NYC street artist Aída Miró believes heartbreak can be a great catalyst for transformation and power

Aída Miró’s murals adorn the streets of NYC. She tells the stories of empowered women through her artwork. Image: Aída Miró

At some point in our lives, many of us had to experience having a broken heart. Love is a fundamental part of human life and, sadly, relationships sometimes do not go as planned. But what is actually the effect of heartbreak on our mind and body? There are many examples of extreme decisions taken right after a break-up, but were those decisions actually planned or was being heartbroken the final push needed to convince the person to actually go for them? The answer for some people is yes, heartbreak is a sufficiently deep psychological wound that can temporarily alter our judgment.

For Spanish-born NYC residing host Aida there is another side to heartbreaks too: “Heartbreak is a complex psychological injury but also a learning experience. For me, it is a good reason to be expressed and transformed through art. It is the best way for me to heal, it makes you stronger, and more aware of what you have learned. My experiences of heartbreaks have led me to paint portraits of women, strong, sensitive, fragile women, while empowered. They are all something of myself, archetypes of moments of my life.

Image: Aída Miró

In her studio, Aida likes to work intimately with oil painting. “It is a slow process that requires a lot of patience and dedication, it is my meditation. Working from the tranquility, loneliness, in contact with my emotions and my internal process.

On the other hand, she also likes to collaborate with other artists, work as a team, and reinforce each other. “In the streets I paint large scale murals with spray paint, paying tribute to women, both historical and invisible heroines of the community. It is a much more physical, dynamic process, where you interact with local people, adapt your work to the surface, the unforeseen weather. Life is full of contrasts. I find my balance painting between introspection and interaction.

She is a multidisciplinary artist, dedicated body and soul to painting and butoh dance. She is from Ibiza, but she lives and works in the Bronx. Since 2007, she has been traveling and living in different countries, learning from different Masters of butoh dance, combining performances with oil painting, live painting, and large spray paint murals. She loves cats, street art, music, and dance and she defines her art as “oneiric more than perceptual. [Her works] often represent ancient archetypes that repeat throughout time.

Images: Aída Miró

  • Visit NEW YORK CITY, the exciting city of endless opportunities and original NYC cheesecakes, worldwide famous for its takeaway coffee shops, glossy magazines, and Broadway shows. 

  • Stay at Aida’s space in Boogie Down Bronx, where graffiti and hip hop were born. The area could be described as the perfect mix between hip hop and salsa music! 

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