THEY WONDER HOW MUCH BREAD THEY CAN MAKE…

October 27th, 2015 | mrmaxxmoses

Last weekend I travelled back to Houston Texas, for the HUE Mural Festival and this time I brought my family along. We all had a great time Houston is a warm city with loads of southern hospitality. I really have to acknowledge Gonzo and his family for all of their hard work in making this event a huge success. A special thanks goes out to my dude Deck, Flip and Kween for their added love and support. Dam I can’t forget Pilot, who got me my paint! All in all Texas is becoming another one of my hubs for painting, family and pure goodness
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For this outing I wanted to do some “Pop Art”. So I reached back to my childhood and remember Wonder Bread. I always liked the packaging, primary colors and design. I began just drawing as usual and a face began to emerge then the lettering, WONDER. I knew I would use all the red yellow and blue bubbles around the image but still didn’t know how I would tie it all together to be a cohesive mural. During the sketching process I was having a conversation with a fellow artist and money kept surfacing as the most important thing. It irritated me that we as artist have become so engrossed about money. Don’t get it twisted I enjoy painting and earing a living for what I do but dam I never want to forget the reason I became an artist in the first place… thus the inspiration for the caption…

THEY WONDER HOW MUCH BREAD THEY CAN MAKE…
I WONDER IF I CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

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Angelika Makes Magic with Maxx Moses

October 10th, 2015 | mrmaxxmoses

In 2012 with the help of Words Beats & Life I had the opportunity to create 2 murals for the Angelika Film Center in Fairfax Va. On this project I flexed two of my favorite styles, “Alphabet Soup” and “Symetrix” “Alphabet Soup” is all about Graffiti letters randomly distributed with colorful design to bring balance. The first mural downstairs around the elevator is where is used this style to say the word Angelika. Using this style the viewer is always intrigued with the challenge of finding all the letters in the word and I have a blast creating new ways to shape and bounce the letters into form.
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“Symetrix” is the style born from observing and painting Butterflies. Since moving to California nearly a decade ago I’ve been surrounded by these beautiful creatures and thus influenced by their grace balance and design. Upstairs in the lounge area I’ve infused the design of a butterfly with human form and surrealism, which has become iconic Maxx Moses imagery
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This year Angelika has opened a new theater in Carmel Mountain, San Diego and they asked me to return to paint two murals once again. The first wall is upstairs in the lounge area and spans 70ft across 9ft high and is simply titled The Magic Projection. The inspiration for this wall is based upon the idea of movie making, perception, nature and my 4, year old son who while painting at home kept repeating the word Magic over and over again! I thought to myself yes painting is magic and movies are moving paintings. The Magic Projection also incorporates the alphabet soup style, keeping it consistent throughout the theaters.
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Downstairs, the Angelika staff simply wanted me to create some art that could be used as a guide to lead people upstairs to the lounge. So I used another one of my styles titled “Energenics”. This style is all about dynamic energy, harmonizing colors and movement. The painting contains 3-D shapes, Graffiti Arrows and is filled with freedom and allowance, all the elements that the Angelika staff promotes and encourages. It’s been so good working with this organization and watching movies lol, you guys are the best.
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Meeting of Styles… “Houston we got a problem”

October 8th, 2015 | mrmaxxmoses

Last weekend my good friend Pilot FX , hosted the Meeting of Styles, in Houston TX. It was a weekend filled with art and artist from all around the country. I Personally, think we all had a great time painting and meeting so many new people however the highlight of the event was creating the Mind over Matter mural with the infamous FX Crew. Back in 1992 we formed the FX Crew,(Pose2, Per1, Tkid, Ces, Poem, Nomad, King Bee,Cope2,) in the Bronx, NY. Since its inception this crew of painters has been recognized and respected as one of the most innovative Spray Can Art Crews in the world! As a collective FX Crew are Graffiti Giants, who paved the way in merging styles and technics from Europe, the United States and Puerto Rico. Forging Wildstyle and 3-D lettering with complex beautiful background imagery is the signature style. This formula shifted the paradigm within the world of Graffiti forever and set a new plateau for collaborating planning and executing large- scale Wild Style murals.
23 years later some old and new members have come to Houston to once again do what we love… “Color The World”.
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A Time To Sell

September 20th, 2015 | mrmaxxmoses

Mr. Maxx Moses’s latest series of posters/prints are now available
The Wall Series consists of 3 murals painted in Southern California from 2008-2013. While the Pen & Ink Series, are past and recent artworks done on illustration board.

