Visual Arts

Artist Renda Writer seeks ‘World Peace’ painting murals around the globe

Miami artist Renda Writer at work.
Miami artist Renda Writer at work. Photo provided to the Miami Herald

Imagine writing a phrase more than 150,000 times for the sake of art.

Known as Renda Writer, an artist from Miami is seeking to paint the words “World Peace” on murals across the country and the world, “to write peace into existence,” according to his website.

“I’m typically not a very politically active person because I find that stuff divides people,” Writer said. “But I believe in peace and love and these simple concepts. People are quick to dismiss this idea, but I try to keep my words small so my art can speak louder.”

The actor, poet and visual artist has been creating all his life. The idea of writing world peace came from Bronx rapper KRS-One’s song World Peace:

If we really want world peace

and we want it right now

We must make up our minds to take it

Right now!

If we really want world peace

World peace

and we want it right now

or world TALK

We must make up our minds to take it.

In March, Writer had the idea to take the “World Peace” mural project globally. With the help of Mel Weiss, a retired class-action attorney from New York and Boca Raton who funded the first leg of the touring project, the artist will be painting in Detroit, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, D.C., and New York from July through September.

Weiss said he stands behind the project because of the straightforward message.

“We tend to think of World Peace as an unobtainable illusion, a fairy tale, but we also know that energy focused on good intentions can also be a powerful force in the world that can manifest into actual change,” Weiss said. “I believe that people will be impacted by the World Peace messages that Renda will create through this project by showing, with little steps, what each of us can achieve.”

For Writer, 37, it’s about being able to put out into the world thoughts that can resonate with the collective conscious and promote positivity.

So far he’s collaborated with other local artists to bring messages of hope and drive around Miami, such as his Your Comfort Zone Will Kill You mural and the She’s So Confident piece in Little Haiti in collaboration with local artist Claudia La Bianca.

Delfina Vizzoco, who works in the area, said the mural brings beautiful art to the neighborhood and is an inspiration to people who see it.

“I think it represents us as women in a good light because it shows us as strong and secure.”

Although art has always come naturally to Writer, his first handwritten mural was created during Art Basel two years ago. The mural Love Is a Risk. Do It Anyway launched his canvas art and mural work.

The phrases lead him on a journey of self-discovery and fueled his creativity.

The World Peace mural project Writer said is his effort to enact change using his art and his words. By sharing his vision for the world, he hopes backers will jump on board to support his project so he can take it to Europe and beyond.

The artist, who’s always had a nomadic spirit, is looking for other walls in other cities and countries to spread the movement further. He is looking for spaces and funding from the public through a donate button on his website to keep the project on the road.

“I’m just a guy writing world peace over and over, and the rest is up to the public to interpret it and to enjoy it as they see fit,” Writer said. “ It just makes me really happy to see people enjoy these murals all over the place. I love being an artist and I love being the type of artist that I am. This is my contribution to the world, and it’s also my way of getting a piece of the world.”

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If you go

▪ What: Renda Writer X Gallery 212 Miami Inaugural backyard party

▪ When: 1 to 6 p.m. July 10

▪ Where: 2407 NW Second Ave., Miami

▪ Cost: Free and open to the public

Renda Writer displays can also be seen at or near:

▪ Blooming Events, 4443 NW Second Ave., Miami

▪ Chop Shop Barbershop – 2214 N. Miami Ave., Miami

▪ Electric Pickle, 2826 N. Miami Ave., Miami

▪ Everglade Screen, 807 NE Fourth Ave., Fort Lauderdale

▪ Give Good Works Thrift Store, 2401 N. Miami Ave., Miami

▪ MAC Town, 6390 NE Second Ave., Miami

▪ N’Namdi Contemporary Art, 177 NW 23rd St., Miami

▪ Smart Bites, 791 NW 20th St., Miami, FL 33127

▪ Wynwood Warehouse, 450 NW 27th St., Miami