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
During our launch party we had the honor to meet our Online Contest winner Ruddy Mejia. He participated via Instagram and shared almost all of the pictures with the correct name of location and with hash tag #bxartsfactory. We presented the winner with an original painting by artist and co-founder of BxArts Factory, Alexis Mendoza. He also received an exclusive BxArts Factory T-shirt! The t-shirt was printed live during the event by artists Alex Guerrero! It was indeed a magical night and we were able to reveal the names of all the locations around the Bronx, used for the contest! All the locations can be seen in the photos below.
The painting titled Oshun (1 (18), 2014, mixed media on canvas, 22"X20") is one in the series of paintings "Organic Consequence", orientation, directions are all placed in abeyance, but not so we can ogle paint drippings, color fields, or textual screams. Placing the basic, familiar attributes of things to one side, Mendoza discovers the essence of color presence. However, what defines presence is no longer explainable. He let color, hard dark lines, distance, desire the locus of the image and volume do the explanation, all these characteristics come together simultaneously, equally, and in terms of each other. The color, as it turned out, is the matrix of memory, and within it, the images surface, utopias and its denials.
January 31st we started posting one picture a day at 6:00 p.m. for 12 days, of our logo at a historically or culturally significant Bronx location. Everyone who reposts at least 6 pictures with the correct answer and the hashtag #BxArtsFactory via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter will be eligible to win a one-of-a-kind piece of art from a Bronx artist and a BxArts Factory t-shirt at our launch event at The Bronx Museum of the Arts on Thursday, February 12, 2015.
If you haven't started yet, what are you waiting for? Go to our FaceBook, our Twitter or Instagram and go for it! We have only 2 days left.
To get inspired for our opening reception, we recently took a road-trip around The Bronx. We want to see if you can tell us the names of at least 6 of these important landmarks in The Bronx to win some cool prizes at our upcoming launch party.
From January 31st until February 11th, we will post one picture daily at 6:00 p.m. of our logo at a historically or culturally significant Bronx location. Everyone who reposts at least 6 pictures with the correct answer and the hashtag #BxArtsFactory via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter will be eligible to win a one-of-a-kind piece of art from a Bronx artist and a BxArts Factory t-shirt at our launch event at The Bronx Museum of the Arts on Thursday, February 12, 2015.
So stay tuned for the start of the contest on January 31st. We look forward to your answers and hashtags and can't wait to meet you all on February 12th!
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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.