Street Artists

INTI santiago chile street art <em>Outdoor Gallery NYC</em> Author Yoav Litvin on the Streets of South America with: Inti, Gonzalo Sánchez <em>Painters</em>, Stinkfish & the APC Crew, Entes & Pésimo, Decertor, Marcelo Ment, Tarm1, Nove and Apitatan

Outdoor Gallery NYC author Yoav Litvin recently returned from a five-month trip abroad, where he explored the street art in several key South American cities and towns. I had a chance to catch up with him last week:

Those of us following you on Instagram got a mere glimpse into your incredible adventures on the streets of South America. You visited Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, Chile and Brazil. What spurred your interest in that region?

I was curious. I had seen amazing works from South America online, and while I exploring the streets of NYC, I had met a number of South American artists.

Gonzalo Sánchez Painters vaparaiso <em>Outdoor Gallery NYC</em> Author Yoav Litvin on the Streets of South America with: Inti, Gonzalo Sánchez <em>Painters</em>, Stinkfish & the APC Crew, Entes & Pésimo, Decertor, Marcelo Ment, Tarm1, Nove and Apitatan

In what ways did your findings meet your expectations?

I expected to be blown away and inspired. And I was — beyond any expectations.

Stinkfish and APC crew street art bogota <em>Outdoor Gallery NYC</em> Author Yoav Litvin on the Streets of South America with: Inti, Gonzalo Sánchez <em>Painters</em>, Stinkfish & the APC Crew, Entes & Pésimo, Decertor, Marcelo Ment, Tarm1, Nove and Apitatan

What were some of the highlights of your trip?

There were so many!  Among them were: walking around the streets of Lima with Entes; coming unexpectedly upon an art festival in La Paz, Bolivia and being in São Paulo during its 3rd annual Graffiti Fine Art Biennial.

Entes y Pesimo Lima street art <em>Outdoor Gallery NYC</em> Author Yoav Litvin on the Streets of South America with: Inti, Gonzalo Sánchez <em>Painters</em>, Stinkfish & the APC Crew, Entes & Pésimo, Decertor, Marcelo Ment, Tarm1, Nove and Apitatan

Decertor street art Lima Peru <em>Outdoor Gallery NYC</em> Author Yoav Litvin on the Streets of South America with: Inti, Gonzalo Sánchez <em>Painters</em>, Stinkfish & the APC Crew, Entes & Pésimo, Decertor, Marcelo Ment, Tarm1, Nove and Apitatan

Do any particular impressions stand out? 

The juxtaposition between Peru’s rich culture and history and its current street art particularly struck me. And navigating Bogota was what NYC was like for me in the early 80′s. I always had to keep my eyes open!

Marcelo Mente street art Rio de Janeiro <em>Outdoor Gallery NYC</em> Author Yoav Litvin on the Streets of South America with: Inti, Gonzalo Sánchez <em>Painters</em>, Stinkfish & the APC Crew, Entes & Pésimo, Decertor, Marcelo Ment, Tarm1, Nove and Apitatan

Tarm1 street art rio de janeiro <em>Outdoor Gallery NYC</em> Author Yoav Litvin on the Streets of South America with: Inti, Gonzalo Sánchez <em>Painters</em>, Stinkfish & the APC Crew, Entes & Pésimo, Decertor, Marcelo Ment, Tarm1, Nove and Apitatan

What about some of the challenges along the way?

The biggest challenge — I would say — was the language. And living in the Vidigal favela in the South Zone of Rio de Janeiro certainly was an experience.

Nove graffiti sao paulo brazil <em>Outdoor Gallery NYC</em> Author Yoav Litvin on the Streets of South America with: Inti, Gonzalo Sánchez <em>Painters</em>, Stinkfish & the APC Crew, Entes & Pésimo, Decertor, Marcelo Ment, Tarm1, Nove and Apitatan

Where do you think the street art scene in South America is going? Do you think it will continue to remain so authentic?

It is difficult to generalize as each city and town is unique. But I suspect that it will continue to thrive.

