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With her passion for justice and her elegant aesthetic, Brooklyn-based Lmnopi has been enhancing public spaces in NYC and beyond while raising our consciousness. I recently had the opportunity to visit her studio and speak to her:

When and where did your artwork first surface here on NYC walls?

I pasted up the first time in 2008, in Williamsburg, a stencil of my cat, Joe. I think it was on North 9th Street.

What inspired you to do so?

The thrill of lawlessness. Freedom, beauty, passion and communication beyond gallery walls. I just felt like it.

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Was there anyone in particular who inspired you to hit the streets?

I remember hanging out at Ad Hoc Art on Bogart Street a bunch and meeting other artists there. Chris Stain gave me some solid advice early on about stencil painting. I used to be really into C215. I love the artist Blu. He’s probably my all time favorite, actually. It wasn’t any one person though… more the lure of freedom that inspired me.

You’ve gotten up and painted in legal spots – such as Welling Court Mural Project and Arts Org in Queens. Yet much of what you do is unsanctioned. Have you any preference?

I prefer pasting up without permission. I have favorite places that I revisit now and again. It takes me awhile to pick my spots; I watch them for a little while first. Placement becomes more important when your paste-up is the only one in existence at a particular site. I also love the aesthetic of decay as erosion happens. Right now there is a piece of mine on Jefferson — that has been there for so many years — all that is left are her eyes and her mouth. It’s uncanny how that happens. It makes me pause and wonder: Why did her eyes and mouth stay the longest? What’s that about?

Have you any preferred surfaces?

My favorite is plywood. My least favorite is brick. I love pasting on glass, especially new condo windows.

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How do you feel about the increasing tie-in between street art and gentrification? The role of street art in gentrification?

People often blame gentrification on artists — instead of the underlying cause which is capitalism. Street artists are often used as tools for real estate CEO’s to increase their property’s value. However, it’s up to us as artists to decide if our work serves the community’s interest or the profit motive. I try to approach my work with the community in mind. When painting a mural on someone’s block, I take into consideration who lives there and how can I reflect their reality in my work. As great as it is to see tons of murals on walls, it turns people’s neighborhoods into destinations for outsiders to spend money in businesses that are run by non-local owners, so the financial benefit is not kept within the community, at all. The neighborhood becomes hollowed out; a place where people who grew up feel they no longer belong or can afford to live. The money spent there leaves the neighborhood when bodegas are run out by bourgie delis and trendy cafes and bars. When rich developers from other countries altogether come in and tear down perfectly good buildings and build hideous condos, it rips a hole in a community. It changes the landscape, removes the character and homogenizes the place. Gentrification is essentially urban colonialism. Creating community run-organizations which provide gathering spaces not centered around commerce and profit,  but instead around: discussion; education; making art, growing food; organizing and sharing resources, is an effective way to combat gentrification.

Yes! And in the current political climate — more necessary than ever.  I’ve also seen your work in gallery settings. How do you feel about bringing street art into galleries?

I enjoy group shows and getting out and being with the community of other street artists. I like to make miniatures of my murals for folks who want to bring them home and live with them. I struggle with the dissonance between anti-capitalism and the need to survive in a capitalist society. But it’s a great feeling to sell work.

Do you prefer working alone or collaborating with others?

I generally prefer working alone. but in the context of a larger community working towards change, I prefer being part of that wave.

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Are there any other artists with whom you’d like to collaborate?

I look for certain people when I am out scouting locations, locally. It’s like having a delayed visual conversation on the street with other wheat paste artists like Myth NYCity KittyEl Sol 25, QRST, Sean Lugo… I also am inspired by the work the Justseeds cooperative is doing. Art and propaganda are like cinnamon and sugar on toast. So delicious. I’d like to collaborate with Chip Thomas from the Painted Desert Project. I also hope to do some painting in Indian country soon. I want to collaborate with people who are also committed to environmental justice.

Are you generally satisfied with your finished piece?

Yes. I feel like they come alive.

What percentage of your time is devoted to art?

