Back in 2015, the American-born, Amsterdan-based artist Mando Marie aka Amanda Marie charmed us New Yorkers with her delightfully playful images that surfaced at the Welling Court Mural Project, the Quin Hotel and the 12C Outdoor Gallery. This Thursday, she will be sharing her newest works in Checked Out, a solo exhibition at Montreal’s Station 16 Gallery. A small sampling follows:

The iconic Reading Girl engrossed in Mad Magazine

A Collage of Book Covers

The exhibition opens — with the artist in attendance — this Thursday, November 29, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Station 16 Gallery, 3523 Boul. St-Laurent, and continues through December 22.

Images courtesy Station 16 Gallery


Montreal boasts a wide array of intriguing murals by both local and international artists. The mural pictured above was painted by Julien Malland aka Seth Globepainter for an ongoing mural project organized by MU, whose mission is to transform Montreal into an “open air gallery.” What follows are several more murals we came upon on our recent visit to Montreal:

Tel Aviv-based  Dede Bandaid and Nitzan Mintz — who are currently here in NYC

Montreal-based French artist SBuONe for Montreal’s 2017 Mural Festival

Montreal-based Kevin Ledo does Leonard Cohen for Montreal’s 2017 Mural Festival, close-up

Hamburg-based 1010 forMontreal’s 2017 Mural Festival

Photo credit: 1, 2 & 5 Tara Murray; 3 & 4 Lois Stavsky

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From August 9 – 13th, Under Pressure held the 22nd edition of its annual graffiti festival in Montreal. The largest and longest-running event of its kind in North America, it is a celebration of hip-hop, graffiti and street art culture. The image pictured above was painted by the famed French graffiti crew and family 123 Klan. Several more images that we captured on site follow:

Montreal-based Adida Fallen Angel artworks on door and to its left

Canadian artists Scribe, Francois Leandre and Corey Bulpitt collaboration 

Montreal based MissMe

Montreal-based Monk.E at work on collaborative wall with Ankhone and Fonki

France-native, Montreal-based Sbuone at work

 Tattooist J Mats at work on collaborative wall

Rien, Borrris, Arnold, Naimo & Will Lyf3 203 Crew collaborative mural

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

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As part of this year’s edition of the Montreal Mural Festival, Station 16 Gallery will host PLANAR DIRECTION, a solo exhibition by the wonderfully talented Argentine-Spanish artist Felipe Pantone. Opening this Thursday evening, June 8, PLANAR DIRECTION will showcase a series of Pantone‘s striking works, characterized by distinct geometric shapes that fuse black and white designs with bold florescent colors. Pictured above is the mural that Pantone painted for last year’s Mural Festival. What follows is a brief preview of his new works for PLANAR DIRECTION:

Planar Direction 3


Planar Direction 6


Planar Direction 4


Station 16 Gallery


Station 16 Gallery is located at 3523 Boul St-Laurent in Montreal.

All images courtesy Station 16 Gallery

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Toronto native Waxhead moved to Montreal in 2012, where his singular style has surfaced on a range of surfaces from vintage photographs to huge walls. I discovered his distinct aesthetic this past summer while visiting Station 16 and exploring the streets of Montreal. Waxhead‘s first solo exhibit in Montreal, Waxhead: An Installation opens this Thursday, November 3 at Station 16.  While in Montreal, I had the opportunity to visit Waxhead‘s studio and pose some questions to him.


When and where did you first get up?

I was 13 when I began tagging along the trackside in Toronto. It was back in 2006.

Who or what inspired you at the time?

I lived right beside the train tracks. I saw graffiti every day. It seemed like the natural thing to do. I didn’t become serious, though, about it until I was 18. That’s when I really got into characters.

How did your family feel about what you were doing back then?

My mom has always been supportive. ‘gotta love Mom!

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

I respect the mentality of getting up. But I also appreciate the refined work of street art. I’ve done both.


How do you feel about collaborating with other artists?

I love to collaborate. Among the artists I’ve painted with are: Cry0teSbuone and Getso.

What about the movement of street art into galleries?

It’s great when artists can live off their work and have a space to show it.  But they must keep the true sense of it.

