• Words by Kristy Calabro and Photos by John Domine

Akumal: Celebrating Local Artists

The phenomena that is known as the Akumal Arts Festivial attracts artists from America, Asia, Australia, Europe and more. During this year's event, we witnessed many regional, national and international artists creating over a 100 works of art. The theme is "Beautify Akumal," but now with an added awareness of the impact of climate change. Since the festival is a community based initiative, we wanted to take this opportunity to highlight some local artists participating this year. Let's celebrate some of our brothers and sisters, los artistas mexicanos! (Click on names to see more work on their Instagram pages.)

From México:

Adriana Delfin

Photo by (@johndomine1)

Alejandra Barradas

Photo by (@johndomine1)

Alex Yopra

Photos by (@kristycnyc)​

Charly Gill (not pictured, will start painting next week.)

Cultura Calle aka Teik

Photo by (@johndomine1)

WIP Photo by Rena Gray (@walkinggirlnyc)

DakPak

Photo by (@johndomine1)

Dan Q

Photo by (@johndomine1)

Datoer

Photo by (@kristycnyc)

Dener

Photo by (@johndomine1)

Esmeralda Garcia

Photo by (@johndomine1)

Fabs

Photo by (@johndomine1)

Frase SF

Photo by (@johndomine1)

Jose Alfonso

Photo by (@johndomine1)

Klyntatu

Photo by (@johndomine1)

Photo by (@johndomine1)

Mendez Gris

Photo by (@johndomine1)

Panick

Photo by (@johndomine1)

Pinta O Muere

Photo by (@johndomine1)

Rain, (no IG), 16 year old local artist painting on the bridge.

Photo by (@johndomine1)

WIP photo by (@kristycnyc)

Raíz Ancestral

Photo by (@kristycnyc)

Roho

Photo by (@johndomine1)

Ron

Photo by (@johndomine1)

Sana

Photo by (@johndomine1)

Sense Ruthless

Photo by (@johndomine1)

Slimes (slim33r)

Photo by (@johndomine1)

Sheick @sheick_ubh_mp

Photo by (@johndomine1)

WIP Photo by (@kristycnyc)

The Panchos

Photo by (@johndomine1)

Xavier De Maria y Campos

Photo by (@johndomine1)

Yökai Vaköt (aka AVOC)

Photo by (@johndomine1)

Yuzu Rabia

Photo by (@johndomine1)

It's been quite an experience covering this event! Artists, photographers, dancers, musicians, teachers, translators, all came together for a few days and when we go back to America, Asia, Europe, etc., we take a piece of Akumal with us. It was great to see such a diverse group of creatives come here to help boost this community and bring awareness to climate change because there's only one, shared planet. It's important to do our part in helping save it for ourselves and for future generations. (Thanks to Rena Gray (@walkinggirlnyc) for your assistance and for all your hard work during the festival!) Thank you again for having Sold be a part of Akumal 2019!

For more information:

Instagram - @akumalartsfestival

FB - https://www.facebook.com/AkumalArtsFestival/

website - https://www.akumalartsfest.com/

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