He’s known for making larger-than-life murals, like the three-story-tall downtown homage to Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo. And Mauricio Ramirez sees this city as the perfect canvas not only for creating art, but also for creating community.
“I love how Milwaukee has embraced public art into its landscape and fabric,” Ramirez said. “It shows how everything is so interconnected. For instance, sports support the arts, and the arts support community storytelling.”
Such stories can spring from anyone and anywhere, Ramirez said, whether out at a game or on a stool at the corner bars that reflect the city’s many neighborhoods. “Genuine conversations are naturally started without it being weird or odd,” he said, “and that’s something that you just can’t find anywhere else.”