“Not opposite but divided” (2016) – Bushwick Collective, New York Mural Festival 2017

Li-Hill – Portrait of a master of movement

Aaron Li-Hill, better known simply as Li-Hill, will visit Montreal for the Mural Festival. This Canadian artist has had quite an interesting life journey. Born in Toronto from an Austrian Polish father and a Canadian Chinese mother, raised in California and grew up in downtown Toronto, Li-Hill has been based in Brooklyn for the past five years.

©Rachel Machalani

The skateboarding world introduced him at a young age to graffiti. Gradually figurative elements were integrated to his lettering, up to the point when the letters completely disappeared to leave all the space to the figurative. Since his teenage years his passion allowed him to discover many different forms of art and Li-Hill knew that he would dedicate his life to art. Through all his travels, art schools, reading, drawing experiments, illustration, sculpture, graphism and painting, his artistic universe evolved.

“Futher” – Collaboration avec Trevor Wheatley (2013) – Toronto, Canada ©Nickie Robinson

A universe which can now be described through only one word : MOVEMENT. Indeed, Li-Hill’s work uses a juxtaposition of images in such a way as to suggest the illusion of movement. A process which reminds us of a the stop motion method used in movies. A filming technique in which objects are shot in successive positions creating the illusion of movement.

“Make It” - Collaboration avec Trevor Wheatley (2013) – Toronto, Canada ©Nickie Robinson

To better understand, imagine you are holding a small flipbook in your hands By holding the book with one hand and letting the pages turn quickly, you have the impression that the images are moving. In fact, each image is almost identical to the previous one except for a few details and with each sequence carefully cut, it creates the illusion of movement.


The fencers often find their place at the center of his creations. During an interview with Complex Magazine, the artist explains that for him it is simply an interesting symbolic.

“Electric Currents” (2014) – Bushwick Collective, New York ©Nickie Robinson

Li-Hill explores different horizons. The multidisciplinary artist loves to work with all kinds of materials such as recycled material and using different supports. He is known as much for his work on canvases, his painted murals as for his posters and unique installations.

”Push & Pull” ( 2016) – Musée National d’ Honolulu, Hawaii ©Nickie Robinson
“Crumbing as we climb” (2016) pour la fondation Heliotrope – Manhattan, New York ©Nickie Robinson

His work has brought him all over the world. His pieces have been shown in important art institutions, museums and galleries and you can admire murals on walls in city such as Berlin, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Melbourne, New York, San Francisco and Reykjavik.

Photo ©Nickie Robinson©Nickie Robinson
Collaboration with Kaff-eine (2014) - Bushwick Collective, New York ©Nickie Robinson

As previously mentioned, this year, Li-Hill will honor us with his presence for the Mural Festival. Thanks to funding from the Société de développement du boulevard Saint-Laurent (SDBSL), the artist will give us an artistic installation in his own personal style, which will most likely feature a combination of three essential elements to his work :

  1. A central piece including one or more multilayered human figures carefully mixed in with significantly abstract forms exploding towards the outside.
  2. A reflecting surface
  3. Various light sources

A careful positioning of all these elements in an almost perfect balance constitutes the actual installation piece. It is set up on a polished surface and the lighting is meticulously placed so that an image is created by reflecting on the mirror which then gives an impression of movement which bursts into the surrounding space. The magic starts as you approach the artwork. The light effects changes as soon as the observer gets closer to the piece and gives the impression of entering a third dimension and to be able to interact with the work.

“Electric Currents And Mortal Wounds” Installation (2016) for PowWow Hawaii – Honolulu, USA ©Nickie Robinson

For Mural Festival, the installation will be created outdoor. Since light is such an essential factor in his work, it will be interesting to see how he will manage to play with the restriction of natural light. But this sure isn’t Li-Hill’s first experience so he should carry out the challenge brilliantly. It is planned that the installation will stay in place on the St-Laurent boulevard throughout summer.

Discover Li-Hill’s work : site web | Facebook | Instagram

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alcove X MURAL : a series of intimate and…

The MURAL Festival joins forces with alcove to present a series of conversations from june 12th to june 15th. You will have the chance to meet visionaries who have distinguished themselves by their talent, their values ​​and their creative spirit.

On the program this year; 3 conferences; 3 amazing guests:

Armand Vaillancourt

The sculptor-painter Armand Vaillancourt is not only a militant artist, but was named Knight of the National Order of Quebec in 2004 and a recipient of the Paul-Émile-Borduas Prize in 1993. He was awarded the Chevalier-de-Lorimier Prize in 2014 at the annual ceremony for the Patriote. As well, he was distinguished for his first public artwork, ‘The Tree of Durocher Street in Montreal’ which was disseminated in 1954, in which he carved a tree in the street for two years, deconstructing the standards for sculpture and the arts of his time.

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Gilbert Rozon

Gilbert Rozon is a producer and founder of the Just for Laughs (French: Juste pour Rire) comedy festival, which he created in 1983. He is a judge for France’s equivalent of “America’s Got Talent” and the Montreal version of “Shark Tank”. Rozon is also responsible for the development and international deployment of the Just for Laughs/Juste pour Rire brand in over 150 countries. The Just for Laughs festival is considered the largest comedy festival in the world.

