TOOFLY “LOVE WARRIOR” ART PRINT EXHIBITION at My Plastic Heart / New York City
OPENING 6/24 from 6-10PM
New York City, New York — World renowned street artist, designer, and social entrepreneur, Maria “TOOFLY” Castillo brings together the complete “LOVE WARRIOR” ART PRINT series to New York City’s My Plastic Heart Gallery on Friday, June 24th, 2016. An anticipated exhibition in the heart of downtown’s Lower East Side. Held from 6PM to 10PM, arts enthusiasts, tastemakers, press and friends will get to view the series that inspired a completely new direction for TOOFLY. Admiring a palpable presence of feminine power immersed in the rising spiritual.
The exhibition will run for one week June 24th – July 1st.
LOVE WARRIOR is Toofly’s new series of work deeply rooted in merging both her Ecuadorian heritage and upbringing on the streets of New York City. The series boasts images of strong, sensual, indigenous womxn, adorned with warrior markings to portray the deep reserves of strength inherited from ancestral experiences.
Throughout TOOFLY’s travels to North and South America, she used her sketches, illustrations, and street works to capture a myriad of perspectives around womxn’s attitudes, feminism, and spirituality.
The “around the way girl” has matured; she’s tapped into contemporary messages about going “back to your roots” in order emerge as a “Free Spirit,” “Native Soul,” and “Freedom Dreamer” – which also happens to be the names of a few limited edition prints on display. Works are celebrated via different mediums: paper, apparel works, and rich photography of TOOFLY’s colorful aerosol murals throughout Latin America. Each of her pieces serve as an inspiration to travel, love, create, and experience the freedom of letting go from all that holds us back.
OPENING 6/24 from 6-10PM:
Complimentary Drinks by Crafty Cocktales© // http://craftycocktales.com/
Event Photography by Alexandra Henry of @streetheroines // www.alexandrahenry.com
Exclusive Print Release 16″X16″ of “Native Soul”, and Free Spirit.
Toofly Shop: Prints, T-Shirts, Tank Tops, Stickers, Notebooks, and more available to purchase for 1 week at My Plastic Heart June 24th -July 1st.
Follow @Toofly_Shop on Instagram and #tooflyshop #lovewarrior hashtags for special deals leading up to the opening!
Gallery / Store Hours:
Tues – Sat 12pm-7pm
*** CLOSED MONDAYS ***
Maria Castillo a.k.a. TOOFLY is an international artist, designer, and social entrepreneur. Recognized in the early 90’s for her hard and fluid character style, she gained popularity as one of the few females in the New York City male-dominated graffiti scene who created work to empower women. In 2007/2010 she founded female arts collectives like Younity, and Ladies Love Project who continues to produce exhibitions, pop-up shops, and youth workshops. In 2015 she helped jump start and produce the 1st ever international women arts festival entitled “Warmi Paint” in Quito, Ecuador with guest artists like the legendary Martha Cooper, and Lady Pink. Toofly runs an independent art and design company called Stay Tru© where she consults, designs, and develops art/design workshops internationally. Toofly’s constant and active role in her community allows her to stay true to her roots, as she continues to draw raw feelings from the ever-changing world around her. Her work has exhibited at the Bronx Museum of Art, and can be found in various galleries, public walls, and print publications like Graffiti Women, Open Door Gallery, and Juxtapoz. www.tooflynyc.com
About My Plastic Heart:
Established in 2004, My Plastic Heart is a toy store and gallery dedicated to bringing the best in both the designer toy and contemporary art world together in one place. Located in the Lower East Side in New York City @myplasticheart provides one of the largest selections of designer art toys anywhere. From mini figures to plush to art books and prints you will find a wide range of unique art and design products related to the designer toy culture. The myplasticheart gallery hosts monthly exhibits showcasing many contemporary underground pop and urban artists and illustrators from all over the world. My Plastic Heart has exhibited works by Julie West, Chris Ryniak, Shawnimals, Andrew Bell, Scott C., and Aya Kakeda to name a few. You can learn more about our gallery and shows at myplasticheartnyc.com