Street Artists

fcee paints mural art nyc Queens Artists Diego 127, FCEE and Whisper aka Chip Love Fashion a Fantastical Alphabet in Jackson Heights

Painted collaboratively by Queens-based Diego 127, FCEE and Whisper aka Chip Love, a fantastical alphabet mural has made its way onto a huge wall on 78th Street adjacent to the Garden School in Jackson Heights. While visiting the site as the mural was near completion, I spoke to classic graffiti writer, Diego 127, who had secured the space.

What an ideal spot for such a striking mural! 

Yes! I’d been eyeing this wall since I moved into this neighborhood in 2004.

alphabet mural r zJPG Queens Artists Diego 127, FCEE and Whisper aka Chip Love Fashion a Fantastical Alphabet in Jackson Heights

And how did you go about securing it for this mural?

I eventually connected with Dudley Stewart, an active member of the local community and the president of the Jackson Heights Green Alliance. And he was able to get us the support that we needed to make this happen.

How did you come up with this concept — this amazing alphabet?

Lots of text messages between Chip and me! And we loved the idea of playing with the letters of the alphabet — as we so often do — on a big wall.

alphabet mural jackson heights Queens Artists Diego 127, FCEE and Whisper aka Chip Love Fashion a Fantastical Alphabet in Jackson Heights

Why did you choose to work with white, black and grey? I love the effect. The impact of this mural is tremendous.

As an illustrator, I often work in black and white. And Chip, in particular, loves black and white.

Did you guys work from an initial sketch or did it all happen on site?

We had developed a loose plan. But the mural, itself, evolved organically. We free-styled, continually revising it and adding to it.

alphabet mural fragment Queens Artists Diego 127, FCEE and Whisper aka Chip Love Fashion a Fantastical Alphabet in Jackson Heights

How long have you guys been working on this mural?

We started in May; so it’s been two months.

How have the kids responded to it?

They love it and they’ve loved watching the process.

street art mural art artists nyc Queens Artists Diego 127, FCEE and Whisper aka Chip Love Fashion a Fantastical Alphabet in Jackson Heights

Congratulations on this! I’m so glad I got to see it!  What a fantastical alphabet!

Interview with Diego 127 by Lois Stavsky; all photos by Lois Stavsky; photo #1 features FCEE; seated in final photo are: Whisper aka Chip LoveFCEE & Diego 127.

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patch whiskey at work atlanta OuterSpace Project Brings 18 New Murals to Atlanta: Patch Whisky, Nychos, Greg Mike, Yoyo Ferro, Sabek, Nase Pop, Dr. Dax & more

OuterSpace, an event series that merges public art, live music, design, action sports and culture, has recently added 18 new visually intriguing murals to Atlanta, Georgia’s visual landscape. Pictured above is Charleston, South Carolina-based artist Patch Whisky at work. Here are several more images — some of completed murals, and others while still in progress.

Austrian artist Nychos at work

nychos paints OuterSpace Project Brings 18 New Murals to Atlanta: Patch Whisky, Nychos, Greg Mike, Yoyo Ferro, Sabek, Nase Pop, Dr. Dax & more

 Atlanta-based artist Greg MikeOuterSpace founder

GREG MIKE Photoby Corey Weimer OuterSpace Project Brings 18 New Murals to Atlanta: Patch Whisky, Nychos, Greg Mike, Yoyo Ferro, Sabek, Nase Pop, Dr. Dax & more

Atlanta-based Yoyo Ferro

YOYO FERRO Photo by Kristin Ferro OuterSpace Project Brings 18 New Murals to Atlanta: Patch Whisky, Nychos, Greg Mike, Yoyo Ferro, Sabek, Nase Pop, Dr. Dax & more

Spanish artist Sabek

SABEK Photo by Elliot Alcalde OuterSpace Project Brings 18 New Murals to Atlanta: Patch Whisky, Nychos, Greg Mike, Yoyo Ferro, Sabek, Nase Pop, Dr. Dax & more

Buenos Aires-based Nase Pop at work

nase pop OuterSpace Project Brings 18 New Murals to Atlanta: Patch Whisky, Nychos, Greg Mike, Yoyo Ferro, Sabek, Nase Pop, Dr. Dax & more

