On Monday I promised to share my time at Wynwood art district in Miami. This was one of my asks for our family vacation. It would have been nice to have a full on photoshoot, but no such thing occurred. I’ll need to go back with the girls for that. This is more of a visual experience.
Wynwood is now the home to art galleries, retail stores, antique shops, bars, eateries and one of the largest open-air street-art installations in the world. In the early 2000s, gentrification happened and neglected warehouses, factories, and other unused buildings were given new life and became thriving businesses. The street art is what really made a name for the area, Art Basel arrived in 2002 and really cemented things. Artists from around the world have sought inspiration in the area’s windowless facades and used them as canvases to showcase their work, leading to the vivid murals that adorn the district.
Although Wynwood has art galleries you can enjoy the dope art just by walking the street. This is the side of building in a parking lot.
As a natural creative this feeds my soul. As a creative who can’t draw this feeds my soul in a much different way. I spent the first seven years of my life in the Boogie Down, Bronx, New York. I grew up in a time when graffiti was all the rage, it was illegal but it was such dope artistic expression. I remember seeing graffiti on the subway trains, freight trains, and my local city streets. I enjoyed movies like Crush Groove, Beat Street, Breakin, and more that included graffiti, break dancing, and all things 80s culture.
Back in those days, it was a crime. The city and business owners would paint over some of the dopest art. Look at us now, that same are work is encouraged, sought out and celebrated.
The creativity in these pieces is endless. I look at them and I see different things, they trigger different emotions. I wonder what the artist was experiencing at the time of creation What messages did they want to convey to us? Are we getting said messages?
This was one of my favorites, I love her style. Several of the artists tag their names in the pieces so you can see more of their work or simply show them love when you post their pictures to social media. If you check out @ClaudiaLaBianca on IG you will see her very feminist style of art. She celebrates women and it breaking down stereotypes.
Sometimes life is simply black and white.
This is another one of my favorite pieces, Artist @Golden305 paints with bold colors and they are always happy, fun in style. You can see his art in Miami as well as New York.
This is another one of my favorites, it is so vibrant and so life like yet so fun. Artist @sipros_sipros has a fun artistis style.
This was another I liked, the coloring is fun and in my colorwheel. I’m not a skull and cross bone type of girl but it flows. Artist @ConradFlorez puts a lot of his work on apparel. So dope!
I snapped this for my Manchild, he is a big Star Wars fan. This one made me laugh when I saw it. Artist @carlosefuenmayor is a fine art and illustrator artist.
This Kangol hat is so 80’s LL Cool J. This piece of art is all the way New York.
This reminds me of old school comics.
This was funny yet creepy.
The dope thing about some of this artwork is these artists come from around the world to do these paintings. Artist @Okudart is heavy in Madrid and Spain.
A secret garden of sorts…
This one reminds me of a show my son used to watch.
This just screams power and Greek God of your soul.
This is the best image to finish with, I was immediately drawn to the colors and the fact that she is a woman. Artist @DasicFernandez really captures art with a lot of colors.
If you visit Miami, be sure to check out Wynwood, it’s a dope area. You can follow some of the happenings on their IG page.