Jean Michel Basquiat is in Another World

The pre-Miami Art Basel goodness has begun and so here’s a new piece by Kevin Ledo painted in the Little Haiti neighborhood of Miami, FL. Continuing his “… is in Another World” body of work this portrait in memory of Jean Michel Basquiat is absolutely stunning complimented by Ledo’s signature abstract color wave. And of course no Basquiat piece is complete without being topped off with a crown. I’m excited to see all of the the wonderful work that will ensue in Miami over the course of the next week and a half so be sure to check back.

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Mashup

We’re super excited to share with you the latest wall as a part of our Savage Habbit murals project endeavor which was painted by Rubin415 in Jersey City, NJ. Bringing his knack for details he has impeccably designed and painted the whole facade of this building, perfectly cutting lines and circles throughout for the most visually appealing result. Mashing up various combinations of color blocking that he has painted during the past year this wall is literally a culmination of all of his concepts, architecturally working and playing off of each window, door and angle that the building has to offer. To add to the character of Rubin’s wall we had a little help from some friends…  guest appearances by Joe Iurato – the super clean stencils popping out from behind Rubin’s blocking, also utilizing the architecture of the building wonderfully – and Sean 9 Lugo – the wheatpastes in the boarded windows, one a memorial to the property owners dog who passed away and the other a signature Sean 9 Lugo masked person. We’re absolutely thrilled to have been able to work with Rubin and that he has blessed our streets with this beautiful gift… and be sure to check out our Flickr for all the progress and detail shots of each side of the building alongside the little additions by Joe and Sean.

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Le Mur: Kofie

The Le Mur Paris Project in Paris, France keeps on bringing awesome new series of billboards to their street location, where they continue to invite artists who alternate turns on painting this blank slate. This latest billboard is brought to you by the incredibly talented Kofie who is currently in Paris for his solo show “Taking Shape” which opens this Thursday. While in town he has taken advantage of his time and did this quick piece for the project showing us everything we love about his work – architecturally inspired, graffiti forward work. Head on over to Le Mur’s page for some progress shots of this killer billboard.

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Sea Walls: NoseGo x Tati Suarez x Persue1

On this chilly Friday I am trying to mentally warm myself up so what better way then to imagine myself in warm San Diego, CA basking in the glory of this super-fun mural. Painted for PangeaSeed’s  Sea Walls Project by NoseGo, Tati Suarez, and Persue1 it makes for quite an interesting set of “characters.” Through this wonderful shimmering aquatic scene we are reminded of the need to actively spread awareness of our oceans and the life that inhabits it – ever so slowly millions of sharks and other species are killed every year with their numbers continually dwindling and their environments being contaminated.

Photo by NoseGo.

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Ayia Napa: AEC

The Ayia Napa Street Art Festival in Ayia Napa, Cyprus is the first festival of its kind in the beautiful coastal city, where street artists took over public spaces. One of the participating artists was AEC of Interesni Kazki who completed this stunning mural entitled “Reappearance of Ancient Civilization.” Referencing what Ayia Napa is now, a high tourism beach city, and the legend of how is was discovered by hunter and became an iconic city where a miracle of the Virgin Mary was found. For all of the close-ups of this detailed mural head on over to Interesni Kazki’s blog and soak it all in.

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Color Walk: JAZ

Another one of the participating artists for the Color Walk mural initiative in Juarez, Mexico is JAZ. In hopes to rescue forgotten and often negatively associated signs and urban environment of the city these murals are bringing color to the streets while informing us of the deeper issues in Mexico. JAZ chose to symbolically reflect on the current sociopolitical situations – at the center of it all we have a snake surrounded by eagles, reflective of the Mexican flag and coat of arms which features an eagle holding a serpent in its talons, all of which is surrounded by his signature jaguar characters. In his words the image is “just a few eating a nation,” ironically referencing the 43 kidnapped/missing Ayotzinapa students who were later declared dead (same event as Ever’s mural).

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St+art India: Dome

 

St+art India is a non profit organization which “aims to make [the] streets more interactive through the medium of urban art festivals across India.” Going on now is nearly a month long festival with this beautiful mural completed by Dome in Mumbai. Entitled “Coming Home” the mural embodies everything that I love about Dome – from his combination of surreal and realistic elements to the lovely monochrome color palette, making for a bizarrely wonderful piece.

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Sea Walls: Phlegm

The most recent “Sea Walls” mural for PangeaSeed’s  Sea Walls Project in San Diego, CA has been painted by Phlegm. Through art and activism (ARTivism) the “project aims to beautify the city while bringing education, connection, and inspiration to the community… at the same time the murals will give a stunning visual explanation” of the “100 million sharks [that] are killed each year for their fins.” With this mural Phlegm created a wonderful mechanically structured shark whose jaws are being internally maneuvered by his signature characters. For more details on this mural and how you can help Sea Walls head on over to Phlegm’s blog here.

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Color Walk: Ever

Color Walk is a new mural initiative in Juarez, Mexico, a northern city bordering El Paso, Texas. Its aim is to effectively create a new cultural tourism in the city which currently welcomes people with cold and indifferent sites and more importantly sports signs bearing the words “We do not want more guns.” Being that this is a border city these new murals which will be painted along the international crossing bridge will be the new welcome “signs” to Juarez, replacing the current scenario. One of the first completed murals has been done by Ever whos mural is entitled “The idealism trying to save the future on the night of September 26, 2014,” referencing the 43 kidnapped/missing Ayotzinapa students who were later declared dead. These students “were protesting unfair hiring practices of teachers on Sept. 26 when they were rounded up by local police, upon the direction of the mayor of Iguala [and] were turned over to gang members to be killed.” So here with this mural Ever has painted bodies wrapped in the Mexican flag, showing how the government has taken it into their own hands to take care of a “situation.”

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Airllucinogen

Last month Liqen was invited out to Madrid, Spain to paint – the result was a mural inspired by Francisco de Goya’s engraving “El sueño de la razon produce monstruos” (“The dream of reason creates monsters). Loosely basing his new work around this engraving he has turned the classic image into a surreal trip, with an organ (an emblem of Madrid) transformed into a “machine” with a flying owl head (as in Goya’s piece) but instead of emitting musical notes it is emitting smoke, while “human” bombs drop down below. For more info and details of this wonderful wall head on over to Liqen’s blog and soak it all in.

“Fantasy abandoned by reason produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and origin of marvels.”

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