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AeroSoul is a community institution and cultural resource that documents, promotes and develops the legacy and rich history of the African/African diaspora's writing culture commonly known as Aerosol Art or Spray Can Art. From ancient Kemetic (Egyptian) pyramid texts and Dogon (Mali) wall drawings to the wall paintings of (Haitian) Vodun temples; AeroSoul draws upon the legacy of African/African diasporic writing and historical narrative that is displayed on walls and architecture.
AeroSoul’s international outreach and influence extends to Africa, Europe and Hawaii by collaborating with and showing the work of artists from many parts of Africa and the African diaspora. AeroSoul’s artists create murals in the HipHop aesthetic that advocate for self-determination in struggling Black and Brown communities.
In order to keep integrity with our mission and stay relevant by addressing the currently challenging times that we live in, we are asking for your help. Currently, there are no Black self-determined murals commemorating the Black Panther Party in West Oakland. We need art supplies such as paint, we also need help in accommodating internationally recognized Senegalese artist Batsh1. He will be travelling from France to assist local lead artist Refa 1 in completing this mural. Batsh volunteered his own money for the ticket to America from his current residence in France. His commitment to be present and work on this mural is evidence of AeroSoul and Refa 1’s work building rapport with African and African diasporic artists internationally.
Refa has collaborated with Batsh on murals in France, Senegal and West Oakland. We need to raise money for Batsh’s return flight and the paint supplies. All contributions are appreciated, no matter how small or large.
Artist Refa 1 of AeroSoul Art has designed a mural to be completed at 1333 Peralta St. in West Oakland. This is a highly significant location for many reasons. It is in the local Oakland community that the Black Panthers organized their Food and Breakfast programs. It is walking distance from the location of the original Black Panther Party’s West Oakland headquarters. It is walking distance from the house that Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton created the Black Panther Party’s Ten Point Program and Platform and it’s also walking distance from the area that Huey P. Newton lost his life.
The mural will represent the Black Panther Party’s Food and Breakfast programs as implemented by rank and file Panthers in addition to honoring the memory of BPP founder Huey P. Newton. Because the mural will be completed on 14th St. and Peralta it is in the Black Arts Movement Business District. BAMBD is a project that has been decreed by the City of Oakland as a historically Black cultural district honoring the legacy of the internationally influential Black Arts Movement. This mural project – with its cross-continental Black artists collaboration – is in keeping with that international legacy.
As an additional component of the creative process AeroSoul Art plans to bring youth student artists to the wall to help with the creation of the mural. Refa 1 has created murals at Martin Luther King School in West Oakland and George Washington Carver in San Francisco’s Hunter’s Point district.
Your contributions will enable us to create a priceless educational piece of public art at a time when keeping Black history as told by Black culture workers is so important to our contemporary moment.
February 1, 2017
Reclaiming Space and Restoring Black Culture through Public Art •
When you meet extraordinary your eyes dazzle by its radiance. From musicians to athletes, painters, thinkers, liberators, orators, beautiful minds and souls… we are evermore astonished and inspired by them. A light so bright, they make ugly beautiful, and make up the glory of the world.
Here is one such soul. An artist and educator from Oakland, RefaOne (aka Refa Senay) of AeroSoulArt is not only a muralist for the sake of artistic appreciation — his works carry deeper meaning. Amidst rapid gentrification, artists like RefaOne are doing important and relevant work in West Oakland — historically black neighborhood — reclaiming space and restoring culturally significant murals (African cultural representation) removed by gentrifiers.
His mission is to preserve and reorganize Oakland’s cultural legacy through the expression and promotion of public art. In West Oakland, he hopes to transform the town through the commanding nature of murals into a vibrant (black) cultural museum. He says he strives to be an instrument that empowers knowledge and revolution through creativity.
But that’s not all he does, he also teaches art as restorative justice for Oakland’s youth population, juveniles at area prisons and detention centers as well being a mentor and role model for the same population.
An agent for change.
Detail from new 200ft mural lead by Refa One on Market Street under the 580 fwy in Oakland.
Making a Mark on Campbell Street
By Ryan Lindsay
Posted December 9, 2016 4:03 pmLocal artist Refa One is working to complete a sprawling mural on Campbell Street in West Oakland.
A former grocery store and pizza spot turned community center is getting a fresh look thanks to the work of Refa One, a community artist. Refa started painting the sprawling seven-panel mural in October and hopes to finish by the end of the year.
The mural, located in West Oakland’s Lower Bottoms neighborhood, includes a mix of African and African-American imagery, symbolism and cityscapes, from Timbuktu to Oakland. Refa has been painting murals in Oakland for over 15 years.
Click on the button on the right to hear Refa and Batsch, a French artist, discuss the elements of the mural.
CLICK LINK below to hear full interview