Today we’d like to introduce you to Diana “Didi” Contreras. Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours? I have been drawing ever since I could remember. I was an art major in college but after I graduated I stopped for a few years. It was when I started seeing the amazing murals in Wynwood that I got really inspired to paint on a wall. I started painting little characters here and there but when I painted my first mural in Wynwood is when things ch
Rei Ramirez's untitled collage combines pages of Playboy magazine issues from the 1980s. (Phillip Valys / SouthFlorida.com) This past January, at the sprawling Pompano Citi Centre, across the atrium from a Subway, a J.C. Penney and a carousel, the pop-up art space Magnetic debuted in an empty storefront. Spoken-word poets, sculptors, dancers and musicians dropped by for "ArtPop#kinetic," a group exhibition, filling the 2,700-square-foot space with painting demos, cocktails an
Murals pop up on the walls throughout Wynwood all the time — especially in December. Two months ago, artist Diana “Didi” Contreras revamped the wall outside of the O. Ascanio Gallery on NW Second Avenue with an image of her typical doe-eyed girl swimming in a sea of yogurt, bananas, strawberries, coconuts, and acai. That sea represents Hairgurt, a product that is made by a company headquartered in Doral and manufactured in Cutler Bay. It was was developed by Alcora Group, the
The Downtown Hollywood Murals Project (DHMP) may be the shy sister to its brash sibling in Wynwood, but that’s not for any shortcomings in its beauty or vitality. Supported by the Community Redevelopment Agency of Hollywood, Florida and directed by street artist and project manager, Jill Weisberg, it's the largest mural program in the county. Boasting 18 murals created during the past four years, it’s expanding with no end date. A backdrop for countless selfies, all the mura
Diana Contreras, who is originally from Peru, grew up in Miami. Inspirations from her origins come through in her art where her spectacular use of color. To anyone who’s been to Miami, it’s clear that color is part of the city’s dominating vibes. Traditionally, native people of the Andes wear very bright colors in their clothing and accessories to make it easier to spot each other while navigating through the mountains. The subjects prevalent in Diana’s art are women, she por
Diana Contreras has established herself as an influential Miami artist. From painting murals in the street art scene, to exhibiting in various galleries, her work has been seen in exhibitions and private collections in several parts of the world. Nicole Didi, your women grab my attention wherever I see them. How do you pick your subject matter? Are they from real models? Diana These girls are a combination of fashion, models, actresses, and my imagination. I mix it all up to
The 12C Outdoor Art Gallery on Avenue C at East 12th Street is featuring new work by Peruvian artist Diana Contreras, who created the mural on the roll-down gate yesterday as part of the Fridge Art Fair. According to her bio, the Miami-based Contreras' "work deals with femininity, set in whimsical portraiture." The gallery is curated by East Village resident Robert Galinsky and artists show panels every three months. Photos courtesy of Robert Galinsky #alphabetcity #NewYork #
I had the great pleasure of meeting not only the sweetest artist but the most humble as well. This shy but SICK artist from Miami has a lot to show the art world. The real question is whether the art world is ready for her? With big dreams of one day having her art ending up in the history books for her out of the box technique but yet whimsical style, her art career began when her self esteem wasn’t all that great but also realized she wasn’t the only one going through this
Miami artist Diana Contreras, aka DidiRok, beautified the store fronts of Melina’s Lingerie Shoppe, 2010 Hollywood Boulevard. The two murals, which are approximately 20 feet long and 8 feet high each and will be visible from the sidewalk, depict two bikini-clad bathing beauties lounging on the beach. Contreras, who has created several murals throughout South Florida, has a unique style that mixes classical portraiture with illustration and street art.
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Creative Go Pro “Spray Can Cam” Time lapse Video of Diana Contreras New Piece The secret techniques of Diana Contreras newest art is captured beautifully through this time-lapse video using GoPro equipment. Her newest piece titled “Serena” is part of the Corporate Stays South Beach beautification project. Play the video below and learn street art techniques demonstrated by Miami artist Diana Contreras and recorded through a unique “spraycam” perspective shot by GullyArt.com.
Wynwood -- Miami’s freshly-anointed hipster claim to fame -- is the place for street art, and its newest resident goes by the name of "Sofia Rose." Painted in a week by local artists Diana Contreras and Cristina Isabel Rivera, the mural adorns the wall of what will be Style CTZN at 218 NW 25th St. Store owner Ysset Boan commissioned the pair to create the image of a woman who personified strength, individuality, and just plain fun femininity. “I wanted to communicate the mess