Renda Writer always thought he had cool writing (note, we agree) so it was inevitable that he would take to the streets and let people see it on walls 15 feet high and 20 feet long. Although the repetitive mantra like phrases are recognizable on the streets of Wynwood, it is his roots as a lyricist and rapper that has allowed him to promote a message that not only makes him stand out but also travel the entire country during his recent ‘World Peace Mural Tour.’ We caught up with Renda this past week and had the opportunity to learn a little bit more about what makes him tick.
What project are you working on now?
My main focus right now, and for the rest of my life, is “The World Peace Mural Tour.” It’s a project that I came up with back in April of 2016, with the idea of spending the rest of my life creating murals for World Peace all over the world. The murals are all what I call, “Handwritten Murals” and they are created by me writing (usually with spray paint, sometimes with markers) the phrase “World Peace” over and over and over again, in various alternating colors, until an entire wall or building is filled up. I have done 48 murals like this so far, all over The United States and Mexico. I am currently making plans for mural #49 and mural #50. I want to make #50 a big deal somehow. I am currently doing research and making plans for murals in England, Spain, France, Brazil, Philadelphia, and Detroit. www.WorldPeaceMuralTour.com – www.Instagram.com/WorldPeaceMuralTour
Other than that, I am getting ready for Art Basel. I will be participating in “The Fearless Artist” group art show in Wynwood, located at 120 NW 25th St., Miami, FL 33127. I’m also looking for other events to get involved in too. So, if you’re reading this, and you have an event where I can create a mural, exhibit my art on your walls, do live Handwritten Art, do live Handwritten Body Art, or set up a table to vend, then holler at me.
How has your work developed since the previous show?
I believe that my work is always developing, always progressing, daily.
What’s the last show that you saw?
The last art show? Well… the last art show that I went to was the opening reception for Joe Iurato’s solo show at Wyn 317 in Wynwood. His work was super dope, and Wyn 317 is an awesome gallery. It’s really one of the last true art galleries left in Wynwood, and definitely one of the only galleries emphasizing street art. I hope to do a show there myself one day.
What’s the last show that surprised you? Why?
Honestly, I don’t know that I am ever really surprised. I believe that to be surprised is to experience something other than what you expected, and I don’t really believe in having expectations, because, as Shakespeare said, “Expectation is the mother of all disappointment.” Ironically, on the same token, in addition to “never being surprised,” I am also somehow “always surprised.” Like I had mentioned in our interview at Bar Nancy, I like to just kind of live in a constant state of awe… a constant state of gratitude, appreciation, and wonder. So in that respect, I am kind of surprised by everything. I love everything, and I think everything is beautiful. Life is great, and sometimes I’m surprised by how great it is.
What’s your favorite place to see art?
Wynwood. Hands down. I just like to walk around Wynwood. When I have no specific plans, I just go to Wynwood and walk around, soak up the art… soak up the energy. And when I do have specific plans, I usually try to make sure they’re in Wynwood. The street art, the murals, the stencils sprayed on the ground… it’s all awesome. When it comes to specific galleries in Wynwood, like I said in previous answer, I really like Wyn 317. And I also love N’Namdi Contemporary Art, located at 177 NW 23rd St. It’s the spot where I did my very first Handwritten Mural, but even aside from that personal attachment that I have to the spot, it’s also a really cool gallery with great contemporary art, and the owner Jumaane N’Namdi, is a great guy. He curates his gallery very well, and he’s always been very supportive of my career.
What’s the most indispensable item in your studio?
Well… my studio is my van… so I guess the quick answer would be gas. Aside from that, I’m always loaded up on paint markers, spray paint, canvases, and things that I find on the street and keep to repurpose as art. But I guess nothing is truly indispensable. Everything is ephemeral. If I lost all my markers, I’d just use spray paint. If I lost all my spray paint, I’d just use markers.
Where are you finding ideas for your art these days?
Life. I just enjoy living and filtering my experiences through my human form, sifting through all the variety and all the contrasts and interpreting it all in various ways, and then watching as the art comes out. I also am very inspired by KRS-One, Wayne Dyer, Abraham Hicks, Bashar, and Deepak Chopra. I also get ideas from conversations that I have with my former self and with my future self.
Do you collect anything?
Well…. as a devout minimalist and #VanLife enthusiast I don’t collect anything… nothing material or tangible. But I do collect life experiences, daily. I’m addicted to life, and I’m high on life.
What’s the last artwork you made?
Just yesterday I made a piece of Handwritten Art on a 2ft x 2ft canvas. I wrote the word “Love” in red spray paint, in various directions, all over the canvas, and then I filled in all the negative space by writing “Love” again, in various directions, in a smaller font, with a paint marker. And today I will be turning a jacket into a piece of Handwritten Art for a collector of mine who will be wearing it to The American Music Awards.
What’s the first artwork you sold?
Back in 2012, when I first started creating my brand of Handwritten Art, I was doing a lot of art on yellow legal paper. I created about 30 pieces of art on yellow legal paper, framed them all, and had them on display in a bathroom at a hair salon in Delray Beach. At the time, I was dating a girl who was a hairstylist there, so she’s the one that hooked me up with the “bathroom exhibition,” and after a few days of them hanging one of them sold. A person bought it as a gift for a friend of theirs that was in recovery for drug abuse, and they thought my art would help them in the recovery process. Needless to say, I was very touched… very grateful… and very inspired.
What’s your art-world pet peeve?
Oooh, that’s kind of a tough one, because I’m a little too easy-going, laid back, and open minded to have very many pet peeves, and certainly not many that I’d like to talk about and give energy too, but I guess if I had to say something as an answer, I’d probably point out the whole, “We can’t pay you, but it’s good exposure” thing…. and that kind of goes hand-in-hand with this sort of scenario that I seem to experience sometimes, where people contact me and say that they want to buy a particular piece of art, and then I give them the price, or the link to pay, or whatever, and then they just pussyfoot around, waste my time, become uncommunicative or silent, and never buy the art. But even still, I take the good with the bad, and I just know the law of averages… for every 3 people that waste my time and act all weird and indecisive about the simple process of buying art, there is at least 1 person that knows how to express an interest in buying a piece of my art and then just follow through… and actually do it. I am grateful for those people and prefer to put my energy on them, instead of my pet-peeves because what you focus on expands in your reality.
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What’s your favorite post-gallery watering hole or restaurant?
Gramps, The Butcher Shop, Wood Tavern, Dunkin Donuts… my van… I don’t know. I just love everything, and I love going everywhere. Go with the flow. Flow with the go. Just go wherever the wind blows.
What work of art do you wish you owned? What would you do to get it?
I love art. I really love all art…everything from the classics to modern art, to street art. But I really don’t want to own any of it. I don’t have anywhere to put it. But sometimes I like to buy clothing from artists that put their art on T-shirts.
What international art destination do you most want to visit?
Who’s your favorite living artist?