Thursday, June 27, 2013

VA, Richmond: July 22 - Aug. 1, 2013 - Richmond Mural Project - 20 new murals

2013 Richmond Mural Project

10 Muralists.  2 Weeks.  20 Murals throughout the City of Richmond

Art Whino, returns to Richmond, VA to continue with last year's greatly successful Richmond Mural Project.

Art Whino will curate another edition of murals with 8 to 12 of the top muralists from around the world.  This second project will build on the 23 previously created murals and will add another 20 throughout the city, bringing the number of murals to 43 upon completion.

The Richmond Mural Project is a yearly event with the goal of creating over 100 murals by world renown talent in the first 5 years alone.  The recurrence and solidification of the project throughout this time will establish Richmond as a landmark destination for internationally recognized murals and will create exposure for the city, establishing it as a premier art destination.

By concentrating a large number of murals throughout the city the project will increase tourism and will bring the much needed “Feet on the Street” which will help local business thrive.  Along with this mission there are many additional benefits that these murals will bring to the city of Richmond.  These murals will serve as positive catalysts for change by specifically placing them in areas that are in disrepair. These environments include neighborhoods with abandoned buildings and low foot traffic, areas with high crime, and newly developed areas in need of identity.

2013 Muralists:

Angry Woebots -  (California)

Aaron Martin was born on the island Oahu 1977, Hawaii. Most of his childhood was spent growing up and moving from Southern California to Nevada before finally landing back into Hawaii during his Junior year in high school. In 1999 a car accident changed everything; thislife-threatening experience inspired him to leave the island once again, this time to Seattle, Washington. Inspired by the rain and being indoors, he started playing around with different art mediums again. He then left back to Hawaii with a new perspective, Aaron had his first show in 2002 and has not stopped. He has showed in galleries up and down California, the east coast, and even in shows that have traveled from the U.S. to Hong Kong. His focal medium is acrylic paintings on wood and canvas. Using minimal colors and detailed character design, these paintings are usually comprised of stressed out emotional pandas. The pandas tend to represent the story of struggle.

Andrew Hem (California)

Andrew Hem's introspective, otherworldly paintings explore realities one step away from our everyday waking life. What if our thoughts flickered across the surface of our skin like ephemeral silent movies? What if spirits walked among us, trying to find their path? What if there were no racism, and even the most outlandish people were accepted? What if the children of Andrew's native land had been allowed to live in peace and thrive?

Born during his parents' flight from Cambodia in the wake of the Khmer Rouge genocide, Andrew grew up poised in the balance between two cultures — the gentle animistic society of his Khmer ancestors, and the dynamic urban arts of the tough Los Angeles neighborhood where his family eventually came to rest. Fascinated by graffiti at an early age, he honed his skills with graphics and composition on the walls of the city before following a passion for figure drawing to a degree in illustration from Art Center College of Design. Working in gouache, oil and acrylic, he weaves atmospheric, richly textured narratives in a vivid palette of twilight blues enlivened by swaths of deep red and splashes of golden light. His hauntingimpressions of culture and landscape evoke the life of the spirit through the visionary manifestation of memories and dreams.

Bezt - Etam Crew (Poland)

Born in 1987 in Turek (Poland). After study in Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz he moved to Warsaw where he is still doing canvases and murals around the europe and world. Founder of ETAM group. Started to paint about 10years ago in Turek, after few years of doing styles and illegal walls he started to paint graphic characters, started to travel to graffiti jams, meeting people. Collaboration with association Stumilowy Las opened him to big murals and collaborations with good polish painters.  On study he learned and still learning techniques of academic painting and uses it in painting big murals. He's influences are artists like Mucha, Klimt, Vania, Malczewski and many many more.  He grown in graffiti and hip hop culture so it's still a big influence in his paintings and walls. He's paintings are made in characteristic illustrational style.
Ever - Nicolás Romero (Argentina)

