Miami, Florida. December 2017.
27nov17 Miami, Florida
27nov17 Wynwood, Miami, Florida
Born and raised: Connecticut to a Jamaican father and Caucasian mother.
Creativity springs from: Musician father (guitar) and artist mother.
As a child, the debate between his parents was always whether Chy would pick up a guitar or a paintbrush.
Answer: As soon as he could pick up a pen, drawing became his passion.
Relocated to Miami: 2012
At about 14, he discovered spray paint and began writing basic tags of “Blue” and “Joker.” He started his street presence as a member of the TNB crew.
In the studio:
Chytea: “It’s a reflection of myself; the things I’ve trooped through and gotten past. I know for a fact that the universe will only give you as much as you can handle. So you just have to keep on troopin’.”
Chytea: Inspired by the Star Wars Stormtrooper. “I initially sketched him back in 2010, almost like just a doodle in my sketchbook, and didn’t think too much about it at the time. Then, when I got to Miami in 2012 and was having my mind blown by everything on the streets, seeing big murals for the first time, and quickly coming to the realization that having a signature character is ‘where it’s at,’ I decided I needed my own character. So, I just started looking through all of my old sketchbooks and Mitrooper was there from 2010. And I just said ‘Yes, that’s it!’ And from then on, I just started throwing Mitrooper up all over the streets of Miami.”
Mitrooper on the streets of Miami:
Chytea: “Because ‘Me’ in Jamaican is spelt “Mi.”
Chytea: “Yes. Mitroopers are in Belgium, France, Spain, The Netherlands, and Jamaica.”
Mitrooper philosophy explained:
Sincerest thanks to Chytea for an incredibly enlightening day.
Peace and best wishes for constant evolution in 2017.
29dec16. Miami, FL.
Built in 1963 by a then-28 year old immigrant from Cuba, Hilario Candela, it was the first stadium designed specifically for powerboat racing in the United States. Over the years, it has fallen into disrepair, but good news, Gloria Estefan is behind the push to renovate it and bring it back to its former glory!
Note: We entered at our own risk. People are NOT ALLOWED to just visit it and walk around. You will be met by angry work crews telling you to get out and security that will tell you that you can’t take any photos.
Do it the right way: We were told that you can get a ‘visitors pass’ from a city department somewhere. I guess, just google it.
Walking around with Miami-based, international street artist, Chytea:
29dec16. Miami, FL.
Born in Versailles, France, Sebastien “Mr. D” Boileau was influenced by the American Pop Art and Graffiti movement of the 60s, 70s, and 80s and began his artistic endeavors in Paris in 1987 at the age of 14.
In 1989, Mr. D created his first piece of canvas art, as well as his first large scale mural.
In the early-90s he began to travel the world painting in remote countries like Sierra Leone, Tunisia, Senegal, and many western destinations.
In 1995, Mr. D was invited to participate in his first contemporary art group show in Paris.
He migrated to the United States in 1998 and in 2000 launched what is now a highly successful mural company in Houston, Texas, Eyeful Art Murals and Designs, serving both the public and private sectors.
Mr. D’s signature style is known as “Canpressionism“ a neo-impressionist style primarily done with spray paint and street art techniques.
“After 28 years as an artist, the stigma remains, and I want to change people’s perception in regards to Urban Art. My artistic and personal goal is to use my skills, experience, and credibility to demonstrate an “Urban Art as Fine Art” approach through ‘Canpressionism’.”
3dec16. Miami, FL.