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Born in Canada, Lady K-Fever is a NYC-based interdisciplinary artist, art educator and curator. A recipient of numerous grants, she currently works with the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Bronx River Arts Center and the Laundromat Project.

Lady K Fever graffiti NYC Speaking with Lady K Fever

When and where did you start getting up?

I started bombing in Vancouver, Canada in the early 90’s. I got all over the city. No block was safe.

What inspired you back then?

In 1992, I found The Faith of Graffiti at a thrift shop and bought a bootleg copy of Wild Style. I immediately fell in love with graffiti.  I was also into skateboarding at the time, and I was a member of the Riot Grrlzs: The Vancouver Chapter.  We were invited to create an installation for an exhibition “Artropolis 1993.” We collaborated to create a graffiti-inspired tag wall about human rights.

What spurred your interest and engagement in social issues?

I was inspired by activism of the Black Panthers and counter culture of the 1960’s & 70’s.

What about graffiti crews? Did you belong to any?

My first crew was the one I created with some of my friends in Vancouver, the ILC crew: The Independent Ladies Crew. I have since put down with lots of other crews: CAC, TLV (the Latin Vandals), IBM, and WOTS.  Right now I am down with KD-TDS-INDS.

Lady K Fever and Cern Speaking with Lady K Fever

Any early graffiti memories?

I’ll always remember the first three-color piece/bomb I did on my own.  It was all about timing.  It was in 1996 in downtown Vancouver, and I had hidden behind a car. I started to paint in the shadow of the car and hide when traffic was coming by. It was a thrill, and I wanted to do more.

When did you first get up in NYC?

My first time painting here was in 2001 at The Phun Phactory before it became 5Pointz. While there, I met so many people and artists who have helped me along my path. I am so grateful that there was a place like that – a place for the global graffiti movement to connect and blossom in New York City.

Have you ever been arrested?

Pleading the 5th and the 4th. 

Have you exhibited your works?

I began exhibiting my work in galleries in 1993 in Vancouver.  In NYC, I have exhibited at  the Bronx Museum of the Arts, El Museo del Barrio, Longwood Art Gallery, The Corridor Gallery, Andrew Freedman Home and MoMA.

HOWIEGARCIA LADYKFEVER Kathleena 12 op 640x356 Speaking with Lady K Fever

What percentage of your time is devoted to your artwork?

100 percent. All day. Every day. It’s my life. Life is my art. My art is the facilitation of my experiences as a creative human on this planet. I am inspired and find inspiration all day long.

Have you made money from your work?

I sell pieces, do commissions, apply for grants and residencies, teach and consult with museums and arts organizations, speak at schools and conduct workshops. Hustle is hustle.

Any thoughts about the so-called graffiti/street art divide?

The boundaries continue to blur.  I thought we all fought hard for graffiti to be considered “art”. A writer is a writer; an artist is an artist. Both are valid and beautiful and all artists have the right to decide how they want to be identified. What I do not like is the dogma and the prejudices that arise. If graffiti and street art are ultimately forms of freedom of expression, then what really is going on?

Do you prefer working alone or working with others?

Both. I like working alone, and I like the interaction that happens when artists work together. I go through phases.

Lady Fever students Speaking with Lady K Fever

Do you have a formal arts education?

Yes and no. I studied fine art in high school and in college, but I formally went on to major in Theatre.  I worked as a studio assistant with a Canadian pottery artist and as a scenic painter on film/TV sets to gain art trade skills.

What is the riskiest thing you’ve done?

I have done a lot of risky things. On my last day in Toronto, I did a bridge piece along a highway in downtown Toronto.  I wrote the name Lady K Fever in huge letters on the whole bridge.  As I was finishing, I saw a set of police lights flash across the highway. I ran and hid all the way home. That was my exit from Toronto.

Are there any particular cultures that have influenced your aesthetic?

I’m influenced by all cultures. I go through inspirational phases. I love texture and color. I like to work with Indian, African and Mexican fabrics and designs.  Music is also an influence – its sounds, beats and lyrics.

Are you generally satisfied with a finished piece?

Yes and no.  Sometimes, I just have to walk away and move on to the next.

Fever graffiti South Bronx Husky Speaking with Lady K Fever

How has your work evolved throughout the years?

I continue to refine my style and explore concepts.