Ever (Nicolás Romero) is a former graffiti writer who began painting in the streets of Buenos Aires in the 1990’s. From the beginning, he was inspired by the street’s potential for projecting concepts and colour into the daily lives of thousands of passers-by.  Though he began as an artist practising letter-based graffiti, Ever’s style developed over time and moved into the realm of murals and street art. As he moved further away from graffiti, he began to explore different subjects such as portraits of ex-lovers, his brother and anonymous faces. He also experimented with more conceptually motivated pieces; such as giant portraits of chihuahuas, meant to refer to materialistic cultural tendencies.  Ever is highly skilled with both aerosol and brush work and frequently integrates both into his murals. Recently he has begun to explore creative juxtapositions between his strikingly realistic portraits and abstract details, such as bright-patterned thought clouds pouring out from the eyes of his faces.  With his more traditional “painterly” style, Ever often creates works one would expect to see hanging in a gallery instead of adorning a concrete urban wall. This is part of what makes Ever’s work so engaging. The anonymous faces he paints acquire gravitas through being recreated at scale throughout the city, and with his style seldom seen in the context of the street, it becomes all the more powerful for its unexpected presence.

Gaia (New York)

Drawing on his new and evolving body of imagery depicting human and animal figures, Gaia's work reflects on the ancient themes of animal and human sympathies, but now in the context of the city and the human built environment. Working with myth and symbolic animal figures, Gaia's street murals are like the works of an urban shaman drawing on a positive force from animal protectors.  Gaia employs recognizable animal figures to remind us of lost human connections to nature and the environment. He constructs an image of a reversal of the "natural order" where animals intervene as protectors and avatars for a new awareness of the human condition in the natural world. He is known world-wide for street murals placed in areas to elicit surprise and reflection by passers-by who encounter the symbolism and fragile narratives of his work.

Greg Mike (Georgia)

Born and raised in Connecticut, childhood trips to NYC in the mid-’80s exposed Greg Mike to the creative potential of reinventing public spaces through art and design. Always obsessed with the boundless energy and crisp line work of iconic American mid-century cartoons, by his early teens Greg began using the walls of his native state to fuse these two passions together. Mixing the take-no-prisoners bombast of classic NYC street art with the eagle-eyed precision of mass market illustration and animation has been his goal from the beginning. Further inspired by his deep involvement with skate culture and his intersections with the fashion world, he has become known for pieces that incorporate vivid explosions of incandescent color filtered through a Surrealist Pop Art perspective. Populated by gleefully twisted characters, his world is unsettling, mischievous and uniquely captivating.

Jesse Smith (Richmond)

Jesse Smith has been tattooing since June of '96 and is known for his quirky, colorful, illustrative based art. He has won numerous awards for his tattoo work and has been featured in almost every tattoo publication out there. He is currently tattooing at Loose Screw Tattoo in Richmond, Virginia's very own Carytown.

Joe Iurato (:01) (New York)

Joe’s art can be found in public spaces, in galleries, and commercially. He creates the illusion of shadows and textures through layers of hand-cut stencils, a modern adaptation of an old-fashioned printing process.

:01 represents one second.  In times of adversity, it only takes a single second to decide you’re going to pick yourself up and move forward in a positive direction, regardless of the circumstances involved. :01 means never give up. Stay the course. Believe in who you are. Embrace the next challenge and begin a new chapter.”

Meggs (Australia)

Growing up in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, David 'Meggs' Hooke, immersed himself in the worlds of drawing, cartoons, sci-fi films and skateboarding. In 2000 Meggs graduated from University with a Bachelor of Design and soon after became recognised for stencils and poster art on the streets of Melbourne. In 2004 Meggs became a founding member of the renowned 'Everfresh Studio' a unique collective of street artists known for large amounts of collaborative street work and aerosol murals. In 2010 Meggs art directed and designed the 'Everfresh:Blackbook' a 254 page publication documenting the studios members, lifestyle and artworks from 2004-2010.The Everfresh Crew have more recently had collective artworks exhibited as part of 'Space Invaders' at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, as well as being the first artists to exhibit at the National Gallery of Victoria's (NGV) new NGVStudio space at Federation Square in Melbourne. Thus confirming this uniques groups status as historically documented pioneering artists within Australia's 'graffiti & street-art' culture.

