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May 16

Ron English x Compound Conversations

Hypebeast has teamed up with The Compound, a creative studio located in the birthplace of hip-hop, New York City, on Compound Conversations, a series of interviews in a surreal space curated by Set Free. In this episode, the esteemed “Godfather of Street Art,” Ron English, talks about the relative cultural isolation of his childhood in the Midwest, his first exposure to the art world, and the moment where it occurred to him that his art could go anywhere, legally or not.


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Dec 15

Walls of Change

In 2009, The Cinemart traveled to Wynwood, Miami with the late Urban Visionary Tony Goldman to document his efforts to re-invent the Neighborhood with Street Art and Entrepreneurial Innovation. The result was Here Comes The Neighborhood. After the Series premiered in 2011, the team continued to work with the Goldman Family and Artists from around the World to document this remarkable transformation: from a dormant industrial quarter into the global Mecca of Street Art and one of the fastest nieghborhood revitalizations in American history. Over six years in the making, “Walls of Change” taps into a deep film and photo archive, featuring over 25 of the World’s biggest names in Street Art and Graffiti and exclusive photographs from legendary documentarian Martha Cooper.


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Aug 15

Banksy’s Dismaland

Banksy strikes again! You may remember the artist’s Guantanamo stunt at Disneyland a couple of years ago (HERE) Well, this time, he took things a little further, creating his own amusement bemusement park exhibition in Weston-super-Mare, England. Dismaland features a Disney-like castle, mini golf park, a ferris wheel, carousel, and work from 58 global artists. Of course, all with a twist of Bansky. Dismaland is open to the public from August 22 through September 27th. Check out some photos before you book your trip… Continue reading…;


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Dec 14

Art Basel Miami 2014

TheeBlog_ArtBaselMiami2014 As most of you know very well, every year – every December to be specific, Miami turns into a unique, extravagant, classy, and busy city full of art fairs, shows, music, inspiration, and great food. This year, like every other year, my mission was to visit as many art fairs, galleries and shows as possible (it is extremely hard) as well as catching up with a couple of friends that visit Miami to work on their awesome projects. Now, I know it’s been some time since Art Basel 2014, but I promised I would share photos and here I am to deliver (had to go through hundreds), and to give you, who could not be in Miami, a little glimpse of what you can experience and enjoy for one entire week.
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Nov 14

HBO: Banksy Does New York

TheeBlog_HBO-banksy I had the chance to catch an early showing of HBO’s documentary on Banksy’s New York 2013 residency over the weekend and I wanted to share it in case you were not aware of it (premieres November 17th). The film, produced entirely from user-generated content, from YouTube videos, Instagram photos, New Yorkers and Banksy hunters alike, documents the 31 days the artist spent in NYC and the different pieces he delivered around the boroughs (some still on sale).
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Jan 14

OBEY in Málaga

I know many of you enjoy the work of Shepard Fairey, so today I want to share a great new mural that was recently finished overseas. In November of 2013, The Obey crew was invited to Malaga, Spain where they painted a 7 story mural next to the Contemporary Art Center. The 40 feet long “Paz Y Libertad” mural took over three full days to complete and is now accompanied by another great mural by D*Face.


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Dec 13

INSA + Wade – Animated Mural

Art Basel Miami is over. And this year, the amount of amazing artists and inspiring work around the city was one for the books. Among the numerous new murals that went up in Wynwood, there was one, an animated one, that got some love and attention. On the heels of a successful US sneaker launch, Dwyane Wade and Li-Ning unveiled a mural created by renown gif-fiti artist, INSA during Miami during Art Basel. The 20’ x 30’ mural is located in Wynwood and features the brand tagline “Make Your Own Way.” The piece was released as an animated gif. Check out some process photos and video…
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Nov 13

SOFLES – Limitless

With Basel Miami right around the corner and the impressive amount of talent and pieces going up around Wynwood, everyone is in that wonderful ’street art’ mood. I personally can’t wait until next week to visit and meet old and new friends who will be working on beautiful masterpieces (I will share them all here very soon) and who constantly inspire us all. And to contribute to the excitement, here’s an amazing video featuring Australian artist SOFLES and crew in a lovely time-lapse + graffiti bonanza. Enjoy!