These 11×17 prints can be purchased at $25.00 for your choice of three… and can be shipped anywhere in the United States for only $5.00 shipping!
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Food For Thought

September 3rd, 2015 | mrmaxxmoses

I’ve recently be invited to participate in this project numerous New York based Artist artwork will be displayed in a mobile art gallery which will be featured at various art and food festivals around New York. The mobile art gallery will also be used to sample DiLusso products at various deli markets while consumers walk through and view your piece.
The idea was to Create a painting that inspires you most about living in NY? It’s food, art, culture? My piece is titled “Food For Thought”
Food For Thought is a mixed media painting infused with collaged images of Hip Hop icons natural foods and of course the flow of Maxx Moses. This painting is inspired by the Hip Hop music of 80’s 90’s and early 2000’s. At this period in time the New York Emcee was a verbal chef, cooking up soulful platters of lyrics as “Food for thought”. This Boombastic sound blasting from night clubs, block parties and pimped out rides, nourished our appetites like tasty treats, while the content always kept us hungry for more. More beats more rhymes and of course more style. This original style, birthed in New York City influenced Fashion, Art Music and Dance World Wide.
For me this is what made New York special.
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Groundbreaking Art in Washington DC

June 8th, 2015 | mrmaxxmoses

A weekend of groundbreaking Art

This weekend Words Beats & Life put out a call to Artist to create the largest public art in Washington DC. Many Artist from DC and the surrounding area’s came out to paint the ground and the walls. Fortunately I had some help from a group of students and the dude Vise Versa to help make my section complete… I get by with a lil help from my friends!
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Graffiti Fine Art in Brazil

June 7th, 2015 | mrmaxxmoses

This April I was invited to attend the Graffiti Fine Art exhibition in Sao Paulo, Brazil. I was extremely excited about going but seemed as if I wasn’t going to make it. Obtaining a visa to go to Brazil seemed nearly impossible. Fortunately some last minute strings got pulled and I was on my way.
The trip from the Airport the Museum was everything I imagined it to be. Sao Paulo is a huge metropolitan city smothered with Graffiti and huge colorful murals all across the buildings and highways, everywhere you looked there was art. It was crazy inspiring right from the start.
When going to Brazil people always talk about the beautiful women that you will encounter and yes there is a plenty. The added feature of Brazilian’s in general is their warm spirits, and the affectionate way they interact with one another. This is contagious and heart felt.
The entire experience was enriching and for the first time in my life I was greeted as a Master. I really didn’t know how to respond to that title and still don’t take it too seriously because I know I personally have so much more to learn and this new generation of artists works far surpass what I’ve created. So there I was creating some futuristic Mr. Maxx Moses type funk and the next day Binho, (the event Organizer) was like yo Pose can you do some letters, a classic Pose 2 piece? I was like sure no problem and this is what the people in Brazil really gravitated to. I was like dam; really I did that piece in a few hours. That quickness, my history coming from New York and the longevity of nearly 40 years in the game they appreciated and connected with… this they deemed Masterful.

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As I begin to travel the world

June 4th, 2015 | mrmaxxmoses

As I begin to travel the world November 2014

I learned some valuable lessons preparing for a trip abroad. Look at the map before you travel there may be some interesting places you want to visit and may never get that opportunity again! That’s exactly what I did when I learned I was going to Lebanon. I looked at the map and there it was Egypt the trip I’ve always wanted to take. Although I didn’t paint while I was there I did a lot of sketching and internalizing along the Nile Valley.

