Epic uno live painting Speaking with the Masterful Epic Uno

A master of his craft with a formal educational background in graphic design, Epic Uno has been sharing his talents with us here in NYC public spaces for the past several years. He is one of the many talented artists who will be participating tomorrow in the 3rd edition of the Street Art Expo in Elmhurst, Queens. I recently had the opportunity to meet up with him:

When and where did you first get up here in NYC? 

It was around 1997-98. I had left Puerto Rico to attend Pratt University, and I first got up on and off the campus of Pratt.

What inspired you at the time to hit the walls?

I did it because I could! It felt good to get up. It was a rush!

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Do any early graffiti-related memories stand out?

I was about nine or ten years old when I saw a Sen2 piece on an abandoned building back in Puerto Rico. I was struck! Years later when I met Sen2, he gave me the best advice any mentor could give. He said, “Draw every day.” And I do!

Would you rather work legally or illegally?

These days it’s not a choice. I have a family, and I’m not 20 any more. But I do miss the rush.

I’ve seen your work up in the Bronx, in Long Island City and at Welling Court. It’s quite impressive! Who have been some of your influences? Have any particular artists inspired you?

I met the writer HUMAN back at Pratt. His dorm room was across from mine. And he taught me the basics. Among the many artists who have inspired me are: Sen2, the late Swiss graffiti legend Dare TWS, Rime MSK, 123 Klan and Does from the Netherlands.

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Have you painted with any crews?

I’ve painted with A Dying Breed and 4Burners.

\Would you rather paint alone or collaborate with others?

I generally prefer painting alone, but when I paint with the “right” person, there’s nothing better. I love painting with Sen2 and Logek.

Can you tell us something about your name Epic Uno? Its origin?

I first started as Elastic. But it wasn’t working for me, and I wanted a new name. I checked Art Crimes to find a name that nobody else had. I came up the name Epic and then added Uno to identify my Latin roots.

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

Although there are some of us who bridge both worlds, there is a definite divide. The backgrounds and mentalities of most street artists and graffiti writers are quite different.  And I especially feel it here in NYC.

What percentage of your time is devoted to art these days?

Just about all or it! I used to be into snowboarding, but I barely have any time these days for anything besides my art and my family.

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

We artists have to live. I’ve collaborated with brands such as Coach and Nike. And I, of course, use my discretion regarding which corporations and brands I work with.

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Have you shown your work in galleries?

I’ve been in lots of small group shows. Here in New York City I’ve shown in all boroughs except Staten Island. I’ve also exhibited in San Diego, Minneapolis and back in Puerto Rico.

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

I’m always over prepared. Without a plan I get stressed and anxious.

Are you generally satisfied with your finished work?

I am satisfied only if I’m able to include every detail I want to include.

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How has your work evolved through the past few years?

I’m somewhat more comfortable with the process. I’m less confined by my initial plan or sketch. I’ve learned how to take imperfections and make them seem organic.

What inspires you these days?

I’m inspired by the 1920′s… ads, graphics, art deco. I’m interested in incorporating traditional typography into my current work.

Are there any particular cultures that have influenced your aesthetic?

Definitely the graffiti and hip-hop culture. Back in Puerto Rico, I was a break dancer, and I emceed and deejayed with my friends before I ever started piecing.

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

Instagram was a turning point for me as an artist, as I made so many contacts through it. But I see social media as a loaded weapon. It can be very beneficial, but it can also be hurtful.

Can you tell us something about your current day job?

I work as an Art Director for Equity Brands. My office is here in Midtown.

Do you feel that your formal art education played a positive role in your art career?

Definitely. My studies in Graphic Design at Pratt Institute gave me the tools to be able to do the work that I do today.

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What’s ahead?

I have recently been commissioned to paint a mural at a hotel. Next month I will be painting in the 8th Annual Welling Court Mural Project. I will be participating in the Robots Will Kill exhibit at My Plastic Heart on the Lower East Side in July. And on Sunday (tomorrow), you can find me at the Street Art Expo – at Elks Lodge, 82-20 Queens Blvd in Elmhurst, Queens – where I will be displaying and selling my art and a range of my products, taking commissions and signing black books.

It all sounds great! I look forward to seeing you then.

