The Wynwood Walls come alive each year at the beginning of December with Art Basel. Art Basel was bigger than ever for 2014 and the high-art meets graffiti, street-art, subculture, and music festival in Miami, Florida has the artistic aftermath to prove it. Local artists from Denver always represent the Mile High City in an unbelievable way at Art Basel. See the best celeb appearances and 303 Magazine’s favorite murals from local Denver as well as national and international artists.
Denver Artists at Art Basel
Gamma Acosta & Mike Graves, “The Next Level”
Gamma Acosta and Mike Graves killed this wall in Miami this week. No stranger to 303 Magazine, Gamma is celebrated for work at Colorado Crush and for boasting the best Peyton Manning/Broncos Murals you have ever seen. Plus, Gamma won Art Basel 2013 in my opinion with this insane Nelson Mandela tribute. Mike Graves is equally celebrated in the eyes of Concrete Canvas with this stunning Colorado Crush wall created this year, as well as my favorite Octopussy featured in the Best Street Art of the Season.
As Mike created attendees at the funeral of hip-hop, Gamma laid Jay-Z to rest in an ironic and somewhat controversial homage to hip-hop. See the detail and continuation of Mike Graves 4 characters above. This photo was taken by Colorado-based collective Sognar Official. 145 NW 2nd Ave, Wynwood.
Hari & Deepti for Blackbook Gallery
Hari and Deepti are the shit. The duo, in life and in art, hail from India and called Denver home for the past several years. While they didn’t paint a mural for Basel this year, their highly critically acclaimed show “Where I Belong” at the BlackBook Gallery was featured in Scope, for Art Basel. See another killer mural in our recent roundup, The Best Denver Street-Art of the Season Part 2. We miss you Hari & Deepti, come home soon!
Michael Ortiz and Jonathan Lamb of Like Minded
Like Minded is everywhere in Denver. The two artists Ortiz and Lamb make up one of the most coveted artist collectives hailing from the Mile High City. There was so much to do, so little time. With two collaborations with Mad Man Art and Jake Merten, including working side by side Colorado Crush, they met up again in Miami. We are so thrilled they did.
This wall on Impress Digital Media in Wynwood features (from left to right), Galo Art, Rodrigo Londono, Mad Man Art, Jake Merten, and Michael Ortiz. Way to kill it Like Minded, as always.
Dread found himself painting on the Wynwood Walls this week with a super firey mural depicting the film Shottas, at the official location and headquarters for Shottas 2. Right on the beach. Dread is the creator of Colorado Crush and I am stoked to see him working on the beach as well as in the Mile High.
National Artists at Art Basel
Shepard Fairey came to Miami and brought his enormous following, his political insight, and some paint. Power, Glory, and Propeganda. Most well known for his ingenius Barack Obama “Hope” poster, Obey Giant is the name, brand, and team that has brought Fairey this far in the street-art world. Highly acclaimed, always controversial.
Christina Angelina is a powerhouse of talent, and makes her living travelling the world and creating stunning muses as high art meets street-art in seductive, portraiture style. The above mural is a collaboration with Ease and Ana Marietta. See our coverage of Angelina in collaboration with Fin Dac in Denver, as well as her stunner of a mural with Dread for Colorado Crush 2014. Follow her on Instagram and see more work from the inspiring female artist, and join Angelina and Ease at the Solstice/ROAM collection release party December 20th in Denver.
Don’t Fret Art
Killed it. So many poignant murals by this artist for Art Basel, it’s impossible to choose a favorite. I am obsessed with Don’t Fret Art’s creative, bizarre, hilarious, David Shrigley-esque murals and phrases. He is not just a painter, but a writer. Don’t Fret Art has an awesome piece in River North in Denver, and is a friend of the Mile High City. Based out of Chicago, Illinois, see more work from this brilliant street-artist on his Instagram.