Apitatan street art quito ecuador <em>Outdoor Gallery NYC</em> Author Yoav Litvin on the Streets of South America with: Inti, Gonzalo Sánchez <em>Painters</em>, Stinkfish & the APC Crew, Entes & Pésimo, Decertor, Marcelo Ment, Tarm1, Nove and Apitatan

What’s next for you? 

This Wednesday evening, May 27, I will be speaking about my personal style as a street art and graffiti documentarian, along with the role — as I see it — of the street art photographer.  After sharing some of my experiences in photographing NYC street art and graffiti and publishing Outdoor Gallery NYC, I will speak about my recent trip abroad and present many images of street art that I photographed in Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, Chile and Brazil. The event will take place 7:00 - 9:00pm at Nowhere Studios, 582 Atlantic Ave. in Brooklyn.

EVENT FLYER <em>Outdoor Gallery NYC</em> Author Yoav Litvin on the Streets of South America with: Inti, Gonzalo Sánchez <em>Painters</em>, Stinkfish & the APC Crew, Entes & Pésimo, Decertor, Marcelo Ment, Tarm1, Nove and Apitatan

Note: All photographs © Yoav Litvin, 2015

1. Inti, Santiago, Chile 

2. Gonzalo Sánchez “Painters”, Valparaíso, Chile

3. Stinkfish and the APC Crew, Bogota, Colombia

4. Entes & Pésimo & 5. Decertor, Lima, Peru

6. Marcelo Ment & 7. Tarm1, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

8. Nove, São Paulo, Brazil 

9. Apitatan, Quito, Ecuador

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This is the first in a series of NYC couples that were spotted around town:

London Kaye in Brooklyn

London kaye bushwick Street Art Couples in NYC: London Kaye, Belin, Uta Brauser, Damon Johnson, Frank Ape and Jordan Betten

Belin in Manhattan

Belin street art NYC  Street Art Couples in NYC: London Kaye, Belin, Uta Brauser, Damon Johnson, Frank Ape and Jordan Betten

Unidentified stencil artist surfacing in different Williamsburg locales

stencil art Hasid lady with burqa NYC Street Art Couples in NYC: London Kaye, Belin, Uta Brauser, Damon Johnson, Frank Ape and Jordan Betten

Uta Brauser on van parked in Brooklyn

uta brauser street art on van NYC Street Art Couples in NYC: London Kaye, Belin, Uta Brauser, Damon Johnson, Frank Ape and Jordan Betten

Damon Johnson in Brooklyn

Damon Johnson williamsburg Street Art Couples in NYC: London Kaye, Belin, Uta Brauser, Damon Johnson, Frank Ape and Jordan Betten

Frank Ape in Brooklyn

frank bk Street Art Couples in NYC: London Kaye, Belin, Uta Brauser, Damon Johnson, Frank Ape and Jordan Betten

Jordan Betten – in the backyard garden of Henley Vaporium in Manhattan

Jordan Betten street art NYC Street Art Couples in NYC: London Kaye, Belin, Uta Brauser, Damon Johnson, Frank Ape and Jordan Betten

Photos: 1-5, Dani Reyes Mozeson; 6 & 7 Lois Stavsky

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MadC graffiti Yonkers NY German Artist Claudia “MadC” Walde on the Streets of Yonkers and in <em>Bits and Pieces</em> at WallWorks NY

A master of form, composition and color, German artist Claudia “MadC” Walde fashions luscious artworks that surface both on public spaces and in galleries world-wide. Her current exhibit Bits and Pieces at WallWorks NY remains on view through June 2.  Here are a few images:

1700Acrylic, watercolor and spray paint on canvas

MadC 1700 2015 wall works NYC German Artist Claudia “MadC” Walde on the Streets of Yonkers and in <em>Bits and Pieces</em> at WallWorks NY

2035Acrylic, watercolor and spray paint on canvas

MadC 2035 2015 Wallworks NY German Artist Claudia “MadC” Walde on the Streets of Yonkers and in <em>Bits and Pieces</em> at WallWorks NY