Atlanta-based Dr Dax

DR.DAX Photo by DV Photo OuterSpace Project Brings 18 New Murals to Atlanta: Patch Whisky, Nychos, Greg Mike, Yoyo Ferro, Sabek, Nase Pop, Dr. Dax & more

All photos courtesy OuterSpace: DV Photography; 3 Corey Weimer; 4 Kristin Ferro & 5 Elliot Alcalde 

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This is the twelfth in a series of occasional posts featuring images of children that have surfaced on NYC public spaces:

Brooklyn-based Jeff Henriquez at the Bushwick Collective

jeff henriquez street art bushwick Kids on NYC Walls — Part XII: Jeff Henriquez, Joe Iurato with Logan Hicks, BK Foxx, Sipros, Joel Artista and Case Maclaim

Joe Iurato and Logan Hicks collaboration at the Bushwick Collective

joe iurato logan hicks street art nyc Kids on NYC Walls — Part XII: Jeff Henriquez, Joe Iurato with Logan Hicks, BK Foxx, Sipros, Joel Artista and Case Maclaim

BK Foxx with JMZ Walls in Bushwick

BXFoxx JMZ Walls Bushwick street art nyc Kids on NYC Walls — Part XII: Jeff Henriquez, Joe Iurato with Logan Hicks, BK Foxx, Sipros, Joel Artista and Case Maclaim

Brazilian artist Sipros in Bushwick with the Bushwick Collective

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The nomadic Joel Artista in collaboration with youth in Bellerose, Queens

Joel artista with kids street art Kids on NYC Walls — Part XII: Jeff Henriquez, Joe Iurato with Logan Hicks, BK Foxx, Sipros, Joel Artista and Case Maclaim

German artist Case Maclaim, — new for Monument Art in East Harlem

case maclaim harlem streeet art Kids on NYC Walls — Part XII: Jeff Henriquez, Joe Iurato with Logan Hicks, BK Foxx, Sipros, Joel Artista and Case Maclaim

Close-up

case maclaim street art close up nycjpg Kids on NYC Walls — Part XII: Jeff Henriquez, Joe Iurato with Logan Hicks, BK Foxx, Sipros, Joel Artista and Case Maclaim

Photo credits: 1, 2 & 7 Lois Stavsky; 3 & 5 Tara Murray; 4 & 6 Karin du Maire

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vanessa rosa stencil art brooklyn NYC Speaking with Brazilian Visual Artist and Art Historian Vanessa Rosa

I first encountered Vanessa Rosa’s mesmerizing aesthetic several months back in Lisbon, Portugal.  I was delighted to have the opportunity to then meet up with the wonderfully talented Brazilian visual artist and art historian here in New York City. 

When and where did you first hit up a public space?

Back in 2009 in a favela in Rio.

What inspired you at the time?

I’d always been interested in street art. I love the way it is accessible to everyone – not just to people who visit museums.  Most of my schoolmates back in Rio had never entered a museum or a gallery. But they were very ecxited to see the rise of street painting in Rio.

Have you any preferred surfaces?

I like adapting to different spaces. I’ve painted on a variety of surfaces from doors to boats.

Do you tend to paint alone or collaborate with other artists?

I almost always paint alone; I’m not much into groups. But I’m open to working with others. Collaborating allows us to learn from one another.

vanessa rosa stenil art in NYC Speaking with Brazilian Visual Artist and Art Historian Vanessa Rosa

What was the riskiest thing you’ve done?

Painting in precarious places – places without staircases, or just terribly bad improvised ladders.

Have you any thoughts about the graffiti/street art divide?

It used to be largely blurred in Rio, but that’s changing now. It’s very important to respect tagging. However, when we’re working with a community that does not like tagging, confusions and conflicts can arise. Confusion also arises between street artists and graffiti writers when we don’t know who really owns a particular wall — legally or symbolically.

Do you have a formal art education?

I studied Art in Rio, did an exchange in Paris and had the opportunity to take classes through fellowships in programs in NYC, as well.

Has your formal education been worthwhile?

