4th and Guadalupe ARTBOX
Painted by Niz
Niz is a self-taught street artist originally from Lima, Peru. She specializes in large-scale stencil murals and custom portraiture. Her start in the art world is rooted in Latin American culture, skateboarding, hip hop and urban life. She has been painting murals in Austin since 2010 and is hailed as “the queen of stencil art” by the Austin American Statesman. Her ARTBOX on the corner of 4th and Guadalupe brings themes of intergenerational equity and respect for all living things to Republic Square.
“We can not talk about equity without talking about respect for each other and respect for all living things. We can not talk about respect for all living things without talking about reverence for life. And we can not talk about reverence for life without addressing our thoughts, feelings and behaviors toward women and Motherhood. Our ideas about Mothers and children directly correspond to our ideas about the Mother of all Mothers-the one who sustains all life-Mother Earth. In order to begin to change how generations to come care for and protect the Earth, we need to first reimagine a dream where We realize the unity between men and women and between humans and the Earth. Respect for the cycles of life translates directly to respect for all ages/generations. Coming to terms with everyone’s value at every stage of life fosters an environment of equality between all living things. ”
— Niz, ARTBOX Artist