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 Thoelke is a senior at Florida International University majoring in digital broadcasting and media. She loves Miami and aims to share the stories of the citizens that live here and all over the world. After her studies, she wishes to pursue a career in the entertainment field.