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MASS APPEAL INTERVIEW | Spiritality In Paint
Cryptik creates from a palette of wonder, where all science, math, and true art spring from equal mystery. His is a clear-eyed art practice of more questions asked than answered. The Southern Californian creative’s intricate, almost trance-inducing works—be they on mammoth walls, slap stickers, or hanging in galleries—find voice in images of spiritual universality. By his hand, Eastern philosophical thought and mantras hypnotically merge with the black letter bombing of cholo writing. The ancient and the sacred marry in a modern quest—through art—for conscious awakening and awareness. Straying far from the pitfalls of the cult of personality, preferring that the focus be kept on the work and his public ‘Cryptik Movement’ aimed at prompting a greater global shift in mindfulness, Cryptik finds himself, for the second year running, among the hubbub of Art Week Miami. He will return again to Wynwood Walls to share his mediative vision, but will also have a new collection on view with Inner State at Scope’s Miami Beach Art Fair; his cosmic diagrams Mantradalas will be showing at the Detroit gallery’s booth alongside work by the legendary Doze Green. We shared a recent chat with the Los Angeles-based calligrapher and muralist to learn more. Ever on the humble, Cryptik talked how he tunes out to truly tune in and why every brushstroke is a mediation in itself.

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