I feel that it has positively affected the way I deal with colors, history and concepts.

vanessa rosa laser stencil nyc Speaking with Brazilian Visual Artist and Art Historian Vanessa Rosa

What percentage of your time is devoted to art?

Everything I do is connected to art, including the academic research and publishing business that I do.

How do you feel about the engagement of the corporate world with street artists?

I’m most comfortable working with NGO’s. I will only collaborate with a corporate entity that adapts to my beliefs.

Have you shown your work in galleries?

I’ve exhibited in Brazil, Berlin, Paris, Basel and NYC. Now it’s changing, but many of the exhibits I’ve done were in very alternative places, like buildings occupied by artists or who knows what!

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

It varies; often I don’t work from a sketch. Or I start with a sketch and then it becomes something else.

Vanessa rosa street art lisbon portugal Speaking with Brazilian Visual Artist and Art Historian Vanessa Rosa

Are you generally satisfied with your finished work?

I usually am. But sometimes it takes me awhile. When I just finish it, often I think it should be better. But then I realize it’s fine; it’s just different from what I had in mind. I’m often megalomaniac and I want to do too much — like too complicated, too many details, even bigger, more conceptually innovative from the previous works, or who knows what! At some point I end up accepting my limitations.

How has your work evolved through the years?

As I get deeper and deeper into research, my work continues to evolve reflecting a multiplicity of cultures. Personally, I’m the result of a very mixed cultural background, and my love for history and travel makes me always want to expand my worldview. Curiosity is essential, curiosity and affection, being interested in things and wanting to learn with them is a way of loving life.

Are there any particular cultures that have influenced your aesthetic?

Portuguese, Islamic, West African and Central European.

What inspires your work these days?

Transcultural exchange throughout history. What I’m studying now is a mix of Art History, History of Science and Post Colonialist Theory.

vanessa rosa street art brazil Speaking with Brazilian Visual Artist and Art Historian Vanessa Rosa

How do you feel about the role of the Internet in all of this?

It is essential to the phenomenon of public art. The Internet is essentially a public space. And it definitely makes it much easier to travel around and know people.

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

I feel that the artist has an ethical responsibility to help others become more humane. Or just to show people how interesting the world is. Or how it could be.

Note: Vanessa Rosa has begun a new huge work at the entrance of Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer Street, in Red Hook, Brooklyn

Images:

1-3 Imaginary Tiles Project, Brooklyn Brush, Bushwick, 2017

Blue Wall Project, close-up, Lisbon, 2015 

Rio de Janeiro, 2016 

Photos: 1-4, Lois Stavsky; 5 courtesy of the artist

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sunny sundancer mural art LES NYC Sonny Launches International Tour of His To the Bone Project on Manhattans Lower East Side

Based in Johannesburg, UK native Sonny recently brought his extraordinary talents and passion for animals to NYC. I had the opportunity to speak to him when he took a brief break from painting a massive mural overlooking Allen Street on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

What brought you to NYC?

I am here to launch my first mural in North America for the To the Bone project in partnership with IFAW, the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

What is the mission of the To the Bone project?

It utilizes street art to increase awareness of animal conservation and to raise funds to rescue animals in crisis throughout the globe.

sonny sundancer mural close up Sonny Launches International Tour of His To the Bone Project on Manhattans Lower East Side

What spurred your engagement in the project?

Living in South Africa surrounded by animals, I developed a passion for them. And painting them on huge murals is a positive way for me to do street art and pay tribute to the beauty of these animals, while raising attention to their plight.

Where else will this project be taking you?

In the weeks ahead, I will be painting in Canada, Russia and in India.

What are some of the other animals represented in the To the Bone Project?

Among them are a rhino, a leopard, an elephant, a bear and a gorilla.  There will be a total of ten, with the gorilla the face of an upcoming exhibition in London.

sonny sundancer paint spray cans Sonny Launches International Tour of His To the Bone Project on Manhattans Lower East Side

You’ve also painted several canvases and released prints in coordination with this project.