1126, Acrylic, watercolor and spray paint on canvas

MadC 1126 2015 Wall works NYC German Artist Claudia “MadC” Walde on the Streets of Yonkers and in <em>Bits and Pieces</em> at WallWorks NY

1342Acrylic, watercolor and spray paint on canvas

MadC 1342 wallworks NY German Artist Claudia “MadC” Walde on the Streets of Yonkers and in <em>Bits and Pieces</em> at WallWorks NY

1149, Acrylic, watercolor and spray paint on canvas

MadC 1149 2015 German Artist Claudia “MadC” Walde on the Streets of Yonkers and in <em>Bits and Pieces</em> at WallWorks NY

Wide View

madc wide view wall works German Artist Claudia “MadC” Walde on the Streets of Yonkers and in <em>Bits and Pieces</em> at WallWorks NY

WallWorks NY is located at 39 Bruckner Blvd in the Bronx, just a few minutes away from Manhattan.

Photo credits: 1 Sara C Mozeson; 2, 4, 6 & 7 Tara Murray; 3 Lois Stavsky; 5 City-As-School intern Diana Davidova

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diana contreras Delvs street art 12C Outdoor Gallery NYC From Miami to NYC: Diana Contreras and Delvs at 12C Outdoor Gallery in the East Village and with Jenny Perez at JMZ Walls in Bushwick

While in NYC for the Fridge Art Fair, Miami-based artists Diana Contreras, Delvs and Jenny Perez graced our walls with their vibrant, infectious aesthetic.

Diana Contreras aka Didi and Delvs at work in the East Village at the 12C Outdoor Gallery, 12th Street and Avenue C 

diana Contreras Delvs 12C Outdoor Gallery From Miami to NYC: Diana Contreras and Delvs at 12C Outdoor Gallery in the East Village and with Jenny Perez at JMZ Walls in Bushwick

Diana Contreras aka Didi at work at 12C Outdoor Gallery

diana contreras paints outdoor gallery 12C From Miami to NYC: Diana Contreras and Delvs at 12C Outdoor Gallery in the East Village and with Jenny Perez at JMZ Walls in Bushwick

Delvs at work at 12C Outdoor Gallery

Delvs paints street 12C art outdoor gallery NYC From Miami to NYC: Diana Contreras and Delvs at 12C Outdoor Gallery in the East Village and with Jenny Perez at JMZ Walls in Bushwick

Delvs, Diana Contreras and Jenny Perez at work at JMZ Walls in Bushwick

Delvs Diana Contreras Jenny Perez From Miami to NYC: Diana Contreras and Delvs at 12C Outdoor Gallery in the East Village and with Jenny Perez at JMZ Walls in Bushwick

Jenny Perez at work at JMZ Walls in Bushwick

Jenny Perez JMZ walls street art From Miami to NYC: Diana Contreras and Delvs at 12C Outdoor Gallery in the East Village and with Jenny Perez at JMZ Walls in Bushwick

Final piece for JMZ Walls

Diana Contreras Delvs Jenny Perez JMZ Walls NYC1 From Miami to NYC: Diana Contreras and Delvs at 12C Outdoor Gallery in the East Village and with Jenny Perez at JMZ Walls in Bushwick

Photos: 1 & 6 Lois Stavsky; 2-5 Tara Murray 

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This past Sunday, the 5Pointz family continued its transformation of August Martin HS with some of the finest international, national and local artists adding their talents and visions to the extraordinary indoor gallery the school has become. Here’s a small sampling of more of the works that now grace the hallways and doors of the Jamaica, Queens high school:

El Niño de las Pinturas in from Spain

El Nino de las Pinturas art August Martin High School Back to August Martin HS with 5Pointz: El Niño de las Pinturas, Ben Angotti, Nicholai Kahn, Trace, Skio, Elle, Andre Trenier, ZaOne & Meres

NYC-based Ben Angotti

ben angotti with quote Back to August Martin HS with 5Pointz: El Niño de las Pinturas, Ben Angotti, Nicholai Kahn, Trace, Skio, Elle, Andre Trenier, ZaOne & Meres