How would you describe the role of the artist in society?

The artist’s role is to tell stories through personal and collective reflections and responses and to raise questions. The artist is a messenger of universal truth who challenges others to see and acknowledge what they might not want to

Interview with Lady K-Fever conducted by Lenny Collado and edited by Lois Stavsky; photo credits 1. Lenny Collado; 2. Tara Murray; 3 – 5. courtesy of the artist

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South Bronx native Luis “Zimad” Lamboy began gracing walls with his graffiti skills at age 14, and had his first exhibit at Fashion Moda in 1984. Since, he has exhibited his artwork in galleries world-wide and continues to share his skills on public spaces across the globe. Tomorrow evening, he  will be showing a series of new paintings – alongside James Sexer Rodriguez – at Rogue Gallery Chelsea, 508 West 26th Street.

Zimad graffiti South Bronx nyc Speaking with Luis Zimad Lamboy

When and where did you first get up?

It started back in 1979. I grew up in the South Bronx on 156th and Courtland, and that’s where I first got up.

What inspired you?

Throw-ups and bombs were everywhere. I especially loved what I saw on the handball courts.  There was FDT 56, KID 56, Mad2 and the Bronx Artists crew.

Have you any early graffiti-related memories that stand out?

I remember the time I shocked my arm in the lay-ups. It became numb, but I continued bombing. That same night we got chased out of the lay-ups by workers in the middle of the night. I remember running down Pelham Parkway, while the MPC Crew were throwing rocks and bottles at us.  That was a night!

Did you represent any crews?

Crews I’ve painted with include: BA, OTB, DWB, TCM, CWK and TD4.

Zimad street art at the Bushwick Collective Speaking with Luis Zimad Lamboy

What is the riskiest thing you did?

Hitting up a white train on an elevated track wearing a red bubble coat in broad daylight. I had people yelling at me from the street.

How did your family feel about what you were doing?

My mom said, “You better be careful.” My father never acknowledged what I was doing. I really don’t know if he knew or not.

Have you ever been arrested?

A few times. Not too many. I remember when I was locked up with Sexer for painting a handball court right across from a police station.  Just as we were finishing it, the entire precinct came out and surrounded us. We got off easily, though. We were charged with criminal mischief and had to pay a $50.00 fine.

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

I used to sketch out my letters before hitting a wall. But I mostly let it flow.

Are you generally satisfied with your finished piece? 

Lately I’ve been. But I have mixed feelings about some of my earlier pieces

Zimad at 5Pointz Speaking with Luis Zimad Lamboy

Do you have a formal art education?

I’m self-taught. I’ve been drawing since I was five years old. I learned just about everything I know from the streets.  And in my mid-20’s, I attended FIT. The classes that I took there helped me fine-tune my skills.

Are there any particular cultures that have influenced your aesthetic?

The spiritual life has been my greatest influence. I’ve been particularly inspired by Sacred Geometry.

Any other inspirations?

Basquiat.  Just watching the movie inspires me.

Do you prefer working with others? Or would you rather paint alone?

When I’m outside, I prefer working with others. I collaborate lots with Sexer these days. But when I’m in my studio, I like to paint alone.

Zimad on canvas Speaking with Luis Zimad Lamboy

Any thoughts about the graffiti/street art divide?

Graffiti writers often feel that street artists disrespect them. And, unlike graffiti writers, many street artists have formal art educations.  This, too, leads to tensions between the two, as street artists have a different take on it all and are more accepted by the art establishment. Their work is also more accessible to most people.

Why do you suppose the art world has been so reluctant to embrace graffiti?

Well, it’s the only element of hip-hop that’s illegal. And that’s a problem. Gallery owners don’t want the police knocking on their doors.

Any favorite arists?

Doze Green, Mars1, Dondi and Basquiat.

How has your work evolved in the past few years?

I leave graffiti for the walls. In my studio I continue to move in the direction of fine arts. When I am painting in my studio, I am building a legacy.

zimad graffiti action at 5Pointz Speaking with Luis Zimad Lamboy

Have you any thoughts about the movement of graffiti into galleries?

I think it’s great, but once it’s in a gallery, it’s not graffiti. It’s aerosol art.

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

On the positive side, it gets my work out all over the world. But it also makes it too easy for people to imitate one’s work.

Have you any feelings about the photographers in the scene?

