I was thrilled to visit the Wynwood Walls Art installation again this year while visiting my son in Miami. Any lover of street art should make it a point to visit Wynwood! This area of Miami is known for its colorful wall murals and is a very up and coming district that is renovating itself and morphing into a very happening space.
Wynwood Walls is an outdoor museum with large painted pop art by famous street artists. The area has lots of fun restaurants, breweries and art galleries from converted warehouses. The theme of the new murals this year is “humanKIND.” The hope was this would inspire works of empathy and compassion.
If you have been following my Instagram or Facebook posts you have seen condensed versions of some of these walls. I will show you here some of the full wall photos here. Here is a link in case you missed my 2017 blog on Wynwood.
The late Tony Goldman was a renowned community revitalizer whose goal was to transform this warehouse district of Wynwood. These warehouse buildings all had no windows and therefore were ideal canvases for great street art. It takes great forward thinkers to recreate and revitalize our ailing cities. Thus Wynwood Walls became a major art statement with his commitment to graffiti and street art. He gathered some of the greatest street and pop artists from around the world to Miami and this project was born! From the beginning of this project there have been over 50 artists representing more than 16 countries!
In 2010 he added Wynwood Doors and Garden a lot adjacent to the Wynwood Walls area that was formerly a dump. It just takes someone with vision to turn our cities into vital, thriving, healthy places to live! Now there are trees and smaller works to highlight the inner city street scene. Now the murals can even be seen spreading throughout the entire neighborhood. Here are some closeups on some of the talented artists:
CRASH: Known for his use of bright colors with comic-like characters. His work is a combination of graffiti and Pop Art.
PETER TUNNEY: I could do a entire blog on this artist! I am obsessed with his art! He probes our culture and reinterprets the images he finds in newspapers, magazines and art books into his own unique works and optimistic phrases and quotes on colorfully painted collages.
LOGAN HICKS: He details the urban landscape thru his intricate stenciled murals. This is a nightscape of New York City created from hundreds of photos taken of the city between one and four a.m. in the morning when the city is at it’s most peaceful. This is a very large 40 by 7 foot wall and involved many stencils that needed to be cut in advance often being sent to him in Miami overnight from his studio in NYC.
THE LONDON POLICE: The British art collective made up of founding members Chaz & Bob started in the street art scene in 1998. Their signature style is defined by the iconic characters with round heads, simple bodies and happy expressions.
CASE: Known for painting with spray cans this German born artist is known as a pioneer in photorealistic art in the graffiti scene. He typically depicts people and body features particularly hands which he feels is a way to express words without using words.
PICHI & AVO: This Spanish duo are known for perfectly melding classic art and contemporary urban art often featuring ancient gods creating a new genre of art.
INTI: From Valparaiso Chile he began experimenting in street art when he was 13 years old. His work often features his signature characters, folkloric in nature with almost human forms with distorted faces.
Still want to know more? Head over to http://www.wynwoodwalls.com