Featured in this past Monday’s New York Times, Nic 707’s ingenious Instaphame Phantom Art project continues to transform NYC subway cars into instant galleries. These are some images I captured on a recent ride from Yankee Stadium to Coney Island:

The legendary TAKI 183

taki183 subway art From Yankee Stadium to Coney Island with TAKI 183, Kingbee, Snake 1, Praxis, Nic 707, Sketch, T Kid & Brian M Convery

Kingbee

kingbee subway art From Yankee Stadium to Coney Island with TAKI 183, Kingbee, Snake 1, Praxis, Nic 707, Sketch, T Kid & Brian M Convery

Veteran graffiti writer Snake 1

snake subway art From Yankee Stadium to Coney Island with TAKI 183, Kingbee, Snake 1, Praxis, Nic 707, Sketch, T Kid & Brian M Convery

Praxis 

Praxis stencil art From Yankee Stadium to Coney Island with TAKI 183, Kingbee, Snake 1, Praxis, Nic 707, Sketch, T Kid & Brian M Convery

Nic 707

nic 707 kilroy From Yankee Stadium to Coney Island with TAKI 183, Kingbee, Snake 1, Praxis, Nic 707, Sketch, T Kid & Brian M Convery

Sketch

Sketch subway art From Yankee Stadium to Coney Island with TAKI 183, Kingbee, Snake 1, Praxis, Nic 707, Sketch, T Kid & Brian M Convery

Graffiti legend T-Kid

T Kid tag From Yankee Stadium to Coney Island with TAKI 183, Kingbee, Snake 1, Praxis, Nic 707, Sketch, T Kid & Brian M Convery

Brian M Convery

Brian Convery subway art From Yankee Stadium to Coney Island with TAKI 183, Kingbee, Snake 1, Praxis, Nic 707, Sketch, T Kid & Brian M Convery

Photos by Lois Stavsky

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Speaking with Scratch

March 5, 2015

An impassioned graffiti artist, Stockholm native Scratch is the only female to have painted at the legendary Graffiti Hall of Fame for four consecutive years.  Last year, together with her writing partner, Lady K Fever, she founded The Bronx Graffiti Art Gallery an outdoor public art space featuring several internationally acclaimed graffiti artists. Scratch‘s public works can be seen in the Bronx, East Harlem and in Upper Manhattan.

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When and where did you first get up?

I was 14 when I first painted in my native city of Stockholm.  But I was a toy back then!

What were the circumstances?

The Swedish town I was living in at the time had become concerned about its “graffiti problem.” And so the government decided to establish a “graffiti school,” where we would be taught to paint in legal venues. I just wanted a space and free paint.

What was that experience like?

There were no formal classes, so we were free to learn from each other. And of course just about everyone who attended improved their skills and continued to painting illegally! I was the only girl who showed up.

Were there any artists who inspired you back then?

Yes! There was Brain – who taught at the  “graffiti school.” He was a major inspiration. And others who inspired me were Circle, Ward, Ziggy & Dizzy and Zappo.

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Did you do anything risky back then?  

One Christmas morning – when all the shutters were down – I went out and bombed just about every store on my town’s main street.

That does sound risky! Why were you willing to take that kind of risk?

I was only 14; I didn’t really think about the consequences of my actions.

You moved to NYC in 1998 to work as a graphic designer. When did you begin painting graffiti here? And what got you back into it?

I hadn’t painted for many years. And then one day, as I was riding the 7 train into Flushing, I passed 5Pointz.  I couldn’t believe my eyes! A few days later, I went back to check it out, and that was it! I was hooked again. That was back in 2008.

What was it like for you at 5Pointz?

It was great. Meres is an amazing teacher, and just about all the writers I met there were kind and helpful.

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Any thoughts on the graffiti/ street art divide?

Graffiti and street art are very different. There may be some crossover, but they will remain distinct art forms. Graffiti is still identified with vandalism, and street artists get far more respect and recognition than do graffiti writers. But graffiti – to me – is stronger. It is more honest and direct.

How do you feel about the movement of graffiti into galleries? Have you shown your work in galleries?

Graffiti wasn’t intended to be painted on a canvas. Sometimes it works; other times it doesn’t. But I have no problem with it. Yes, I’ve shown in a number of galleries.

What about the corporate world? Any thoughts about that?

I’m used to it. My background is in advertising.

Do you prefer working alone or collaborating with others?