Some are good; some aren’t. But I think if a photographer sells his photos, he should share his profits with the artists.

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

To invite the public into their world. To share their story with others.

Urban Convictions Rogue Gallery Speaking with Luis Zimad Lamboy

What do you see as the future of graffiti?

Graffiti is the biggest art movement in the world. It will continue to grow.

What about you? What’s ahead for you?

For me, I will continue to create every day of my life and share what is on my mind through my art for the world to see.

Interview by Lois Stavsky; Photo 1, Zimad as a young teen, courtesy of the artist; photo 2, Zimad at the Bushwick Collective by Tara Murray; photo 3, Zimad at 5Pointz by Lois Stavsky; photo 4,  Zimad at 5Pointz by Tara Murray; photo 5, Zimad on canvas by Lois Stavsky

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Boone Avene graffiti and street art Bronx NYC Boone Avenue Refashioned    Part I: Marthalicia Matarrita, Cern, Lady K. Fever, Cope2, UR New York, Skeme, Reme, Chris RWK & more

It’s been busy up on Boone Avenue near the Sheridan Expressway in the Bronx these past few days. Here are a few images captured yesterday during its current transformation:

Marthalicia Matarrita 

Marthalicia Matarrita street art Bronx Boone Avenue Refashioned    Part I: Marthalicia Matarrita, Cern, Lady K. Fever, Cope2, UR New York, Skeme, Reme, Chris RWK & more

Cern and Lady Fever at work

Lady K Fever and Cern Boone Avenue Refashioned    Part I: Marthalicia Matarrita, Cern, Lady K. Fever, Cope2, UR New York, Skeme, Reme, Chris RWK & more

Cope2

Cope Boone Avenue Refashioned    Part I: Marthalicia Matarrita, Cern, Lady K. Fever, Cope2, UR New York, Skeme, Reme, Chris RWK & more

Fernando Romero aka Ski at work

Baca paints graffiti Bronx NYC Boone Avenue Refashioned    Part I: Marthalicia Matarrita, Cern, Lady K. Fever, Cope2, UR New York, Skeme, Reme, Chris RWK & more

Skeme, Reme at work and Chris RWK

Skeme Reme Chris RWK graffiti and street art Bronx Boone Avenue Refashioned    Part I: Marthalicia Matarrita, Cern, Lady K. Fever, Cope2, UR New York, Skeme, Reme, Chris RWK & more

 All photos by Tara Murray. Part II to follow.

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Last month, Girls on Top aka GOT, UK’s all female crew established in 2000, visited NYC.  Along with some of NYC’s finest female graffiti artists, they hit up a huge wall on Boone Avenue in the Bronx on one of the rainiest days of the season. Here are some images captured this past week from the historic My Thuggy Pony All-Girlz Jam.

Manchester-based graffiti artist and educator Chock and founder of G.O.T

Chock graffiti in Bronx NYC The Girls Up on Boone Avenue: UK Girls on Top (G.O.T) Join Local Writers for My Thuggy Pony All Girlz Jam

London-based active G.O.T. member Pixie

Pixie graffiti in Bronx NYC The Girls Up on Boone Avenue: UK Girls on Top (G.O.T) Join Local Writers for My Thuggy Pony All Girlz Jam

Bronx-based artist, educator and leader Miss 163

Miss 163 graffiti in Bronx NYC The Girls Up on Boone Avenue: UK Girls on Top (G.O.T) Join Local Writers for My Thuggy Pony All Girlz Jam

 Queens-native visual artist Abby – with 1980′s graffiti roots

Abby graffiti in Bronx NYC The Girls Up on Boone Avenue: UK Girls on Top (G.O.T) Join Local Writers for My Thuggy Pony All Girlz Jam

Passionate Bronx-based graffiti artist and jam facilitator Erotica 67

erotica graffiti in Bronx NYC The Girls Up on Boone Avenue: UK Girls on Top (G.O.T) Join Local Writers for My Thuggy Pony All Girlz Jam

NYC-based designer and graffiti writer extraordinaire, Queen Andrea

Queen Andrea graffiti in Bronx The Girls Up on Boone Avenue: UK Girls on Top (G.O.T) Join Local Writers for My Thuggy Pony All Girlz Jam