Most of it when I am not sleeping or gardening or exploring.

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Have you a formal art education?

Yes. I studied painting and printmaking at SUNY Purchase where I got my BFA.  But most of what I am doing now is all self-taught.

What is your ideal working environment?

I’d love to have a studio in a straw bale house on land by a river with enough open area to grow food and enough forested area to forage wild mushrooms. I have a tiny studio which works all right for the time being, though, with my rooftop garden here in Brooklyn.

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

The Internet never forgets…which can be good or bad depending on what is out there to not be forgotten. For my kind of work, which is ephemeral by nature, it’s great. I love instagram because I get to see fellow artists’ work from all over the world. There is little static; it’s all visual. But as someone who was an adult before the phenomenon of the Internet existed, there was something really profound about seeing work in person that seems a bit lost now because everything is so accessible. People don’t have to travel to see anything; they just click around. Maybe that promotes a devaluation of work. I make a lot of work, but I don’t put a lot up. I think less is more…kind of a homeopathic approach.

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Did any particular cultures influence you?

Ancient wall art. Petroglyphs. The earliest known graffiti art. I’ve seen them in person and it’s a mystical experience being in the presence of art that old.

How has your art evolved in the past few years?

From paint brush to x-acto knife back to paint brush. I went from painting with oils – high brow – to materials I could buy in a hardware store. The transition from oil painting was through stencils and spray paint. But I got really sick of using an exacto knife…too rigid. I love the paint brush. These days I like painting with house paint the most.

Do you work from a sketch or do you just let it flow?

When doing a mural, I sketch it out first; usually, I make a small painting of it prior to getting up on the wall.  When I am working in my studio, I just go to it.

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What inspires you these days – with both your street art and studio art?

Right now my heart is very much with frontline communities who are bearing the brunt of the fall out from the corporate take over of the government: climate change (aka climate chaos), the fight against the fossil fuel industrial complex, the plight of kids caught in refugee situations and the Indigenous environmental movement. I am working from these struggles — working to communicate and amplify those voices, especially those of women, elders and kids.

What’s ahead?

I’m busy making art about everything that everyone else I know is also freaking out about. I am working on staying calm and making self-care a priority so I don’t burn out. I am developing some prints from paintings and drawings, a way to duplicate my work to make it more accessible for people who might enjoy having it or wearing it. I am thinking in terms of how to translate the continuous tone of painting into printable dot and line patterns for printing. I love the aesthetic of engravingsl and I have been training myself to paint in a way that mimics it. I am weaving the concept of editions that was possible with stencils together with the language of paint strokes I have been cultivating. In my painting practice, I have been destroying the object in a sense, breaking up the portrait with under-paintings of topographical maps, macro designs from botanicals and geometric forms and bringing in the occasional surrealistic imagery..Travel and time in nature are ahead of me and more frontline stands, hopefully some hot springs, plenty of walls to paint out there and forgotten doorways to paste up in.

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

Artists are change makers and translators; art transcends borders and language barriers. Art is a unifying force. Artists can speak truth to power. We can show that the emperor is not wearing any trousers. We have artistic license; so far we still have free speech. We lift people’s spirits and let them know they are seen. We embolden people to laugh at fear. We clear out tear ducts.

Note: You can follow Lmnopi on her Instagram here and check out her online store here.

Interview by Lois Stavsky; all images courtesy of the artist

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icy and sot stencil world trade center Speaking with Joshua Geyer at 4 World Trade Center

This past Sunday, we had the opportunity to meet up with Joshua Geyer, one of the curators of the current installation on the 69th floor of 4 World Trade Center. Curious about it all, we posed a few questions to him:

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We’ve been seeing more artwork by street artists indoors these past few months — in a wide range of unlikely settings — than on the streets. Whose concept was it to turn this floor into a showcase for street art and graffiti?

Several executives who work in this building had visited the World Trade Gallery awhile back, and they loved the art that was exhibited there. It was their idea to invite street artists to paint on this floor.

