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Art & Life with Disem

Today we’d like to introduce you to Disem.

Disem, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I was pretty much born into art. My uncle owned an art university in panama, which my mother attended, and that’s where she met my father. So, I was basically born and spent most of my early years at the university surrounded by art and artist. I guess it runs in the blood. I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember. At around 4th grade one of my older cousins “Gare” introduced me to graffiti and it pretty much consumed me during my teenage years, yet I never lost grasp of the fine art aspect of it and studied it as much as possible.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I try to work in as many mediums as possible, but I’m mostly known for my murals with spray paint, or oil on canvas. I’m heavily influenced and inspired by the city I’ve been raised in, Miami, from its colors to its people. I’m currently working on a series of portraits titled “Miami artist series” of artist I feel need a spot light on them for the work they’ve put in, and for how they’ve influenced this city. I also like to play with the hard contrast of “graffiti” and “fine art” and coming from both backgrounds, I play with creating a balance between the two art forms. Most vandals don’t care for the “fine art” and most people into “fine art” can care less about “graffiti”. My work plays with the hard contrast of the two art forms. Contrast is an ongoing subject matter for me it can be seen in my work.

In your view, what is the biggest issue artists have to deal with?
I don’t think it’s changed, but I do feel it’s gotten watered down. I personally think there’s a lot of people out there doing it for the attention, and not the passion or self-expression. My work is mostly affected by my immediate surroundings. For example, I have piece called “White Flowers” which is a painting of flowers and cocaine baggies, realistically painted over my Dism pattern. Both were found on the same block. Both come from nature. Yet one of them was processed by man into something that affects us and our reality. This goes back to the contrast in things I mentioned I liked to play with.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
Currently, I have murals spread out throughout the world, but the easiest way would be Instagram @Disem305 or through my website As far as supporting, sharing my work is always appreciated. I’m currently working on my Miami Artist Series show and book. You can stay updated by following me on Instagram or checking out my website.

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1 Comment


    August 8, 2018 at 2:59 am

    Very nice portraits. Beautiful colors

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