All photos courtesy of the artist; first photo by Rachel Fawn Alban; interview conducted and edited by Lois Stavsky

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made street art nyc <em>Underhill Walls</em> in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn with: MADE, SacSix, Allison Ruiz, Vanezza Cruz, Albertus Joseph, JT Liss, Ariana Febles, Chris RWK and more

The intersection of Underhill Avenue and St Johns Place was the place to be these past two weekends. Under the curatorial direction of Frankie Velez and Jeff Beler, over a dozen artists shared their talents, while delighting and engaging hundreds of passersby. The mural pictured above is the work of MADE.  Here are several more:

Another Biggie, this one by SacSix, with co-curator Frankie Velez to the right

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Allison Ruiz and Vanezza Cruz at work

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Albertus Joseph at work

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 JT Liss

JTLiss photo art street art nyc <em>Underhill Walls</em> in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn with: MADE, SacSix, Allison Ruiz, Vanezza Cruz, Albertus Joseph, JT Liss, Ariana Febles, Chris RWK and more

Ariana Febles

Ariana Febles street art nyc <em>Underhill Walls</em> in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn with: MADE, SacSix, Allison Ruiz, Vanezza Cruz, Albertus Joseph, JT Liss, Ariana Febles, Chris RWK and more

Chris RWK

ChrisRWK street art nyc <em>Underhill Walls</em> in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn with: MADE, SacSix, Allison Ruiz, Vanezza Cruz, Albertus Joseph, JT Liss, Ariana Febles, Chris RWK and more

Photos by Lois Stavsky

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 Icy and Sot political stencil art A Benefit Fundraiser for <em>Young New Yorkers</em> Honoring Michael K. Williams with: Icy and Sot, Guerrilla Girls, Jordan Seiler, Kara Walker, Distort, Nicholas Galanin, Shepard Fairey & more

Committed to using art to transform the ways that teens are prosecuted and sentenced in New York’s adult criminal justice system, Young New Yorkers’ fifth annual Silent Art Auction will fund its grassroots arts program for teens facing criminal charges as adults. Curated by Layqa Nuna Yawar and Ann Lewis, the fundraiser features works by over 80 artists. On Wednesday, May 10th, the Annual Silent Auction will take place from 7-10pm at 548 W. 28th Street in Chelsea, Manhattan. Its special honoree is the wonderfully gifted, Brooklyn-based actor and activist Michael K. Williams.  Among the artworks to be auctioned are several with a distinct political consciousness. Featured above is Icy and Sot, Stop Police Brutality, Spray paint on wood. Here are several more socially-engaged artworks to be auctioned:

Guerrilla Girls, What’s The Difference Between A Prisoner Of War And A Homeless Person?, Offset lithograph

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Jordan Seiler, Collisions – Bullseye, Inkjet 

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Kara Walker, Lost Mountain at Sunrise: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated), Offset lithography and screenprint on Sommerset textured paper

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Distort, Estranged, Enamel and engraving on aluminum

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Nicholas Galanin,  The American Dream is Alie and Well, Archival Ultrachrome ink on Epson ultra smooth fine art paper

Nicholas galanin political art A Benefit Fundraiser for <em>Young New Yorkers</em> Honoring Michael K. Williams with: Icy and Sot, Guerrilla Girls, Jordan Seiler, Kara Walker, Distort, Nicholas Galanin, Shepard Fairey & more

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And with the purchase of any artwork from Young New Yorkers, you will receive one of these Amplifier prints designed by Shepard Fairey 

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You can purchase tickers here for May 10th’s Silent Auction and bid on the artworks at Paddle8 here.

Images of artworks courtesy Young New Yorkers

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basquiat <em>Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s</em> at the Whitney Through May 14: Jean Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Martin Wong, Kenny Scharf & more

Among the diverse works on display in Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s at the Whitney Museum are several by artists whose contributions to the graffiti and street art movement have been monumental. Pictured above is LNAPRK by Jean-Michel Basquiat. Here are several more:

Keith Haring, Untitled, Fiber-tipped pen on synthetic leather

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 Martin Wong, Closed, Acrylic on canvas; the artist’s extensive graffiti collection was the subject of City as Canvas at the Museum of the City of  New York in 2014

Martin Wong painting Whitney <em>Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s</em> at the Whitney Through May 14: Jean Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Martin Wong, Kenny Scharf & more

Kenny Scharf, When the Worlds Collide, Oil and spray paint on canvas against wallpaper adapted from Keith Haring mural at the Pop Shop

 kenny scharf and keith haring painting <em>Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s</em> at the Whitney Through May 14: Jean Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Martin Wong, Kenny Scharf & more

Kenny Scharf, close-up 

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Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s continues through May 14 at the Whitney Museum, 99 Gansevoort Street in the Meat Packing District. Check here for hours. Admission is Pay-What-You-Wish on Friday’s, 7-10 pm.

