It’s a meeting of two cities with New York-born and Ecuadarian-based graffiti artist Toofly aka Maria Castillo and Oakland-born creative Dime aka Leslie Lopez combining creative forces in an street-art themed exhibit titled “Grafiteras,” featuring art, workshops and a pop-up shop.
Rooted in the artists shared Latina heritage, the work celebrates the mash up of language, art, music, food and cultural traditions that inform their family histories.
According to press: “Both women were raised in the tumultuous ’90s era. Toofly hails from Corona, Queens, New York, Dime from Oakland, California. As young graffiti artists they made their mark in a male dominated graffiti scene. The challenges of being immigrant and brown women did not deter their journey of self-discovery. In fact, it influenced the trailblazing art they create today.”
“Grafiteras” opens on August 18th and runs through October 1st at the Oakland Eastside Arts Alliance & Cultural Center, located at 2277 International Blvd, Oakland, California. Visit tooflynyc.com for more details on timing of events.