Meet the Artists Behind the #KindComments Murals

September 26, 2017

Throughout the new few months, we’re continuing our global initiative to turn walls in cities around the world into colorful beacons inspiring #KindComments. All the murals are created by artists from our global community.

Visit a wall and take a photo or video in front of the wall to share a #kindcomment and make someone’s day.

We invite you to meet the artists who have worked with us in this celebration by checking out their accounts listed below.

Lakwena (@lakwena) – Lakwena fuses bold colours and geometric patterns with inspiring and magnetic statements. Her iconic, kaleidoscopic work is informed by the use of decoration as a means of communication. Central to her practice are words, used as both images and anchors of meaning, borrowing from the techniques and conventions of traditional sign-writing and contemporary graphic design. As a form of expression within a political world, Lakwena explores how the use of adornment in worship and myth-making translates into contemporary popular culture.

Location: The Bowery Wall, 76 E Houston Street, New York, New York

Lourdes Villagomez (@lourdes_villagomez) – Lourdes is a Mexican artist who earned her degree in graphic design, with a minor in art, at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. She continued her studies in photographic and art at CATS College in Cambridge and has most recently graduated from Academia Riaci in Florence Italy with her masters degree in Visual Arts. Using acrylic as her main technique, her works represent a range of various topics including portraits and her native Mexico’s rich culture. Her fresh style and full use of color gives her art a vibrant and lively touch.

Location: Mexico City

Dallas Clayton (@dallasclayton) – Dallas is a best selling author, illustrator, muralist, philanthropist, adventure seeker, and touring public speaker for both kids and adults. He started his career self releasing An Awesome Book”, a story encouraging kids to DREAM BIG, and was hailed “the new Dr Suess.”. He transforms simple spaces into interactive opportunities for reflection and sharing positivity. The purpose of these murals is to engage people both physically and digitally in acts of kindness, love, introspection, and compassion while bringing color, light, hope and artistic beauty to cityscapes around the world.

Location: 2649 Main Street (west exterior wall), Dallas, Texas

Location: TOMS store: 1611 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Location: Union Market, 1309 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Chocomoo (@yukachocomoo) – Yuka, who goes by the artist name “Chocomoo,” is an emerging illustrator from Kyoto, Japan. Her distinctive style of art can be best described as “pop” and “monotone,” gaining inspiration from rock and hip-hop music as well as traditional calligraphy. From collaborating with musicians and brands to exhibiting her work at art shows, Chocomoo often works with a wide range of partners both domestically and internationally, and her whimsical illustrations are attracting fans from around the world.

Location: Minami-Aoyama San-chome Crossing

Diela Maharanie (@dielamaharanie) is a Jakarta-based illustrator. As an artist, she aims to create a bright colorful world, with a touch of irony. In juxtaposition to her colourful visuals, her characters project a sense of melancholy, giving her works a deeper layer of meaning. Through her art, she developed her aesthetic sense and a channel to express her thoughts, ideas or response to what is going on around her, while reminiscing the joy of drawing that led her to become an illustrator. Beside illustrating for a living, she’s also teaches workshops and has her own merchandise line based on her artwork.

Location: Tribeca Park, Central Park Mall, Jakarta

Mikhaela Cherry Virginia Chandra (@mikhaelacherry) is a 24-year-old freelance mural artist. She was born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia, and went to college in Shanghai. Starting out in marketing and graphic design, she left that industry in 2015 to realise her dream of being a full time artist. Her art can be described as intricate Zentangle drawings [patterned designs], with a twist of watercolor and doodling. She feels strongly that taking the bold move to go out of her comfort zone has helped shape her work and portfolio.

Location: Tribeca Park, Central Park Mall, Jakarta

Yessiow (@yessiow) is an Indonesian illustrator and a design student majoring in Visual Communication. Her love of art began at 5 and she began practising her “doodle art” since 2012. Her portfolio encompasses “doodle art”, mural and digital art. She uses “doodle art” as her preferred medium as she feels her ideas and imaginations are best expressed in the form of creatures and ornaments. Her works are distinctive through her use of bold imagery combined with pastel colors, which has been became her trademark. Aside from being exhibited at various events, she also founded one of Indonesia biggest doodle community in 2012 which has a presence in 10 cities and growing.

Location: Tribeca Park, Central Park Mall, Jakarta