The walls at 5Pointz continue to showcase some of the most vibrant public art in NYC — or anywhere. Here’s a sampling of some artwork that has recently surfaced:

Puerto Rican artists Rimx and Nepo

Rimx and Nepo

Queens-based Kid Lew’s tribute to Trayvon Martin

Kid Lew

Jasper — in from Queensland, Australia


New Jersey-based graff masters Demer, Rain and Kasso

Demer, Rain and Kasso

The Parisian Nok Crew


Serrano, Mas Paz, Rimx and Cortes fashion letters “PROC” for the Artist Process, a 5Pointz annual project coordinated by Marthalicia Matarrita 

Serrano, Mas Paz, Rimx, Cortes

Close-up from huge mural by French TD4 member, Zeso


Photos by Dani Mozeson, Tara Murray & Lois Stavsky; image of Ked Lew’s mural courtesy of the artist


The walls at the Bushwick Collective continue to showcase a range of masterful artistic expressions. In addition to the wonderful mural featured here earlier by Sheryo & the Yok, an astonishing variety of new works —  by  local, national and international artists —  have found a home here. A sampling follows:

Puerto Rico-native David RIMX Sepulveda


Baltimore-based Billy Mode at work earlier in the month

Billy Mode

The final mural by Billy Mode and Chris Stain

Chris Stain and Billy Mode

Baltimore-based artist Mata Ruda at work

Mata Ruda

South Carolina-based Patch Whisky

Patch Whisky

The prolific Fumero


South Africa-based Nard Star



 Atlanta-based Trek Matthews

Trek Matthews

South Carolina-based Ishmael


Keep posted to our Facebook page for the latest news on the Bushwick Collective and for photos of Gaia’s new piece.

Photos by Dani Mozeson, Tara Murray and Lois Stavsky


"Rmix street art"

We first met David RIMX Sepulveda at this year’s Afropunk Festival and at once fell in love with his aesthetic.  Soon after he completed his wondrous wall at Bushwick Five Points, we met up with him again and posed a few questions:

When did you start writing?

I started back in ’97. I was 16.

"RMIX street art"

What inspired you to get up?

I was attending an art high school, the Central High School of Visual Arts in Santurce, PR and my friends and I formed a crew.  I grew up in the projects of San Juan, so tagging was the natural thing to do.

Have you any preferred surfaces these days?

I like big walls and highways because I like to share my art with as many people as possible.

Have you any favorite artists who influenced you?

I love Rembrandt and the Spanish painter, Joaquín Sorolla.  My favorite Puerto Rican artists include: Lorenzo Homar, Rafael Tufiño, Antonio Martorell and José Alicia. I also love the Mexican artists Diego Rivera and Gabriel Orozco.

What about graffiti and street artists? Any favorites?

I have many. Among them are: Sen2, Ske and Rek, Sex, San and Dems from Spain and Sego from Mexico.

"Rimx graffiti"

Have you any formal art training beyond high school?

Yes. I studied art in college in Puerto Rico at la Escuela de Artes Plásticas. I’m trained as a classical painter.

Do you feel art school helped you develop your craft?

Definitely!  And learning about the history of art was important to me.

Do you tend to paint alone or with crews?

Both. I paint alone, and I also paint with El CORO, ADM and APC.

"RIMX mural art"

Where have you painted?

I’ve painted in Puerto Rico, Miami, Barcelona, Granada, Japan and New York.

Have you a favorite place to paint?

Puerto Rico, because of the weather.  But I like the scale of the buildings in New York City.

What about galleries? Have you exhibited your work in galleries?

I’ve exhibited in galleries in New York City, Miami, Paris and Japan.

"Rimx art"

 What percent of your time is devoted to art?

Almost all of it. During the day, I work at a tattoo shop.

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

It’s great. It gets our art out to the world.

What are your thoughts on the so-called street art/graffiti divide?

I think of graffiti writers as purists. They gain their respect by being everywhere and by hitting hot spots. Street artists are more focused on ideas. But the two disciplines will merge.

What’s ahead?

More projects that engage more people. I want to continue to integrate everyday people into my work.

That sounds great! We are looking forward to seeing more of your artwork on the streets of NYC!

"Rimx art"

Photos by Lenny Collado, Tara Murray and courtesy of the artist.


"Bushwick Five Points street art"

Within the past year, the walls along Scott, Troutman and St. Nicholas in Bushwick, Brooklyn have evolved into a vibrantly intriguing outdoor gallery. We recently had the opportunity to pose some questions to its curator, Joe Ficalora.

What inspired you to transform this neighborhood into such a wonderful open-air gallery?

I’ve lived in this neighborhood all my life.  Growing up here, I was not even allowed to play outside. The delis were drug spots, and the surrounding blocks teemed with prostitutes and junkies. I was continually exposed to hookers and gangs. My dad was murdered right down the block as he was leaving the L train Jefferson Avenue station. As artists and creative types began moving into the neighborhood, things changed. And after my mother’s death, I was moved to transform the cold industrial aura of this area into something that would revive me and provide the artists with a space to showcase their talents.  I am trying to create an environment that I couldn’t get as a child.

"Icy and Sot street art"

Wow! You are certainly succeeding. Bushwick Five Points has become one of our favorite spots in NYC! How do you manage to have access to so many walls?

Some are family-owned and others I’ve negotiated with their owners. Once these building owners see a finished wall, it is not difficult for them to recognize that the artwork surfacing here is far more appealing than random tags and unspeakable words!

We’ve noticed and love just how varied the artwork is here – in terms of both artists’ backgrounds and styles.  Have you any favorites?

I love them all, and I love the mix! Each piece is special to me. I love watching everything from the progress of the artists to the reactions of the passersby.

"Never street art"

How do you decide which artists to feature on the walls here at Bushwick Five Points?

I look for passion and integrity. I always meet the artist first, and we walk through the neighborhood together.  I show them the walls, and I tell them a bit about the other artists who’ve painted here. If I like the artist’s work and feel right about the artist, it’s a go!

"The Yok and Sheryo street art"

How do you decide which walls go to which artists?

We discuss which spaces are available and the artist then chooses his or her canvas.

Any thoughts about the graffiti/street art divide?

I admire the graffiti that has been surfacing in the vicinity of Morgan Avenue. But I love the varieties of expression that street art offers.

"Dan Witz street art"

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

I think it’s beautiful. We all get to see and appreciate what’s surfacing throughout the world.

"Hellbent street art"

What’s ahead?

I’m not looking long-term. I’m enjoying what I’m doing now. And I’d love to keep doing what I’m doing the rest of my life!

"OverUnder and LNY street art"

That sounds great! We are so glad you are doing what you are doing.

"Jim Avignon street art"

Special thanks to Bodega Wine Bar for the delicious complimentary snacks we were served while interviewing Joe.

Images beginning with top: Nick Walker, Danielle Mastrion and Concrete Jungle, photo by Dani Mozeson; Icy and Sot, photo by Lenny Collado; Priscila De Carvalho, Maria Berrio & Miriam Castillo, photo by Lois Stavsky; Never, photo by Lois Stavsky; The Yok and Sheryo, photo by Dani Mozeson; Rimx, photo by Dani Mozeson; Dan Witz, photo by Dani Mozeson; Hellbent, photo by Tara Murray; OverUnder and LNY, photo by Dani Mozeson; Jim Avignon, photo by Lois Stavsky


Among the highlights of this past weekend’s Afro Punk Fest 2012 is the “Art Wall” at the Commodore Barry Park of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Here are a few images:

Brooklyn-based See One

"See One street art" More after the jump!