Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Manny Vega and His ‘Hip Hop Byzantine’ Art - The New York Times

Librado Romero/The New York Times

“I liked painting,” the artist Manny Vega said. “But paint fades.” His mosaic at a subway station at 110th Street and Lexington is a tableau of glimmering color that picks up light and movement.

In Mosaics, an Artist’s Lasting Impression

Published: February 25, 2008
There is life in the hands of Manny Vega. With nothing more than a pair of pliers, thick fingers and boundless patience, he transforms thousands of stubby tiles of stone and glass into glimmering mosaic portraits of poets, drummers, mothers and sons. By the end of the workday, he has to plunge his numb, dust-covered hands into hot water to revive them...