Miami-based artist Tiago Magro has completed a 10-day isolation exercise, locking himself in a local gallery and filling over 3,000 sq ft with his signature graffiti collage style.
Check out the before and after!
Tiago was inspired to push back against these forces, using the platform and skills he has to make a difference. With his team from The Art Plug, Tiago teamed up with World Red Eye and #WREcares to raise funds for local relief efforts. Friend of Tiago, spiritual leaders Andre Fernandes and Rich Wilkerson Jr. of VOUS, helped share his project with their audiences and share his message in the hope of spreading awareness, hope, and strength. Continuing to work with the likes of Marcel Katz of The Art Plug, Luciano Forstiero of Art Design Gallery, and Ken Rodriguez, a Miami videographer & creative director, will enable Tiago to carry this message and spread it throughout the art community and the world at large.
For 10 days, Tiago tirelessly worked to fill the space of the Art Design Gallery, a gallery owned by a friend who was willing to offer him the space for this project. Tiago remained well-fed thanks to the generosity of many in the community, sending him food via delivery apps throughout each day. The project has received thousands of likes, comments, and messages on social media as we continued to share its progression. Since its completion, it has quickly become utilized by other creatives: Miami’s own DJ Don Hot used the space for a Friday-night DJ set Livestream, and budding singer Kaylan Arnold appeared again on the NBA’s “Base: Line” emerging artist competition live stream (32:30-39:00) as reigning champ, reaching hundreds of thousands of fans.
Pending updates from government officials, the installation will serve as a place for people to reconnect & enjoy each other’s presence once again. Original pieces will be created & auctioned to help raise funds for relief support. Tiago aims to inspire with this project and push a narrative of persistence, of overcoming obstacles, of fortitude. Through this, people can see firsthand how much can be done when you truly put your mind to it and get down to work.
It’s certainly a testament to his own work ethic and perseverance, but Tiago also hopes it inspires and motivates creatives around the city, and around the world, to know one thing: art can’t stop. For the creatives themselves, and all those who look to artists for inspiration and expression. The feedback throughout the process was very encouraging and powerful. Through their efforts, Tiago Magro and The Art Plug were able to raise significant funds for various relief efforts. They hope to continue to show this project to a wider audience and would greatly appreciate any support in those efforts.