Meet KayLove and Kacer171, the other team part of the Mural Match happening during the Food Truck Extravaganza
Kacer171 has been involved in the aerosol art movement since the mid 1970's. In 1981 he formed and established "UMXS" ™, the first four letter dominating graffiti crew in the history of writing to cross all seven continents. He is also a cartoonist, illustrator, metal wire and clay sculpture artist. Kacer171 is also an advocate for human rights and social awareness.
Karen "KayLove" Pedrosa
Karen " KayLove" Pedrosa is a Bronx born and based, first generation Puerto Rican artist who draws her inspiration from the vibrant, gritty, soulful streets of New York City, the lush campos of Puerto Rico and all the places in between. A child of the 80's she was inspired by the rolling museums the trains provided, the roof murals, tags and colors that brightened up a once dirty and dingy Bronx. A graduate of the legendary High School of Art & Design she continued to study painting at Lehman College. Her work is colorful, passionate and loose. Her style draws from the streets, culture and her emotions; impulsive, vibrant, raw and at times reckless.
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Giannina Gutierrez is an artist based in NYC, working out of East Harlem. She is of Colombian origin, raised in Jamaica, Queens, NY. Self taught at an early age, Giannina went on to study in various arts programs, is a member of The Art Students League of New York & majored in Fine Art at Pratt Institute. In 2004, she started painting lives at various nightclubs, charity events in addition to hosting a monthly ongoing live art & music event in East Harlem. Giannina has also gone on to curate art exhibits, is currently working on her second show. She currently also works with high school students in both schools & privately in art instruction & developing portfolios.
Her love of music & color is evident through bold shapes & brush strokes. Years of figure study & appreciation of form shows in the organic, erotic style in which she depicts figures majorly female. Giannina works in a variety of materials & mediums, including found objects, acrylic, and oils. Her work can currently be seen in various nyc galleries & venues.
Do you have the 12x12 fever yet?
We are back with our social media contest! This time we want you to spot 12x12’s everywhere!
Post a picture on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook of the number 1212 around your neighborhood and or in unexpected places (letters, parking spots, house number, lottery tickets, stores, price tags, art work, you name it!) and tag us with the following 3 hash tags #12x12 #BxArtsFactory #ISupportBxAF
Anyone that posts a picture of a double 12 number with the 3 hash tags will enter a raffle to win all access tickets to the Museum of Natural History! (You must follow these instructions and post the picture with all 3 hash tags to enter the contest! ALL 3 hash tags please!!).
This is your chance to enter the raffle for free! We will select the winners during our 12”x12” 2nd Fundraising Event on Saturday, May 16th from 5 to 10 pm at the BronxArtSpace (305 E 140th St Apt 1A Bronx, New York). Raffle tickets will also be sold at this event!!
Help us spread the word about our fundraiser and have fun while at it! Participants must be present to win. You only need to post 1 picture to enter the contest for free. For more information email us at email@example.com
Join us on Saturday, May 16th from 5 to 10 pm at BronxArts Space (305 E 140th St Apt 1A Bronx, New York) and help us raise funds to restore our, soon to be open, cultural space on 148th and Brook Avenue! We have gathered more than 82 artists and almost 200 pieces of art work and it will all be on sale for a flat rate of $200 each (plus taxes)!!! 40% of the money going directly to the artist and 60% will be your contribution to BxArts Factory!
Why are we asking for your help? Our future space needs some tender love and care and we need your help to make it happen! Our last event was a great success and you just can’t miss this one! Come on by and enjoy of cool music by DeeJaySoul (Ignacio Soltero), selfie-station, raffle with great prices, great company and lots of great artwork!
If you can't make it, make sure you get your original piece of art in our online store!
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Chief Editor/House Blogger
Natalie N. Caro is an editor, writer, and professor. She graduated from Lehman College, Magna Cum Laude, with double major in English Literature and Philosophy. She earned a fellowship and an MFA from City College. In 2013, she was awarded the Bronx Recognizes Its Own Fellowship by the Bronx Council on the Arts for excellence in Poetry. She was nominated for The Pushcart Prize, one of the most honored literary projects in America, in 2015. Currently, she's a doctoral candidate in CIAS- Center for Inter-American Studies, Bielefeld, University, where she will.