For the 2017 mural, the MILAGROS collective borrowed from the visual vocabulary of traditional Latin American ex-votos–painted votive offerings presented to saints in exchange for luck or healing. Ex-votos (also known as milagros) are often hung with red ribbons. By utilizing the same vibrant red in the design for their mural, MILAGROS offers the Latinx community of Columbia–and the South at large–a prayer for hope in troubled times.
MILAGROS co-founders Felici Asteinza and Joey Fillastre, along with their ever-changing cast of collaborators, create site-specific works that explore the history of place through striking arrangements of color. With an exuberant style that champions the hand made and the intuitive, MILAGROS energizes public spaces with effervescent patterns that obliterate the seams between structures and highlight the unique attributes of the surrounding architecture.
Working to reinforce individual strength through collaboration, MILAGROS operates according to the belief that mutual respect and trust allow for a free environment of evolving creation. The spirit of playful spontaneity MILAGROS brings to their work results in community-based projects that radiate human dignity.