Queens-based Nicholai Khan with August Martin student Justin Price (interviewed by Street Art NYC) and project co-curator Marie Cecile Flaegul

nicholai Kahn art marie justin edited 1 Back to August Martin HS with 5Pointz: El Niño de las Pinturas, Ben Angotti, Nicholai Kahn, Trace, Skio, Elle, Andre Trenier, ZaOne & Meres

Trace, New Wave Crew at work

Trace graffiti august martin high school Back to August Martin HS with 5Pointz: El Niño de las Pinturas, Ben Angotti, Nicholai Kahn, Trace, Skio, Elle, Andre Trenier, ZaOne & Meres

Skio in from Paris and Brooklyn-based Elle

skio and elle art Back to August Martin HS with 5Pointz: El Niño de las Pinturas, Ben Angotti, Nicholai Kahn, Trace, Skio, Elle, Andre Trenier, ZaOne & Meres

Bronx-native Andre Trenier at work

andre trenier paints Back to August Martin HS with 5Pointz: El Niño de las Pinturas, Ben Angotti, Nicholai Kahn, Trace, Skio, Elle, Andre Trenier, ZaOne & Meres

NYC’s ZaOne

zaone graffiti stay in school Back to August Martin HS with 5Pointz: El Niño de las Pinturas, Ben Angotti, Nicholai Kahn, Trace, Skio, Elle, Andre Trenier, ZaOne & Meres

5Pointz curator Meres One

Meres light bulbs august martin high school Back to August Martin HS with 5Pointz: El Niño de las Pinturas, Ben Angotti, Nicholai Kahn, Trace, Skio, Elle, Andre Trenier, ZaOne & Meres

Note: The school will be open to the public on Thursday, June 11, from 4-8pm.

Keep posted to the StreetArtNYC Facebook page for many more images of the amazing artworks.

Photo credits: 1, 3, 6 & 8 Lois Stavsky; 2, 4, 5 & 7 Tara Murray

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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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T Kid graffiti august martin high school The 5Pointz Family Returns to Queens    Transforming the Interior of August Martin High School: Meres One, TK 170, Will Kasso, Cey Adams, Zeso, Kid Lew, Part One, Miss Zukie, Reme 821, See TF, Cycle and more

This past weekend over 100 artists — including such graffiti legends as T-Kid 170, Cey Adams, Cycle, Claw Money and Part One – transformed the blank white walls of August Martin High School into a dazzling, brilliant canvas. Curatated by Meres One with Marie Cecile Flaegul, the freshly-painted artworks represent a multitude of cultures, sensibilities and styles. While visiting yesterday, I had the opportunity to speak to August Martin student, Justin Price.

This is all so amazing! Your school is an absolute wonderland! What inspired this magical change?

The walls in our school were recently painted white. They looked dull and unwelcoming. We wanted to bring color and life to our surroundings, so that we would look forward to coming to school. And we wanted to look at art that we could relate to and that reflected our culture.

Will Kasso grafffiti August Martin High School The 5Pointz Family Returns to Queens    Transforming the Interior of August Martin High School: Meres One, TK 170, Will Kasso, Cey Adams, Zeso, Kid Lew, Part One, Miss Zukie, Reme 821, See TF, Cycle and more

Whose concept was this?

August Martin’s Future Project Dream Team surveyed 500 students to find out what change they most wanted in our school. The students’ consensus was that they wanted to change the appearance of the school’s interior.

cey adams graffiti august martin high school The 5Pointz Family Returns to Queens    Transforming the Interior of August Martin High School: Meres One, TK 170, Will Kasso, Cey Adams, Zeso, Kid Lew, Part One, Miss Zukie, Reme 821, See TF, Cycle and more

Once you knew what you wanted to do, what were some of the challenges you faced? 

We had to come up with a proposal and a budget. That took us at least a month. Then we had to identify artists who could work with us. That was our biggest challenge until we were introduced to Meres and Marie of 5Pointz.