Yes. The original artwork will be exhibited and auctioned off, with prints of the works available online — with 10% of sales donated to South Africa landscape work and IFAW’s work with tigers in Russia. Among the original works are hand-painted skull replicas that showcase endangered animals from around the world. These paintings show the animals’ faces breaking away to reveal the raw skeletons underneath, symbolic of how these beautiful creatures are quickly fading away.

Can you tell us something about the patterns that adorn your works? 

They are tribal patterns from the animals’ countries of origin. When we lose these animals, we’re losing a part of our heritage too. That is the message conveyed by these distinct patterns.

Sonny Sundancer mural art Jelani Johannesburg Sonny Launches International Tour of His To the Bone Project on Manhattans Lower East Side

Your murals are stunning. Have you a formal art education?

No. I’m self-taught. I painted my first large-scale mural three years ago.

That’s quite impressive! Are there any muralists out there who have inspired you?

Among these whose works have inspired me are Case Maclaim and Faith47.

Sonny Sundancer mural art canada Sonny Launches International Tour of His To the Bone Project on Manhattans Lower East Side

How can folks support your project?

They can visit our website to learn more about the To the Bone project and buy artwork. And they can help us raise money for the IFAW, the International Fund for Animal Welfare by donating here.

Good luck with your project.  And we are thrilled that you launched the international tour of To the Bone here in NYC.

Images:

1-3 New York Lion

4  Jelani, Johannesburg

5 Grizzly Bear, Cambridge Street Art Festival, Ontaria

Photo credits: 1 Lois Stavsky; 2 & 3 Karin du Maire; 4 & 5 courtesy Tess Cunliffe

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T Kid 170 graffiti from the streets From the Streets: An Exhibition of Urban Art Continues through July 15 at ArtsWestchester with Tkid, Wane, Daze, Carlos Mare, BG 183, Damon, Dasic, Li Hill & more

Scrupulously researched and splendidly presented,  From the Streets: An Exhibition of Urban Art at ArtsWestchester is the perfect homage to the graffiti culture and the modern street art movement it spurred.  Curated by Marc Leader of 212 ARTS and Melissa McCaig-Welles of Curator 19.90, it presents murals, paintings, photography, sculpture and installations from graffiti writers who first made their mark on our subways to contemporary multi-disciplinary artists. Picture above is by the legendary TKid 170.  Here are several more images I captured while visiting the landmark exhibit.

The wonderfully prolific Wane COD

wane graffiti from the streets From the Streets: An Exhibition of Urban Art Continues through July 15 at ArtsWestchester with Tkid, Wane, Daze, Carlos Mare, BG 183, Damon, Dasic, Li Hill & more

Legendary NYC artists Chris Ellis aka Daze and Carlos Mare aka Mare 139

mare daze graffiti from the streets From the Streets: An Exhibition of Urban Art Continues through July 15 at ArtsWestchester with Tkid, Wane, Daze, Carlos Mare, BG 183, Damon, Dasic, Li Hill & more

BG 183, close-up from huge mural by the Mural Kings, Tats Cru

BG183 Tats Cru from the streets From the Streets: An Exhibition of Urban Art Continues through July 15 at ArtsWestchester with Tkid, Wane, Daze, Carlos Mare, BG 183, Damon, Dasic, Li Hill & more

Damon Johnson, close-up

damon johnson from the streets urban art From the Streets: An Exhibition of Urban Art Continues through July 15 at ArtsWestchester with Tkid, Wane, Daze, Carlos Mare, BG 183, Damon, Dasic, Li Hill & more

Chilean muralist Dasic Fernandez

dasic fernandez from the streets From the Streets: An Exhibition of Urban Art Continues through July 15 at ArtsWestchester with Tkid, Wane, Daze, Carlos Mare, BG 183, Damon, Dasic, Li Hill & more

Multidisciplinary artist Li-Hill,  ”Time Marches On”

li hill installation From the Streets: An Exhibition of Urban Art Continues through July 15 at ArtsWestchester with Tkid, Wane, Daze, Carlos Mare, BG 183, Damon, Dasic, Li Hill & more

Among the many special events in association with From the Streets: An Exhibition of Urban Art is the upcoming July 14 screening of Saving Banksythe story of one art collector’s attempts to save a Banksy painting from destruction and the auction block.  ArtsWestchester is located at 31 Mamaroneck Ave, a short walk from the White Plains Metro North station. The exhibit ends Sunday, July 15 at ArtsWestchester. It would be great if it could then travel, as it deserves a wide audience.