I often work alone, but I’ve collaborated with Lady K Fever, and I assisted Kingbee and Vase at the Graffiti Hall of Fame.  I like both! I look forward to collaborating more with other artists.

scratch graffiti train Speaking with Scratch

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

I feel positive about it. I get to see artworks I would never, otherwise, get to see

Do you have a formal arts education?

No, my background is in advertising and marketing. I studied at Pace University.

What inspires you these days?

Fantasy. I’m a huge fan of Lord of the Rings.

Are there any particular cultures you feel influenced your aesthetic?

I’d have to say the early graffiti writers in Sweden. But there they are referred to as graffiti painters – not writers!

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

Yes. I always have some kind of sketch with me when I paint.

Are you generally satisfied with your work?

No! I always want to change it.

How has your work evolved in the past few years?

It’s gotten better. It’s more detailed.

Pop up show Speaking with Scratch

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

To share his or her story with others.

What’s ahead for you?

More walls and huge productions. And also more opportunities to show my work.

Note: You can meet Scratch, along with other members of the The Bronx Graffiti Art Gallery, tomorrow from 6 – 8pm at the spray can art show at Scrap Yard at 300 West Broadway between Grand and Canal Streets.

Interview by Lois Stavsky; photos 1, 3 & 4 courtesy of Scratch 2. Lois Stavsky, and 5, Dani Reyes Mozeson

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For the past several wintry months, fiber artist Naomi RAG has been beautifying East Harlem with her splendid yarn bombing. Yesterday, I spoke briefly to Naomi.

Naomi Rag yarn bombing NYC Fiber Artist Naomi RAG Yarnbombs East Harlem

 When did you first begin to grace public streets with your talents?

The first time I yarnbombed was four years ago back in Cambridge, England.

 What inspired you to do so at the time?

Via social media, I had heard about International Yarnbombing Day, and I loved the idea of bringing color and beauty to our urban landscape.

Naomi RAG yarn bomb east harlem street art nyc Fiber Artist Naomi RAG Yarnbombs East Harlem

naomi RAG street art yarn bomb east harlem New Years Eve Pointsettia nyc Fiber Artist Naomi RAG Yarnbombs East Harlem

Where else have you yarnbombed?

Liverpool’s Crosby District — where I was staying for a bit — and here in East Harlem, where I’ve lived for the past year.

 What is your impression of your new neighborhood?

I just love it! I especially love its diversity. It is quite similar to the London Borough of Hackney.

Naomi RAG east harlem tree yarn bombing Fiber Artist Naomi RAG Yarnbombs East Harlem

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How have folks here responded to your pieces here in East Harlem?

All the feedback has been positive. And it’s the positive reactions that motivate me to keep at it.

What’s ahead?

My goal is to create one new piece a month to share here in the public sphere.

That sounds great!  We are looking forward! 

Photos 1-3, Lois Stavsky; 4 & 5, Dani Reyes Mozeson

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Even the pavement speaks here in NYC — with everything from intriguing images to poetic prose to political messages. Here’s a sampling:

Hunt Rodriguez in Bushwick

hunt rodriguez pavement art NYC NYC Pavement Art    from the Poetic to the Political: Hunt Rodriguez, stikman, Chris and Veng RWK, Anthony Lister and more

stikman in Chelsea

stikman street art on pavement chelsea NYC NYC Pavement Art    from the Poetic to the Political: Hunt Rodriguez, stikman, Chris and Veng RWK, Anthony Lister and more

A political statement in Williamsburg

save syria now NYC Pavement Art    from the Poetic to the Political: Hunt Rodriguez, stikman, Chris and Veng RWK, Anthony Lister and more

Chris and Veng RWK in the East Village

Chris and Veng RWK pavement street art NYC Pavement Art    from the Poetic to the Political: Hunt Rodriguez, stikman, Chris and Veng RWK, Anthony Lister and more

An excerpt from The Bell Jar, the only novel penned by the acclaimed American poet and writer Sylvia Plath

sylvia plath poem on pavement NYC Pavement Art    from the Poetic to the Political: Hunt Rodriguez, stikman, Chris and Veng RWK, Anthony Lister and more

Anthony Lister in Bushwick

Anthony lister pavement street art nyc  NYC Pavement Art    from the Poetic to the Political: Hunt Rodriguez, stikman, Chris and Veng RWK, Anthony Lister and more

