Miami graffiti artist: Art Basel leaves local artists in the cold

12/01/2011 1:40 PM

12/01/2011 6:55 PM

Art Basel brings international artists, dealers and galleries to Miami by the thousands, but where does local art fit in?

Long-time graffiti writer and Wynwood native Aurelio Roman thinks that the fair hypes international and well-known muralists while giving local graffiti artists short shrift.

“You’re getting artists from out of town and before you know it the guys down here are getting less and less wall space,” he said.

Roman, aka DMS, went on the local talk-radio show Let’s Talk About It Wednesday night to chat with host Subhash Kateel about the history of street art in Miami and the place of local graffiti writers at Basel.

“It’s getting harder and harder to express yourself publicly,” said Roman. “They’re paying these guys [non local artists] thousands and thousands of dollars to put up these murals and we have guys here that could do not just as good work, but even better work than they can.”

Listen to the entire interview here:

Aurelio Roman on Let's Talk About It by MariaOMM

Roman is working on a documentary about street art in South Florida, where he’s been a graffiti writer since 1984. Art Basel isn't working out too badly for him: Roman will be at the Bakehouse Art Complex on Dec. 1 at 1:30 p.m. filming the creation of a mural for his documentary. ( The Heat Lightning blog has a write-up).

Let’s Talk About It airs Wednesdays at 7 p.m. on 880 AM and streams online at

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