And how did you become involved with this project?

Last March, I had curated an exhibit at the World Trade Gallery that featured works by over a dozen street artists. And so I was invited back to work on this project.

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Which of these artists did you, personally, engage in this project?

The artists I invited to paint here include: Icy and Sot, Sonni, Cern, Fanakapan, Rubin, Hellbent, Buff Monster, Chris RWK, Jackfox, UR New York, Erasmo and Basil Sema.

How did you decide which ones  to invite?

I chose artists I know — whom I’ve worked with in the past — whose art would work in this particular setting.

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Did this project present any distinct challenges?

This was the first time I’d ever worked with other curators. That was a definite challenge, as we didn’t all have the same vision, and each one of us worked independently. I generally curate on my own. And when I work with Centre-fuge Public Art Project, every decision is made collaboratively, and we are all pretty much on the same page.  But I did learn about different approaches to curating a space and navigating my way through different visions.

Who were some of the other curators?

Among them are: Caitlin CrewsSean Sullivan and Bobby Grandone

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Within the past few weeks, there have been quite a few discussions about the need to financially compensate all artists for work they do within corporate settings. What are your thoughts on this issue?

I absolutely agree. Unfortunately, the art world doesn’t always come through. Creatives can be easily exploited. And if this doesn’t change, we will continue to lose many talented artists. But lots of positive things are happening now in this space.

Can you tell us about that?

Yes. Many students — from local elementary schools to the Parsons School of Design — have visited. They’ve had the opportunity to meet artists and speak to curators, and their response has been great. I look forward to more school visits. And I am hoping, of course, that the artists who painted here will attract clients and gain future opportunities.

jack fox art Speaking with Joshua Geyer at 4 World Trade Center

How can folks visit this space? Is it ever open to the public?

I will be giving weekly tours. For specific information and to set an appointment, I can be reached at Tower4Arts@gmail.com. I would love to have schools — and art teachers, in particular — reach out to me.

And what about you? What’s ahead for you?

Later this spring I will be joining several artists — including Vexta, Faith47 and Alexis Diaz — on a trip to El Salvador facilitated by the United Nations. I will be doing a photography workshop with kids, and we will be wheat-pasting their photos outdoors. And currently I’m working with No Longer Empty, with plans underway for an exhibit in Brownsville.

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That all sounds great! We’re looking forward to hearing about your experiences.

Note: The images featured in this post were among those curated by Joshua Geyer. Keep posted to the StreetArtNYC Facebook page for additional images of artworks in this space.

Images

Icy and Sot

2 Josh standing next to Chris RWK

Buff Monster, with fragments of Hellbent to the side

Cern

Fanakapan

Jackfox

Sonni

Photos & interview by Lois Stavsky

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2 alas street art wynwood Faces in Wynwood Open Spaces, Part IV: 2alas with Felipe Pantone, Hueman, Sipros, Kevin Ledo, Mr. Dheo and Atomiko

This is part IV of an occasional series featuring faces that have made their way onto Wynwood, Miami’s open spaces. Pictured above is a close-up from a collaborative piece by 2alas and Felipe Pantone. What follows are several more I captured on my recent trip to Wynwood:

West Coast artist Hueman, close-up from huge mural at Wynwood Walls — first seen last year

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Brazilian muralist Sipros

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Montreal-based Kevin Ledo, close-up

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Portugese artist Mr Dheo

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Miami-based Atomiko

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Photos by Lois Stavsky

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Ben Angotti Biggie Spread Art NYC Presents <em>20 Big Years</em>    an Artistic Tribute to Biggie Smalls    at the Bishop Gallery through Tomorrow

Continuing through tomorrow, Sunday, at the Bishop Gallery is 20 Big Years, an artistic tribute to the late Biggie Smalls. Presented by Spread Art NYC, it features works in a range of styles by over a dozen of our favorite local artists. Pictured above is a portrait of Biggie painted by Ben Angotti. Here are several more images from the exhibit:

Danielle De Jesus, Untitled

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Danielle Mastrion, Crook from the Brook

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OGMillie, Biggie Smalls

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Fumero, Grafsfract Biggie

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A particular highlight of the exhibit is the collaborative piece by Rocko and Zimer, who had painted the now-iconic Biggie tribute mural on Bedford and Quincy. You can check that one out out — along with over 20 other tribute pieces — through tomorrow at the Bishop Gallery, 916 Bedford Avenue in Bed-Stuy.

