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International Muralists Contribute to Puerto Rico Art Scene

By on January 16, 2020

Acclaimed muralists, Maya Hayuk and the 1UP Collective, answer first-ever global call to artists to visit Puerto Rico and contribute to its vibrant street art scene. (DiscoverPuertoRico.com)

SAN JUAN – Puerto Rico’s art community and Discover Puerto Rico, the island’s destination marketing organization (DMO), welcomed international artists Maya Hayuk and the 1UP Collective, who responded to a call for international artists to contribute murals to Puerto Rico’s street art scene.

They join the Puerto Rican artist and founder of the Santurce es Ley street art festival, Alexis Bousquet, and other notable local artists Celso González, Vero Rivera and Bob Snow, who identified wall spaces throughout the island to serve as “blank canvas” invitations.

The Puerto Rican artists are completing their walls, which will add to the “robust art scene that Puerto Rico offers, comprised of an assortment of historical and contemporary art museums, an incredible variety of galleries, independent collectors, curators, wide ranging art events, skilled artisans, and a street art experience unlike any other,” a DMO press release reads. “The Island has become a haven for arts and culture given its extensive offerings in the space and its blend of Spanish, Taino Indian and African heritages.”

“Aside from having world-renowned beaches, we boast an arts and culture scene that is evident should you visit our local artisans, museums, or stroll our streets,” said Brad Dean, CEO of Discover Puerto Rico. “The response we received from this initiative was standout and we welcome Maya Hayuk and the 1UP Collective with open arms to complete these works especially now, as tourism is vital to the economic development of Puerto Rico and fuels local communities.”

Hayuk and the 1UP Collective will be collaborating for the first time in Puerto Rico. As prominent worldwide talent, Hayuk and 1UP have been featured within global art festivals.

Hayuk, a contemporary Ukrainian-American artist best known for her large-scale mural paintings, boasts pieces worldwide, including The Bowery Wall in New York, Millennium Iconoclast Museum of Art in Brussels, and has given a TEDx Talk at The Center of Art and Design in Brussels.

Berlin based 1UP is an anonymous collective of men and women from European cities. Renowned for their talent, they are one of the most prominent graffiti collectives, called upon by music festivals and global fashion brands.

The murals will be completed during Puerto Rico’s Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastián festival this week. The event happens every year and boasts tradition and culture that gathers locals and visitors with parades of cabezudos (costumed figures), music, dancing, libations, food and crafts. The festival is held between the UNESCO World Heritage sites San Felipe del Morro and San Cristóbal forts, which date to the 16th century.

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