301 Highland St.
Roxbury, MA 02119
A new mural in Roxbury will embody the collective empowerment of feminism through the representation of a Latinx woman and her canine sidekick. “Pa*Lante” by artist Rixy is intended to reflect the powerful ways women of color are moving forward and the honest journeys they navigate including combating Latin machismo. The mural is now open.
Rixy is one of four artists creating public art projects in Now + There’s Public Art Accelerator program which grants Boston-based artists a $25,000 stipend along with a 10-month curriculum to help emerging artists with curatorial, technical, and financial support as they develop new temporary and site-specific works of art for the neighborhoods of Boston.
“Since she first volunteered for Now + There as a student in 2016 and becoming a N+T Public Art Accelerator graduate, Rixy has always been a fierce advocate for Latinx femme-identifying individuals,” said Kate Gilbert, Executive Director of Now + There. “Helping to bring her style, influenced heavily by male-dominated graffiti and animation, to public spaces means we support liberation and healing for queer and female-identifying individuals with Rixy’s empowering visuals of a fierce curvy figure and her feline.”
The artist is finalizing the site of the mural in the area of Roxbury where she grew up as an ode to the area’s diverse people. “My hope is for the public to gain a refreshed sense of the voices that deserve the spotlight,” said Rixy. “I want women to see this as a reflection of themselves. Muralism is an accessible way to view art and can redefine Boston’s culture.”
Rixy (b.1995) is an interdisciplinary street artist, & Latinx Caribbean womxn from Roxbury, Massachusetts. Primarily community & self-taught, she has received her BA at UMass Boston '19, for a sculptural concentration in material, sensual, + spatial awareness. Her work reinterprets narratives of worldly feminine exuberance that surrounds her experiences. Within her fluorescent + inclusive story world island of Cúcala, Rixy’s work has built home to various embodiments, their survival, & healing against the toxic Machismentos. These characters + their environments are most translated through mixing various found painting materials in her Muralism, Studio-Mixed Assemblages, + Activations, often rooted in Sustainability + Social Justice. They've been exhibited on street-wide and institutional spaces from her base in New England to Latin America, with continuous outreach beyond her homes. Recently, she attended The Create Well’s Converging Liberations Residency at Mass MoCA, painted as a Pow! Wow! Worcester Golden Year Muralist, and currently in Now + There's Public Accelerator Artists Cohort 4, + AIR with Elevated Thought.