In early fall, Blind Whino x Art Whino brought 10 internationally acclaimed street artists to Washington DC. A melding of abstraction, fine art, graffiti and street art, their murals further enhance DC’s thriving visual landscape. Pictured above is a huge segment of a mural painted by the Polish artist, Robert Proch. Here are several more captured on our recent visit to DC:

Berlin-based Australian artist Reka, segment of huge mural


 Ukranian artist Waone of Interesni Kazki


Baltimore-based Jessie and Katey


UK-based Remi Rough


Berlin-based Above, close-up


NYC-based Jason Woodside


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

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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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"Rafael Sliks"

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.


How did you become involved in this extraordinary project?

Soon after I moved to Miami, I met Robert Skran of, 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.


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.


When did the actual painting begin?

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


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.


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?


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!


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!


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


This is the second in a series of posts featuring the range of creatures that share our streets with us:

Reka at the Bushwick Collective


Roa in Williamsburg 


Never in Bushwick


Phlegm at the Bushwick Collective


Robert Plater in the East Village

"Robert Plater"

Joel Bergner and Wise2 in Bushwick

"Joel Bergner and Wise2"

Kingbee in the East Village


Photos by Lois Stavsky


This is the sixth in an ongoing series featuring the wide range of faces that surface in NYC’s open spaces:

Reka at the Bushwick Collective


RAE in Bedford-Stuyvesant


JMR in Williamsburg


Raquel Eschinique in Bushwick

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Royce Bannon in Midtown West

Royce Bannon

Russell King in Bushwick


Photos of Reka and JMR by Lois Stavsky; of RAE, Raquel Eschinique and Russell King by Tara Murray; of Royce Bannon by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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This is the third in a series of posts showcasing NYC’s stylish stickers that surface on an array of public surfaces:

UK artist, Paul Insect 

Paul Insect sticker

French artist Franck Duval aka FKDL in Bushwick, Brooklyn

FKDL sticker

The ever-present Crasty


See One in downtown Manhattan

See One sticker

Baser sticker collage in Chelsea

Baser sticker collage

 Shepard Fairey aka Obey

Shepard Fairey sticker

SkinTone on Manhattan’s Upper West Side


Reka in downtown Manhattan

Reka sticker

2Esae in Chelsea, Manhattan

2Esae sticker

Photos by Lenny Collado, Dani Mozeson and Lois Stavsky

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Speaking with Reka

March 22, 2013

Reka street art

An original member of Melbourne’s legendary Everfresh crew, James Reka graces public spaces in dozens of cities throughout the globe with his splendid, surreal – ever evolving – aesthetic.  

When and where did you start getting up?

I started when I was in high school. Back in 1999.  I was doing traditional graffiti at the time — just wrecking shit with a bunch of local guys.

Ah! So that explains your name! What stirred you to hit the streets back then?

I was inspired by what I saw catching the train to school every day.  And I grew up in the suburbs with the whole hip-hop and skateboard culture.  I also loved the thrill of doing something illegal.

We associate your street art with characters rather than with traditional graffiti. When did characters become an essential part of your work?

By 2001-2002 I was already into characters. I always felt happier with characters than with traditional graffiti.

Reka artwork

Have you a formal art education?

I consider myself a self-taught artist and I’m proud of that. I did, though, take some courses in graphic design.

Have you any preferred surfaces?  Spots?

I like anything with character that already has texture. I love abandoned places, particularly those with character and history.

Any favorite cities?

I’d say New York City and Berlin. I like cities with history.

Reka street art

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

Just about all of my time is devoted to art these days. I think about it every second. If I weren’t making art, I’d be making electronic music.

How do you feel about the movement of street art into galleries?

I’m fine with it. Selling my art in galleries provides me with the income I need to fund my projects on the streets.

What about working with brands? Is it something you would do?

Working with brands can taint your image. But I’m okay with it, so long as I believe in the brand.

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You have exhibited your work in dozens of galleries. We are so glad that you continue to maintain such a strong presence in the streets. What motivates you to do so?

I love surprising people and sharing with them my representation of the human form. When my work is out on the streets, it reaches lots of people and opens their eyes to another way of looking at things. And that’s important to me. I also love working on a large scale and using my surroundings to my advantage.

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

It’s easier for street artists to get their work into galleries, and it’s understandable that graffiti artists would resent that.

We’ve noticed just how much your art keeps evolving.   Your current style and choice of colors are quite distinct from last year’s.  Your flow is looser. We’re curious about that!

Well, I’m rarely satisfied. And I’m always trying to expand my vision.  My focus now is less about the figure and more within the figure. I find that using natural, earthy colors gives my work a more human element.

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

Mixed.  On the positive side, it’s a great promotion tool, as it makes it easy for an artist to get his work out. On the other hand, it make it all too easy to access information. It’s too easy to know what other artists are doing.

Reka street art

What’s ahead?

Traveling. I’d like to visit Brazil and I’d also like to paint in more rural areas and on larger walls.  And I’d like to focus more on fine arts.

Good Luck! And we’re looking forward, of course, to your next visit to New York City.

Photos by Dani Mozeson and Lois Stavsky; the second image is of artwork currently on exhibit at Bold Hype Gallery, 547 W. 27 Street in Chelsea


Artists from across the globe, along with some of our favorite local artists, have been busy this past month gracing Brooklyn’s most elegant, evolving canvas – Bushwick Five Points. Here are some pieces that have recently surfaced:

Brooklyn-based artists See One and Hellbent

"See one and Hellbent street art"

Hellbent, close-up

"Hellbent street art"

 Italian artist Pixel Pancho

"Pixel Pancho street art"


Italian artist Never2501

"Never2501 street art"

"Never2501 street art"

 Cuban artist Shie Moreno

"Shie Moreno street art mural"

Australian artist Reka

"Reka street art"

"Reka street art"

Photos by Tara Murray and Lois Stavsky