It has been a busy and intense time creating murals all over NYC. Here are some pictures of my largest mural yet. 20,000 sq ft of canvas that took a lot of work, from everyone involved to kind of finish. It is a work in progress...
Harborview Terrace Residents under Teaching Artist Laura Alvarez
This Nudge Art installation involves a complete transformation of Harborview Terrace’s outdoor space.Working in partnership with The Public Housing Community Fund and the Harborview Terrace Tenant’s Association, we centered this Nudge Art program around community and belonging. .
After four weeks of Nudge Art workshops and sessions with a small group of resident leaders, this transformative work of Nudge Art began to take shape. Three larger community-based design forums solidified the design and the messages residents wanted the space to reflect. Harborview is a community made up of differing backgrounds and the various murals and projects reflect this diversity and how the residents wanted the space to bring everyone together as one unit and ultimately showcase pride in their home.
The 20,000 foot installation comprises various areas, recreational spaces, and murals. A refurbished basketball court grounds the far side of the park in community-selected bright shades of pink and teal in a dynamic composition. At the center is a medallion painted by local Hell’s Kitchen artist KoolCat. Adjacent to the basketball court is NYCHA’s first pickleball court, a sport enjoyed by Harborview’s older adult population. Revitalized ping-pong tables and newly installed chess tables add more functionality to the space. New seating areas interwoven with planters filled with native foliage turn the area into a much-requested garden. A ramp has also been added to increase accessibility, allowing the space to welcome everyone.
The murals around the space, both on the asphalt and perimeter walls, truly showcase Harborview’s beliefs. The cornerstone message of every Nudge Art mural - “You Belong” - really resonated with the community, particularly in its cultural diversity. The phrase “You Belong” is featured throughout the space, repeated along the walls in languages spoken throughout Harborview. Another large wall consists of the name “Harborview Terrace,” showcasing the pride the residents take in their community. A set of stairs, formerly used by Alvin Ailey dancers for practice performances, is painted as a rainbow. Besides the steps, as an homage to the area’s theatrical past, the largest mural consists of silhouettes of residents engulfed in music notes, creating a kinetic and energetic environment.
Harborview Terrace’s transformation is made by and for the community. The installation is about home, belonging, and sharing these emotions with others. The space is activated by bright colors inviting visitors into Harborview’s home, reminding them that they, too, belong.
Text extracted from the genEquality website. LINK
It is very exciting to start new projects, and even more when it is a big one like this! I've been working on with GenEquality, a non-profit on a mission to creatively activate gender-equal and inclusive beliefs and behaviors. We worked with a group of NYCHA residents to create a design for an underutilized space where everyone will feel welcome.
This week we started the installation of this beauty, a mural in the NYCHA Housing Complex Harborview Terrace in Manhattan. It has a basketball court, pickle ball court, stage/sitting area and lots of murals! You can find all the info in the GenEquality website. Also if you are interested in painting with me, please register and come help!
Amazing day sharing the street with over 20 artists painting live and offering free art workshops for the community. Really looking forward next year! If anyone is interested in the painting it will be auctioned for BxArts Factory's 10th Anniversary next year!
Happy World Breastfeeding Week everyone! For me it's been a 9 month journey, that started with some issues but it is going smooth, and I am loving it. I believe every mother should be able to experience what nursing your baby can give to both of you.
This month I will be donating 20% of all the sales from TWO PRINTS IN MY STORE to La Leche League International so they can continue doing the amazing job they do and they can get to even more lactating mothers.
This year, BxArts Factory is bringing you the biggest Block pARTy yet! We are hosting almost 20 local artists in different art activities like live painting, poetry, dancing, face painting, music and arts and crafts.
Our fundraiser campaign was somewhat successful, so we are getting ready!
I will be painting live together with other five artists. You can't miss this!
If you want to volunteer with us that day go to this LINK and sign up!
240E 153rd St. Bronx, NY 10451
Saturday, August 12, 2023
2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
I was invited for the second season of Random Acts of Art. This show is produced by Bronxnet and Marthalicia Matarrita. It was great to paint in my own neighborhood park (Joyce Kilmer Park) in a bright summer day, sharing my creative process with everyone walking by! Stay tuned for the interview and segment coming up soon on TV!
Mural done in collaboration with BarbituriKills, Valencian Street artist. I just want to promote and destigmatize the act of breastfeeding. If you are able, this is the best milk you can give to your child. Breastfeeding is a necessary act and no one has to ask you to cover your breast or to go somewhere else. They can leave if it is uncomfortable for them... they have to deal with their issues, but not by restricting your rights!
I want to introduce all of you my new Art Store. Through the years I get a lot of people asking me for prints of my art, that I used to sell only in person, but I finally created a store where you can order prints from my work in different formats, photo paper, art paper, canvas, you can frame them or not... up to you!
It has a ton of cool features, like a Live Preview in AR, Wall Preview, or 3D viewing tool for the merchandising. I am super excited and I hope this makes you want to buy more art! I am leaving you a couple of videos where you can see how to select and preview the artwork in the pictures I have there, but you can also use the Live Preview to see how it would look like in your place :)
If you ever wanted a print I don't have listed, please, let me know and I will add it!
I never gave too much thought to the idea of having kids. I felt I had enough going-on in my life to take care of another human being. That changed when I met the wonderful human I am with now. We both went through some experiences that made us realize we wanted to be parents. Then the struggle began. Pregnancies that went nowhere, endless nights thinking what I am doing wrong, endless days trying to figure out what we can do differently.
This exhibition is about the journey of bringing a human being to life. This looks different for every person on earth, but I know there are many people out there that have gone through what we went through, and even more. Trying to stay positive is hard sometimes, but art helps me process what goes on in my life and around me, it helps me overcome obstacles and keep looking forward to good things that will come. Enjoy the ride.
On view at Montefiore ARTView Galleries at Moses Campus until March 2023.
Months ago I was approached by Target to submit a couple of ideas for a mural in a new store they were planning to open in my old neighborhood of Fordham. Just a block away from my last apartment before moving to the Yankee Stadium area.
They liked my ideas and I was chosen to create a painting for the store that was made into a mural. It was a great experience, and not only I was able to create a piece that in my opinion represents The Bronx, but I was also invited to participate in the campaign they launched for the inauguration, with my artwork and in a cool video.
Overall it was an amazing experience and I am very proud of it!
You can visit the store and the mural at 215 East Fordham Road (BX), and don't forget to take pictures and tag me!!
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