Artist Kai Guetta made his U.S. debut last Thursday, March 27th in the heart of Wynwood. LULU Laboratorium- Miami’s newest space addition- hosted Guetta’s introduction to the American public. Curator Elie Akiba organized the exuberant exhibit stylizing the collection- the 27 original oil-paintings-in pure contrast chicness. Joining the event was DJ Affect whose beats definitely illuminated the room with edge and infused the room in its true urban form.
‘Now Royalty’, the collection, is a series of paintings featuring hip hop’s most successful artists in its history. The exhibit includes rappers from the beginning of rap like Run DMC to the latest power couple to grace the Grammy’s stage like Queen Bey and Jay-Z.
Framed in antique gold the pieces are depicted in royal standing as it represents the urban idolization of hip hop artists. The bold statement first made headlines as printed pieces along the subway in the Louvre-Rivoli in France. Shocking French patons
The ‘Now Royalty’ collection quickly made European headlines when it was shown via a true rogue street art display. Reprints of the pieces were mounted to large boxed frames that were placed over advertisements in the subway station at the famed Louvre-Rivoli Museum in France.
In debuting his artwork, Guetta says:
“The ‘Now Royalty’ collection has brought my art into a new light,” said Guetta. “It’s going to be interesting to see what happens in the States where the musical geniuses in Row Royalty are revered by fans. I hope it will open some creative doors for me, which will allow me to get back in the studio and create more work. Whatever comes of it, I’ll be thankful for.”
It’s safe to say that unveiling his new collection to the American public is crossing a new threshold to success. Kai Guetta is somewhat of a prodigy. He began his journey as an artist at the age of 14 years old. It was then he was inspired to send social messages due to his father’s addiction to cigarettes. These pieces he called “Morons” triggered social response. Guetta gained attention and became one of the prolific artists in the national art community.
Guetta became an international sensation after being accepted into some of the most prestigious school in the world. At 18, he was accepted into CalArts and Ecole Nationale Superior Beaux Arts Des Paris.
Kai Guetta’s work has been featured in worldwide galleries including Los Angeles Lab Art, New York Taglialatella, and this month at Lulu Laboratorium.
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