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Photo credits: 1-5 from 20 Big Years, Tara Murray; 6 Lois Stavsky

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miles toland wynwood street art Faces in Wynwood Open Spaces, Part III: Miles Toland, Paola Delfin, Dodo, Cero, Jordan Betten, Juega Siempre & Eduardo Mendieta

An incredible variety of faces — representing a range of styles, techniques and sensibilities — make their way onto Wynwood’s walls. Pictured above is by New Mexico-native Miles Toland. Here are several more captured on my recent visit to Miami:

Mexican artist Paola Delfin

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Montreal-based Dodo, A’Shop Crew

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Cero — Puerto Rican artists Celso González and Roberto Biaggi

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South Florida-based Jordan Betten, close-up

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Colombian stencil artist Juega Siempre

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South Florida-based Eduardo Mendieta

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Photos by Lois Stavsky

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2 alas official case maclaim street art little haiti In Little Haiti, Miami: 2Alas with Case Maclaim, Caratoes, Axel Void, Marcus Blake, Luis Valle, Nate Dee and Ernesto Maranje

Home to some of Miami’s most intriguing artists — with an increasing presence of global ones — Little Haiti is an oasis of style and expressiveness. Pictured above is a mural painted collaboratively by 2Alas and Case Maclaim. What follows are several more I captured on my recent trip to Miami.

Hong Kong-based Caratoes

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Miami native Axel Void, close-up of tribute mural to the late graffiti writer “Reefa” Hernandez, who was killed by a Miami police officer

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Local artist Marcus Blake aka Mdot Blake, close-up

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Nicaraguan artist Luis Valle aka El Chan Guri, close-up

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Fort Lauderdale-based Nate Dee

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Miami-based Ernesto Maranje, close-up

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Photos by Lois Stavsky

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dain street art on mansion First City Project    Historic Glen Cove Mansion Transformed into Graffiti and Street Art Mecca    Opens to the Public

The First City Project has been busy at work transforming a historic 9000-square foot Glen Cove, Long Island site into an extraordinary Mecca of street art and graffiti. Curated by Joe LaPadulaSean Sullivan and Harris Lobel – with the assistance of Brandon Aviles – it opens tonight, Thursday, March 2, to the public. While visiting yesterday, I had the opportunity to speak to the projects’s founder Joe LaPadula.

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This place is remarkable. You guys are making history! There’s such an amazing mix of styles and genres here. It’s home to some of my favorite artists, as well as others who are new to me. What made you decide to open it to the public on this particular date?

The Glen Cove BID (Business Improvement District) is holding its annual meeting on this date, March 2nd. And as I had recently been nominated to serve on its board, I thought that this space would be an ideal place for the BID to meet on this date. And, then, why not invite the public?

Karen Bystedt and Joe Mac Lapadula First City Project    Historic Glen Cove Mansion Transformed into Graffiti and Street Art Mecca    Opens to the Public

The local residents here seem quite enthusiastic and curious. And as this place is a street art and graffiti aficionado’s dream, many folks are likely to travel into Glen Cove, Long Island from NYC, NJ and beyond.  What can visitors expect to experience at this opening?

For the locals and surrounding communities, it will be a new experience. They will be introduced to the next generation of urban-themed artists. And for everyone, it will be a chance to see some great art and meet dozens of talented artists. There will also be a huge variety of refreshments from Sweet Agenda Cafe‘s Dough Donuts to catered Italian meatballs to Garvies Point Brewery‘s craft beer. We will even have a Gorilla Cheese Food Truck on our grounds.

