The Akumal Arts Festival is a celebration of all the best street art can be. This past January, the Festival returned for its 4th edition, the first in-person since the pandemic erupted. Since its inception in 2018, the Festival has always embodied its principles of community, ambition, and hope.
Amir Diop is among the youngest members of the SoHo Renaissance Factory, and one of the most ambitious. A driven young artist, Amir began wheatpasting in the streets before last year’s season of unrest led him to paint for a greater purpose. We sat down with Amir at SRF HQ to discuss his journey as an artist, picking up the paintbrush after becoming discouraged, and learning to outgrow your comfort zone.
I once watched Sule climb a 15-foot scaffolding, with ninja-like nimble determination. With poise, he pulled himself up, spray cans in hand, outlining his trademark character, a warrior-deity. The figure, who took form at the height of last year’s protests, is a blend of the artist’s inspirations, from comic books to anime, and a rounded world view of what it means to be.
Eyebrows' minimalistic, black and white style is instantly recognizable. Yet, the origins of his work are a mystery to many. Emanating a humble aura and a wise eye, the art-world veteran shared with me his insights; from adapting to circumstance, to developing originality through letting go.