© STRAAT / Carlos Ramirez

STRAAT, Amsterdam‘s premier museum for street and graffiti art, will be co-hosting an exhibition with Thinkspace Projects, a like-minded gallery in Los Angeles. Entitled Shared Experience, it’s a showcase which celebrates one of the latter’s ongoing and long term aims to show the diversity and popularity of worldwide street art and graffiti culture. On display are works by American artists Kayla Mahaffey and Carlos Ramirez. Hailing from Chicago, Mahaffey is a contemporary artist and muralist specialising in illustration and fine arts, and her work blends pop art and Afro-surrealism. Bright and colourful, the works also pack a punch and send an important message with each piece. Equally engaged in social matters, Ramirez’ paintings and sculptures often speaks of the inequalities within Mexican-American communities and champion the common man as underdog. Snakes, spiders, scorpions, and other bits of nature from his former life as a date farmer in the Coachella Valley in Southern California appear mixed in with Catholic symbolism, aliens, gang members, pop-culture references, and commercial imagery, giving brand logos and religious icons the same attention and placement. The exhibition’s opening reception will be held on Sat – Aug 20 (5pm-9pm) and will be in attendance of the two artists and Thinkspace Projects‘ curator and co-owner Andrew Hosner.

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© STRAAT / Carlos Ramirez and Kayla Mahaffey (top to bottom)