Art Basel 2018 - Beyond Words

Art has a way of communicating far beyond language. It is beyond words.


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2018 Artists



In 2009, a group of Montreal graffiti artists decided to pool their talent and raise their profile on the Street Art scene. They founded the ASHOP CREW, a collective that enables members to manifest their artistic visions. By adopting the core crew values of unity and mutual support, the collective has continuously pushed the boundaries of street art in Montreal. The ASHOP CREW’s reputation quickly grew beyond the city walls with artists establishing themselves internationally. They’ve painted murals in major cities from Toronto to Miami, Los Angeles to Paris. Led by Fluke, Zek, Dodo Ose and Ankhone, ASHOP CREW’s work is recognized for its vibrant combination of styles and innovative approach to the art form.




Deih is a talented artist from Valencia Spain. His works varry in style and have been evolving since the 90s. The charisma in his art seems to be the motion he manages to bring out from his comic inspired characters. His works has been seen in museums and galleries as Muvim, Museu del Centre del Carme Sala Josep Renau (UPV), UNAM (Mexico DF), AVART, Crewest Gallery (LA), The Fridge (Washington DC) and at festivals like Poliniza, Mislatas represent, Poliniza Mexico, Partidet, Valencia burns, and many more places.Despite his success, he moves around the streets and in underground dens from now as he did 20 years ago.




Though raised in New York, JonOne has lived in Paris since the mid 1980’s where he has established himself as an artist, building a career that has spanned over 25 years. From his early days as a youth, tagging the streets of Harlem, JonOne has always emphasized a painterly approach, bringing brushes instead of spray cans to tag subway trains. Drawing from the energy and freedom of painting in an urban landscape, he translates his roots as a graffiti artist into paintings that are a completely unique form of abstract expressionism.




Acknowledged worldwide, Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra has painted more than 500 murals in Brazil and has artworks in all five continents. The heritage of his hip-hop past is revived in his most striking style: hyper-realistic images, based on images that evoke messages of peace and unity; covered with a blend of geometric patterns and bright and contrasting colors. This mixture eventually became his trademark and the representation of the outstanding style of his work.



Martin Whatson

Martin Whatson, is a Norwegian born and based stencil artist. While studying Art and Graphic design at Westerdals School of Communication in Oslo, he discovered stencils and the urban art scene. After following graffiti and it’s development, he started his own stencil production in 2004. He looks for inspiration in people, city landscapes, old buildings, posters and decaying walls; the latter which has help develop his style, motives and composition. He enjoys creating unity or conflict between materials, backgrounds, motives and human intervention.



Queen Andrea

Andrea von Bujdoss AKA “Queen Andrea” is a NYC-based fine artist, muralist, typographer and designer who embodies a style that is consistently marked by a bold use of color, design and advanced typography. From her mural work to her paintings, her large scale commissions to her diverse design portfolios, she continues to build an enduring reputation as a dedicated creative maven in the urban art and design realms. She gains endless inspiration from the urban landscape, which informs her bright color palettes, lively geometry motifs, typography messages and wildly creative pattern mash-ups.



Ron English

One of the most prolific and recognizable artists alive today, New York-based painter, street artist and designer Ron English has bombed the global landscape with unforgettable images across all categories of culture, history and art. As a fine art painter enjoying gallery and museum representation worldwide, Mr. English is well-known for his stunning oil technique and inventive use of color. Widely considered the Godfather of Street Art, he has created murals and billboards across the globe that blend dazzling visuals with biting political, consumerist and surrealist statements.



Tomokazu Matsuyama

Tomokazu Matsuyama is a Brooklyn based, Japanese contemporary artist. Traditional Japanese icons and imagery and the American visual motifs of street art and Abstract Expressionism led Tomokazu Matsuyama to a distinct personal aesthetic. Using intensely colorful acrylic on canvas, he begins with an abstract background, then layers figures mined from Edo Japanese and American traditions, repetitive shapes, and patterns. These paintings are often mural-sized, referencing both classical Japanese wall painting and graffiti simultaneously.




Alexandre Farto aka Vhils has developed a unique visual language based on the removal of the surface layers of walls and other media with non-conventional tools and techniques. He began interacting with the urban environment through the practice of graffiti in the early 2000s. Peeling back the layers of our material culture like a modern-day urban archaeologist, Vhils reflects on the impact of urbanity, development and global homogenisation on landscapes and people’s identities. Destroying to create, he delivers powerful and poetic visual statements from materials the city rejects, humanising depressed areas with his poignant large-scale portraits.


2018 Events

Sunday, November 25 – Monday, December 3, 2018

Wynwood Walls Begins Art Basel Live Installations

Participating artists in Wynwood Walls’ Art Basel Program will start working on their installations. The Wynwood Art District will be open during this time, where spectators will be able to watch these artists in action. Wynwood Walls will then be closed on December 4th for Art Basel set up and will re-open on December 5th as scheduled.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Goldman Global Arts Gallery Collectors Preview

Vhils “Ethereal” private solo show unveiling.
6 p.m. – 9 p.m. | INVITATION ONLY

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Opening Night Artist Dinner and VIP Party

Goldman Properties and Wynwood Walls kick off Art Basel with the 2018 unveiling of the new installations.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Kidrobot LIVE Artist Competition

Artists will participate in a live painting competition of the famed Kidrobot Munny figures. Each artist will paint their own version and viewers will vote on their favorite.
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. | FREE – OPEN TO PUBLIC

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Artist Talk

Panel discussion with the artists of Wynwood Walls, in the Goldman Global Arts Gallery on Thursday, December 6.
6 p.m. – 8 p.m. | INVITATION ONLY

Monday, December 3 - Sunday, December 9, 2018

Art Basel Week

Wynwood Walls – 2018 Beyond Words Miami Art Week program.
10 a.m. – 12 a.m. | Book Tours

Vhils ‘Ethereal” at GGA Gallery – Alexandre Farto aka Vhils (Lisbon, 1987) has developed a unique visual language based on the removal of the surface layers of walls and other media with non-conventional tools and techniques. Vhils will showcase 28 unique pieces in his first solo show on the East Coast displaying works on several different mediums including billboard, styrofoam dioramas, metal, wood and more.
10 a.m. – 12 a.m. | FREE – OPEN TO PUBLIC

2018 Sponsors

Presented By:

  • Citi

Beyond Words Partners:

  • Diageo
  • Evian
  • Freehold
  • Sephora
  • Estrella

Beyond Words Artist Gift Appreciation:

  • Area Ware
  • Gingko Press
  • Kidrobot
  • Molla Space

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