The Athletes for Art Renaissance Tour (AART) came in to town during All-Star Weekend in NYC. Introduced during Miami’s Art Basel, AART held their Athlete for Art Exhibition at the Manhattan Motorcars Showroom.  Bringing together the two influences, art and athletes, AART promotes building relationships, opening minds, and inspiring athletes to become global ambassadors for change. Through this development, founder Jumoke Mendez created an outlet for athletes to display their creative talents showing that many athletes do much more than play sports.

The AART Art Exhibition was hosted by actor, Malik Yoba, Lifestyle Expert, Mashonda Tifrere, and Victor Oladipo from the Orlando Magic.  The event was packed with  a host of celebrities, influencers, and amazing artwork displayed in the most unique various ways.

When an artist becomes one with his work…

There were artists such as Lobyn Hamilton, who uses vinyl records to create one-of-a-kind art pieces that I see perfect for one that is a lover of art and music combined. The angles and detailing of each piece shows not only the time it takes to strategically lay each piece of broken vinyl to create the image, but the true power of letting the music be heard.


Then you have XV who already has his mark in the music industry by creating the RUFF RYDERS double R logo.  His work, one piece in particular, is created with 14 carat gold paint actually comes off the canvas as to penetrate your mind with the thoughts of the painting.



The highlight of the evening for me was the LIVE art drawing on a Rolls Royce by Brooklyn artist, Ronin.  His ability to utilize his imagination and architectural skills and create art work on a luxury vehicle was beyond phenomenal. IMG_2461

Although combined for a cause,this exhibition intrigued guest to learn more about the influence of art and the influence of athletes separately for an amazing cause.  Silent and public auctions took place to bid on a few of the amazing artwork with the proceeds being donated to the Smile Design Gallery, a gallery that merges art with the mission to provide dental treatment for people in need of care.

For more information on Athletes for Art visit

In the meantime check out a few more photos from the exhibition…

Malcolm X in Vinyl Artwork by Lobyn Hamilton














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