Photos by Lois Stavsky

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Yeji Cho reflection art Third Annual <em>Scholastic Art & Writing Awards</em> Exhibit Continues at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Through May 29

Currently on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art‘s Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education is a special exhibition featuring more than 600 original works of art and writing from NYC-based Gold Key recipients in the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.  Previous Scholastic Art Award recipients  include such noted artists as Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly, Kay Walking Stick and Luis Jiménez. Pictured above is Reflection by 16-year old Hunter College High School student Yeji Cho. Here are several more Gold Key-awarded artworks that reflect a contemporary urban sensibility:

Iris Khim, The Wall, age 14, Fiorella H LaGuardia High School

Iris Khim the wall Third Annual <em>Scholastic Art & Writing Awards</em> Exhibit Continues at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Through May 29

Yerke Abouva, Life of Food, age 15, Professional Children’s School

Yerke Abouva Life of Food art Third Annual <em>Scholastic Art & Writing Awards</em> Exhibit Continues at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Through May 29

Anastasia Uraleva, Winter Night, age 17, Edward R Murrow High School

anastasia Uraleva winter night art Third Annual <em>Scholastic Art & Writing Awards</em> Exhibit Continues at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Through May 29

Shelly Chung, I’m Going Bananas for Grandpa, age 17, Francis Lewis High School

Shelley Chung art scholastic award Third Annual <em>Scholastic Art & Writing Awards</em> Exhibit Continues at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Through May 29

YuQing Gu, Self-Portrait with Skull, age 18, the Windsor School

YuQing Gu self portrait with skull art Third Annual <em>Scholastic Art & Writing Awards</em> Exhibit Continues at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Through May 29

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is presented by The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. You can view the talents of the NYC-based Gold Key recipients at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through May 29 during regular museum hours.

Photos of images: 1, 3, 4 & 5 Tara Murray; 2 & 6 Lois Stavsky

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Richard hambleton woodward gallery windows nyc  Richard Hambleton: <em>I Only Have Eyes for You</em> Continues Through May 5 at Woodward Gallery on Manhattans Lower East Side

A contemporary of Keith Haring and Jean-Michel BasquiatRichard Hambleton, the Godfather of Street Art, began making his mark on the streets of his native Vancouver in the mid-70′s. His Image Mass Murder Art — a recreation of crime sceneshit the streets of 15 major cities throughout Canada and the US from 1976 through 1979. In the 80′s, his iconic Shadowman paintings surfaced across NYC and through Europe, including the Berlin Wall. He has since attained legendary, though infamous, status. To coincide with the highly anticipated World Documentary Premiere of SHADOWMAN by Oscar-nominated director Oren Jacoby, a historical selection of paintings by Artist Richard Hambleton his now on view at Woodward Gallery.

 Woodward Gallery Windows, Shadow Jumper, center with Shadow Head portraits to the right and left

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Dancing Shadowman

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Wide view, as seen through Woodward Gallery windows,  featuring the Marlboro Man to the left of Shadow Man portraits on paper 

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Another variation of the Marlboro Man as seen from the outside

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At the Tribeca Film Festival

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With a rare public appearance by the elusive Richard Hambleton

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Woodward Gallery is located at 132A Eldridge Street off Delancey on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Visitors are invited to observe Richard Hambleton’s works from the outside and through gallery windows, as Hambleton intended in his vision. Special viewings are available by appointment. The artworks remain on view through May 5th.

Images courtesy Woodward Gallery

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Louie KR.ONE Gasparro kolorstorm book Louie KR.One Gasparro on: DON1, the Production of <em>KOLORSTORM</em>, His Upcoming Exhibit at the Urban Foundation Gallery and more

Born in East Harlem and raised in Astoria, Queens, Louie “KR.One” Gasparro has been sharing his vast creative talents — both as an artist and as musician — with us for decades.  ”Louie was an original,” Sacha Jenkins writes in the introduction to the recently-released KOLORSTORM: The Art of Louie “KR.One” Gasparro. “KR was a master of paint at a time in graffiti when there were more court jesters than kings, more tags and throw ups than masterpieces.”  Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to catch up with the impassioned artist while visiting his studio.

Louie KR.ONE Gasparro with graffiti Louie KR.One Gasparro on: DON1, the Production of <em>KOLORSTORM</em>, His Upcoming Exhibit at the Urban Foundation Gallery and more

It’s been almost three years now since your first book Don1: The King from Queens was launched with a panel discussion at the Museum of the City of New York. How has the response to that book been?

The response has been overwhelming. I put a light on a NYC graffiti master who had been forgotten.  He had influenced so many of us, but was living in obscurity. I was determined to uncover his story and share it with others. I spent nine years doing that. But my persistence paid off.  I had folks from Italy writing to me after the book was released.

