Romero custom-painted the restaurant’s outdoor seating area using abstract patterns and an array of colors. She wanted to make it feel “very warm and tropical.” Her artwork features a lot of different textures, patterns, colors and typography.
“I’m very inspired by New York City and the mixture of the diversity of street art and graffiti,” she said. “I’m also multiracial, half-Korean and half-Spanish, so that’s a visual embodiment of my identity as well.”
Blend reached out to Romero after seeing her past work, including her 11 murals in Manhattan and Brooklyn for the whiskey brand Maker’s Mark. For those murals, Romero deconstructed and reimagined the New York City skyline while adding street signs and landmarks like the Brooklyn Bridge and Empire State Building.
“All the murals are similar,” she said, “but with little nods to things that stand out to the neighborhood.”
Romero said the creative community has been hit extremely hard by the pandemic. Many of her mural gigs and projects were cancelled, but later on in the year brands reached out to her to create public art.
The muralist created murals of Gloria Steinem, Angela Davis and the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, all of which “really resonated with people.” She also made a mural paying homage in Brooklyn to a friend who died last year. She said he was a staple in the underground hip-hop scene.
“In different ways, art has helped me reconnect with a lot of people,” Romero said, “and pay homage to them.”
She hopes to continue building partnerships that are meaningful.
“I want to use my platform to create larger murals that can resonate with different communities,” she said.