Have you, yourself, exhibited your art in a gallery setting?

I’ve exhibited in several group shows — mostly in Canada.

What inspires you these days?

Colors, nature, old photos. I love collecting old photos and reworking them.


Are there any particular cultures that have influenced your aesthetics?

I‘ve been inspired by the time I spent in India – particularly the beautiful colors I associate with its culture.

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

I let it flow. If I don’t like it, I can always do it again.

Are you generally satisfied with your work?

No! I’m very critical.

What do you think of the role of the Internet in all of this?

It’s a great tool for me to connect with other artists and with clients.

Do you have a formal arts education?

No! I’m self-taught. My friends were my best teachers.


What percentage of your time is devoted to art? 

All of it. I live my life through my art. I’ve always been drawing.

And is it the main source of your income?

Yes, most of the money I earn is through my artwork.

What is the riskiest thing you’ve done?

I was painting in India – balancing on a wobbly two-story ladder  — when a giant bull was about to rub against it.

That certainly does sound menacing! How would you describe your ideal working environment?

Painting outside with friends. I love meeting and talking to people.

How has your work evolved through the years?

It’s become more refined.


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

As far as the street artist — it is to connect people to one another through what they see on the streets. I especially want to connect to the youth in this city.

What about the photographers in this scene? And the bloggers? How do you feel about them?

We need them! What we do needs to be archived.

I certainly agree with that!

Note: Waxhead: An Installation — a collection of  Waxhead’s hand-embellished vintage photos — opens this Thursday, November 3 at 6pm at Station 16 and continues through November 14.

Interview by Lois Stavsky

Photos: 1, 2 & 4 Lois Stavsky; 3 courtesy Station 16

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In addition to its dozens of outstanding murals, Montreal teems with intriguing graffiti and street art — fashioned by both local and visiting artists. Pictured above is Enzo Sarto. Here are a few more we captured last week:

Wax Head




Chris Dyer


Shalak and Smoky


Earth Crusher


Zek 156


And beginning today Montreal’s annual Under Pressure Graffiti Festival continues the transformation of the city into a visual wonderland.

Photo credits: 1 Lois Stavsky; 2-7 Tara Murray



Pictured above is Argentine artist Felipe Pantone, painted for this year’s Mural Festival. Here are several more murals we captured on our visit to Montreal last week:

UK-based D*Face, 2016


Montreal-based Xavier Raymond aka X-Ray, 2016


Australian artist Reka, 2013


Toronto native Troy Lovegates aka Other, 2013


Tel Aviv-based Klone, 2016


Belgian artist Roa, 2013


Note: LOST PARADISE, a solo exhibit featuring the work of Xavier Raymond aka X-Ray will be on display at Montreal’s Station 16 Gallery from August 18th to September 10th.


Photo credits: 1, 6 & 7  Tara Murray; 2-5 Lois Stavsky

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Since 2013, Montreal has been hosting MURAL, an annual public art festival featuring a wonderful array of murals by both local and international artists. Here is a small sampling of what we saw while wandering on and off Boulevard Saint-Laurent this past week:

Montreal-based Five Eight, 2016


Melbourne-based Meggs, 2016


NYC-based Buff Monster, 2016


Brazilian collective Acidum Project, close-up, 2016


Chilean artist Inti, 2014


France native Mateo, 2016


Photo credits: 1-3, Lois Stavsky; 4, 5 & 7 Tara Murray and 6 Sara C Mozeson

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Featuring stencil art by some of our favorite artists, STENCILED opens this Thursday evening, April 28, at Montreal’s Station 16 Gallery. Here is a small sampling of what will be on exhibit through May 21:

Also by Joe Iurato


Logan Hicks

Logan Hicks_Skybridge_2016

Lady Aiko


Icy and Sot

Icy-and- So-Desolate-stencil

Also featured in STENCILED is UK-based Snik


 All photos courtesy Station 16

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Currently based in Montreal, Canada, lilyluciole has been sharing her distinct vision and luscious aesthetic throughout the globe. We met up when she was in New York City.


When did you first begin to share your artwork in public spaces?

