Three contemporary street art murals were painted in Somerville in August 2018
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The City of Somerville got three new contemporary street art murals in August 2018 as part of the new Somerville Street Art Project. The project was the brain child of Mayor Joseph Curtatone who wanted to inject the City with more bright colorful public art! From August 21 through August 31, three internationally-renowned artists painted murals in the East Somerville and Union Square neighborhoods of Somerville.
The artists who completed these murals are David Zayas from Puerto Rico, Angurria from the Dominican Republic, and Victor Quinonez "Marka27", who was born in Juárez, Mexico and currently splits his time between Cambridge and Brooklyn. These artists painted contemporary street art on local walls that highlighted the diversity of their cultural heritage and the diversity of Somerville and its residents.
We’re grateful for the business and property owners who worked with us throughout this process and allowed us to paint murals on their walls: Ola Café, Taco Loco, The Hamilton Company, and Urban Axes.
We would like to thank our sponsors and partners for helping to make this project possible: Somerville Open Studios, Somerville Media Center, Union Square Main Streets, East Somerville Main Streets, Holiday Inn Somerville, Hope Depot, Spray Planet, Sherwin Williams, and Celeste restaurant.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS & MURALS:
Angurria: Angurria is an illustrator and art director from the Dominican Republic, with more than 18 years in the advertising industry in the DR. He has excelled nationally and internationally in the area of design, typography and lettering. He has represented big brands, driven by his particular way of expressing himself and creating frank connections with the public and his followers, thus making the Adidas brand a vital part of his image in his home country. He has taught courses for the School of Arts of Chavón, APEC University, Brothers, Centro Leon and Creative Box. He has created well-known series of "Doña Patria: Dominican Beauty" with which he has participated in activities such as Design for the Kids, Wallride, Rayaera, Artesano Project, Provocadores del Caribe, Transitando Art, Hoy Santa Barbara, Hoy Villa Francisca and the events of Muralizando RD.
He has participated in international mural festivals such as Pow Wow (Worcester, MA), Beyond Wall (Lynn MA), Extra Muros (San Juan, PR), Santurce es Ley (San Juan, PR), Fiesta de Colores (Ecuador), and Transitando (Havana, Cuba).
Mural, 112 Broadway: Angurria's mural "Doña Patria" represents Dominican culture. The mural is an expression of Dominican women's everyday beauty. Hair rollers are a huge part of the culture but they are worn behind closed doors. Angurria knew about them from spending time in the hair salon that his mother owns. The mural is in honor of his mother, who was a hair dresser, and all of the women of the Dominican Republic. Preparing your hair in rollers is something that many Dominican women do but it is mostly done in private and Angurria wanted to show that to the rest of the world. The coffee being poured for the woman is a role reversal from women serving men.
David Zayas: Zayas is a visual artist and muralist whose exhibitions include ANIMALIA at the Art Museum of Caguas and MURALIS: An Exhibition of Contemporary Muralism at the Museum of the Americas in Old San Juan, the only one of its kind in the history of the island. In 2012, Zayas created the "One Zayas per Day" project that he entered into collections in Spain, Brazil, Mexico, Paraguay and the U.S. That same year he began offering the first short course on Street Art at the Metropolitan University.
Zayas has participated as a muralist locally in projects such as Los Muros Hablan and Santurce es Ley and internationally in projects such as the 12th edition of the Biennial in Havana, Cuba, in Loiza Festival of El Barrio in New York, Forensic Curation in Villa Alegre, Chile , in Street Art Tallahassee, FL, in the 3rd Biennial International MULI of Muralism and Public Art of Colombia, 352Walls of Gainesville, FL, Fiesta of Colors in Ecuador, Artist 4 Israel in Israel, Beyond Walls in Lynn, MA, TODAY Villa Francisca in Santo Domingo, and Caribbean Festival in Santiago de Cuba among others. Zayas recently received the key to the city of Lynn, Massachusetts for his outstanding work as a muralist. He continues to develop projects internationally.
Mural, 46 Broadway: Zayas' work focuses on human beings. mural, "Buenos Días" potrays a traditional table set-up with fruits and vegetables representing foods commonly used in Latin American cooking. The rooster at the center of the piece is the key figure and represents strength. The arrows symbolizes the blows that life gives us. The rooster takes one of the arrows that hits him and pulls it out with his beak catching the arrow signifies strength and resiliency against life's difficulties.
Victor "Marka27" Quiñonez: Marka27 is an international street artist who works at the intersection of graffiti, vinyl toys, contemporary art, fashion and design. With paintings, murals, drawings, mix-media pieces and commissions for major brands, his robust palette blends elements of street and pop culture with Mexican and indigenous aesthetics—a signature look the artist has coined “Neo Indigenous.” Marka27’s work has become part of graffiti and street art history, but he has flourished as a product designer, gallery artist, toy designer and more. Marka27 has emerged as one of the most sought after muralists in the world, mastering his craft since before “street art” was even a term.
He currently splits his time between his studio in Brooklyn and home in Cambridge, where he and his wife and creative partner, Liza, run their award-winning creative agency, “Street Theory."
Mural, 2 Union Square: This mural "Rebirth" pays homage to Mexican culture and folklore. The masks are 900 AD Mayan masks representing life, death, and the lifecycle of being reborn again. At the center of the mural is an indigenous Brazilian child, honoring the "Munduruk" tribe to pay tribute to Somerville's large Brazilian population. This mural is a representation of Marka's "Neo Indigenous" style.