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Stunning Portraits Put a Human Face on Climate Change!

His latest canvas of choice? Sea ice.


Some of Yoro’s recent projects have taken him to the front lines of global warming, where his portraits that disappear in response to environmental changes are a powerful metaphor for climate change. The murals, rendered in nontoxic paints made from natural pigments and linseed or safflower oil, are transient by design.


Yoro traveled to northern Iceland in November 2015 to paint a woman’s likeness on icebergs from a melting glacier. Last summer, he teamed up with apparel company The North Face to complete a portrait in the Arctic waters of Baffin Island, Nunavut.


nter Yoro. To better understand how climate change is affecting the residents of Baffin Island and share their message with the world, the artist first cultivated a relationship with the area’s Inuit community. He spent time with local Jesse Mike, who ended up becoming the model for Yoro’s ice mural.

Mike told him: “For most people it’s about the polar bears, not about the people. Inuit want to make it about the people.”

what if you fly:

But for Sean, the physical and creative risks are worth it for a chance at something new. “There is freedom waiting for you, On the breezes of the sky, And you ask “What if I fall?” Oh but my darling, What if you fly?”― Erin Hanson

at the root.. of artistry.. it’s taking risks.. because i’m always asking myself.. what if i fall

filmmakers that have come.. always cut out what i was meaning..

sean is like an indigenous brother – an instant connection.. respect..

so many want to make it about the polar bears.. well let’s make it about the people..

energy\ness – we’re missing it/us

3 min – substance abuse.. suicide.. so many guys that i grew up with are.. gone

i always had hope that things would be good for inuit indigenous people.. she gives me more reason to want to fight.. to make our schools/health/justice/environment.. better.. the most human part of development..

7 min – there is freedom waiting for you.. on the breezes of the sky..and you ask ..what if i fall…h but my darling..what if you fly.. – Erin Hanson

8 min – that’s how the world works.. not everything lasts very long..

a saying.. there’s nothing you can do about it… the ice breaking.. absolutely nothing you can do about that

9 min – the message i wanted to send: inuit are very skilled/smart/awesome people.. and you kind of have to be to survive in this environment



a nother way

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Self-taught artist Sean Yoro, broke into the street art world in 2015, when the release of his unique water murals became widely publicized. Growing up on the eastside of Oahu, Sean spent most of his time surfing, until his late teens when he discovered his passion for graffiti and tattooing. Working under the alias ‘Hula’ he moved to New York to pursue his career. Influenced by his love of the ocean, Hula took to the water to create semi-submerged murals, while balancing on his stand up paddleboard. Hula strives to bring life to empty spaces, usually working on shipwrecks, abandoned docks and forgotten walls. Merging his backgrounds in both street and fine art, Hula works entirely with oil paint and uses traditional techniques to create soft, female figures interacting with the surface of the water. Hula’s work often leaves you feeling an array of emotions while proposing an environmental discussion. His work can be found on public walls and in galleries worldwide. He has caught the attention of major publications and media outlets such as CNN, The Huffington Post, Hypebeast, The Guardian, Juxtapoz Magazine, Daily Mail and Hi-Fructose Magazine.

All oil paints and mediums used for each project are completely non-toxic, made with alkali-refined linseed oil or safflower oil and natural pigments. Not only are these vegetable oils completely non-toxic, they are also commonly used in health and beauty products.