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Based in Montréal, 123KLAN is a graffiti crew founded by the French duo Scien and Mrs Klor in 1992. A tireless, effervescent and often ironic creative force, Scien and Klor have been creating their art for two decades in the hip-hop galaxy and well beyond. Multidisciplinary, The 123KLAN style is divided into several branches of knowledge: graffiti art, the creative studio and streetwear. Influenced by the various forms of 90’s graffiti art found in Europe and New York, 123KLAN crafts a hybrid style that has granted them widespread recognition. Around this time, they defined a new language that transcended all the graffiti “schools”.

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Want to have a taste of what awaits you in the alcove? Listen to the 2016 conferences:

Alexandre Taillefer : Business, arts and philanthropy
« Les meilleurs entrepreneurs sont ceux qui ont le plus de cicatrices dans le dos. »
Miss Me : Street art and representation of woman in art and media
« In the past year, I’ve been choosing my projects based on my fear level; the scarier I get, the more I open myself to try new things. »
Corey Shapiro : Entrepreneur, anti-conformist, visionary-madman and stereotype breaker
« My threshold for pain and failure is high, that’s how I’m never afraid to create. »
Paul Budnitz : Creator, author and kid at heart
« If you want to make something, you need to sacrifice something, unless you’re very lucky and I’ve never met anyone that lucky (unless you write a song and have one big hit. »
Mural Festival 2017

MURAL unveils its programming for a promising 5th edition

The MURAL public art festival is celebrating its 5th year with an impressive program to match, bringing you an extraordinary lineup. From June 8 to 18th, you will not only be able to watch the creation of live murals, but also engage in a wide range of activities, including art exhibitions, musical performances, conferences, temporary installations, and the MURAL Art Fair – there will be something to satisfy everyone!

Participating in the festival are artists from seven different countries, who will come to transform the walls of the city with their finest creations. You will be able to discover the talents of muralists such as:

  • Ron English
  • INSA
  • 1010
  • Mad C
  • Ricardo Cavolo
  • Fintan Magee
  • Ruben Sanchez
  • Nuria Mora
  • Smitheone
  • Onur.

A wide range of Canadian artists will also take part in the event:

  • Fluke and Dodo from A’shop
  • Ola Volo
  • SbuOne
  • Scribe csx
  • Kevin Ledo
  • Monosourcil
  • Mort
  • Aydin Matlabi
  • Miss Me

To top it off, artist Aaron Li-Hill will produce a major installation that will decorate Saint-Laurent Boulevard throughout the summer season.

More than 80 striking artworks will be distributed from the Quartier des spectacles to the Mile-End. In addition, for this 5th edition, MURAL enhances its agenda by presenting some of its programming in Old Montréal. Saint-Paul Street will be transformed into a pedestrian site and host the 3rd edition of the MURAL Art Fair (FAM) at Bonsecours Market. Several artistic installations, temporary murals and exclusive events will also be available on site.

MURAL festival streetart

The majority of activities will take place on Saint-Laurent Boulevard, the flagship venue for the event. It will be turned into a pedestrian walkway extending from Sherbrooke Street to Mont-Royal.

Because the festival wishes to offer you even more, all the outdoor shows will be free and take place in a main redeveloped area of Saint-Laurent Boulevard. This means that you can attend events in the parking lot facing the MURAL offices, and also enjoy an open space for musical performances and beverage consumption between Milton and Prince-Arthur. This same site will also host the Grill Saint-Laurent culinary event from June 14 to 16th as well as four major musical events that will be unveiled to you in the near future, so stay tuned on our social networks!

MURAL offers 11-day VIP passes for presale until May 18th: they are limited quantity, so we encourage you to purchase them as soon as possible!

Expérience VIP MURAL festival

All of this is only a small part of what the festival has to offer. Come join us for an unforgettable experience in the heart of the arts during these 11 days of festivities and unique activities. MURAL is an event you do not want to miss!

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22 artists to discover at MURAL Festival 2017

This diverse and exciting program will be brought to you for the 5th edition of the public art festival MURAL. Here are the muralists who will color Montreal and impress you throughout the festivities:

Ron EnglishUSA

Ron English art


INSA art

1010 | Deutschland

1010 art

Mad C | Deutschland

MadC art

Ricardo Cavolo | Spain

Ricardo Cavolo art

Fintan MageeAustralia

Fintan magee art

Ruben Sanchez | Spain

Ruben Sanchez art

Nuria Mora | Spain

Nuria Mora art

Smithe One | Mexico

Smitheone art

Onur | Switzerland

Onur art

Fluke et Dodo de A’shopCanada and France

Fluke art

Ola VoloCanada

Ola Volo art



Scribe csxCanada

Scribecsx art 

Kevin LedoCanada

Kevin Ledo art


Monosourcil art

Mort | Canada

Mort art 

Aydin Matlabi | Canada

Aydin Matlabi art

Miss MeCanada

Miss me art

Aaron Li-HillCanada

Aaron Li-Hill art

Jason Wasserman | Canada

Jason Wasserma art

Joe Iurato | USA

Joe Iurato art

Visit our website for more informations about the artists and the schedule!