city art expo nyc Three Day All City Art Expo Brings Outdoor Art Inside with: BK Foxx, Dain, See One, Rob Plater, Zimad, Taki183, Art is Trash, Rocko and more

And it looks great! How did you find such an ideal setting?

We began looking at spaces awhile back. And Mona Liza Furniture — a huge arena with ample outdoor space —  offered to host us.

rob plater all city art expo Three Day All City Art Expo Brings Outdoor Art Inside with: BK Foxx, Dain, See One, Rob Plater, Zimad, Taki183, Art is Trash, Rocko and more

It couldn’t be more perfect! When did you begin working on this All City Art Expo?

I met Kevin Michael many months ago. We began working together on this project back in the winter.

zimad graffiti character all city art expo Three Day All City Art Expo Brings Outdoor Art Inside with: BK Foxx, Dain, See One, Rob Plater, Zimad, Taki183, Art is Trash, Rocko and more

There are so many artists here representing so many different styles, concepts and genres. How did you choose which ones to include?

When Kevin and I came up with this concept, we wrote up a wish list that included a range of artists from Old School graff guys to ones whose works have surfaced recently on our streets.

taki 183 nic 707 all city art expo Three Day All City Art Expo Brings Outdoor Art Inside with: BK Foxx, Dain, See One, Rob Plater, Zimad, Taki183, Art is Trash, Rocko and more

What was your greatest challenge in organizing this event?

Handling the logistics behind working with over 100 artists!

art is trash all city art expo Three Day All City Art Expo Brings Outdoor Art Inside with: BK Foxx, Dain, See One, Rob Plater, Zimad, Taki183, Art is Trash, Rocko and more

What can visitors expect — besides a chance to see and purchase such an extensive selection of artworks?

The Sticker Social Club will join us and visitors will have a chance to “slap and share.”  There will be a Black Book Jam on Sunday with many Old School writers in attendance. On both Saturday and Sunday a Groundswell artist will lead mural workshops. And there will be music all weekend by DJ Pumpkin, food by Arrogant Swine, along with drinks, vendors and raffles.

rocko Three Day All City Art Expo Brings Outdoor Art Inside with: BK Foxx, Dain, See One, Rob Plater, Zimad, Taki183, Art is Trash, Rocko and more

Can you tell us something about your relationship with Groundswell?

We have asked each artist to donate a canvas — an All City Compact Canvas – that will be sold for $150.00. Proceeds will be donated to Groundswell to support the wonderfully transformative projects the organization brings to our communities in its work with youth.

IMG 7853 Three Day All City Art Expo Brings Outdoor Art Inside with: BK Foxx, Dain, See One, Rob Plater, Zimad, Taki183, Art is Trash, Rocko and more

Good luck!  It’s all so impressive, and it looks like it will be so much fun!

Images: 1. BK Foxx 2. Dain 3. See One 4. Rob Plater 5. Zimad 6. Taki 183 and Nic 707 7. Art is Trash 8. Rocko

Interview by Lois Stavsky

Photo credits: 1, 3 5-8 Lois Stavsky; 2 & 4 Dani Reyes Mozeson

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Contreras art Speaking with Miami Based Peruvian Artist Diana Contreras aka Didi

Fusing her passion for street art with her mastery of classical painting, Miami-based Peruvian artist Diana Contreras aka Didi fashions whimsical portraits depicting her distinct notion of femininity. In NYC this weekend for the Fridge Art Fair, she will also be sharing her talents with us at JMZ Walls in Bushwick and at the 12C Outdoor Gallery in the East Village. I met Didi earlier this year in Miami.

When did you first paint in a public space? And where was it?

I first painted outdoors four years ago in Miami. I came late to the scene!

What made you decide to take your vision to the streets?

I love the idea of creating art for “the people” and sharing my vision with them.  It’s so much fun!  And it is also a great way for me to showcase my art.

Diana Contreras Cleo Overtown Speaking with Miami Based Peruvian Artist Diana Contreras aka Didi

You often paint beautiful images of lovely, sensual women. Why is that?

They’re fun; I can use any colors I want and I can add endless accessories. And I know women! I paint what I know!

Is there a message you want to convey?

I want folks who see my art to feel positive about themselves. If there is a central message, it is: Enjoy your life! And I also want girls to know that they have the power to follow their dreams and create themselves.

Diana Contreras fine art Speaking with Miami Based Peruvian Artist Diana Contreras aka Didi

Are there any particular street artists who have inspired you?

I’ve been inspired by so many who have painted in Wynwood. Among them are: Miss Van, Fafi and Entes & Pessimo.

What is it like to be a female artist in Miami’s street art scene? 

The street art scene has actually been very supportive. It was the guys, in fact, who encouraged me to get up! It isn’t difficult for us to get walls, and folks are interested in hearing our stories.

Diana Contreras Miami mural Speaking with Miami Based Peruvian Artist Diana Contreras aka Didi

You are a full-time elementary school art teacher, as well as a studio painter and muralist.  How do you manage to balance it all?

It’s difficult. I often feel that I am living two separate lives. I somehow manage because I love what I do so much. Both my lives give me tremendous gratification.

What’s ahead?

