Spray paint the town red

Public art has become an integral part of urban spaces. It’s a form of art that is ever-changing, unpredictable and fast gaining popularity in India. Graffiti is an integral part of public art and now you can learn all about it thanks to a workshop conducted by Joyston Vaz.

Participants will get to work together on a graffiti wall and learn that there’s more to graffiti than just a spray can. The workshop will also discuss how graffiti evolved into an art form and explain the different mediums of graffiti art.

Graffiti wall

Meeta Rangaswami, co-ordinator of the event said that this workshop will give an opportunity to people to learn more about this art form and understand it better.

Vaz, also known as Jcvaz, is an independent contemporary artist from Chennai, who has been painting from the age of four. He says he is happiest when he is elbows deep in paint. He is self-taught and prefers non-conventional art forms such as neo-graffiti, photorealism and surrealism. His pieces are inspired by whatever catches his eye.

A graffiti painted wall by Joyston Vaz

In August 2009, with the help of a few like-minded friends and a lot of paint, he set up his first commercial venture, Coloured Particles. Since then he has been transforming homes and offices across Asia into multi-dimensional pieces of art, shaping the environment without constraints into artistic reflections. Vaz also conducted a graffiti workshop at the Indo-German Urban Mela in Chennai.

Graffiti on walls

Next up he is planning to create wearable and liveable art. At the city-based workshops, 25 people can enroll on a first-come-first-serve basis.

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