How artists turned Wynwood into a creative hub (includes video story)

Wynwood was originally an industrial district with abandoned warehouses and neglected buildings. However, a group of visionary artists recognized the potential of this overlooked area and began transforming it into a haven for creativity.

These artists, often referred to as the pioneers of the Wynwood artist revolution, utilized various mediums such as graffiti, murals and street art to change the neighborhood.

By the 1990s, Wynwood had become a thriving artistic community, filled with galleries, art studios and alternative exhibition spaces.

Hector Andrade, a street artist, said “When I started doing graffiti in the 80s it was very much underground and not understood or appreciated by the public. There was no social media or internet. No way for things to go viral right away and become so commercialized.” 

As the neighborhood continues to evolve, the Wynwood revolution serves as an example of the transformative potential of art on a local and global scale.

Daniela Zulueta is pursuing her master’s degree in global strategic communications and graduated from FIU with a bachelor’s degree in digital broadcasting in 2023. She also holds an associate’s degree in journalism from Miami Dade College. Zulueta loves the city of Miami and aims to share the stories of the citizens who live here and all over the world. Zulueta runs a social media platform with her husband called @Lifestyle_Miami where she works with local businesses and does community based work. Currently, she works for NBC6 South Florida & Telemundo51 as a stage manager and wants work both behind the scenes and as an on-air talent.