Nadia Asencio: Joan of Art

Nadia Asencio is a Cuban-American artist, playwright, and US Army veteran based in Harlem, NYC. Born and raised in Hartford, CT, her unique expression in the visual and performing arts combines elements of her Euro-Caribbean roots with street art, expressionism, pop art, and the abstract to evoke both introspection and social consciousness as it applies to female gender roles and the feminine psyche. She is represented by Saphira & Ventura Gallery, NYC.

Mindful of the Present: ArtVive and Art

In my mind, the arts ought to be the antithesis to this development. Art, from inception through creation to completion and viewing, should enrapture its audience. Art stops time, freezes thought, as we sit in its presence and are surrounded by whatever aspect of “being” it espouses. Still, Instagram and its cohorts are riddled with selfies and squad pics, perfectly filtered and curated little galleries showing off our experiences with art. ...

A Cheeky Rebel: Benjamin Irritant

Wander through the streets of London and you may find yourself coming across what seems to be dystopian propaganda; the words ‘Prisoner of More’ echoing over a black and white background or a well-suited man with a rabbit head, carrying a picket that reads 'They Lie We Buy.’ These are the provocative posters of Benjamin Irritant.

A Storm in Staten Island’s Artist Alley: Climate Change Ain’t Nothin’ to Mess With

One mural in particular has taken the world by storm. ‘Climate Change Ain’t Nothing to Mess With’ went viral across the internet for its image of a weather advisory, warning of impending hurricane Wu. Designed by Staten artist Cody Prez and curated by Tariq Zaid of RHC, the mural is part of a community initiative to raise awareness around social issues and Staten’s art scene.

Dying, Then Living: The Moriviví Collective [Guest Post]

I was interviewing Raysa because she’s one-fourth of the Moriviví Collective, a group I first heard of some years ago, thanks to a controversial mural they made near a freeway in San Juan. They are four incredibly talented, young Puerto Rican women who create the most ethereal modern art I’ve ever seen – I also knew they went to the same visual arts high school as one of my best friends (Puerto Rico is a small island). I was intrigued by their art and story; however, when I asked Raysa if they meant for the collective to be constructed of just women, Raysa told me it had actually been purely coincidental.