Natalia Rak (Poland)

Since childhood I knew that I wanted to paint and use my imagination to  create. I have always enjoyed exploring with a variety with many different media such as drawing, screen-printing, graphic design,package design, traditional graphics, painting, sculpture, and visual identification.  I have been working with spray paint for three years  now and find a connection to nature in street art.  I enjoy the changing experience of it and the sort of magic  that painting at that scale creates. My influences are old photos, daydreams, book illustrations,  Marvel Comics, and artists like: Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz  (Witkacy), Jacek Malczewski, Norman Rockwell, Hans Rudolf Giger.

Sainer - Etam Crew (Poland)

Sainer is a graduate of Finish Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz and works as a freelance artist and designer His  paintings are mix of people, animals and things seen in everyday life  and uses these forms in a way that they become surreal to the viewer.  His work is influenced by all that surrounds him, the street, people  around him, music, films, books, etc,. Inspiration for him is everywhere.

Stormie Mills (Australia)

With a career that spans over 25 years Stormie is starting to emerge as a serious mid-career artist as he continues in his quest to examine the human condition through his though provoking work. With a strong  international following for his iconic character based work that has seen him travel, work and show across the globe including London, New York, Tokyo and Miami, Stormie has carved a distinctive niche that’s seen him sited in a global context as a highly collectable contemporary artist.

With sold-out solo shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth over the last two years Stormie’s work has been taken to a new level in Australia attracting a broad collector base for his signature style of work that explores the idea of isolation in a restricted palette of black/dirt, white/the attempt to remove dirt, grey/for the cityscape & silver/for dreams.

Various Locations
Map will be released soon

Information and Exhibit Space

Stop by and pick up a map of the murals as well as check out a
special art exhibit and prints by muralists participating in the

Location to get your maps:

202 West Broad St Richmond, Virginia 23220


Mon Jul 22nd - Fri July 26th 4pm-7pm
Sat Jul 27th - Sun Jul 28th  10am-6pm
Mon Jul 29th - Thurs Aug 1st 4pm-7pm

Reception with our Cultural Partner RVA MAGAZINE -

Musical performances and muralists in attendance.
Check their website for details and to see last years murals

We have secured enough funding to launch but with your help we can reach our goal of 10 muralists or even better bring more!

So we have a started a Kickstarter for the project. Help us fund the project and score some amazing rewards while you are at it!

Art Whino Gallery

Art Whino is a DC based art gallery whose mission is to bring together the pioneers and freshest talent from around the world. With over 1200 artists in the Art Whino arsenal, ranging from California to New York, Germany to Japan and beyond, Art Whino has become an all encompassing force in the art world. Exhibitions cover the whole spectrum of new art forms ranging from exposing emerging stencil and wheat pasting artists to showcasing the most skilled leaders of many different genres


From day one (April 2005) we set out to lend voice to a subdued creative class of Richmond. RVA has succeeded in creating a brand that searches out the best artists, ideas, events, bands, photographers and culture-jammers Richmond has to offer and gives them a platform for exhibition that "gets" them. Access to talented and creative people is to modern business what access to coal and iron ore was to steelmaking. -- Richard Florida, economist and author.

About Richmond, Virginia, USA: In a city best known for it's role in the Civil War (insert eye-rolling here,) the battle to be bigger than our past has been formidable. For generations, city leaders have banked on the faded silver of dubious honors - Capital of the Confederacy etc, and ignored the 21st (and 20th) centuries.  With world-class schools such as VCU growing organically on their own record of excellence, media giants like the Martin Agency cementing their footprint in our cobblestones, and Fortune 100 companies relocating to attract the hordes of creatives emerging here, Richmond is exploding. New construction and development is rampant in heretofore decaying downtown retail and nightlife centers.