Now one of the most exciting street art and graffiti meccas in the country, Miami’s Wynwood area hasn’t just been revitalized for artists and art-lovers. See how local creators collaborated to completely transform a local middle school’s campus – and what inspires their vibrant work.
Over the past decade, the Wynwood area has transformed into a haven for creative people looking for a way to express themselves. Now known as the Wynwood Arts District, some were thrilled with the newfound injection of capital, while others remained skeptical about the change and the spectre of gentrification.
The area now functions as an outdoor gallery, showcasing some of the world’s greatest artists working in the graffiti and street art genre.
Wynwood native Robert de los Rios, founder of the RAW project, has been entrenched in Miami’s street art scene for years, so he used this opportunity as a means to bring art to underfunded schools in the area.
Rios collaborated with multiple Miami artists – Ahol Sniffs Glue, Typoe, Santiago Rubino and FL.Mingo – to bring challenging concepts to the Wynwood’s Jose De Diego Middle School campus.
Typoe, one third of an art collective known as Primary Flight, along with Cristina Gonzalez and Books Bischof, started in Wynwood when Art Basel launched in 2007. Having no luck at the fair, the trio decided street art was more lucrative. “We were just getting the exposure for ourselves,” Bischof explains to Rolling Stone.
The Sketch of Typoe’s rose painting for the RAW project.
Ahol Sniffs Glue (real name David Anasagasti), whose signature mark is repeated spray-painted droopy eyes, started painting “for the fun, for the fame, for the rush,” he says.
Ahol Sniffs Glue now sells his work to fine art collectors.
Santiago Rubino, born in Argentina, has a more melancholic tone; in his sensuous, surreal and monochromatic pieces, he explores the mysteries of life, challenging the viewer to question everything.
“I always challenge myself … it’s all problem solving,” he tells Rolling Stone, referring to himself as a “masochist.”
Taking a cue from Banksy, FL.Mingo has remained anonymous thus far; for her, tagging is her primary medium.
She continues to use her flamingo with a crown symbol because she says she needed something instantly recognizable and distinctly “Miami.” FL.Mingo artwork is still featured at the Wynwood Walls area – but to Mingo, that’s not the real Wynwood.