Maxx Moses loves Lebanon

December 9th, 2014 | mrmaxxmoses

Lebanon the trip to Tripoli

This journey began with an invitation from Mazi, of Words Beats & life, to venture across the planet to Tripoli, Lebanon and teach a Graffiti workshop and paint a mural. Mazi was like yo Maxx you want to go to Lebanon… I was like word lets do this! I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with Mazi a number of times this year and each experience gets richer and deeper. However we wouldn’t be alone this was a crew mission and the goal was to stimulate Cross Arts, a Hip Hop organization within Tripoli by providing them of the raw pure energy found within the elements of the Art form we love… Hip Hop. Essentially our mission was to inspire their of community, that they may propel their art and organizational skills to a higher level of creativity. So Mazi organized the All- Star team including Hodari B. Davis, Producer at lifeisliving.org, (Spoken Wordsmith) along with, DJ 2-Tone Jones, (Musician), Geoffrey Chang aka, Toys aRe Us (B-boy) and Javier Starks, (Emcee) and of course Asad Jafri, whose attention to detail, personal style and overall organizational skills was the perfect fit.
On November 6th I arrived in Beirut, Lebanon greeted by Mazi and Hodari at the hotel. We were all tired and hungry but our conversation was super rich and super deep… Hodari B. Davis is just that kind of brother you instantly bond with.
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The next day we met with the organizers/sponsors of the trip. Prior to going to Lebanon there was security briefings that would have made the non-seasoned traveler totally change his mind about this trip to Lebanon. Even those I told about the trip were like word you going over there? That’s crazy! All I remember my Dad saying to me was “son pray… pray a lot before you go over there.”
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“A lot of people have bucket lists in their lives, I just kick the bucket and live.” While looking at the map of Lebanon and the surrounding areas I realized two things. One, I was traveling to some ancient historical areas what used to be called Mesopotamia. And Secondly Egypt was only 1:30 minutes away from Beirut. My spinal cord electrified when I knew it was now time to travel to the land of the Gods and Goddesses, my ancestors.
Creatively, for this trip I wanted to return back to my roots, lettering/Graffiti the art of writing your name, for two distinct reasons. First and foremost I wanted to leave a remnant of my style in that part of the world for the youth to see learn and grow from. Secondly I wanted to pay homage to the art of writing, and the God Tehuti the creator of such.
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After the meeting it was off to get some paint in preparation for Tripoli. We were guided to a spray paint store in Beirut, that happened to be the official MTN distributors in the country. Oras and Wyte greeted us like Kings; we purchased a grip of paint and headed off to Batrun, Lebanon for the Words Beats & life/ Cross Arts seminar.

Upon arrival we were enthusiastically greeted by the entire crew from Cross Arts, they were so excited to have us come to their country I could hardly put my bags down. The painters were anxious to show me their works and paint together. But we were hungry and travel weary… where’s the food? Seamlessly we were ushered to the elaborate dinning room accompanied with a spread of delicious vegetables, hummus, breads, shish kabob and fruits, pure lebanease style… and of course we smoked shisha after that.

The Next several days were purely dedicated to exchange, ideas cultural differences and particularly the Arabic lettering styles. Our group was challenged to take an even closer look at our approach as artist from America. I didn’t want to give the idea or impression of a Christian Missionary, coming to tell you that all of what you are doing is incorrect so adapt to my way of doing things or your doomed! I simply wanted to dialogue with them on a creative vibe so we could truly learn from each other… and this we did to the fullest.
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Pose 2 Returns to his alma mater SUNY BROCKPORT