Unidentified stencil art on Chelsea sidewalk

stencil pavement street art NYC NYC Pavement Art    from the Poetic to the Political: Hunt Rodriguez, stikman, Chris and Veng RWK, Anthony Lister and more

A reference to Gaza on the Upper West Side

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And a political statement in Bushwick

NYC political street art pavement NYC Pavement Art    from the Poetic to the Political: Hunt Rodriguez, stikman, Chris and Veng RWK, Anthony Lister and more

Photos — 1, 2, 6-9 by Lois Stavsky; 3 – 5 by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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EKG closing party EKG♥NYC Closing Event Tonight at Skewville in Long Island City

Since the February 13th opening of EKG♥NYC, NYC-based writer EKG has been busy at work on his installation for the closing reception. We stopped by earlier this week and had the opportunity to ask the artist a few questions:

Your orange pulse has become an integral part of our city’s visual landscape. What does it represent?

It’s chemical communication...an expression of connectedness and collaboration. It’s a sign of energy vibrating on everything everywhere. I see it as the heartbeat of our city.

EKG Smells artwork EKG♥NYC Closing Event Tonight at Skewville in Long Island City

Why orange?

I like its intensity and the way it integrates into the cityscape.

This installation is astounding! The walls are covered with cryptic orange diagrams. A cloudy haze emanating from a heavy metal concert fog machine fills the air, and your iconic symbol is everywhere — on and amidst milk crates, ladders, spray cans, cages and more. What is going on here?

It’s an abstract sillouette of New York’s cityscape. All of the elements represent the connections among all things. The smoke and the electronic music heighten the intensity of it all.

EKG Installation EKG♥NYC Closing Event Tonight at Skewville in Long Island City

Your official opening was on February 13th, the day before Valentine’s Day. Can you tell us something about that? And how did that go?

It was originally intended as an All Hallows’ Valentine’ Eve celebration of misfit love, mutant science and aesthetic rebellion. The turnout was great and the entire experience was awesome!

EKG painting EKG♥NYC Closing Event Tonight at Skewville in Long Island City

I love your shop here. Your symbol is everywhere from t-shirts and zines to prints and paintings — and everything is so affordable!

Yes. It’s a homage to Keith Haring’s legendary pop shop, but as if it was created by Tim Burton, Marilyn Manson, Walter White and Stephen Hawking!

What can folks expect tonight?

I’ve continued to build up my installation, and the closing ceremony will once again feature the Doomdronecore performance by the avant-garde electronic artist, Jefferson Wells.

musician EKG♥NYC Closing Event Tonight at Skewville in Long Island City

Good luck! It is certain to be amazing!

Note: Tonight’s closing event begins at 6 pm at 35-18 37th Street in Long Island City.

Photos: First image features photo by Katherine Lorimer aka Luna Park; 2-5 by Lois Stavsky; image 2 is a collaboration with Smells.

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Speaking with Rocko

February 26, 2015

Rocko street art NYC Speaking with Rocko

Fusing ancient Arabic scripts with modern Western strokes, Moroccan native Rocko has fashioned a distinct aesthetic that has been increasingly making its way onto NYC walls. We were delighted to have the chance to meet up with him this past weekend.

When did you first get up?

Back in Morocco in 1997. I was the first one to bomb in Meknès.  It was something that I had always wanted to do. I was a b-boy, and graffiti was always an essential aspect of that culture. I’d also painted for the pioneering hip-hop crew, Dogs, known these days as H-Kayne.

What about here in NYC?

Here in NYC I only work on legal spaces. There’s too much at risk here!

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What was your first piece here?

Three years ago I did my first piece for the Pita Palace on Montrose and Bushwick.

What was the experience like?

I loved it. I particularly love the interaction with the passersby as I’m painting.

What kinds of surfaces do you prefer?

As I generally paint with brushes, I need smooth surfaces. I also look for spots with no trees of cars blocking the view.

How have folks responded to your particular aesthetic – a fusion of Arabic calligraphy and graffiti?

The response was been overwhelmingly enthusiastic. I am constantly asked to design tattoos featuring my particular calligraffiti.

rocko street dodworth Speaking with Rocko

How does your family feel about what you are doing?

They love it. Everyone is supportive.

What percentage of your day is devoted to your art?

About 40%.

What is your main source of income?

I work as a director of a senior center in Bushwick.

What are some of your other interests?

