MOMO: Abstract Street Art


MOMO is an artist working outdoors with systems and homemade tools. His current interests lie with an evolving range of adapted masonry techniques to draft, design, and organize wall murals. Born in San Francisco in 1974, he joined a graffiti crew in 1999 while living in Spain, found his use of color while employed in the Caribbean, and fell for outside art while living outside: in a cave for a year, in a truck for a year, and in a tent for a year. Considered one of the most important artists of the urban art international scene, MOMO has travelled most of his life, lived in New York for six years and currently keeps a studio in New Orleans. In 2008 Rojo published his first monograph “3AM-6AM”, in 2012 Studio Cromie published his second, “In 74 Pieces”. In 2013 May Gallery hosted his immersive installation show “Butt Joints” in New Orleans, Studio Cromie produced a Caribbean painting tour and exhibition in Southern Italy, and the New York DOT commissioned a 200 foot long mural between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges in Dumbo, Brooklyn.



MOMO has a penchant for abstract and complex murals. His pieces can range in size from relatively small to the size of city blocks. It is his style, though that is peculiar.  His murals forgo text or figuration in favor of an abstract form. His work often has a deceptively simple composition. MOMO’s technique resembles simple print aesthetics while even referencing mid-century abstract painters. MOMO has taken that ability to connect, however, to a new level with the help the design collaboration Re+Public. This St. Louis, Missouri mural is set to interact with a smart phone app designed by Re+Public. Once the app recognizes the mural, random pieces of the mural seem to jump into three dimensions. Users can walk around and through components of MOMO’s work, tap on the pieces to make them disappear and bring up new ones.  MOMO’s mural becomes truly immerse and the connection between the street art and the neighborhood is a much more interactive one.