I'M IN MIAMI BITCH! BUK BUK TV

January 18, 2017.

During the Miami Book Fair International 2016 I had a chance to sit down with Anna Dziewit Meller and talk about the Miami street art trilogy(I'M IN MIAMI BITCH!, BASELGEDDON and ARTY GRAS). 

Sit back and soak it in, hear about the beginnings of the project and how Wynwood has transformed these last years. 

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ARTY GRAS: BASIK Q&A

October 7, 2014.

BASIK on the right with GOLA climbing the scaffold in Wynwood.


What do you write? Are you in a crew?

My alias is Basik. I am not in a crew at the moment. I think that’s something more common within the writing movement than with muralism. I was in a few crews when I wrote my name during the Nineties though.

 

 In what city did you start painting in the streets? Do you feel your work has influenced the community in return? If so, how? Is there a relationship between the artist and the community in which they work?

I started in my hometown. I'm from Rimini, Italy. I traveled a lot to paint all around Italy and Europe. I’d say I probably made the majority of my art outside of my town. I guess I didn’t influence my community apart from the fact that average people probably hated my tags and burners, ha ha!

I think that the relationship between an artist and the community in which he works depends primarily on the artist’s work and attitude. I know artists deeply embedded with the environment in which they make art. In addition, I know other people that could easily go on with their artistic concepts in every random city around the globe and they would be absolutely fine with it.

 

Did you go to school or are you self taught? 

I attended art school which gave me the basis. I also learned a lot of things by having my own experiences as well. My talented friends helped a lot in this self taught process too!

 

How did you get started in the arts and why?

I always loved to draw ever since I was a child. The real fire starter was when I first saw graffiti at the age of 12 and fell in love immediately with that artistic expression.

 

How long have you been working in the streets?

I started painting graffiti in 1991-92. More than a decade later I moved progressively to muralism and studio work, leaving letterings behind to focus on the figurative.

 

Who or What inspires you the most?

I owe a lot to Italian masters from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance and onward. I also find true inspiration from several European movements at the end of the 19th century to contemporary. Symbolism, Preraffaellites, Vienna Secessionism, Transavantgarde and german Neo-expressionism, just to name a few.

What should the general public know about street art? What stereotype about street art/graffiti do you hate the most?

The word “street art” means nothing at all. It’s just an easy and superficial way to catalogue a wide and heterogeneous range of outdoor contemporary art.

 Are you a full time artist? Do you have a day job? Is it best to be full time artist or not worry about it and make your $$$ elsewhere, that way you can paint what and how you want, which one offers a more creative outlook?

I currently work with both fine art and commercial illustrations (which are quite different from what I do on canvas), but as long as I use my hands to create something I’m a happy person. I worked for years in an advertising agency and after that experience I realised that I’d prefer to work with my art all the time then being employed and doing random jobs. I’m not limited or compromised by being an artist working with my art.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a commission for a big brand.

What do you hope to achieve or accomplish by putting your work in the street?

My paintings do not carry any particular social meaning or criticism. I think that if I can make a bunch of people happy with my works then my mission is complete. I’m a satisfied person myself. I like to focus on canvases and found objects in a studio environment but I think I will always love painting in the streets first.

Go check out more of BASIK'S work... http://www.basik.it

BASELGEDDON: PILLAS BROS Q&A

December 23, 2014.

The PILLAS BROS

TEN QUESTIONS:

What do you write? Are you in a crew?

    MRKA + NKONE = PILLASBROS

In what city did you start painting in the streets? Do you feel your work has influenced the community in return? If so, how? Is there a relationship between the artist and the community in which they work?

    We started painting in Madrid. Influence is a big word, we hope that people who discovered our work have enjoyed it. The relationship between each artist, their message and their community is their own.

Did you go to school or are you self taught? 

    We are self taught.

How did you get started in the arts and why?

    We were always naturally attracted to drawing and everything else just flowed from it. We are always trying to challenge ourselves and push it further.

How long have you been working in the streets?

    Since 2004.

Who or What inspires you the most?

    Life, everything around us.

What should the general public know about street art? What stereotype about street art/graffiti do you hate the most?

    The term street art itself is pretty annoying, it is too vague of a concept and puts very different genres in the same bag. The public should enjoy any form of art performed in the street that they like.

 Are you a full time artist? Do you have a day job? Is it best to be full time artist or not worry about it and make your $$$ elsewhere, that way you can paint what and how you want, which one offers a more creative outlook?

    Yes we are full time artists. Sometimes we have to do some commercial work in order to eat. We all do what we can, every artist would like to be able to just focus and live off of his work.  The more time you spend doing something the better you get at it. But reality is different sometimes.

What are you working on now? 

    A mixed media piece that incorporates stickers and resin on wood. It’s 30x60”.

What do you hope to achieve or accomplish by putting your work in the street?

    Personal satisfaction, large scale work and interaction with the architecture and the people that see it.

Thank you!

PILLAS

Check out more of their work...

http://pillasbros.blogspot.com/