Cycling. I race for the Brooklyn Arches.

rocko calligraffiti on canvas Speaking with Rocko

Any thoughts on the graffiti/ street art divide?

I feel that it’s reached a turning point in recent weeks. I expect there will be less of a division from now on.

How do you feel about the movement of graffiti and street art into galleries? Have you shown your work in galleries?

I’m fine with it. It’s just a different context. Yes, I’ve shown my work in a number of spaces in Brooklyn.

What about the corporate world? Any thoughts about that?

I don’t mess with it!

Do you prefer working alone or collaborating with others?

I often work alone, but I’ve collaborated with a number of artists including Zimer, Eelco and N Carlos J.

eelco and Rocko and Vera Times street art dodworth NYC Speaking with Rocko

Is there anyone in particular you would like to collaborate with?

I love what Sek3 is doing. I would like to collaborate with him.

When I first saw your work, I confused you with Retna. Does that happen often?

Yes! But I’ve been doing it for 34 years. It’s my culture!

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

I think it’s very important. It introduces us to so much.

Do you have a formal arts education?

No, I never went to art school. I’m self-taught. I began doing Arabic calligraphy when I was four years old with a wooden pencil!

rocko and n carlos j street art bushwick nyc Speaking with Rocko

How would you describe your ideal working environment?

Just me in my studio. But working on public walls is more fun!

What inspires you these days?

Everything I see around me!

Are there any particular cultures you feel influenced your aesthetic?

Arabic.

Rocko and Eelco street art nyc Speaking with Rocko

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

Never!  I freestyle.

How has your work evolved in the past few years?

It’s gotten better. Sharing my work in public spaces pushes me to work harder at my craft.

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

The artist has a huge responsibility to his or her community – to enhance it in a respectful manner.

Rocko calligraffiti Brooklyn NYC copy Speaking with Rocko

How do you feel about the photographers and bloggers in this scene?

They are very important!

What do you see as the future of street art?

It will just keep on growing and evolving.

And what about you? What’s ahead?

More walls, more collabs and more exhibits. I will also continue to curate the Dodworth Mural Project that I launched last year.

That sounds wonderful! We are looking forward! 

Interview by Lois Stavsky with Houda Lazrak; first photo courtesy of the artist; all others by Lois Stavsky; photo 2 is a collaborative with Zimer; 5 with Eelco and Vera Times; 6 with N Carlos J and 7 with Eelco

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Pablo Power A Circle Unbroken Pablo Powers Solo Exhibit, <em>A Circle Unbroken: Tributes in Pattern</em>, at Tribecas No Romance Galleries through Today

A Circle Unbroken: Tributes in Pattern, Pablo Power’s solo exhibit at No Romance Galleries, is a splendid poetic homage to life’s cycles and patterns. Reflecting Power’s vast experience with both graffiti and the streets, the multi-media images presented here fuse a dreamlike beauty with a rich rawness. Here is a sampling:

Success and Reformation, Acrylic, mixed media and image transfer on wood panel, close-up

Pablo Power Success and reaffirmation Pablo Powers Solo Exhibit, <em>A Circle Unbroken: Tributes in Pattern</em>, at Tribecas No Romance Galleries through Today

Ouroboros As Metro MoverAcrylic, mixed media and image transfer on wood panel

Pablo Power Ouroboros as Metro Mover Pablo Powers Solo Exhibit, <em>A Circle Unbroken: Tributes in Pattern</em>, at Tribecas No Romance Galleries through Today

Close-up

Pablo Power close up Ouroboros Pablo Powers Solo Exhibit, <em>A Circle Unbroken: Tributes in Pattern</em>, at Tribecas No Romance Galleries through Today

Gay Science and Joyous Wisdom, Acrylic, mixed media and image transfer on wood panel

Pablo Power Gay Science and Joyous Wisdom Pablo Powers Solo Exhibit, <em>A Circle Unbroken: Tributes in Pattern</em>, at Tribecas No Romance Galleries through Today

Half Cycle in Light, Acrylic, mixed media and image transfer on plexi glass

Pablo Power half cycle in light Pablo Powers Solo Exhibit, <em>A Circle Unbroken: Tributes in Pattern</em>, at Tribecas No Romance Galleries through Today

Pablo Power Light Pablo Powers Solo Exhibit, <em>A Circle Unbroken: Tributes in Pattern</em>, at Tribecas No Romance Galleries through Today

The exhibit continues until tomorrow, Thursday, February 26 at 355 Broadway in Tribeca.