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Nov 13

Banksy x New York

TheeBlog-Banksy_NYC When we talk about controversial artists like Banksy, a cornucopia of opinions begin to flow. Some love him, some hate him, and there are some who simply don’t care or ‘get it’. I personally love his work and every little aspect, as weird as it might be, that surrounds it. He has the ability to make authorities cringe when they hear his name – ask Bloomberg and Kelly, have his work in every major city in the world, have his art valued at thousands of dollars, and his latest, have an entire city go crazy in a graffiti scavenger hunt just to snap a photo of his work – or steal it. All this while remaining completely anonymous. Banksy’s infamous NYC residency took effect last month and not only did it deliver a great collection of pieces and installations, but also got worldwide attention and sparked a manhunt which only increased his popularity, exposure and “see what I just did” attitude. Check out some photos of his work after the jump…
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Oct 13

Banksy NY Art Sale

TheeBlog-BanksyCentralParkPrints When it comes to Banksy, opinions are pretty divided. There are those who think he’s an overrated artist producing yuppie work, and there are those of us who see beyond the stencils and give him credit for his ability to play with everyone’s mind through different mediums, and for always knowing which buttons to push. I personally love his work – when it’s real and the way it was meant to be, not when it is prostituted at galleries or shows like it was during Miami Art Basel last year. As part of his recent NYC takeover, Bansky released a video this weekend featuring his latest stunt. An art stall in Central Park, selling original, signed work for $60 – Total estimated value of $1.5Million. The result, a total of 8 pieces were sold, totaling $420. Real estimated price of these prints… $330,000. Banksy successfully pulls another mind-trick stunt and hundreds of art collectors are crying in bed…
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Dec 12

Art Basel Special: Behind the Scenes – OBEY

TheeBlog-OBEY_ArtBasel It’s been a slow week and I apologize for it. But! to make it up, today I bring a post that a lot of you will enjoy. As we all prepare for Art Basel down here in Miami, I’ve been busy roaming around Miami Beach and Wynwood trying to catch all the amazing artists that are down here and currently working. You see, to be completely honest, I think I enjoy these pre-Basel weeks a lot more than the actual event as I get the chance to walk around and meet most artists as they prepare and finish their masterpieces. And this year, I had the chance and pleasure to meet an artist I’ve been following for many years and whose work I enjoy, support, and that has become an intricate part of Basel Miami. Shepard Fairey, also knows as OBEY by most, has been in Miami for the past couple of days, working on new stunning murals and generating commotion amongst Miami art lovers. I visited him and his awesome crew and took some photos of the process and work behind their lovely murals. Check them!
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Sep 12

Banksy. Animated.

TheeBlog-BanksyAnimated There are many opinions when it comes to Banksy and his work. Some think of it as great street art, some think it’s simply graffiti and some think he’s a commercial sell-out who caters to Hollywood celebrities – I personally love his trenchant wit, and provocative executions. But what if all these pieces were animated? Serbia based artist ABVH decided to find out using few infamous Banksy pieces and released this great series of animated GIFs I want to share today.
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Aug 12

Shepard Fairey Paints Asbury Park

TheeBlog-Obey_AsburyPark There’s something sexy about street art and I’m fortunate to live in Miami where there’s plenty to choose from, specially during Art Basel or Art Walks at Wynwood. And since we’re talking about street art, I know most of you guys enjoy Fairey/OBEY so I wanted to share some photos as well as a docu video showing his process and work for his music-related murals project, show and All Tomorrow’s Parties in downtown Asbury Park, New Jersey.
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May 12

Panic Room

TheeBlog_PanicRoom I love hotels that go the extra mile to set themselves apart and please guests. And no, I’m not talkign about Continental breakfast… I’m talking about hotels that understand the importance of art and aesthetics. We’ve seen (and love) collaborations between the Ace Hotel and artists like the great Dana Tanamachi or Timothy Goodman, my hometown’s Icon Brickell and Philippe Starck, and many more. Today, I want to share another lovely collaboration between graffiti artist TILT and French hotel Au Vieux Panier called Panic Room. The concept? Simple, divide an impeccably white room in two by decorating one half full of graffiti and color. The result? Badass!
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May 12

Obey The Giant

TheeBlog-ObeyTheGiant Whether you love him or hate him, Shepard Fairey has made a name for himself in the Graffiti, Design and yes, even Art world thanks to his signature style and iconic imagery. Although most of us know that Fairey gained notoriety thanks to his 1989 Andre the Giant Has a Posse poster campaign, not many of us know much more about his early years until now, thanks to Julian Marshall, a 22-year-old film director from Washington, DC who directed a short narrative film Fairey’s early life and the origin of OBEY GIANT. Find out more…
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Jan 12

