Street artist UncuttArt is ambitious and hungry. His aspirations are his fuel. He is not one to wait for good fortune to knock on his door, rather his yearning to succeed pushes him to seek opportunities. As Art Basel 2014 rolled around, UncuttArt headed down to Miami two weeks before the festival kicked off. "I went down there early to network and make phone calls before Art Basel started. I ended up helping out a charity down there. We were discussing how we could publicize the charity more. I told them if they could get me wall space, I would do a mural for them." The charity got UncuttArt a 25 foot wall at Wynwood Walls. To say Wynwood Walls is a dream wall space for an artist is an understatement. Wynwood Walls " has brought the world's greatest artists working in the graffiti and street art genre to Miami." Not only did UncuttArt get a golden ticket to expose his work, his mural, "Protect Yo Heart", was the talk of Art Basel and Wynwood Walls.
UncuttArt and his artwork has been 10 years in the making. He creates so people can "see things in a simple way and simplify their lives; get rid of the bullshit. I like to create art that reflects people who inspire me." People such as Michael Jackson has been a regular figure in his work. "People are familiar with the younger Jackson. It brings people together, young and old. I also want to create something that is unique, something no one could copy."
UncutArt is an old soul. His art reflects his attitude towards life. His art enables himself to be a teacher to show people to not take life too seriously. Take his "Funny Money" for instance. "Money is paper. It's just another canvas. People take money way too serious. They allow a piece of paper to have so much control over their lives. It's all about perception. People think money is valuable, but what they don't see is how valuable art is." At the end of the day, UncuttArt is an artist who surrenders himself to the circumstances of life and allows himself to be in the driver's seat. "In life, sht is going to happen the way it's going to happen. Find the positive outcome and run with it. What are you going to do? Time doesn't stop for anyone."
To check out more of UncuttArt's work, you can visit his Instagram. If you're in New York, be sure to see his artwork in "Illegal Tender" at Cherry Tavern (441 East 6th Street) tonight, January 14, at 7pm. The show, which also includes the work of King Amsterdam, is curated by Kate Ruby and is presented by the Volavida Collective.