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Meet the Street Artists Reclaiming San Pedro Sula from Gang Culture

Rei Blinky and Maeztro Urbano are working to change the character of one of the world's most dangerous cities.

In a city like San Pedro Sula, Honduras, where local gang activity has cultivated top per-capita homicide rates worldwide, making street art isn't just a hassle—it's life-threatening. In our upcoming documentary presented by Nixon, Street Art to Save a Generation | Art World: San Pedro Sula, we follow two artists risking life and limb to reclaim their city with art.

First, we follow Rei Blinky, who offers an alternative to gang life by inviting local youth to help paint stunning, often psychedelic community murals. "I receive messages every day from kids that want to come paint," he says while decorating a bridge's underside with a many-eyed face. "Honduras is not a lost cause."

Rei Blinky and local youth paint a Picasso-like mural under a bridge. Photo by Matt Yoka

Maeztro Urbano parodies Monopoly mascot Mr. Moneybags in a new mural. Photo by Matt Yoka

Then we speak to Maeztro Urbano, an anonymous artist who makes murals and fake street signs dripping with political symbolism. "The gangs have always been using these walls to intimidate and create collective panic," he tells The Creators Project host Lucia Anaya in the teaser above. "Maeztro Urbano is a personality that focuses on turning the situations in which we live, and turning them into art."

Keep an eye out for Street Art to Save a Generation | Art World: San Pedro Sula coming next week, but meanwhile glimpse Maeztro Urbano and Rei Blinky's stunning efforts to beautify the streets and soul of the city in the Instagrams below.

Rei Blinky

 

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Maeztro Urbano

 

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See more of Rei Blinky and Maeztro Urbano's work on Instagram.

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