And Neks

Neks graffiti in Bronx NYC The Girls Up on Boone Avenue: UK Girls on Top (G.O.T) Join Local Writers for My Thuggy Pony All Girlz Jam

A range of art works by members of G.O.T can be seen and purchased through this weekend at an exhibit curated by Jessica Pabon at bOb Gallery at 235 Eldridge Street on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Here are two of the many on view:

Syrup

GOT Crew SYRUP on canvas The Girls Up on Boone Avenue: UK Girls on Top (G.O.T) Join Local Writers for My Thuggy Pony All Girlz Jam

Lyns, Da Crew, 2013

got crew on canvas The Girls Up on Boone Avenue: UK Girls on Top (G.O.T) Join Local Writers for My Thuggy Pony All Girlz Jam

Photos by Lois Stavsky

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Last Monday – Memorial Day – SinXero, Sien, Fumero and Joe Conzo brought their vision to a new legal wall in the Bronx. Inspired by SinXero’s memories of growing up on 181st Street and Prospect Avenue, the collaborative mural pays homage to the roots of graffiti and hip-hop.

SinXero Fumero Sien and Joe Conzo SinXero, Sien, Fumero and Joe Conzo Fashion a Soulful Ode to the Birthplace of Hip Hop

Located at 1401 Ferris Place, this mural is the first of four legal Bronx walls by the TAG Team — in collaboration with such legendary documentarians as Joe Conzo, Ricky Flores and Henry Chalfant. Sponsored by All City Paint, the murals are intended as a tribute to those who played a significant role in the development of the borough’s distinct culture that continues to impact the world. These walls also represent, SinXero reports, an effort to bring a new form of street art, grafstract– with its melding of styles — to the birthplace of it all.  Here are a few more images:

Sinxero pastes up his iconic “Ode to the Streets” image. Photo by Trevon Blondet.

Sinxero street art Bronx NYC SinXero, Sien, Fumero and Joe Conzo Fashion a Soulful Ode to the Birthplace of Hip Hop

Close-up of SinXero image with Sien to the right. Photo by Tara Murray.

sinxero and sein street art close up Bx NYC SinXero, Sien, Fumero and Joe Conzo Fashion a Soulful Ode to the Birthplace of Hip Hop

Sien at work. Photo by Trevon Blondet.

sien street art Bronx NYC SinXero, Sien, Fumero and Joe Conzo Fashion a Soulful Ode to the Birthplace of Hip Hop

SinXero and Fumero in front of completed mural. Photo by Trevon Blondet.

Fumero Sinxero street art mural Nrpmx NYC SinXero, Sien, Fumero and Joe Conzo Fashion a Soulful Ode to the Birthplace of Hip Hop

Joe Conzo with image based on his photo of Bronx hip-hop legends, the Cold Crush BrothersPhoto by Trevon Blondet.

Joe Conzo Bronx NYC SinXero, Sien, Fumero and Joe Conzo Fashion a Soulful Ode to the Birthplace of Hip Hop

Close-up of Cold Crush Brothers. Photo by Lois Stavsky.

Joe Conzo Sinxero cold crush bnrothers street art Bronx NYC SinXero, Sien, Fumero and Joe Conzo Fashion a Soulful Ode to the Birthplace of Hip Hop

Westchester Square Plumbing Supply Co., Inc  has provided TAG with multiple legal walls for this project.

All photos by Trevor Blondet, courtesy of SinXero — except for SinXero and Sien close-up by Tara Murray and final close-up by Lois Stavsky.

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While not conducting his post-doctoral research on Brain and Behavior at The Rockefeller University, Jerusalem native Yoav Litvin can be found on our city streets pursuing his passion for street art. We recently met up for a chat.

1 Dain Wythe Ave. Williamsburg Brooklyn Yoav Litvin on his Street Art Passions and Pursuits

What spurred your interest in public art?

As a result of an injury, there wasn’t much I could do other than walk around.  So that’s what I did. And once I began to notice street art, I couldn’t stop taking photos of it. I also appreciate the risks artists take when putting up pieces; it’s a rush I can relate to. And I admire the artists’ generosity in taking these risks to share their vision with the public.

2 Alice Mizrachi and Cope2 Boone Avenue Bronx Yoav Litvin on his Street Art Passions and Pursuits

What is it about street art that continues to so engage you?