Photos 1, 4, 5, 7  & 8 City-as-School intern Zachariah Messaoud; 2, 3 & 6, Lois Stavsky

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centre fuge street art nyc Centre fuge Public Art Project Cycle 16 to Continue in the East Village with: Moody Mutz, Joshua David McKenney, Marthalicia, Michael DeNicola, Lexi Bella, Foxx Faces, BK, Raquel Echanique and more

The Centre-fuge Public Art Project continues its mission to transform the Department of Transportation trailer on First Street and First Avenue into a vibrant open-air gallery. These past few wintry weeks, its 16th cycle has brought an infectious energy to an otherwise cold and stark site. Here are a few close-ups:

Moody at work in mid-December — at the beginning of the current cycle

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Joshua David McKenney at work

joshua david centre fuge street art nyc Centre fuge Public Art Project Cycle 16 to Continue in the East Village with: Moody Mutz, Joshua David McKenney, Marthalicia, Michael DeNicola, Lexi Bella, Foxx Faces, BK, Raquel Echanique and more

And to the right of Pidgin Doll – Marthalicia MatarritaMichael DeNicola, Basil and Lexi Bella

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Foxx FacesRaquel Echanique and Marthalicia Matarrita

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Vernon O’Meally, Lelex and Fade, AA Mobb

centre fuge Vernon OMeally Lelex AA Mobb street art Centre fuge Public Art Project Cycle 16 to Continue in the East Village with: Moody Mutz, Joshua David McKenney, Marthalicia, Michael DeNicola, Lexi Bella, Foxx Faces, BK, Raquel Echanique and more

ArbiterMiss Zukie, Foxx Faces, BK and Sest2

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Pebbles Russell, who co-founded the Centre-fuge Public Art Project in 2012, reports that Cycle 16 will remain in effect for a few more weeks. If you would like to participate in future cycles of this project, send a sketch, along with reference images to other works, to centrefuge@gmail.com.

Final photo by Lois Stavsky; all others by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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Rafael sliks street art Jose De Diego Middle School as Outdoor Museum: Rafael Sliks, Reka, Bikismo, MTO, Paola Delfin, Martin Whatson, Madsteez, Axel Void, Don Rimx, Diana Contreras, the Hox & more

While in Miami this past week, I had the opportunity to visit the grounds of the Jose De Diego Middle School. On the edge of Wynwood, its students are among the city’s most economically disadvantaged.  Over 600 youngsters, who had been deprived of an arts education due to insufficient funding, now attend a school that is also a wondrous outdoor museum. Curious about it all, I spoke to Don Rimx, one of the many artists who had participated in the school’s amazing transformation.

Reka street art wynwood Jose De Diego Middle School as Outdoor Museum: Rafael Sliks, Reka, Bikismo, MTO, Paola Delfin, Martin Whatson, Madsteez, Axel Void, Don Rimx, Diana Contreras, the Hox & more

How did you become involved in this extraordinary project?

Soon after I moved to Miami, I met Robert Skran of WynwoodMap.com, a site that documents the public art that surfaces in Wynwood. A few months later, he invited me to participate in this particular project, the RAW Project, in partnership with the Wynwood Arts District Association.

Bikismo street art Wynwood Jose De Diego Middle School as Outdoor Museum: Rafael Sliks, Reka, Bikismo, MTO, Paola Delfin, Martin Whatson, Madsteez, Axel Void, Don Rimx, Diana Contreras, the Hox & more

What was the goal of this project? Did it have a particular mission?

One goal, of course, was to transform a drab, blank concrete canvas into a vibrant outdoor gallery. It was also conceived as a means to raise funds to enable the school to restore its arts program that had been lost to budget cuts.

MTO Paola Delfin street art wynwoood Jose De Diego Middle School as Outdoor Museum: Rafael Sliks, Reka, Bikismo, MTO, Paola Delfin, Martin Whatson, Madsteez, Axel Void, Don Rimx, Diana Contreras, the Hox & more

When did the actual painting begin?

We began in November and most of the murals were completed by early December.

martin whatson street art wynwood Jose De Diego Middle School as Outdoor Museum: Rafael Sliks, Reka, Bikismo, MTO, Paola Delfin, Martin Whatson, Madsteez, Axel Void, Don Rimx, Diana Contreras, the Hox & more

How did the students respond to the entire process?