Photos by Lois Stavsky

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quik and revolt graffiti urban art fair New York Edition of Urban Art Fair at Spring Studios, Part II: Revolt, Quik, JonOne, LA2, Swoon, Swiz, Alexis Duque, Nick Walker & Crash

The first New York edition of the Urban Art Fair continues through 3pm tomorrow afternoon at Spring Studios in Tribeca.  The artworks pictured above are collaborative works by NYC graffiti pioneers Revolt and  Lin Felton aka Quik at the Green Flowers Art Gallery booth. What follows are several more images of urban artworks, representative of a range of styles, genres and techniques.

NYC native, Paris-based JonOne with Fabien Castainer

Jonone graffiti art urban art fair New York Edition of Urban Art Fair at Spring Studios, Part II: Revolt, Quik, JonOne, LA2, Swoon, Swiz, Alexis Duque, Nick Walker & Crash

Lower East Side-based LA2 with Dorian Grey Projects

LA 2 Dorian Grey gallery New York Edition of Urban Art Fair at Spring Studios, Part II: Revolt, Quik, JonOne, LA2, Swoon, Swiz, Alexis Duque, Nick Walker & Crash

Swoon with Taglialatella Galleries

swoon stencil art urban art fair New York Edition of Urban Art Fair at Spring Studios, Part II: Revolt, Quik, JonOne, LA2, Swoon, Swiz, Alexis Duque, Nick Walker & Crash

French artist Swiz with David Bloch Gallery

swiz urban art fair New York Edition of Urban Art Fair at Spring Studios, Part II: Revolt, Quik, JonOne, LA2, Swoon, Swiz, Alexis Duque, Nick Walker & Crash

NYC-based multi-media artist Alexis Duque with H Gallery

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Nick Walker with Galerie Brugier-Rigail

nick walker urban art fair New York Edition of Urban Art Fair at Spring Studios, Part II: Revolt, Quik, JonOne, LA2, Swoon, Swiz, Alexis Duque, Nick Walker & Crash

Bronx-based graffiti legend John Matos aka Crash for Spring Studios

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The Urban Art Fair continues at 50 Varick Street today until 9pm and tomorrow, Monday, from 11am to 3pm. Ticket information is available here.

Photo credits: 1, 3, 7 & 8 Karin du Maire; 2, 4-6 Sara C Mozeson

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noe two paints urban art fair  Urban Art Fair Launches at Spring Studios with Noe Two, Mr Cenz, Hopare, Logan Hicks, Dain, Prefab77, Dan Witz & more

Last evening, the first edition of the New York Urban Art Fair opened its doors at Spring Studios in Tribeca. It continues through Monday, July 3, with three dozen international exhibitors showcasing a diverse range of urban art, along with live painting and book signings. Pictured above is the Parisian artist Noe Two — represented by Les Galeries Bartoux — at work. What follows are several more images — all captured by travel and street art photographer Karin du Maire at yesterday’s launch.

London-based Mr Cenz, also represented by Les Galeries Bartoux

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Paris-based Hopare, represented by Galerie 42b

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NYC-based Logan Hicks with WallWorks NY

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 Brooklyn-based Dain with Joshua Geyer in collaboration with Street Art Direct

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UK-based Prefab77 and NYC’s Dan Witz with Jonathan LeVine ProjectsJonathan LeVine pictured

jonathan levine with prefab and dan witz  Urban Art Fair Launches at Spring Studios with Noe Two, Mr Cenz, Hopare, Logan Hicks, Dain, Prefab77, Dan Witz & more

The Urban Art Fair is open at 50 Varick Street today until 10pm; tomorrow from 11am to 10pm; Sunday from 11am to 9pm and Monday from 11am to 3pm.  Ticket information is available here.