I love its beauty and humor. I appreciate its aesthetic and the way it challenges convention. It is a beautiful, non-violent way to raise issues in the public sphere.  And as a political person, I am drawn to the confrontational nature of much of it.

3 Never Bedford Ave Williamsburg Brooklyn Yoav Litvin on his Street Art Passions and Pursuits

What do you see as the role of the photographer in today’s street art movement?

Because of the transient nature of public art, I see it as essential. The image is important, but so is its context and appropriate accreditation to the artist.  And documentation of NYC’s street art trends is especially essential as this city is the world’s cultural Mecca.

4 Grattan St. Bushwick Brooklyn Yoav Litvin on his Street Art Passions and Pursuits

Tell us a bit about your current project.

I’ve been working for over a year now on a book that profiles 46 of the most prolific urban artists working in NYC.  It will feature images and interviews, along with some exciting supplements.

6 Jilly Ballistic Astor Place Manhattan Yoav Litvin on his Street Art Passions and Pursuits

Have you any favorite artists whose works you’ve seen here in NYC?

There are too many to list. I love them all for different reasons.

5 Enzo and Nio Wythe Ave. Williamsburg Brooklyn Yoav Litvin on his Street Art Passions and Pursuits

How do you keep up with the current scene?

In addition to documenting what I see and speaking to artists, I follow popular street art blogs such as StreetArtNYC, Brooklyn Street Art and Vandalog.  I also check Instagram daily for new images that surface not only on NYC streets, but across the globe. And I try to attend gallery openings as often as possible.

7 NDA right and Elle Deadsex tag on left Jefferson St. Bushwick Brooklyn Yoav Litvin on his Street Art Passions and Pursuits

We certainly look forward to reading your book.  Tell us more about its current progress. How close it is to publication?

I’ve finally completed the stage of collecting texts and images, and am currently working together with a first-rate designer. I am now seeking a publisher.

Yoav can be contacted at yoavlitvin@gmail.com

Featured photos are in the following sequence:

1) Dain. Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

2) Alice Mizrachi and Cope2. Boone Avenue, The Bronx.

3) Never Satisfied. Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

4) gilf! Grattan Street, Bushwick, Brooklyn.

5) Jilly Ballistic. Astor Place 6 Train station, Manhattan.

6) Enzo and Nio. Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

7) ND’A and Elle Deadsex. Jefferson Street, Bushwick, Brooklyn.

All photos by Yoav Litvin.

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Speaking with Sen2

April 2, 2013

Sen2 graffiti in Long Island City Speaking with Sen2

Huge fans of Sen2′s masterful artworks on an array of surfaces — from canvases to walls – we were delighted to have the opportunity to visit his South Bronx studio and pose a few questions to him.

When and where did you start getting up?

I first started hitting walls in Puerto Rico – where I grew up – when I was about 15. That was back in 1986.

What inspired you at the time?

I used to spend my summers with family in NYC up in the Bronx. There I discovered pieces by DazeCrash and Seen. I also started noticing pieces in magazines by writers like Hex and Slick,

Have you a formal art education?

No.  The streets have been my teacher. One’s experience is the best teacher.

sen2 studio Speaking with Sen2

Besides the 4Burners, have you belonged to other crews?

I learned a lot from Tats Cru when I was a member a number of years back. But I am no longer with them. And when I was in Puerto Rico, I painted with BWS.

What about collaborations? Have you collaborated with other artists on specific pieces?

When I’m in my studio, I generally work alone. But I’m currently working with KingBee for an exhibit of our works that opens on Friday, April 12 at Gallery 69 in Tribeca.

KingBee and Sen2 collabo at Gallery69 in Tribeca Speaking with Sen2

How do you feel about the movement of graffiti into galleries?

I feel it’s a great opportunity for artists. It opens the doors for many of us.

Besides Gallery 69, where else have you exhibited?

My artwork has been featured at the Smithsonian, at the Volkinger Hutte Urban Art Biennale 2013 in Germany and at Miami Art Basel. I’ve also been in other galleries abroad.

Have you any favorite cities?

New York City. The Bronx. That’s where it all began. But I also love Madrid, Spain and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

sen2 graffiti in the Bronx  Speaking with Sen2

Why do you suppose graffiti is held in higher esteem in Europe than it is here?

There’s no unity here, and that’s part of the problem. We don’t work as a group to present ourselves in a way that will gain us respect and recognition. Every writer has too much pride.