Love Letters by Steve Powers

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New year, new chapters, new inspiration! And what better way to start off the new year than showcasing and sharing the lovely work of Steve Powers / ESPO specially, his “Love Letters” projects. Using different techniques and materials to paint huge murals and rooftops across cities like Philadelphia, Syracuse and Brooklyn, Powers demonstrated the power beautiful colors, captivating lettering, intriguing messages and design have over society and our daily lives. Check out some photos and a series of interesting videos after the jump!
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Dec 11

Here Comes The Neighborhood

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I know most of you who made it to Basel this weekend are, like me, having withdrawals and want even more visual inspiration. Yesterday I shared some photos and talked about WYNWOOD, and how this small and previously abandoned ‘hood’ is slowly becoming a prime spot for art, culture and expression during Basel each year (and every month during Wynwood Art Walk). Well, today I want to dig deeper and share with you (specially out-of-towners) what WYNWOOD is all about, who, why and how it all started. Allow me to introduce you to ‘Here Comes The Neighborhood’ a collection of beautifully shot and edited Short-Form Docuseries featuring the history of the Wynwood Walls, interviews with international participating artists and lots of eye candy.
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Dec 11

Art Basel 2011 : WYNWOOD

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Art Basel Miami Beach is an annual contemporary art exhibition (sister event to Art Basel Switzerland) held in Miami each December,and if you live here or have been here during this event, you know what great and inspiring experience it is. This year Miami was celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Basel and I am happy to say that it keeps getting better each year as it spreads throughout the city and attracts more people and great international artists like Mr. Brainwash, Shepard Fairey, RETNA, Ron English, etc. There’s one specific neighborhood, simply known as Wynwood that it is slowly becoming a MUST during Basel – as well as one of my favorite spots during this time of the year and today I want to share some photos shot this past weekend to give you a little taste of the magic and give you a new excuse to visit Miami :)
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Jan 11

The work of PEAP

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Continuing an inspiring illustration streak, today I want to share the work of an artists I recently discovered thanks to Ben and who is currently living in Cambodia, helping bring racial tension down in the area through his lovely and intricate illustrations. Check out the work of PEAP!
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Dec 10

Art Basel Miami 2010

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You might remember a few photos from Sanrio’s 50th Anniversary at Art Basel Miami 2010 I posted a few weeks ago (here) But today I want to share a few more photos I’ve had lingering since, and that might give you an idea of what Basel has to offer in case you are planning on coming down next year. I am sure I have a few hundred more, and I promise that once I categorize them, I’ll post them… but for now, check them out and hope you enjoy them!
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Dec 10

Sanrio 50th Anniversary – Art Basel 2010

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As most of you know, Art Basel Miami takes place the first week of December every year and it could easily be considered one of the most, if not the most, important art show in the US. And what better way to celebrate Hello Kitty’s 50th birthday than a colorful and fun exhibition in the heart of Miami’s Design District during Art Basel. The exhibition, curated by Roger Gastman and Zio Fulcher, included a mini-store, free tattoo parlor and art by POSE, Anthony Lister, Shepard Fairey and David McDowell. Now, I know you might be thinking, Hello Kitty…? but hey! Check out the photos I took this weekend and you might understand why Sanrio’s was one of the most talked about exhibitions during Art Basel this year.
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Dec 10

Afromestiza

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Finally Friday! So let’s make it a colorful one! Servio Bernal aka Afromestiza is an extremely talented urban Colombian artist who has worked with numerous artists including Manu Chao, Sergent Garcia and with whom I had the pleasure of meeting/collaborating on the Album design for Locos Por Juana (here). His irreverent, raw -yet precise, urban, colorful and in-your-face work is not only attractive but engaging as well. Check out some of his work… Happy Friday!
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Aug 10

The work of Phil Ashcroft

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There’s something special about bold & vibrant colors! Colors have the power to communicate, set the mood, make a statement… And London based Phil Ashcroft knows how to rock them well!
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Aug 10

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child

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Most of us know who the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat was and love his amazing work, but only few knew him for who he really was and the real stories behind his work and persona. One of the privileged few was his friend, director Tamra Davis, who documented Basquiat’s inner-world over twenty years ago and released her documentary film ‘The Radiant Child’ back in 2009. If you have not seen this film yet, consider it strongly recommended!
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Jul 10

El MAC

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There are thousands of ultra-talented mural artists, and I’ve always had a few favorites. But today I am sharing El MAC’s work because I found his technique to be impressive. Not only his urban/folfkoric murals are realistic and holy-ish in some sort of way, but the colors and Type (done by Retna) are just stunning. Check out some of his work…
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