This is awsome. I can’t wait to see a final map of all of the 2012 and 2013 murals. A route that takes you by a bunch would make for a fun 10k or even when they are finished the Richmond Mural Marathon?
Richmond Mural Project Update • July 25th, 2013 - Poland’s Natalia Rak steps up as the “First Lady” of the RMP
One of the main diversity concerns that has been expressed about RVA’s street art festivals over the past 2 years was the lack of female artists. I’m not sure that saying “there are just more males in the industry” is a valid point or excuse when there are NO female artists at all involved in the projects that have gone on. Even at last year’s RVA Street Art Festival, the addition of VCU painter/professor Heidi Trepanier as a live muralist only happened when the design she provided for a tapestry that was printed and installed was not to her liking.
With all that in mind, it’s refreshing to see Natalia Rak (Poland) bringing her larger than life female characters to the Richmond Mural Project.
I haven’t seen the sketch/blueprint for her piece but I get the feeling that it will be in the same vein as most of her other works that use vibrant colors and detailed expressions to reflect many, complex aspects of women in a variety of different, often surreal scenarios. You can check her out doing her thing on Main St. beside Sidewalk Café.
Poland’s Etam Cru (Bezt and Sainer) is also in RVA and it marks their first ever trip to paint in the US so that’s pretty special. They just started yesterday on Grace St. beside The Village so you can go check out what appears to be the makings of another larger than life female character. They may be a little high up to say “Hi” but you can always wave!
Aniekan (D.C.) finished his Bojangles piece at Thai Cabin (2nd and Marshall)
Atlanta’s Greg Mike has made some headway on the side of Starlite across from Ed Trask’s Rocket Pop piece.
Angry Woebots (L.A.) put up a “sleeping giant” outline before he brings the color to the side of Selba.
And the whole Richmond Mural Project crew is here in RVA now so look for some great artwork from international artists popping up on a city wall near you!