Any thoughts about the graffiti/street art divide?

I like street art, but I will always consider myself a graffiti writer. Everything that I do is rooted in graffiti. And I’d like to see graffiti writers have the same opportunities that street artists have.

Who are some of your favorite writers?

There are many. Among them are: Bio, Beacon, Kem5 and KingBee.

sen2 at work in studio Speaking with Sen2

And does anyone — in particular — inspire you these days?

The late Dare TWS from Germany.

What percentage of your time is devoted to art?

100%. I’m all in. Just about all the time – from early morning until late at night.

Any other passions?

I’m also a soccer fan. And I love spending time with my family.

How does your family feel about what you do?

They’re 100% behind me. My wife loves what I do.

sen2 abstract graffiti on canvas Speaking with Sen2

Your art seems to be always evolving. Your work that was on exhibit at Fountain certainly blurs the lines between graffiti and fine art. Could you tell us something about that?

It all started with wild-style. Then I began to incorporate 3-D elements. And, more recently, my influences have been pop art and abstract art. Everything I do, though, is inspired by graffiti, and all of my current works have graffiti elements in them.

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

I like it. It keeps me up with what’s happening – both on the streets and in the galleries.

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

To share with others one’s personal interpretation of the world.

What’s ahead?

Just getting better and bigger for me and my family.

Photos by Lenny Collado, Dani Mozeson, Tara Murray and Lois Stavsky

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michael cuomo street art Bronx native Michael Cuomo Recycles Urban Refuse into Masks and Engages the Public

Working with discarded objects he finds on the streets, Bronx-native Michael Cuomo has been busily creating an alternate universe.  Central to his cosmos are dozens of masks that he displays in a range of public spaces, engaging curious passersby of all ages.  We joined Michael this past Sunday up near Yankee Stadium.

You do magical things with what others have discarded.  When did it all begin?

The idea of working with found objects came to me after I took a three-hour class in “drawing with wire” at Bronx Community College back in 2006. I made my first masks with wire. And as I’d always been drawn to objects that others deem useless, I began to search for these objects and gradually incorporate them into my masks.

You certainly have some strange objects integrated into these masks – from car parts to broken toys to old hats. How do you manage to get hold of such a variety?

I find most of them on the streets, and recently friends and neighbors have begun giving me “donations.”

michael cuomo public art Bronx native Michael Cuomo Recycles Urban Refuse into Masks and Engages the Public

When recycling these materials into masks, do you work with a defined concept of the final product?

Never.  It’s an organic process. When the mask is finished, it tells me so.  I have dozens of sketchbooks and constantly draw, but I don’t consciously work from my sketches.

What engages you about recycling and working with found objects?

It reminds me that we are all one on this planet.  The objects that I find help connect me with others – their original owners and our anscestors. I also feel that by recycling I am – in some small way – helping our planet.

Why have you decided to share your masks with the public out here on the streets?

It’s the best way for me to connect with the people. My art is “for the people” and “by the people.”  When strangers see my art and engage with it, they break the monotony of their daily lives. I also like the dialog that it spurs.

michael cuomo masks as Bronx street art Bronx native Michael Cuomo Recycles Urban Refuse into Masks and Engages the Public

Where have you displayed your masks?

I’ve shared them in quite a few public spaces. On 110th Street in East Harlem…in front of the Hayden Planetarium on the Upper West Side…on the 6 train.

What about galleries?

I’ve exhibited them at NYU, Gallery 69, at the Longwood Art Gallery up here in the Bronx, and I have a show coming up later this spring in New Rochelle.

How does your family feel about what you are doing?

They like it, but I can’t say they embrace it!

Michael Cuomo recycled art mask on display Bronx native Michael Cuomo Recycles Urban Refuse into Masks and Engages the Public

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

I see the artist’s role as a transformative one. Art enlightens. My art is an extension of the hip-hop movement that was born here in the Bronx. It is all about empowerment and change.

What’s ahead?

My artworks will continue to evolve and — eventually — will travel the world.