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How many artists are included here? It seems that every step I take, I discover someone new!

There are 125, and we are still counting!

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What was your greatest challenge in dealing with so many artists with so many different sensibilities?

Placement was the hugest issue.

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How can folks visit this space, if they are unable to attend the opening event?

They can contact me or one of the other curators — Sean Sullivan or Harris Lobel.

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That sounds great! Good luck with it all.

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Images

1 Dain

2 Layer Cake NY

Karen Bystedt and Joe Mac LaPadula

4 Rocko

5 Dom

6 Marc Evan

7 Ben Fronckowiak

8  Joe LaPadulaBrandon AvilesSean Sullivan and Harris Lobel (left to right)

Photo credits: 1-5, 7 & 8 Lois Stavsky; 6 Harris Lobel

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agostino iacurci street art russia Moscows <em>Artmossphere Street Art Biennale</em> Founder Sabina Chagina to Speak at Columbia University

Sabina Chagina, the founder and organizer of Moscow’s massive Artmosphere Street Art Biennale, a city-wide program of international street art in Moscow, will speak tomorrow evening at Columbia University. In a presentation hosted the Harriman Institute and Causa Artium, Ms. Sabina Chagina — on her first visit to NYC — will address what it takes to make such a massive undertaking succeed in the unique context of the Russian capital, an unlikely setting for an inherently anti-establishment art form.

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Festival Moscows <em>Artmossphere Street Art Biennale</em> Founder Sabina Chagina to Speak at Columbia University

For the past several years, Sabina Chagina has brought dozens of first-rate street artists to Russia, where they work — along with local ones — both inside key venues and outside on the streets and walls of Moscow.

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Okuda street at Moscows <em>Artmossphere Street Art Biennale</em> Founder Sabina Chagina to Speak at Columbia University

Sabaina Chagina’s presentation will take place tomorrow evening, March 2, 6-8 pm at 601B Pulitzer Hall at the Graduate School of Journalism, 2950 Broadway at 116th St.

Images of artworks:

1 Italian artist Agostino Iacurci

4 Russian artist Aske

5 Spanish artist Okuda

All photos courtesy Causa Artium

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CHEUNG CHI WAI HKwalls Okuda Looking Back at HKwalls Street Art Festival 2016 as HKwalls 2017 Nears: Okuda, Dmojo, Suiko, Egg Fiasco, Clogtwo, Colasa, Peeta, Faust & Roid

A celebration of street art and creative collaboration, HKwalls 2017 will take place in the industrial district of Wong Chuk Hang from March 18 to March 26. Since its launch in 2014, HKwalls has actively engaged the public, while providing opportunities for artists to showcase and share their talents — as they bring intrigue and color to Hong Kong’s streets. The images featured here (1-9) were painted during HKwalls Street Art Festival 2016.

Madrid-based Okuda

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Malaysian artist Dmojo at work

Wailok HKwalls Dmojo Looking Back at HKwalls Street Art Festival 2016 as HKwalls 2017 Nears: Okuda, Dmojo, Suiko, Egg Fiasco, Clogtwo, Colasa, Peeta, Faust & Roid

Japanese artist Suiko

Kyra HKwalls Suiko Looking Back at HKwalls Street Art Festival 2016 as HKwalls 2017 Nears: Okuda, Dmojo, Suiko, Egg Fiasco, Clogtwo, Colasa, Peeta, Faust & Roid

Manila-based Egg Fiasco

Wailok HKwalls Egg Fiasco Looking Back at HKwalls Street Art Festival 2016 as HKwalls 2017 Nears: Okuda, Dmojo, Suiko, Egg Fiasco, Clogtwo, Colasa, Peeta, Faust & Roid

Singapore-based Clogtwo

Wailok HKwalls Clogtwo Looking Back at HKwalls Street Art Festival 2016 as HKwalls 2017 Nears: Okuda, Dmojo, Suiko, Egg Fiasco, Clogtwo, Colasa, Peeta, Faust & Roid