Zeso graffiti The 5Pointz Family Returns to Queens    Transforming the Interior of August Martin High School: Meres One, TK 170, Will Kasso, Cey Adams, Zeso, Kid Lew, Part One, Miss Zukie, Reme 821, See TF, Cycle and more

How have things been working out since you met them?

Once we met up with Meres and Marie, everything went smoothly. Meres is an amazing artist and knows so many other amazing artists. And I just can’t say enough about Marie! She is so conscientious and caring.

Miss Zukie character art august martin high school The 5Pointz Family Returns to Queens    Transforming the Interior of August Martin High School: Meres One, TK 170, Will Kasso, Cey Adams, Zeso, Kid Lew, Part One, Miss Zukie, Reme 821, See TF, Cycle and more

Most of the students haven’t yet seen the murals. But what kind of response have you gotten from those who have seem them?

They love them. They can’t wait to pose for photos in front of them!

Steve Lew art Gillian Smith The 5Pointz Family Returns to Queens    Transforming the Interior of August Martin High School: Meres One, TK 170, Will Kasso, Cey Adams, Zeso, Kid Lew, Part One, Miss Zukie, Reme 821, See TF, Cycle and more

Part One graffiti august martin high school The 5Pointz Family Returns to Queens    Transforming the Interior of August Martin High School: Meres One, TK 170, Will Kasso, Cey Adams, Zeso, Kid Lew, Part One, Miss Zukie, Reme 821, See TF, Cycle and more

And how have the teachers responded to this project? 

Their response has been positive. They know that if the students are happy and motivated, their jobs are easier.

meres graffiti art august martin high school The 5Pointz Family Returns to Queens    Transforming the Interior of August Martin High School: Meres One, TK 170, Will Kasso, Cey Adams, Zeso, Kid Lew, Part One, Miss Zukie, Reme 821, See TF, Cycle and more

Reme graffiti art August martin high school The 5Pointz Family Returns to Queens    Transforming the Interior of August Martin High School: Meres One, TK 170, Will Kasso, Cey Adams, Zeso, Kid Lew, Part One, Miss Zukie, Reme 821, See TF, Cycle and more

And what about your principal, Ms. Smith?

She’s been 100% behind it. She’s worked hard to make sure that it happens and she has been here with us all weekend.

Remiks graffiti See tf Portrait August Martin High School The 5Pointz Family Returns to Queens    Transforming the Interior of August Martin High School: Meres One, TK 170, Will Kasso, Cey Adams, Zeso, Kid Lew, Part One, Miss Zukie, Reme 821, See TF, Cycle and more

Why do you suppose there are so many underachievers among the students here?

Many of the students here lack the support systems they need, and they feel easily discouraged.  So many are talented and really love discovering new things.

Cycle close up graffiti art August Martin High School The 5Pointz Family Returns to Queens    Transforming the Interior of August Martin High School: Meres One, TK 170, Will Kasso, Cey Adams, Zeso, Kid Lew, Part One, Miss Zukie, Reme 821, See TF, Cycle and more

I don’t doubt it!  What are your thoughts about this project and its possible impact?

I love it! It makes me so happy! And I think it will have a great impact on the other students.

sembakkus graffiti art august martin high school The 5Pointz Family Returns to Queens    Transforming the Interior of August Martin High School: Meres One, TK 170, Will Kasso, Cey Adams, Zeso, Kid Lew, Part One, Miss Zukie, Reme 821, See TF, Cycle and more

Why is the project called Operation Skittles? I’ve been wondering about that!

Actually, there are two reasons!  Skittles are colorful and this project brings color to our school. And Skittles are the favorite snack of  Syreeta Gates, the Future Project Dream director here at August Martin.

BK Foxx art mural august martin high school edited 1 The 5Pointz Family Returns to Queens    Transforming the Interior of August Martin High School: Meres One, TK 170, Will Kasso, Cey Adams, Zeso, Kid Lew, Part One, Miss Zukie, Reme 821, See TF, Cycle and more

Now that makes sense! How lucky you students at August Martin are to have realized Operation Skittles!

