Untold Stories: Artistic Freedom
Artists Myron Curry and Javier “Spanky Loco” Silva’s journey to being full-time professional artists did not begin with art school. They both emerged from incarceration and began pursuing art, first as a means of expression and then as a means of empowerment. Come hear their stories and what brought them from street corners to street artists, and how they discovered the freedom of creative expression.
Myron Curry was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, primarily in the Central District, and is a self-taught artist who began taking his practice seriously in 2015. Curry is deeply passionate about community engagement and strives to involve local residents in every aspect of his mural-making process. Through workshops, public art walks, or other interactive events, he creates opportunities for community members to connect with his art and with each other. Myron’s goal is not only to create striking works of public art, but also to use art as a means of fostering a sense of community, promoting social cohesion, and inspiring people to think critically about the world around them.
Artist Spanky Loco was born in West Los Angeles CA. He has created an international brand through art and music, touring, tattooing, and doing shows. His nonprofit, L.O.C.O.S. (Leading Our Children Off Streets) gives youth the tools to become artists and independent businesses owners in the tattoo and art field.