Hollywood Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA)’s Downtown Hollywood Mural Project (DHMP) is delighted to celebrate its 10th mural with Tatiana Suarez. Launched in August 2012 under the helm of CRA Executive Director Jorge Camejo, this milestone coincides with the public art program’s one-year anniversary. Suarez – a champion in the male-dominated street art genre – plans to bring her decidedly girlish, enchanted beings to the Downtown Hollywood cityscape. Slated during monthly ArtWalk on Saturday, August 17, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at 2020 Harrison Street, she will be joining an elite group of contributors including Jessy Nite, Eddie Mendieta, 2alas, Michelle Weinberg and Rob Robi.
DHMP marks the Miami-native’s return from New York to her studio space in South Florida, on the heels of her recent release of custom-designed Cool J’s for Reebok. “Street art and art accessible in public spaces have the power to bring unique beauty and culture to a community,” said Suarez. “I believe it offers a sense of awakening to people that might not be familiar with the art-making process, and creates an opening to gain insight into the artist, as well as the idea and message behind their work.”
Suarez portrays dreamlike interpretations of human qualities in her figurative paintings, often ornamented with icons such as plants and tropical insects from her Brazilian and El Salvadorian roots. She mixes rich colors to depict beings with soft features, made exceptional with wide glistening eyes and exaggerated features. Subjects appear as if they are under water, frozen in stillness. At once innocent and eerie, these doe-eyed figures exude sexual overtones: beauty is presented with the exotic to create fantastical narratives.
The Downtown Hollywood Mural Project is centralized in the Live Music District, running along Hollywood Boulevard and Harrison Street between 21st Avenue and Young Circle.