Note: Keep posted to the Street Art NYC Facebook page for more images and for news about an event at August Martin open to the public in early June.

Photos and interview by Lois Stavsky

1. T-Kid 170

2. Will Kasso

3. Cey Adams

4. Zeso and Awez

5, Miss Zukie

6. Kid Lew with August Martin principal Gillian Smith standing to his left

7. Part One

8. Meres One

9. Reme 821

10. Remiks and See TF

11. Cycle

12. Sjembakkus – in from Amsterdam

13. BK Foxx

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This is the seventh in a series of occasional posts featuring images of children that surface on our public spaces:

Gustavo Nénão in Chelsea

gustavo nénão street art NYC Kids on Walls — Part VII: Gustavo Nénão, Joe Iurato, Stinkfish, Jef Aerosol and Danielle Mastrion

Joe Iurato in Jersey City

Joe Iurato Jersey City Kids on Walls — Part VII: Gustavo Nénão, Joe Iurato, Stinkfish, Jef Aerosol and Danielle Mastrion

Stinkfish in Bushwick

stinkfish street art NYC Kids on Walls — Part VII: Gustavo Nénão, Joe Iurato, Stinkfish, Jef Aerosol and Danielle Mastrion

Jef Aerosol at the Bushwick Collective

jef aerosol street art bushwick Kids on Walls — Part VII: Gustavo Nénão, Joe Iurato, Stinkfish, Jef Aerosol and Danielle Mastrion

Danielle Mastrion in Staten Island with the Centrefuge Public Art Project

Danielle Mastrion Staten Island Kids on Walls — Part VII: Gustavo Nénão, Joe Iurato, Stinkfish, Jef Aerosol and Danielle Mastrion

Photos: 1 City-As-School intern Zachariah Messaoud; 2, 3 & 5 Lois Stavsky; 4 Dani Reyes Mozeson

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After spending five months in London, Pyramid Oracle is back for a bit in NYC.  Opening today at 6pm at City Bird Gallery is Return, a five-day show featuring work he developed in the UK. We met up with the artist yesterday, as he was getting ready for this evening’s exhibit.

Pyramid Oracle face on wood close up  Pyramid Oracle in <em>Return</em>    a Surprise Show with New Works from London Opens Tonight at City Bird Gallery

Your works began surfacing here on NYC streets about two years ago. We were struck at once by their haunting, somewhat melancholy, beauty. What is the inspiration behind these works?

I’m inspired by the people, places and things I’ve experienced. I try to capture wisdom from the great mysteries, while depicting our existence in a sort of subliminal lull. I’ve been particularly inspired by the Native Americans I’ve met in Montana and New Mexico.

Pyramid Oracle wood 1  Pyramid Oracle in <em>Return</em>    a Surprise Show with New Works from London Opens Tonight at City Bird Gallery

When and where did you begin sharing your work in public spaces? 

I started around 2008 doing work throughout the Midwest.  My work first started getting recognized primarily in Chicago. 

What motivated you to get up on the streets?

I was hanging around train riders, graff artists and vagabonds. I was doing most of my work while traveling and spending so much time on the street that it seemed like the natural thing to do.

Pyramid Oracle face  Pyramid Oracle in <em>Return</em>    a Surprise Show with New Works from London Opens Tonight at City Bird Gallery

Where – besides NYC, Chicago and London – have you gotten up?

Minneapolis, Baltimore, Philly, Portland, and Miami. And in Iowa – Cedar Rapids, Iowa city, Ames, Fort Dodge and Des Moines.  

Just who is Pyramid Oracle?

Pyramid Oracle represents the body of work that I am developing. It is constantly evolving.

pyramid oracle in gallery nyc  Pyramid Oracle in <em>Return</em>    a Surprise Show with New Works from London Opens Tonight at City Bird Gallery

Who are some of your influences?

Among the artists whose works have resonated the most with me through the years are: Gaia, SwoonMata Ruda, LNY and OverUnder.

What would you like folks to come away with after seeing your work? Have you a message to convey?