I began three years ago. I was living in Paris at the time and recovering from a painful operation. Creating art was a way for me to express my feelings and, at the same time, heal my psychic and physical wounds.

What inspired you to hit the streets?

I wanted to share my vision with others, while transforming public space in a positive way. I feel that I have a unique way of seeing the world. The first image that I pasted after I arrived Montreal in 2011 was a portrait of an African woman who represented survival amidst difficulties. She was a woman who remained faithful to her dreams despite adversity.


Which cities have you hit since?

I’ve gotten my artwork up in Montreal, Paris, Berlin and New York City. And Eric Marechal has pasted for me in China, Brazil, Argentina and Mexico for Street Art without Borders and the ArtFabric. I was also involved in JR’s Inside Out Project in Sao Paulo, thanks to Eric and Fabi Futata.

What is the riskiest thing you ever did in the public art sphere?

I never think about it, so there are no risks.  What I’m doing is too important. Any “risks” that I take only enhance my viewpoint.


Do you belong to any crews?

I belong to Collective Offmurales, a Montreal-based collective made up largely of women. It includes a range of artists from yarn bombers to street artists –like Zola, Stela, Wall of Femmes, Camille Larrivée and Harpy. I also work independently of this crew on an informal basis with a gamut of artists including street artists, photographers and dancers.

Have you any favorite artists? Artists who’ve inspired you?

I’ve been in love with Swoon since I first discovered her. But there are many others I really appreciate. I have a great respect for artists who are passionate, who seek their own truth, who view the world critically and who connect to others’ realities – those whose lives and art are one.


Have any particular cultures influenced you?

Not consciously. But I suppose I’ve been influenced by African and European ones. My inspiration is rooted in my travels, in dance and in life, itself.

Are you generally satisfied with your finished piece?

Sometimes. But as soon as I’m finished creating one, I’m already thinking about the next one.

Do you have a formal art education? Was it worthwhile?

I began studying for a BFA in 2002, and I completed it in 2008. Yes, I’d say it was worthwhile, as it helped open me to many things, including the interdisciplinary fusion of techniques and genres, such as photography, fine arts and video.


Have you shown your work in galleries?

Yes, mainly in Paris, because in Montreal galleries tend to focus on a select group of artists.

Any thoughts about the graffiti/street art divide?

I don’t understand it. I want to bridge the so-called divide.

How has your work evolved in the past few years?

It’s gotten lighter in tone.


How does the street art scene in Montreal differ from the one here in NYC?

The street art scene in Montreal is new compared to the one here in NYC. It is still emerging, and it does not yet have the energy of NYC, Paris or Berlin. It has yet to open itself to the world. But it will.

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

The streets are what matter in this movement. But I’m not against the Internet as a tool to promote what’s on the streets. And I am grateful to all the photographers who document and share my work — the artfabric, Sylvain Borsatti, Alex TassotStreet Art Shooteurs and everyone else who has captured my work.


Have you any feelings about the bloggers in the scene?

I’d like to see more discussion beyond a superficial level. Bloggers need to question the artists and listen to them.

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

To provide society with an alternate voice, an individual one. I see my particular role as blurring the boundaries among cultures.


What do you see as the future of street art?

It will become bigger and bigger and more socially conscious at the same time.

What about you? What’s ahead for you?

I don’t know, but I will continue to explore my identity, my sense of truth and my position as a woman and as an artist.  Women have a particular wisdom and perception of the world that come from their intuition. I hope to continue to broaden my distinct insights and express them through my art.

Interview conducted and edited by Lois Stavsky. Photos: 1. lilyluciole & Baubô in Paris by Alex Tassot; 2. lilyluciole in NYC by Lois Stavsky; 3. lilyluciole & Herard for ArtFabric in Buenos Aires with photography & Choice of collaboration by  Fabi & Eric Marechal; 4. lilyluciole & Ismaera in Paris by Alex Tassot; 5. lilyluciole in NYC by Sara Mozeson; 6. lilyluciole in abandoned space by Street Art Shooteurs; 7. ilyluciole in NYC by Lois Stavsky  and 8. lilyluciole and Keith QbNyc in NYC by Rachel Fawn Alban