Last month during Art Basel Miami Beach, the street art-filled Wynwood district was perhaps more saturated with muralists than its ever been, and the latest batch of new street art to grace the former industrial neighborhood’s warehouse walls is so plentiful as to provide the Miami New Times with sufficient material for a Top 10.
But if you were expecting more from the likes of Shepard Fairey, Kenny Scharf, Os Gemeos, and their ilk, you may be frustrated. The newest set of murals are signed by younger artists who haven’t crossed over into the gallery system, although they are tending towards the types of legal murals that their elders have been making lately.
“I saw the building, loved the location, and walked into a couple of offices looking for the owner,” Dave Lavernia, 26 (work pictured), told the New Times. “I just asked him if I could paint his wall. I’d scoped it out the night before, so I showed him some sketches, and he said, ‘How much do you want?’ He paid for the supplies, and I started that night.”
Others, however, opted to do their street art the old-fashioned way, under cover of darkness and without permits. Fittingly, the New Times’s 10 favorites among the new batch of murals includes a mix of legal and illegal works.
— Benjamin Sutton
(Photo via Miami New Times.)