It is open to interpretation, while its primary purpose is to facilitate a means of reflection and illumination.

Pyramid Oracle Return  Pyramid Oracle in <em>Return</em>    a Surprise Show with New Works from London Opens Tonight at City Bird Gallery

Return opens this evening at 6pm at City Bird Gallery and remains on exhibit through Sunday. The gallery is located at 191 Henry Street on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

Interview by City-as-School intern Diana Davidova with Lois Stavsky; photos 1-3 Lois Stavsky; 4 Diana Davidova

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No Sleep Aids crew graffiti Artists Convert Former Jersey City Shop into a Graffiti Mecca: SP.ONE, Mr. Mustart, Distort, ERA, Mr. Abillity, Chopla, Pomer, Clarence Rich, Paws 21, Optimo Primo, AIDS Crew and more

“There’s some amazing talent here,” commented a rather staid looking older man – dressed in a three-piece suit – as he saw me approaching the former Pep Boys shop in Downtown Jersey City. And, indeed, there is! Thanks to the efforts of the indefatigable Greg Edgell aka Green Villian and the dozens of artists who came together last week, the former shop now boasts some of the finest graffiti to be found anywhere.  Here is just a sampling:

Greg Lamarche aka SP.ONE

sp.one graffiti Jersey City Artists Convert Former Jersey City Shop into a Graffiti Mecca: SP.ONE, Mr. Mustart, Distort, ERA, Mr. Abillity, Chopla, Pomer, Clarence Rich, Paws 21, Optimo Primo, AIDS Crew and more

Mr Mustart and Distort

Mr mustart distoart graffiti. Jersey City Artists Convert Former Jersey City Shop into a Graffiti Mecca: SP.ONE, Mr. Mustart, Distort, ERA, Mr. Abillity, Chopla, Pomer, Clarence Rich, Paws 21, Optimo Primo, AIDS Crew and more

Mr Mustart and Era

Mr Mustart ERA graffiti Jersey City Artists Convert Former Jersey City Shop into a Graffiti Mecca: SP.ONE, Mr. Mustart, Distort, ERA, Mr. Abillity, Chopla, Pomer, Clarence Rich, Paws 21, Optimo Primo, AIDS Crew and more

Mr Abillity and Chopla

Mr Ability and Chopla street art Jersey City Artists Convert Former Jersey City Shop into a Graffiti Mecca: SP.ONE, Mr. Mustart, Distort, ERA, Mr. Abillity, Chopla, Pomer, Clarence Rich, Paws 21, Optimo Primo, AIDS Crew and more

Pomer

pomer graffiti Jersey City Artists Convert Former Jersey City Shop into a Graffiti Mecca: SP.ONE, Mr. Mustart, Distort, ERA, Mr. Abillity, Chopla, Pomer, Clarence Rich, Paws 21, Optimo Primo, AIDS Crew and more

Distort and Mr Mustart

AIDS Crew Distort Mister Mustart Artists Convert Former Jersey City Shop into a Graffiti Mecca: SP.ONE, Mr. Mustart, Distort, ERA, Mr. Abillity, Chopla, Pomer, Clarence Rich, Paws 21, Optimo Primo, AIDS Crew and more

Clarence Rich, Dzel and Nark

clarence rich AIDS CREW graffiti street art Jersey City Artists Convert Former Jersey City Shop into a Graffiti Mecca: SP.ONE, Mr. Mustart, Distort, ERA, Mr. Abillity, Chopla, Pomer, Clarence Rich, Paws 21, Optimo Primo, AIDS Crew and more

Paws 21 — with Green Villain to the right

Paws street art with green villain Artists Convert Former Jersey City Shop into a Graffiti Mecca: SP.ONE, Mr. Mustart, Distort, ERA, Mr. Abillity, Chopla, Pomer, Clarence Rich, Paws 21, Optimo Primo, AIDS Crew and more

The Pep Boys shop is located on 410 Marin Boulevard, a few blocks away from Newport Mall. Originally slated for demolition this past Friday, the building will remain for at least another month. We will be back!

Photos by Lois Stavsky

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