24NOV13. Miami Beach, FL.
This is the BEST time to be in Miami right now. Two weeks before Art Basel officially begins, amazing international street artists are outside on the walls putting amazing pieces together! I watched Eduardo Kobra all afternoon. I love his work, I first saw his “Kiss” piece in New York City. I watched him, but I was too scared to go and talk to him. All day, though, I saw so many people go up to him, interrupt him while he was working, and he’d graciously stop and talk to every one of them. Finally, towards the end of the day, I saw him across the street leaning against a wall, alone, looking at his work in all its large scope, and I decided, what the hell, I’m going to go and say ‘hi.’ I went up to him and said “I’m sorry, I wanted to say hello earlier, but I was too nervous to talk to you.” He smiled, shook my hand and said “Sorry, my English is no good. Nice to meet you.” Haha! His English is actually quite good. I was able to ask him about the piece he and his team are working on: it’s a mural of Salvador Dali, which Kobra himself is doing, then another team member is doing the Basquiat part, another is on the Frida Kahlo part, and finally, another team member is doing the Warhol part. It looks great! And he says they’ve still got a lot of detail to add. I showed him the Instagram videos I had made of him that afternoon. He loved them. The sun was going down, I knew he had to get back to his work, but still, he waited for me to say goodbye. He wasn’t rushing me away. Such a kind artist. I hope to see him again tomorrow and maybe get a picture with him, if he’s not too busy. Here is a pictorial via Instagram and Hipstamatic:
23NOV13. 2nd Ave. Miami Beach, FL.