Artist whose mural was defaced improvises, creates something new

Kasia Gregorczyk
October 01, 2017 10:31 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Orange paint was found splattered all over a wall where several murals were in the process of being created in Albuquerque two weeks ago during Mural Fest 508. 


You might just think it was a part of the project, but unfortunately, that wasn't the case. At least two murals were ruined.

KOB caught up with one of those artists to see how he turned vandalism into art.

“This big orange slab across my thing... there's always the initial shock. You feel like, ‘Oh, ouch,’” Aron Kalaii said.

When Kalaii walked up to his creation to find two full days of work interrupted, he wasn't thrilled about it, saying this was the second time something like this had happened to him in Albuquerque.

Despite the unfortunate situation thrown his way, Kalaii decided to work with the vandalism – by taking that orange paint and transforming it into flames, a new metaphor and meaning to his work.

“Somebody was angry when they did it. So it looks angry back at it, but it's not,” he said. “It's just me transferring their anger into what this depiction of this deity was at the time. A deity of transformation, very relevant for our time right now.”

Kalaii says he has lived in New Mexico for the last 11 years and was one of nearly 40 artists working to beautify downtown for two weeks last month.

If you’d like to see more of his work, Kalaii’s Instagram handle is @viciouskittiesband.


Kasia Gregorczyk

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