Rai Cruz x Kaff-eine wall, Manila, Philippines

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: 

Sketching out the design

Sketching out the design

After sketching up a design we began to paint, me with aerosol + Rai with latex paint:

In progress

In progress

Almost complete

Almost complete

Rai, his students + film crew in front of the finished collab

Rai, his students + film crew in front of the finished collab

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.

The finished wall, with some of the local helpers

The finished wall, with some of the local helpers

Close-up of the finished Rai Cruz x Kaff-eine wall, Las Pinas, Manila

Close-up of the finished Rai Cruz x Kaff-eine wall, Las Pinas, Manila

I look forward to street painting with Rai again on my return to the Philippines in future.

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