Mantra Flies High in Wynwood, Miami

A bit of sérendipité, really, to be tooling around Wynwood in a holiday mindset and a rental car at the end of the year, and to look up to see Mantra on a cherry picker. We had just seen him in Brooklyn the month before and here he was again, painting freehand, as he does, with such precision and commitment, which he also does.

Mantra. Plate I. Detail. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The painting is thoughtful, as you may expect, with each of the collection a butterfly that can be found in Miami, he tells us. Next month he will be in Mexico in the middle of millions of – you know what. Keep going strong, Mantra.

Binomial name, from left to right, top to bottom :

1A Eurema d. daira ♂
1B Eunica Tatila ♀
1C Zerene Cesonia ♀
1D Phoebis Philea ♀
1E Limenitis arthemis astyanax ♀
2A Papilio P. Palames ♂
2B Hypolimnas Misippus ♂
2C Siproeta Stelenes ♂
3A Eurema d. daira ♀
3B Eunica Tatila ♂
3C Zerene Cesonia ♂
3D Phoebis Sennae ♀
3E Eumaeus Atala ♂

Mantra. Plate I. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Mantra. Plate II. Detail of a work in progress. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jaime, Mantra, and Steve. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)