For the last few weeks, I've been enjoying the new mural on the Bank of America branch on the corner of Fleet St. and South Broadway in Fells Point. It's a beautiful scene which depicts the area's seafaring traditions, as well as the city's more modern developments accross the Harbor. (My photo skills are fairly lacking, but in the shadows on the left, high-rise buildings in vibrant colors stand in stark opposition to the rest of the mural.) In a grand piece full of nice touches, I especially like the boy holding a lantern at the bottom, partially blocked in my photo by that SUV. The boy's lantern is actually a pre-existing light on the building that the artist incorporated into his work. I was intrigued enough, in fact, to track down some information about the artist.
His name is Nelson Rivas, but he goes by the name Cekis. Born in Santiago, Chile in 1976, he points to the political posters in his country during the turbulent 1980s and to Latin America's vibrant tradition of muralists as inspirations for his art. He has painted murals in Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Valparaiso, Sevilla, Zurich, Hamburg, New York—and now, Baltimore. He is based in Brooklyn. Check out his blog, which includes some photos of the long process of painting the Fells Point mural.
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