I’m headed to NYC for the Fridge Art Fair and while in NYC, I will be painting for JMZ Walls in Bushwick and for the 12C Outdoor Gallery in the East Village. I’m also excited to be participating in Boundless Brooklyn‘s upcoming group show of female artists curated by Claw Money. And I’m looking forward to a summer of traveling and painting!

Diana contreras mural detail Speaking with Miami Based Peruvian Artist Diana Contreras aka Didi

It all sounds great!  And I’m so glad you are on your way to NYC!

Photos of Diana’s images: 1, 2, 4 and 5 courtesy of the artist; 3 Lois Stavsky

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Cekis street art Welling Court NYC Ad Hoc Arts Fifth Annual Welling Court Mural Project    Part 1: Cekis, Alice Mizrachi, John Ahearn, Icy & Sot, LMNOP, KingBee and Toofly

Engaging a diverse array of artists, along with local residents —  including dozens of children — the Welling Court Mural Project represents the best of the street art fests.  Here are a few more images captured yesterday, as it celebrated its fifth year at Welling Court in Astoria, Queens:

Alice Mizrachi aka AM

alice mizrachi street art welling court Ad Hoc Arts Fifth Annual Welling Court Mural Project    Part 1: Cekis, Alice Mizrachi, John Ahearn, Icy & Sot, LMNOP, KingBee and Toofly

Making Art

5th Annual welling court mural project Ad Hoc Arts Fifth Annual Welling Court Mural Project    Part 1: Cekis, Alice Mizrachi, John Ahearn, Icy & Sot, LMNOP, KingBee and Toofly

John Ahearn with a temporary addition to mural created earlier by Dennis McNett

John Ahearn sculpture Ad Hoc Arts Fifth Annual Welling Court Mural Project    Part 1: Cekis, Alice Mizrachi, John Ahearn, Icy & Sot, LMNOP, KingBee and Toofly

Icy and Sot

icy and sot stencil art welling court Ad Hoc Arts Fifth Annual Welling Court Mural Project    Part 1: Cekis, Alice Mizrachi, John Ahearn, Icy & Sot, LMNOP, KingBee and Toofly

icy and sot stencil art nyc 2 Ad Hoc Arts Fifth Annual Welling Court Mural Project    Part 1: Cekis, Alice Mizrachi, John Ahearn, Icy & Sot, LMNOP, KingBee and Toofly

LMNOP

LMNOP welling court Ad Hoc Arts Fifth Annual Welling Court Mural Project    Part 1: Cekis, Alice Mizrachi, John Ahearn, Icy & Sot, LMNOP, KingBee and Toofly

LMNOP Ad Hoc Arts Fifth Annual Welling Court Mural Project    Part 1: Cekis, Alice Mizrachi, John Ahearn, Icy & Sot, LMNOP, KingBee and Toofly

The Royal KingBee

King Bee street art mural welling court Ad Hoc Arts Fifth Annual Welling Court Mural Project    Part 1: Cekis, Alice Mizrachi, John Ahearn, Icy & Sot, LMNOP, KingBee and Toofly

Toofly

Toofly street art welling court 2 Ad Hoc Arts Fifth Annual Welling Court Mural Project    Part 1: Cekis, Alice Mizrachi, John Ahearn, Icy & Sot, LMNOP, KingBee and Toofly

Check back here later in the week for Part II of this post and a brief interview with Ad Hoc Art’s director, Garrison Buxton.

First image is of Nelson Rivas aka Cekis at work; photos by Dani Reyes Mozeson and Lois Stavsky

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Located at 5-25 46th Avenue in Long Island City — just minutes from Manhattan — the Fridge Art Fair has much to offer us street art aficionados. Here’s a sampling:

John Matos aka Crash presented by Dorian Grey Gallery

Crash John Matos graffiti on car Fridge Art Fair in Long Island City with Crash, Cosbe, Deps1, Cody, Youth Waste, Alone One and more

Cosbe

Kosbe Fridge Art Fair NYC Fridge Art Fair in Long Island City with Crash, Cosbe, Deps1, Cody, Youth Waste, Alone One and more

Deps1

deps1 painting Frdge Art Fair Fridge Art Fair in Long Island City with Crash, Cosbe, Deps1, Cody, Youth Waste, Alone One and more

Cody and Youth Waste

Cody and Youth Waste at Fridge NYC Fridge Art Fair in Long Island City with Crash, Cosbe, Deps1, Cody, Youth Waste, Alone One and more

Alone One with the The Sticker Social Club aka the Secret Sticker Club

Alone dfm Fridge Art Fair NYC Fridge Art Fair in Long Island City with Crash, Cosbe, Deps1, Cody, Youth Waste, Alone One and more

The Sticker Social Club aka the Secret Sticker Club  – under the curatorial direction of Cosbe

social sticker club Fridge Art Fair in Long Island City with Crash, Cosbe, Deps1, Cody, Youth Waste, Alone One and more

Conceived by Eric Ginsburg, whose portraits of pets are on display at the fair’s Dorfman Projects booth, the Fridge Art Fair  – now in its second year —  presents an eclectic array of art in all media and styles. It continues through Sunday with live art and performances throughout, as well as pets for adoption today and tomorrow!

Photos by Dani Reyes Mozeson and Lois Stavsky

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