Zio Ziegler

The following guest post is by Houda Lazrak:

Since 2010, the annual urban art festival, Santurce Es Ley, has been gracing the walls of the downtown San Juan district of Santurce, revitalizing it with dozens of distinctive works by local and global street artists. Here are several that I came upon on my recent visit:

London native D*Face and Puerto Rican artist Bik Ismo


Puerto Rican native Abey Charron

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The Puerto Rican Collective El Basta


West Coast – based Zio Ziegler


Puerto Rican Collective Morivivi


French artist Seth GlobePainter


Puerto Rican artist David Zayas (top) and Buenos Aires-based Pastel


All photos by Houda Lazrak

Note: Hailed in a range of media from the Huffington Post to the New York Times, our Street Art NYC App is now available for Android devices here.

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Held in a huge South Bronx warehouse, No Commission features the artworks of over two dozen first-rate established and emerging artists. Curated by the Dean Collection and directed by Swizz Beatz, the four-day event — currently underway — is designed to support artists by offering them free space and 100% of the sale of their artwork. Among the artists featured are several whose works have also surfaced on our streets. Pictured above is Okuda. Here are several more:

John Ahearn does Bio, Tats Cru


Zio Ziegler


Pablo Power






Nina Chanel


And on the exterior: Nicer, Tats Cru, close-up from huge mural fashioned collaboratively with Sexer, BG 183, Crash and Bio


Photo credits: 1-3, 6-8 Lois Stavsky;  4 & 5 Sara C Mozeson


The walls along Meserole and Waterbury in Bushwick and on and near Borinquen Place in Williamsburg have become canvases for an extraordinary array of magical murals. They are among the highlights of the Juicy Brooklyn Art Festival launched by Exit Room. Here’s a sampling:

Spain-based Muro and Txemy


Chilean artist Dasic Fernández


Mexican artist Werc


Bogota-based Stinkfish


Argentinian artist Ever at work with Zio Ziegler


Close-up from huge collaborative mural by Puerto Rican artists Rimx, SON and Ricardo Cabret

"Rimx, Son and Ricardo Cabret"

Mexican artist Marka27, close-up


The Juicy Brooklyn Art Festival begins today, Thursday June 5, at 270 Meserole Street in Bushwick and continues through Saturday. Keep posted to our Facebook page for images of more magical murals that are surfacing along Meserole and Waterbury.

All photos by Dani Reyes Mozeson — except for Stinkfish by Lois Stavsky



Celebrated for his tantalizing murals characterized by bold, primeval graphics, West Coast-based Zio Ziegler is one of our favorite artists. We’ve been huge fans since we discovered his distinct aesthetic on the streets of Williamsburg, Brooklyn over a year ago.  A self-described entrepreneur, as well as an amazing artist, Zio Ziegler recently worked with PBteen to design a collection of bedding, backpacks, murals and more. We were delighted to meet him this past Wednesday evening at I. S. 289 in Tribeca, where he had been working with students as a visiting artist. Zio’s newest installation that was created for Hudson River Middle School was on view, along with selections from his just-launched PBteen collaboration. City-as-School student/intern Michelle Natanzon also had the opportunity to ask Zio a few questions:

What inspires your art?

My art is my personal response to the world. It comes from my soul. Literature is also an influence. I am trying to be less linear and more natural in my expression. The children here are wonderful teachers!


How does working on a project for Pottery Barn differ from painting in your studio?

It is a matter of putting my art on a different kind of canvas. I need both experiences. I love working on projects.

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What about companies? Have you any feelings about working with private businesses?

I don’t think of it in terms of “selling out.” It’s about using leverage with companies as a way to canvas the world. It gives me the opportunity to share my art with people who would not otherwise experience it. But I certainly would not change my style to fit the demands of any business.

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What about the streets? Would you rather work in your studio or paint on the streets?

Both. I like them both. I try to achieve a balance.

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What has the experience of working with Pottery Barn been like? 

PBteen has been really great! (Excuse the shout-out!)  It is an ideal partnership. Pottery Barn, itself, started from a garage and is now global.

Note: You can meet Zio Ziegler tomorrow — Saturday afternoon — from 3-5 at PBTeen-NYC, 1461 Second Avenue and 76th Street.

Photos 1, 3, and 5 courtesy of PBteen; photo 2 of Zio at Hudson River Middle School by Lois Stavsky; and photo 4 of Michelle interviewing Zio by Houda Lazrak


A range of curious characters have found a home on the streets of NYC. Here are a few in the first of our series featuring some of our favorite ones:

Zio Ziegler in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Xio Ziegler

Sheryo in the East Village


JC at Welling Court in Astoria, Queens


Lamour Supreme in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Lamour Supreme

Reme821 in Bushwick, Brooklyn


Sinned at Welling Court in Astoria, Queens


QRST at the Bushwick Collective


Mr. Penfold at the Bushwick Collective

Mr. Penfold

Photos by Dani Mozeson, Tara Murray and Lois Stavsky

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