They loved it. They were fascinated. They loved watching us paint, and they kept on asking us questions.

mad steez axel void street art wynwood Jose De Diego Middle School as Outdoor Museum: Rafael Sliks, Reka, Bikismo, MTO, Paola Delfin, Martin Whatson, Madsteez, Axel Void, Don Rimx, Diana Contreras, the Hox & more

What kinds of questions did they ask you? 

Questions like: Why are you painting this? Where did your idea come from? How do you do this? How long will it take you to finish it? Why are you painting sticks?

Don Rimx street art wynwood Jose De Diego Middle School as Outdoor Museum: Rafael Sliks, Reka, Bikismo, MTO, Paola Delfin, Martin Whatson, Madsteez, Axel Void, Don Rimx, Diana Contreras, the Hox & more

Back in December when Art Basel was in town, the school’s makeover attracted so many street art aficionados and art lovers. What’s happening these days?

The entire community loves the murals. The art on these walls have brought us all closer together. When I pass by, I often see teachers taking students on tours of the murals. The kids are always interested in learning something new about them and about the artists. And because so many of the artists traveled to their school from across the globe, there is so much to learn!

diana contreras street art wynwood Jose De Diego Middle School as Outdoor Museum: Rafael Sliks, Reka, Bikismo, MTO, Paola Delfin, Martin Whatson, Madsteez, Axel Void, Don Rimx, Diana Contreras, the Hox & more

This really is fabulous! It would be wonderful if the Jose De Diego Middle School could serve as a model to other schools — on all grade levels — everywhere!

Hox Jose De Diego Middle School street art Miami Jose De Diego Middle School as Outdoor Museum: Rafael Sliks, Reka, Bikismo, MTO, Paola Delfin, Martin Whatson, Madsteez, Axel Void, Don Rimx, Diana Contreras, the Hox & more

The murals pictured above are just a small sampling of what can be seen on the walls of the Jose De Diego Middle School:

1. Brazilian artist Rafael Sliks

2. Australian born, Berlin-based Reka

3. Puerto Rican artist Bikismo

4. French artist MTO (left) and Mexican artist Paola Delfín

5. Norwegian stencil artist Martin Whatson

6. West Coast-based Madsteez (left) and Miami-based Axel Void

7. Puerto Rican artist Don Rimx currently based in Miami  – with son, Kye, standing on bottom right. (I’d asked him to take me to his favorite mural!)

8. Miami-based Peruvian artist Diana Contreras

9. Miami-based the Hox

Photos and post by Lois Stavsky

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This is the fifth in an occasional series featuring images of New York City’s doors that sport everything from tags and stickers to sophisticated images.

Beau Stanton on the Bowery, close-up

beau stanton bowery street art nyc NYC’s Expressive Doors, Part V: Beau Stanton, EKG, Kenny Scharf, Pyramid Oracle, Cost & Enx, Michael De Feo and Good & Shiddy

EKG in Crown Heights, Brooklyn

ekg street art crown heights NYC NYC’s Expressive Doors, Part V: Beau Stanton, EKG, Kenny Scharf, Pyramid Oracle, Cost & Enx, Michael De Feo and Good & Shiddy

Kenny Scharf in Manhattan

kenny scharf manhattan NYC’s Expressive Doors, Part V: Beau Stanton, EKG, Kenny Scharf, Pyramid Oracle, Cost & Enx, Michael De Feo and Good & Shiddy

Pyramid Oracle on the Lower East Side, close-up

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Cost and Enx in Tribeca

cost enx street art tribeca NYC’s Expressive Doors, Part V: Beau Stanton, EKG, Kenny Scharf, Pyramid Oracle, Cost & Enx, Michael De Feo and Good & Shiddy

Michael De Feo on Manhattan’s Lower East Side

De Feo door NYC’s Expressive Doors, Part V: Beau Stanton, EKG, Kenny Scharf, Pyramid Oracle, Cost & Enx, Michael De Feo and Good & Shiddy

Good and Shiddy in Bushwick, Brooklyn

good shiddy street art nyc NYC’s Expressive Doors, Part V: Beau Stanton, EKG, Kenny Scharf, Pyramid Oracle, Cost & Enx, Michael De Feo and Good & Shiddy

Photos: 1, 4 & 5, Lois Stavsky; 2, 3, 6 & 7, Dani Reyes Mozeson

Note: This blog will be on vacation through Friday. Follow me in Miami on Facebook and Instagram.

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