Photography by: The Littlest Astronaut

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Don Rimx is a classically trained fine artist, graffitist, grand scale muralist and new school tattoo artist. His unique style is born from his story and can be traced back to growing up in San Juan, Puerto Rico where he grew up in the Nemesio R Canales housing project, noteworthy for its very high crime rate during his youth.  Graduating from the Escuela de Artes Plasticas he dedicated himself to incorporating the various techniques of classic art into urban art, with a specialization in murals. Moving to Brooklyn, NY in 2009, Don Rimx was influenced by the abundance of different cultures which translated into his work as forms taking a more mosaic-like structure, exploring the synthesis of man and his surrounding.

Don Rimx, Untitled, 2017. Acrylic and latex on wall. Public art. © Don Rimx. All rights reserved.

Rimx's grandfather made the family home using old-style construction. Don Rimx got his start working in construction with his grandfather, and each mural he paints showcase wood in some way as a tribute to his grandfather. His pieces also feature people of color and Latin American influences, as well as the native parties of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

Fun fact: There had been a building affixed to the wall he painted that had burned down in the past. As a result of that, iron spikes were sticking out of the wall every 18 inches. The Beyond Walls team cut the spikes and primed the wall in preparation for the mural. It took 10-11 days for the mural to be painted, and on day one of painting, the articulating boom lift that had zero hours on it, broke and froze in place! The artist did what he could stuck in place, and luckily, it was quickly replaced. The preparation and production of this mural was truly the definition of community engagement!

Don Rimx

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The Heart + Soul installation is a retrospective of some of the many murals and pieces of art created by artists in collaboration with Beyond Walls. In the fall of 2020, Beyond Walls presented the street art festival Truth Be Told in Lynn, Massachusetts. The artwork featured in the Truth Be Told festival was born of the COVID-19 pandemic and explores the idiosyncrasies of the times. Heart + Soul is a collection of photographs and digital art examining the interplay between community and art. The subjects and symbols within the works reflect the resilience of the diverse people where they reside. As the photographs celebrate the community, Heart + Soul aims to create space that not only reflects the vibrant diversity of the staff and patient community, but celebrates them.

This collection is the result of generous donations from Mass General Imaging and the MGH Office of Equity and Community Health.

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