Photos by Lois Stavsky

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Rubin415 graffiti and Dasic street art at Hunts Point Bronx NYC Up in the Bronx at Hunts Point: Rubin415, Dasic, Zewok, Inkie, Crash, Nick Walker, Mark Bode and Yes2

The walls in the industrial neighborhood of Hunts Point up in the Bronx are among NYC’s most vibrant. Within the past few weeks, over a dozen diverse pieces have surfaced. While some are rooted in traditional graffiti and others cross genres, they all exude distinct charm and energy. Here is a sampling captured this past week:

Swedish artist Rubin415 and Chilean artists Dasic Fernandez and Zewok

Rubin Dasic and Zewok street art and graffiti in Bronx NYC Up in the Bronx at Hunts Point: Rubin415, Dasic, Zewok, Inkie, Crash, Nick Walker, Mark Bode and Yes2

Zewok close-up

zewok graffiti in Hunts Point Bronx NYC Up in the Bronx at Hunts Point: Rubin415, Dasic, Zewok, Inkie, Crash, Nick Walker, Mark Bode and Yes2

Bristol legend Inkie in from London

Inkie graffiti in Hunts Point Bronx NYC Up in the Bronx at Hunts Point: Rubin415, Dasic, Zewok, Inkie, Crash, Nick Walker, Mark Bode and Yes2

The legendary Bronx native John Matos aka Crash

crash graffiti at Hunts Point Bronx NYC Up in the Bronx at Hunts Point: Rubin415, Dasic, Zewok, Inkie, Crash, Nick Walker, Mark Bode and Yes2

Bristol’s famed Nick Walker and West coast artist Mark Bode

Nick Walker and Mark Bode street art in Hunts Point Bronx NYC Up in the Bronx at Hunts Point: Rubin415, Dasic, Zewok, Inkie, Crash, Nick Walker, Mark Bode and Yes2

 New York City’s Yes2

Yes graffiti in Hunts Point Bronx NYC Up in the Bronx at Hunts Point: Rubin415, Dasic, Zewok, Inkie, Crash, Nick Walker, Mark Bode and Yes2

Photos by Lenny Collado, Tara Murray and Lois Stavsky

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Sofia Maldonado with Bronx Museum Teen Council and Cre8tive YouTHink street art mural Sofia Maldonado Collaborates with Bronx Museums Teen Council and Cre8tive YouTH*ink to Fashion Outdoor Mural

This past weekend, Sofia Maldonado, one of our favorite artists, collaborated with the Bronx Museum’s Teen Council alumni and Jerry Otero’s Cre8tive YouTH*ink to fashion a mural celebrating the Bronx Museum’s 40th anniversary and its free admission policy.  The elegant mural can be seen on the exterior of the Andrew Freedman Home at 1125 Grand Concourse. Here are some more images:

Bronx Museum Teen Council and Cre8tive YouTHink street art mural in new york city Sofia Maldonado Collaborates with Bronx Museums Teen Council and Cre8tive YouTH*ink to Fashion Outdoor Mural

Bronx Museum Teen Council and Cre8tive YouTHink street art mural action Sofia Maldonado Collaborates with Bronx Museums Teen Council and Cre8tive YouTH*ink to Fashion Outdoor Mural

Bronx Museum Teen Council and Cre8tive YouTHink street art mural Sofia Maldonado Collaborates with Bronx Museums Teen Council and Cre8tive YouTH*ink to Fashion Outdoor Mural

Bronx Museum Teen Council and Cre8tive YouTHink street art mural on Grand Concourse Sofia Maldonado Collaborates with Bronx Museums Teen Council and Cre8tive YouTH*ink to Fashion Outdoor Mural

Bronx Museum Teen Council and Cre8tive YouTHink street art mural in NYC Sofia Maldonado Collaborates with Bronx Museums Teen Council and Cre8tive YouTH*ink to Fashion Outdoor Mural

Bronx Museum Teen Council and Cre8tive YouTHink street art mural outside Andrew Freedman Home Sofia Maldonado Collaborates with Bronx Museums Teen Council and Cre8tive YouTH*ink to Fashion Outdoor Mural

Cre8tive YouTHink at the Andrew Freedman Home Sofia Maldonado Collaborates with Bronx Museums Teen Council and Cre8tive YouTH*ink to Fashion Outdoor Mural

Photos by Lenny Collado with special thanks to Sofia Maldonado, Jerry Otero aka Mista OH, Robin Cembalest of ARTnews and Miriam D. Tabb & Hannie Chia of the Bronx Museum.

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