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Rahmaan Statik pays tribute to Wakanda Forever with mural

Rahmaan Statik brings Wakanda to Chicago with mural
Rahmaan Statik brings Wakanda to Chicago with mural

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Rahmaan Statik is a Chicago-born muralist and street artist best known for his vibrant art style in the graffiti scene.

While he’s been on the art scene for a while, Statik’s latest work is making waves online.


Rahmaan Statik grew up around urban art and public murals in southern Chicago.

He was inspired to get involved in Street Arts, which later led to an arrest for vandalism.

The event would eventually instill in him a mission to legitimize the production of aerosol murals.

From there, Rahmaan Statik dedicated his art to public murals, combining graffiti with the classic training he learned from the American Academy of Art.

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The mural

Last week, Statik painted a mural in the Woodlawn neighborhood dedicated to Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

His latest work comes full circle as he was born down the street from the mural.

“I’m a comic book fanboy,” said Statik.

“Before I was doing murals, I wanted to be a comic book artist. I wanted to work for Marvel.”

In the Rahmaan Statik mural, M’Baku, Okoye and Shuri face a vibrant Wakanda.

Additionally, his mural is located on the corner of 61st Street and Champlain Avenue in Woodlawn.

The neighborhood is bustling with a primarily African American community.

Finally, Statik hopes his mural will empower the people of Woodlawn.

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Behind the mural

Rahmaan Statik emphasizes his artistic style on the mural and indicates his liveliness to match his typical works.

“You can tell this is mine because of the color palette,” he said.

“Cyan, magenta, yellow. That way, it’s vibrant, even on a gray day.”

The muralist also revealed his goal of inspiring others with his work, saying:

“People want to see images that look like them, that are empowered and not alienated. And everyone deserves that – everyone deserves their own Mount Rushmore.”

Additionally, Rahmaan Statik shared more about his mural, discussing the hope of inspiring the community to reach their highest potential.

“The main function, though, as far as why I’m going hard on this, in this area, is to bring museum standard painting to the streets,” said the artist.

“Maybe a whole neighborhood of kids will see this and be inspired.”


Artist brightens up Chicago with ‘Wakanda Forever’ mural

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