Lauren YS Illustration
Lauren YS created this stunning “Octo-Hunter” on the wall of Miami Ad School during Art Basel at Wynwood. We are in love with the “Squid Marks” piece she painted in Denver earlier this year. The vividly imaginative concepts from this San Francisco based artist are enough to take your breath away. Lolo YS was super busy at Basel, as she also painted on the giant Heineken Pyramid on South Beach alongside Christina Angelina and a ton of talented artists. She is part of the brilliant collective of Nycho’s Rabbit Eye Movement, a wild and acclaimed gallery out of Austria.
Mad Man Art
MD MN from Los Angeles is a super talented artist specializing in a pop-art, comic book style. This stunning moment of MD MN hiding his face from the Miami heat was captured by photographer and artist B4 Flight. Both friends of 303 Magazine, see more from B4 Flight as well as MD MN and his recent stop at Colorado Crush here.
Jake Merten aka Look at Art on Instagram was all over Miami for Art Basel. The above piece is a brilliant collab done by Jake and MD MN, along with an even larger collaboration completed with Denver artist Michael Ortiz of Like Minded. Another artist hailing from LA, look for Mertens work all over the country.
International Artists at Art Basel
Kevin Ledo came down from Montreal, Canada to join in Art Basel and painted three stunning murals to commemorate the year. Vavo, the Montreal OG pictured above, is my personal favorite. Fall in love with the very talented, very bearded street-artist for yourself here.
The artists duo from Germany is one of the most influential and chilling of any artist who came out to Art Basel. This absolutely monumnetal piece done by the duo was a show stopper for Wynwood afficiandos and other street-artists alike. Fall in love with Herakut. Find more from Hera and Akut on their personal Instagram pages.
Rone is from Melbourne, Australia, and painted this beautiful portrait of muse Jenny Perez on the wall of Cafe Babbo in Miami. I love the ethereal quality of this portrait, one that sticks to a surreal and stunning style representative of Rone’s work. He also completed another killer wall at the same spot with Mayonaize, an all seeing eye on Wynwood. See the entirity of his Art Basel adventures on Instagram.
Nychos celebrated his birthday over the course of Art Basel, and created 5 stellar murals to boot. Nychos, originally from Austria where you can find his killer art gallery Rabbit Eye Movement, is one of the most detailed and dare I say disturbing street-artists in the international game. He deconstructs animals, using what looks like an almost machine like quality level of perfectionism that truly sets his style apart from the rest. A flamingo, a hammerhead shark, a deer, a thundercat are the content of his miraculous work over the course of two short weeks in Miami. Follow Nychos on Instagram to see more of his phenomenal work from Art Basel 2014.
Fin Dac, hailing from London, even boasting some killer street-art to be spoken for in the Mile High, came out to the Wynwood Walls to rep London in all it’s glory. Dac painted 4 beautiful spots, including above, my favorite of his for the Art Basel event of this year. This muse is powerful, sensual, and oozes sex like what one would expect from the portraits of Dac. See more of his work on Instagram.
Bikismo came from Puerto Rico to create this huge, metallic pup on the Wynwood Walls. The size is monumental, and truly a sight to behold in person. Bikismo bends your expectations of high art, street-art, even reality. See more work from the brilliant Puerto Rican artist on Instagram here.
Art Basel isn’t a well kept secret on the subculture circuit anymore. Far from it. Miley Cyrus was there, performing on the beach, and equal attention was given to Kim Kardashian. Almost every celebrity who could make it to Miami for this killer week did, and we have sightings of Usher (just after leaving his tour stop in Denver).
We then spot Drake on the ones and twos for the Bud Light Lime Rita & Bud Light Platinum after party. Bud Light partnered with multidisciplinary Parisian collective Pigalle, Pompon, Pain O Chokolat to host the PPP Muzik Mansion Miami to celebrate Art Basel 2014. Other celeb sightings at the party include Robert Pattinson, members of A$AP Mob, Dev Hynes, Ian Isiah and tons more.