Rai Cruz is a university art + design lecturer, who is also a respected, high profile contemporary + street artist practising throughout the Philippines. I had been chatting with Rai before arriving in the Philippines, to learn more about the local street culture + organise some painting opportunities. I met Rai (along with most of Manila’s super street art community) the morning after I landed, at the ‘Art With Heart’ Typhoon Yolanda fundraising event (more about this in a later post).
Rai very generously arranged for us to paint a collab wall together in Las Pinas, a city in Manila, in the week that I arrived. I was super-keen to paint some street pieces with Rai + some of the local artists, + stoked to be visiting a different part of Manila.
The location was fantastic; a smooth wall on a neat house, at a large intersection with plenty of character. After a quick chat about images, we hit the wall:
After sketching up a design we began to paint, me with aerosol + Rai with latex paint:
Thank you Rai, your students + crew, for making my day with you superfun! Thank you for organising this wall in such a great place, + for taking time out from your busy work + family life to paint such a rad collab with me. I loved painting in the crazy sunshine + heat, loved meeting the local folk, + loved collaborating with you.
I look forward to street painting with Rai again on my return to the Philippines in future.