Continuing to uphold their reputations, two of New York City’s infamous Graffiti writers , Mike Baca (2Esae) and Fernando Romero (Ski Mst) of UR New York, made their mark again for Miami Art Basel 2012. Represented by Pop! International Galleries in Soho NYC, the two dope and creative artists took to the streets of Wynwood with various expressions, including; covering the 200 foot wall of “Play In”, partnering with the Children’s Bereavement Center and holding a workshop with 30+ kids for a little Graffiti 101, customizing and auctioning off a one of a kind “Nemo” chair at the Anima Domus showroom in the Design District to benefit charity, participating in the star studded Art of Basketball event curated by Billi Kid, as well as showcasing many new works with Pop! International.
When I asked Mike (2Esae) about why they both decided to come back to Miami (Wynwood) to do their expressions and charity events and what they like about Miami people, he responded:
“Miami…hmm…it’s a love/hate thing. A sunny place for shady people. There is the superficial people and the real ones. We went for Wynwood because of the growing importance of the art community there, the hipsterish feel. We love going places and adding a splash of what we do (our styles, colors, ideals). Spreading the BE WHO YOU ARE message, you know? Individuality is important and a big part of what we do. We did charity simply because we both can relate. Losing our fathers and growing up was pretty rough so we do our best and do as much as possible to give back. As cliche as it sounds, the children are our future. Gotta mold em because in essence, they will pick up where we leave off. Also, Shout outs to 004 Connec, Col WallNuts, Nima Domus, C.B.C, Nina Ginatta of Play In, Shirt and all of our 305 peeps!”
We feel ya. Staying only 10 days, perhaps you can try and imagine how they balanced their time but thanks to director Dred from HotMop Films you can somewhat experience the days for yourself as seen through THEIR eyes. Enjoy~