Photos by Karin du Maire

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nda mural art market surplus nyc Adam Lucas aka Hanksy on His Recent Venture at the Historic Essex Street Market on Manhattans Lower East Side

This past weekend, the now-abandoned Essex Street Market at 140 Essex was the site of Market Surplus, an exhibit featuring ten huge striking murals in a range of styles — from meticulously rendered photorealistic to brightly colored expressionistic. Largely site-specific, they were the perfect homage to a soon-to-be-demolished historic Lower East Side building.  While visiting late Sunday afternoon, I had the opportunity to pose a few questions to its curator, Adam Lucas aka Hanksy.

hanksy mural art market surplus Adam Lucas aka Hanksy on His Recent Venture at the Historic Essex Street Market on Manhattans Lower East Side

This is quite impressive. When did you begin working on it?

It all started a week and a half ago.

That’s quite remarkable. It must have been quite an intense week and a half! What moved you to curate it? 

Essex Crossing has been committed from early on to bringing public art projects to this neighborhood. Awhile back, they tapped me to help them accomplish this. When they offered me this building as a site for this exhibit, I took the opportunity to curate Market Surplus.

sonni  Adam Lucas aka Hanksy on His Recent Venture at the Historic Essex Street Market on Manhattans Lower East Side

It seems like so much effort for a weekend event. It’s wonderful, but I wish it weren’t over so quickly!

Large murals like these generally have long lives.  But I actually like the twist on permanence. Bringing these kinds of murals indoors for this transitory exhibit turns the notion of permanence on its head.

How did you decide which artists to engage?

I reached out to artists I know and like — who were in town. And some of the artists recommended other artists.

faust market surplus calligraphy Adam Lucas aka Hanksy on His Recent Venture at the Historic Essex Street Market on Manhattans Lower East Side

There are quite a few references to the neighborhood in these works.

Yes. Among them is NDA‘s painting of Luis and his son Felix of the Luis Meat Market that is housed at the Essex Street Market.  A key mission of the exhibit was capturing the spirit of the Lower East Side.

I love the variety of styles and sensibilities featured here. Each is distinctly wonderful!

My intention was to present a range of styles. That was one of my criteria in selecting artists.

bk foxx surplus market mural art nyc Adam Lucas aka Hanksy on His Recent Venture at the Historic Essex Street Market on Manhattans Lower East Side

With Market Surplus behind you and now part of the history of the Lower East Side, what is next?

In two weeks, my work will be featured in a pop-up show at the Krause Gallery here on the Lower East Side. Later in the summer I will be painting a mural for the L.I.S.A Project. And there is much more to come!

It sounds great! And congratulations on this weekend’s exhibit.

Images

1. NDA

2. Adam Lucas aka Hanksy

3. Sonni

4. Faust

5. BK Foxx

Photo credits: 1, 2, 3 & 5 Lois Stavsky; 4 Karin du Maire; interview conducted and edited by Lois Stavsky

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This is the 13th in a series of occasional posts featuring the range of faces that have surfaced in NYC open spaces:

Toofly at the Welling Court Mural Project in Astoria, Queens

toofly street art welling court Faces in NYC Open Spaces, Part XIII: Toofly, David Choe, Cern, Tristan Eaton, See One &  Victor Landeta aka Aum

David Choe, close-up from his all-too-ephemeral mural on Bowery & Houston

david cho street art nyc Faces in NYC Open Spaces, Part XIII: Toofly, David Choe, Cern, Tristan Eaton, See One &  Victor Landeta aka Aum

Cernesto at the Welling Court Mural Project in Astoria, Queens

cernesto street art astoria nyc Faces in NYC Open Spaces, Part XIII: Toofly, David Choe, Cern, Tristan Eaton, See One &  Victor Landeta aka Aum

Tristan Eaton at Coney Art Walls

tristan eaton street art coney island Faces in NYC Open Spaces, Part XIII: Toofly, David Choe, Cern, Tristan Eaton, See One &  Victor Landeta aka Aum

See One in Long Island City for Arts Org

see one street art LIC edited 1 Faces in NYC Open Spaces, Part XIII: Toofly, David Choe, Cern, Tristan Eaton, See One &  Victor Landeta aka Aum

Berlin-based Spanish artist Victor Landeta aka Aum in Bushwick

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 Photos by Lois Stavsky

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