MXYTSPLYK is a man. A man of small words. A man of no words.
A couple of years ago, when I first moved to the Design District/Wynwood area, the now demolished Chiquita Banana Plant (above) was still on NE 2nd and 33rd street. The plant particularly caught my eye because back then we were developing the “tropi” brand and banana’s were one of the symbols we initially used to associate it.
As I got to know the locals, I discovered that the Chiquita Banana Plant I had my eyes on had been hit up by a local artist. I’ve gotten to know the artist and have been following his sketches, photography, and street art ever since.
And so, it is without further ado that I introduce to you MXYTSPLYK.
My homie Ahol Sniffs Glue has been killing it in the digital realm with his #BiscayneWorld series of virtual artwork.
As always, he’s been keeping it real. The digital artwork reaches out through multiple platforms to our generation of millennials. It is an observance of the real Miami (and its peoples) otherwise hidden beneath the magic and disco dust that sweeps through the city.
Photo by Ivylise Simones (Art Basel 2010 @ Sweat Records)
Alouishous San Gomma, also known as Ahol Sniffs Glue, has left his mark throughout the streets, walls, and corridors of sunny Miami. Should you not recognize the name, you can probably still identify the iconic eyes featured on the logo and flyer of the Wynwood Art Fair, or perhaps you’ve seen them adorning the walls of The Marguiles Collection, The Electric Pickle, or Butter Gallery, where his work is currently on exhibition.
Wynwood Art Fair, benefitting the Lotus House Women’s Shelter, aims to bring the community together by reminding us that we are all connected through art. The fair and its participating artists incorporate virtually all forms of artistic communication and invite the community to collaborate and create.