Not all artwork hangs inside galleries. There’s now a small group of street artists working to turn many of Tallahassee’s outdoor surfaces into monumental works of art.
About a year and a half ago, Chiara Saldivar Gueyraud – originally from Venezuela – moved to Tallahassee from South Florida. Accompanying her, artistic and life partner Daniel O’Connor McCluskey. Ever since, various local walls have become a lot more eye-catching. That’s because Chiara and Daniel’s enterprise – “Street Art Tallahassee” – has been painting murals all over town, in places like the northern entrance to Midtown, the Miccosukee Land CoOp, Art Facility at Boys Town, the CSX overpass on South Monroe and a bunch more. And now they’ve picked up a new artistic client, the Centre of Tallahassee. That job is so big, Chiara said, that she and Daniel can’t do it alone.
“Daniel and I we want to introduce to Tallahassee different artists that we’ve worked with in the past and link them to local artists,” she insisted.
Each of these visiting artists will be assisted by two local artists who will essentially be apprentices and learn from the lead artist in order to perfect their aesthetic and technical skills. Now helping the McCluskeys – Chiara and Daniel got married this past March – with the Centre of Tallahassee project is Puerto Rico’s David Zayas. Besides his homeland, his work adorns prominent walls in places like Cuba and even New York City. His newest work is on the wall opposite the entrance to the School of Arts and Sciences at the Center.
“(Before) we worked together we knew each other for a long time virtually and we worked together on the design where it was going to be close to the school and between Kim Gabar, the manager of the Centre and us we did the design and then once it was approved I came here and we projected it onto the wall and the base of the mural and then the other faces,” Zayas explained.