Louie KR.ONE Gasparro the lost art of the tag graffiti Louie KR.One Gasparro on: DON1, the Production of <em>KOLORSTORM</em>, His Upcoming Exhibit at the Urban Foundation Gallery and more

And what about your current book? It’s quite impressive! How did that come about?

While working on Don1: The King from QueensI developed a relationship with its publisher, Schiffer Books. And when I proposed a book of my own works, I was encouraged to see it through.

I love the way your new book is organized into distinct chapters on different themes — such as The Early Days, Black Books, Model Trains, Abstracts, Walls and more. There is such an amazing variety of works and styles represented here, as well as a documentation of your journey as an artist — from subway graffiti pieces dating back to the early 80′s to contemporary urban art. How long did it take you to get it all together?

I spent two years working on it.  The greatest challenge was deciding which works to include. Originally, I had 600 images. I then had to cut that down to 400.

Louie KR.ONE Gasparro subway graffiti Martha Cooper Louie KR.One Gasparro on: DON1, the Production of <em>KOLORSTORM</em>, His Upcoming Exhibit at the Urban Foundation Gallery and more

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Kolorstorm is also an amazing foray into your inspirations and passions.  Can you tell us something about your influences?

There are many. Comic books, cartoons, graffiti art, rock & roll, heavy metal…

Who were some of your favorite musicians back then?

Among them are: Jimi Hendrix, Rush, Yes… For me — and for many of us — graffiti was never related to hip-hop. The connection was largely an illusion that was accepted by many as “fact.” Graffiti transcends all concepts of race, religion, culture and class. That’s what makes it so great.

Louie KR.ONE Gasparro illustration band member Louie KR.One Gasparro on: DON1, the Production of <em>KOLORSTORM</em>, His Upcoming Exhibit at the Urban Foundation Gallery and more

In what ways has your work evolved through the past few years?

The entire process has become easier. My artwork is more detailed, and my line works are better.

Your Abstrakts are on a whole different level! What inspired them?

I was just experimenting with colors and shapes. The Abstrakts evolved from the experimentation. I’ve been told that they are “informed by graffiti.” And so they may be!

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What’s ahead?

More art, of course! And opening Saturday (tomorrow) night is Art As An Answer, a one night only pop-up show with new works, presented by The Astoria Boyz and The Urban Foundation Gallery, at 208 East 73rd Street in Manhattan.

Congratulations!  It’s certain to be wonderful!

Images:

1. Cover of KOLORSTORM: The Art of Louie “KR.One” Gasparro, published by Schiffer Books

2. Louie “KR.One” Gasparro in his studio

3Louie “KR.One” Gasparro, The Lost Art of the Tag, True York

4. KR.One and Fome 1, IRT #2 Line, Bronx, 1982, Photo © Martha Cooper

5. Louie “KR.One” Gasparro, Abstract, Greyburst3

6Louie “KR.One” Gasparro, Band Member, Keyboardist

Interview conducted and edited by Lois Stavsky; images 1, 4, 5 & 7 courtesy of the artist; 2, 3 & 6 photographed by Lois Stavsky in Louie’s studio

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Hydeon and sticky monger public art centrefuge NYC Centre fuge Public Art Project, Cycle 22: Hydeon, Stickymonger, Jenna Krypell, John Exit, Grimace NYC and Lamkat

The once-dreary trailer on East First Street — where the Lower East Side meets the East Village — has again been redesigned under the curatorial direction of Jonathan Neville, Joshua Geyer and Matthew Denton Burrows. And we love it! Pictured above are Hydeon and Sticky Monger at work. What follows are several more images — some of the artists captured in progress and others of the completed pieces.

Ian Ferguson aka Hydeon and Stickymonger, as seen this past week

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Jenna Krypell

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John Exit aka scrambledeggsit at work

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John Exit aka scrambledeggsit, as seen this past week

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Grimace NYC at work

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Grimace NYC, as seen in the bright sun this past week

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Kat Lam aka Lamkat

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

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T Kid graffiti nyc Celebrating <em>International Hip Hop Day</em> at First Street Green Park: T Kid, Jerms, Doves, Lady K Fever, Andres Correa, Kool Kito, Marcelo Ment, La Femme Cheri, Ree, Resa Piece and more

Last Tuesday, First Street Green Park — on the corner of Houston Street and 2nd Avenue — was home to a buoyant celebration of International Hip-Hop Day. Hosted by PeepThis and organized by Anthony Bowman and Kate Storch, the event featured legendary graffiti artists, along with hip-hop and DJing pioneers. The mural pictured above was painted by T-Kid. Here are several more images we captured:

