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Friend wants to help Puerto Rican artist after Hurricane Maria strikes

Kasia Gregorczyk
September 29, 2017 10:35 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- For nearly half of the month, artists from all over the world worked to make downtown Albuquerque a more colorful place. While one of those artists was in town, Mother Nature robbed him of everything.


That Puerto Rican artist, Bik Ismo, has been doing street art for 25 years.

"He has become one of the top street artists in the world," says JP Eaglin, a close friend and director of development for Warehouse 508.

Eaglin has known Bik Ismo for more than a decade. Eaglin invited him to visit the Land of Enchantment for the first time earlier this month.

"While he was here working on the 508 Mural Fest beautifying our city, unfortunately, Hurricane Maria hit and he and his family lost everything,” Eaglin said.

Bik Ismo stayed in Albuquerque for nearly two weeks before he moved on to Boston, where is currently working on another mural. When he does return to the Duke City, he'll be creating his second piece of art on the side of a building near Edith and Central.

While he'll be in the city for about two months, Eaglin is looking to find Bik Ismo as much work as possible to help support him and his family.

Bik Ismo will always remember where he was the day his life in Puerto Rico washed away.

"There is nothing else we can do. Just move forward," he said. "We can't control Mother Nature, we just have to keep working."

But Eaglin hopes that same city Bik Ismo was in when he learned of the devastation, will help get him back on his feet.

"This is what community is all about," Eaglin said. "When crisis happens, we're able to form opportunity."

Bik Ismo will be back in town Oct. 6 and a fundraising event is planned for Oct. 21. That is also when his new piece of art will be unveiled. If you'd like to learn more about how to help out, visit


Kasia Gregorczyk

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