By Gorillakill and BEIRUT bomber, “One who flew over that nest”. Mix media on wall, Miami 2021

Selections’ writer and visual artist Yasmina Nysten writes about painting in Miami during ArtBasel. Experience Wynwood, the stomping ground of street art through her perspective.

New York street art photo
New York street art photo


This year during ArtBasel, away from the Miami Beach buzz, a whole lot of bright colours and largess was taking place on the streets of the infamous neighbourhood called Wynwood.

Artists from all over the globe have taken to the streets claiming their walls, working through the nights, mingling amongst each other and the creatures of the night.

The entire area smelt of spray paint and smoke.




We rolled into Wynwood at sunset on the Wednesday of Art Basel week. « We » refers to myself and my painting partner in crime who goes by GorillaKill. An Oregon based artist who has made this trip 17 times to date. It was my first experience.


On night one, the area was dominated by the presence of some bold characters, the kind that look you straight in the eye as they look right through you. Protectors and supporters of the arts like Joe Ficalora, creator of the Bushwick Collective, one of the most popular locations around.
I learnt that night that he was essential to the local artistic ecosystem.

By the second day I was more aware of my surroundings, hungry for paint. We took to the street at a new location. A parallel street, manned by Tut, a local street artist who has been on the block for as long as all the art around, curating the work on those specific walls and bringing only positive energy to his artists and friends.

By Thursday, the neighbourhood was buzzing like madness. The wall assigned to us by Tut was in front of a nightclub called MAPS that happened to have DJs such as Major Lazor, Diplo and Shepard Ferry playing music all night. Painting was like fire.


Simultaneously on the same 24th street, you could find the one and only, coined godfather of street art: Ron English, the talented and sharp minded Ian Wilkinson, the Miss of all Misses Elle, Sipros and his giant expressionistic Dalí head, LAmour Supreme, Osiris and many more. All this culminated into 25th street where the museum of graffiti, held a mind bending exhibition that included some of their works.


By the end of the weekend, after all said, done and painted, I finally earned my first street art badge which was a baptism of sorts: the BEIRUT Bomber was I coined henceforth.

By Gorillakill and BEIRUT bomber, “One who flew over that nest”. Mix media on wall, Miami 2021
By Gorillakill and BEIRUT bomber, “One who flew over that nest”. Mix media on wall, Miami 2021

From the street to the moon, the fumes of Wynwood rise up in colored hues. It’s the other side of that lucky coin, the place to be during Art Basel. A word of advice: do NOT miss it.

Ron English 24th street Miami 2021
Ron English 24th street Miami 2021
Yasmina Nysten

Yasmina Nysten is a painter, writer and photographer. She has shown her photography, illustration and painting from New York to Qatar. Born and raised in Helsinki, she has lived in Cannes, Beirut and Brooklyn. After a BA from ALBA University, Beirut, she is currently earning her MA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. In her spare time, she has been known to trip the lights fantastic and ride her hot pink motorcycle around the hood.



SELECTIONS is a platform for the arts, focusing on the Arab World.

Selections editorial presents a quarterly print magazine and weekly online publication with high quality content on all subjects related to Art and Culture. Full of world-leading artworks, exquisite brand imagery, original creative illustrations and insightful written articles.
Selections Viewing Rooms presents carefully curated online art shows aiming not only to shed light on contemporary art executed by living artists, but also for viewers to buy contemporary fine art, prints & multiples, photography, street art and collectibles.
Discover the previous and current shows here.
Cultural Narratives foundation is an extensive collection that is travelling the world by leading established and emerging talents aiming to reflect the culture of the region in their works.


Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse at NGV International

 Alexander McQueen (1969 – 2010), one of the most significant fashion designers of the late twentieth-century, was lauded for his conceptual and technical virtuosity. McQueen’s critically acclaimed collections synthesised his proficiency in tailoring and dressmaking with encyclopaedical and autobiographical visual…

Gallery 2 - A Global History of Sport (2)


The 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum is Qatar’s museum of sports history, offering an unforgettable and inspiring interactive journey through the history and legacy of sports and the Olympic Games. The 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum was officially…

Pipilotti Rist Your Brain to Me My Brain to You


The National Museum of Qatar has unveiled a large-scale & Middle East 1st museum installation by renowned Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist Your Brain to Me, My Brain to You a site-specific installation, offering visitors “an immersive experience of light and…

Baghdad: Eye’s Delight


Exhibition presented as part of the Qatar-MENASA 2022 Year of Culture  25 October 2022, Doha – Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation, today opened the Baghdad: Eye’s Delight exhibition at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA).…

Khaleej Modern: Pioneers and Collectives in the Arabian Peninsula

Khaleej Modern: Pioneers and Collectives in the Arabian Peninsula, run from September 6 to December 11, 2022 at The NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) Art Gallery. Curated by Dr. Aisha Stoby, this landmark exhibition surveys the emergence of modern art in the…

Islamic Arts Biennale

Diriyah Biennale Foundation’s inaugural edition of Islamic Arts Biennale to spotlight 18 Saudi Arabian artists   Hosted by the Diriyah Biennale Foundation, one of the key highlights of the inaugural edition of the Islamic Arts Biennale taking place between January…

january 2023

25aug(aug 25)18:0007jan(jan 7)21:00ANIA SOLIMAN | TERRAFORM


14nov(nov 14)09:0028jan(jan 28)09:00Wisdom of the crowd