October 23rd, 2014 | mrmaxxmoses

Thank you Jennifer J Jones, Phyllis Kloda and Jamie Beers, for skillfully guiding my journey back to SUNY Brockport, a dream come true. For many years I reflected upon my student days in upstate New York, the cold snowy winters, colorful fall leaves the Erie Canal and all the people I grew with. This environment provided me with solace and the opportunity to develop my Art, Business, Spiritual and Political endeavors. However I entered Brockport fresh out of Yonkers, a renegade and a rebel destine to make my mark upon the world, and there was only one way to do that… My Way.
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I’m not ashamed to mention that during those cold winter nights I would sneak into the Fine Arts Tower and paint huge full color pieces of my name in the hallways, and how this resulted in me nearly getting expelled from school! And how 32 years later Pose 2 is the feature story within the Brockport Kaleidoscope Magazine and invited to back to lecture and paint murals… What a transformation?
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In 2012 OSAD, the Organization for Students Of African Descent had its reunion gathering on campus. This is when I was introduced to Phyllis Kloda, who at the time was the Chairman, of the Art Department. I shared my story with Phyllis of illegally painting the Tower and as she listened we walked down the hallway and she introduced me to the work of Nate Hodges, who’s art is painted all over the Fine Arts Tower stairwells. I thought to myself wow this is amazing, I was so pleased to see that someone was painting on the walls and now it was being encouraged and supported. It was a surreal moment, I literally felt the spirit of what I had done 30 years ago reconstituted in another space and time. I was so impressed with Nate and what he was doing I left a small note on his easel, “ keep rocking Bro”.nates2natestairs
For 2 years Phyllis and Jamie worked diligently fund raising and orchestrating my return to Brockport. Finally in September 2014 our vision came to fruition. The goal, create 3 large- scale murals with 7 students and 2 Alumni within 3 weeks and also present a workshop for the Diversity Conference. The idea was ambitious and I knew this could never happen without help. Prior to my Brockport arrival I was composing the largest collaboration project of the year, “Inceptions Reflection”; A Mural project, in San Diego CA, which afforded me no time to prepare for Upstate New York. I arrived exhausted but inspired to be back on campus where I created my very first mural, for OSAD in 1982. osadhelp1help2help3
This year I’ve done 5 huge murals 1 in Lima Peru, 1 in Milan Italy, 2 in Washington DC and 1 in San Diego. Most were done with the aid of apprentices who may or may not have had any painting experience and this is where the beautiful struggle begins. How do I successfully engage these students into the project? How do I uncover the attributes of each of these individuals and incorporate them effectively into the murals? Specifically how do I initiate them into my creative process… of “not knowing”, working without a plan, allowing the moment to present itself, seize that energy and use that information as the springboard for creation? This you can’t teach in a classroom it has to be experienced!spilllexu
Phyllis put students interested in working on this project through a meticulous selection process, Nate Hodges, Matt Yeoman, Carole Parker, Roberta Guilo, Alexis Sammler, Kate Hochbrueckner, Alexandria Mockbee and Sarah Beehler.
All sent me samples of their works and now it was time to establish a relationship with them and begin the process. Upon meeting we all had questions for one another but in regards to the project at hand I had no detailed answers. I had only a faint idea and was eager to hear from the students what they seen or felt as we visited the locations where the murals would be painted. Strangely enough the ideas they were envisioning paralleled some of my earliest concepts on what should be painted on the underpass. It was so genuine listening and learning about each of these personas. Like a dance without a plan I flowed from one student to the next spending time with each of them independently. As our relationships deepened so did our trust and confidence. The Unknown wasn’t filled with fear just inspiration enthusiasm, good vibes and a hunger to create. As I reflect upon a statement one of my students spoke I realize how a purpose driven life is so important. She spoke about wanting to leave her mark on campus as a legacy similar to what her parents did in the past, setting swimming records at SUNY Brockport. And for myself how important it was to return back to campus to create teach and illustrate the path of my unorthodox journey. I thought also about our ancestors and how they too left their mark upon this world, bestowing us with beautiful monuments, spiritual practices and examples of how to live in harmony with nature.
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My Brockport Friends from back in the day witness this event as a Full Circle within my life. Me too, its hard to put into words the feeling and experience of this moment in time. I wont forget all those who participated on this project the impression too deep the experience, rich. Energetically I can only hope that the mark that we left upon the Underpass, inside Hartwell Hall and Tuttle is at least an equal exchange for all that I’ have gained throughout my Brockport experience in the past and present. 20140917_10582020140916_133128fireside20140923_23195420141001_14332720141001_143443-PANO
My heart sings… This accomplishment truly marks a Full Circle and I have many other circles to complete… I have much more work to do!
Thank YOU ALL for enriching US All.
GRADITUTE.
Maxx Moses is Black Lite
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