Year after year Miami Art Week brings new faces to the Wynwood Art district. Now that the spray mist has finally settled, and the fog of war dissipated; we kick off our 2016 editorial efforts with a Miami Art Week Recap of the most notable initiatives and newcomers that formed part of the largest unofficial Street Art festival in the world. Unlike many organized mural festivals and initiatives that take place around the world, Miami’s Art Week anarchical nature dates back to its inception.
Artists and organizations continue to descend on our city like colonial barons, in an effort to claim their piece of real estate in the notorious Wynwood. Politics aside, we would like to mention those we believe to be the most notable of the invaders and homegrown talent to come up on 2015.
Can't stop staring at this amazing mural by Wes 21 & Onur titled "Dispose"
Unlike in years past, when artists coordinated the production details of their walls individually, recently we have seen the rise of established organizations coming into the neighborhood with a coordinated artistic agenda. Prime example, the International marine conservation organization Pangea Seed. In collaboration with Berlin’s Urban Nation, the organization commissioned the work of artists Onur, Wes21, Sepe, Never Crew, Jason Botkin, James Bullough and Li-Hill for a series of murals addressing the issue of climate change and its impact on marine life. In my opinion the mural by Wes21 and Onur on NW 2nd Avenue takes the top honor, and will be featured in an upcoming post of our Editor’s Top Picks of 2015.
"Ablation Machine" in progress by Never Crew for Pangea Seed
The presence of female artists in the art world was a big topic on 2015, and the Wander & Wayfare project curated by west coast artist Allison “Hueman” Torneros featured a mural made by all women artists featuring Christina Angelina, Lolo, Amanda Lynn, Caratoes, Elle and Tatiana Suarez. Originally from San Francisco, Wander & Wayfer aims to be an annual exhibition and mural festival.
Angelina Christina, Lolo, Amanda Lynn and Caratoes for Wander & Wayfare
The neighborhood’s most popular destination continues to draw the big crowds, and also the big names. Since it’s inception, the Goldman Properties initiative has constantly pushed the envelope with a mix of top rated local and international talent. Traditionally unveiling new work during Miami Art Week, Wynwood Walls presented the aptly named exhibit titled “Walls of Change” featuring Inti, The London Police, Fafi, Cryptic and Ernest Zacharevic.
Officially opening to the public after years of neglect, the old RC Cola plant is one of my favorite street art landmarks. Now owned by Mana Wynwood, the massive compound hosted Basel House and a diverse roster of artists in collaboration with Mana Urban Arts and New York’s Bushwick Collective. Throw in some skateboarding demos and break dancing for that legitimate urban feel.
Miro working on a collaboration witn GIz & Such at The RC Cola Plant
The notorious Miami crew and their commercial art studio Cushy Gigs has a reputation for going large. So the gang went extra hard this year with a Star Wars tribute that brought the family together once again on the perimeter wall of the old RC Cola plant.
Star Wars Tribute mural in progress by the MSG Crew
Tucked in between 28 and 29 street the ambitious project that hosted Secret Walls, featured more than a dozen local and out of town artists. The urban oasis titled Smashed Canvas allowed visitors to sit back and enjoy the art while sipping on a cold brew along with a full slate of activities and performances.
Everybody wants to be an artist nowadays, and there is nothing wrong with that. So when hundreds of graffiti aficionados drive to Wynwood from across the nation with a trunk full of spray paint, the end result is a multi layered free for all of those looking for a little bit of fame and an ego boost. And to tell you the truth, there is something poetic about it. So get your name up on that wall son! After all, the rule of the land is to paint without getting caught. Just don’t forget to take a flick, because as soon as you are all gone, so are your tags.
Artium Gallery is excited about having to paint their whole building
Get up on that wall homie Miami Avenue free for all
The list of internationally recognized street artists that have painted in Wynwood continues to grow, and Miami Art Week 2015 saw the likes of notable first timers Inti (Chile), Fanakapan (UK), Phlegm (UK), Pichi & Avo (Spain).
Crowd favorite Inti at Wynwood Walls
Silver foil balloons by Fanakapan
UK's Phlegm rocked Miami during his first visit with this massive mural
Beautiful color gradient by Pichi & Avo
A special mention to our photo editor Diana Larrea on such an amazing job of documenting the most ephemeral time of the year, while enduring the elements and massive crowds. There is still more photos and features to come, so stay tuned to Wynwood Murals online.
And yes! We are glad that "Basel Week" is over.
Cover photo murals by 1010 & Caratoes at Smashed Canvas