"Ginzatropicalia" Turns Graffiti into Art

Urban street graffiti was transformed into imaginative art for an Art Basel premiere.

Large graffiti paintings on white canvas covered the walls of the Dacra Development building.


During Art Basel, the Dacra Development office got a complete overhaul as it hosted the “Ginzatropicalia” exhibit December 6 through 9. The 12,000-square-foot space experienced controlled vandalism as graffiti art covered everything.

This exhibit, sponsored by Sushi Samba, focused on urban street art from the cultures of Japan, Brazil, and Peru, which also influence the restaurant's cuisine. At the opening party on December 7, artists were on hand to showcase their work, which used the entire room as a blank canvas. While paintings and sketches appeared on conventional canvases, much of the artists' inspiration overflowed onto the walls and furniture.

“It's rare to get a chance to express yourself like this and not go to jail,” said Diet, one of the artists in attendance.

As guests meandered through the exhibit, they sampled hors d'oeuvres provided by Sushi Samba. To wash it all down, they could sip Canton ginger liqueur or sample a variety of concoctions from Svedka Vodka offered by Creative Tastes Catering. In addition to the outrageous art, outrageous dancers from CircX danced with partygoers and kept the energy level high

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