Jerms

Jerms graffiti first green park nyc Celebrating <em>International Hip Hop Day</em> at First Street Green Park: T Kid, Jerms, Doves, Lady K Fever, Andres Correa, Kool Kito, Marcelo Ment, La Femme Cheri, Ree, Resa Piece and more

Doves

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Lady K Fever at work

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Andres Correa at work, to the left of Kool Kito

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Marcelo Ment — in from Brazil

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La Femme Cheri, Ree and Theresa Kim aka Resa Piece

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The crew

Hip Hop International Day artists Celebrating <em>International Hip Hop Day</em> at First Street Green Park: T Kid, Jerms, Doves, Lady K Fever, Andres Correa, Kool Kito, Marcelo Ment, La Femme Cheri, Ree, Resa Piece and more

Other featured New York graffiti and street art legends included: Will Power, Flint 707, Nic 707, Keo, Omni and Frank Wore Croce. The hip-hop music — featuring DJ Grand Wizard Theodore and DJJS1 – was broadcast live on Damatrix Studios.

Photo credits: 1-4 & 7  Lois Stavsky 5 & 6 Tara Murray & 8 Karin du Maire

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 Celebrating <em>International Hip Hop Day</em> at First Street Green Park: T Kid, Jerms, Doves, Lady K Fever, Andres Correa, Kool Kito, Marcelo Ment, La Femme Cheri, Ree, Resa Piece and more

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Alice pasquini street art mural madrid spain <em>Muros Tabacalera</em> in Madrid, Spain with: Alice Pasquini, Dadi Dreucol, Animalitoland, Digo Diego, Nano 4814, Okuda, Ruben Sanchez, Add Fuel and Gripface

The Tabacalera – a former tobacco factory — in the Lavapies neighborhood of Madrid is now a cultural Mecca hosting over two dozen exterior murals. Curated by the Madrid Street Art Project, the murals — referred to as Muros Tabacalera – change yearly and focus on environmental issues that impact this district’s residents. The mural pictured above was painted by the Italian artist, Alice Pasquini. What follows are several others I captured on my recent trip to Madrid:

Málaga-based artist Dadi Dreucol

Dadi Dreucol street art mural madrid spain <em>Muros Tabacalera</em> in Madrid, Spain with: Alice Pasquini, Dadi Dreucol, Animalitoland, Digo Diego, Nano 4814, Okuda, Ruben Sanchez, Add Fuel and Gripface

Argentine artist Animalitoland

Animalitoland street art mural madrid spain <em>Muros Tabacalera</em> in Madrid, Spain with: Alice Pasquini, Dadi Dreucol, Animalitoland, Digo Diego, Nano 4814, Okuda, Ruben Sanchez, Add Fuel and Gripface

Digo Diego

digo diego street art mural madrid spain <em>Muros Tabacalera</em> in Madrid, Spain with: Alice Pasquini, Dadi Dreucol, Animalitoland, Digo Diego, Nano 4814, Okuda, Ruben Sanchez, Add Fuel and Gripface

Nano 8414

Nano 4818 street art mural madrid spain <em>Muros Tabacalera</em> in Madrid, Spain with: Alice Pasquini, Dadi Dreucol, Animalitoland, Digo Diego, Nano 4814, Okuda, Ruben Sanchez, Add Fuel and Gripface

Madrid-based Okuda

okuda mural project madrid <em>Muros Tabacalera</em> in Madrid, Spain with: Alice Pasquini, Dadi Dreucol, Animalitoland, Digo Diego, Nano 4814, Okuda, Ruben Sanchez, Add Fuel and Gripface

Dubai-based Spanish artist Ruben Sanchez

ruben sanchez street art madrid <em>Muros Tabacalera</em> in Madrid, Spain with: Alice Pasquini, Dadi Dreucol, Animalitoland, Digo Diego, Nano 4814, Okuda, Ruben Sanchez, Add Fuel and Gripface

Add fuel and Gripface

add fuel and grip face street art mural Madrid Spain <em>Muros Tabacalera</em> in Madrid, Spain with: Alice Pasquini, Dadi Dreucol, Animalitoland, Digo Diego, Nano 4814, Okuda, Ruben Sanchez, Add Fuel and Gripface

Photos by Lois Stavsky

Special thanks to Javier Garcia of Cool Tours Spain for introducing me to this project.

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 <em>Muros Tabacalera</em> in Madrid, Spain with: Alice Pasquini, Dadi Dreucol, Animalitoland, Digo Diego, Nano 4814, Okuda, Ruben Sanchez, Add Fuel and Gripface

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