Taiwanese artist Colasa at work

Cheung Chi Wai HKWALLS Colasa Looking Back at HKwalls Street Art Festival 2016 as HKwalls 2017 Nears: Okuda, Dmojo, Suiko, Egg Fiasco, Clogtwo, Colasa, Peeta, Faust & Roid

Italian artist Peeta 

HKwalls Peeta Looking Back at HKwalls Street Art Festival 2016 as HKwalls 2017 Nears: Okuda, Dmojo, Suiko, Egg Fiasco, Clogtwo, Colasa, Peeta, Faust & Roid

NYC-based Faust and London native Roid

HKwalls Faust and Roids Looking Back at HKwalls Street Art Festival 2016 as HKwalls 2017 Nears: Okuda, Dmojo, Suiko, Egg Fiasco, Clogtwo, Colasa, Peeta, Faust & Roid

Among the artists to be featured in HKwalls 2017 are: Zoer, Amuse, Merlot, Snik, Mauy Cola and Swoon, who several weeks ago visited Hong Kong and wheat pasted an entire tram — a collaboration among HKwalls, Hoca Foundation and Hong Kong Tramways — for HKwalls 2017.

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During the nine days of HKwalls 2017, there will also be other activities — including a print exhibition featuring the artists’ works and a closing block party on March 26th. Among HKwalls‘ partners are: Vans, eico paints, MTN and Eggshell Stickers.

Photo credits: 1, 2 & 7 Cheung Chi Wau; 3, 5 & 6 Cheung Wai Lok; 4 Kyra Campbell and 8-10, courtesy HKwalls

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en play badge 2 Looking Back at HKwalls Street Art Festival 2016 as HKwalls 2017 Nears: Okuda, Dmojo, Suiko, Egg Fiasco, Clogtwo, Colasa, Peeta, Faust & Roid

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tristan eaton street art In West Palm Beach, Florida with: Tristan Eaton, Sipros and Pipsqueak, Kobra, Astro, Herakut, Case Maclaim & PichiAvo

Presenting a diverse range of mural art by over 30 local, national and global artists, Canvas 2016 has brought soul and spirit to Downtown West Palm Beach, transforming it into an intriguing outdoor museum. Pictured above is by Tristan Eaton. Here are several more images I captured this past Sunday:

Brazilian artist Sipros with the Dutch duo Pipsqueak, close-up

sipros pipsqueak street art In West Palm Beach, Florida with: Tristan Eaton, Sipros and Pipsqueak, Kobra, Astro, Herakut, Case Maclaim & PichiAvo

Brazilian muralist Kobra does Albert Einstein, close-up

kobra street art Einstein In West Palm Beach, Florida with: Tristan Eaton, Sipros and Pipsqueak, Kobra, Astro, Herakut, Case Maclaim & PichiAvo

Parisian artist Astro

astro street art In West Palm Beach, Florida with: Tristan Eaton, Sipros and Pipsqueak, Kobra, Astro, Herakut, Case Maclaim & PichiAvo

The German duo, Herakut, close-up — with a message

herakur street art In West Palm Beach, Florida with: Tristan Eaton, Sipros and Pipsqueak, Kobra, Astro, Herakut, Case Maclaim & PichiAvo

German artist Case Maclaim

case maclaim street art In West Palm Beach, Florida with: Tristan Eaton, Sipros and Pipsqueak, Kobra, Astro, Herakut, Case Maclaim & PichiAvo

Spanish muralists PichiAvo

pichi avo atreet art In West Palm Beach, Florida with: Tristan Eaton, Sipros and Pipsqueak, Kobra, Astro, Herakut, Case Maclaim & PichiAvo

Photos by Lois Stavsky 

Note: Hailed in a range of media from Wide Walls to the Huffington Post to the New York Times, our Street Art NYC App is now available for Android devices here.

en play badge 2 In West Palm Beach, Florida with: Tristan Eaton, Sipros and Pipsqueak, Kobra, Astro, Herakut, Case Maclaim & PichiAvo

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