The moment you reach Wynwood, Miami, you know it. Graffiti decorates every street corner and hits you harder than the smell of cologne at a New Jersey club. You find your neck rotating every which way, trying to glimpse each unique canvas, so today we’re dedicating our Art of Miami post strictly to street art.

Miami’s street art is the key ingredient to the newly popular Wynwood charm. Art Basel helped with the hype, but street graffiti is the personality of Wynwood. Many artists ranging from local stars and world renown talents such as Shepard Fairey of OBEY, Retna, and Alec Monopoly have blessed the blank brick canvases of 2nd avenue.

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Wynwood Walls fill like high tide each afternoon and retracts from children on field trips every evening to leave overlooked art that deserves all the praise. Despite the basic culture that unfortunately erodes Wynwood Walls, the artwork is quite amazing. Chiseled cement walls build faces, tractor wheels create playgrounds, and paint is organized in a way that leaves your jaw begging for an ease on awe. With earbuds and loud music, this space is worth the visit.

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And just out on the street, at any given glance, you will find a whole museum before your eyes.

Photo credit: Michael Hursey www.michaelhursey.com

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Photo credit: Michael Hursey www.michaelhursey.com

Photo credit: Michael Hursey www.michaelhursey.com

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Photo credit: Michael Hursey www.michaelhursey.com

Photo credit: Michael Hursey www.michaelhursey.com

Photo credit: Michael Hursey www.michaelhursey.com

Photo credit: Michael Hursey www.michaelhursey.com

If you’re in Miami, don’t run straight to South Beach. Take a stroll in Wynwood. Feast your eyes on street art for a bit. You won’t regret it. Visit our collection of Art of Miami series posts at UF CREATV.

Open your mind, not just your mouth.

Kiesh x