Nov 30, 2018
Graffiti Art Depicts Alter Rebbe

Graffiti artist Solomon Souza, known for his spray paint art in Israel's Mahane Yehuda market, has brought his colorful street art to Crown Heights.

Graffiti artist Solomon Souza, known for his spray paint art on shop shutters in Israel's Mahane Yehuda market, has brought his colorful street art to Crown Heights.

This week, Souza painted a large portrait of the Alter Rebbe, the founder of Chabad Chassidus, on the brick wall of the Primo Hatters shop on Kingston Avenue between Montgomery and Crown Streets.

The London-born artist has been doing spray paint art since the age of 15, and his portraits take 2 - 4 hours to complete. His subjects include personalities such as Albert Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi, Menachem Begin, David Ben-Gurion and dozens of Rabbinical figures including Mordechai Eliyahu, Abraham Joshua Heschel, Yitzhak Kaduri, and Maimonides.

Souza hopes to continue the Crown Heights project with additional Chabad Rebbeim in the near future, Mendy Sacho of Primo told COLlive.

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Interview with Solomon Souza at Leviim Art Gallery


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1
Finaly some colour in Ch
Amazing art!
(11/30/2018 10:28:44 AM)
2
Not really respectful
The faces of our rabbaim are not art!

They are holy!

Shame to see it come to this.
(11/30/2018 10:36:25 AM)
3
Joe
BSĒD Itís a shame that it will be vandalized as the others were
(11/30/2018 10:41:43 AM)
4
Dor HaShimini
What a zilzul of a Alter Rebbe. I wish someone would erase it.
(11/30/2018 11:03:56 AM)
5
The Last time this happened
When someone painted a picture of the rebbe on a wall in the street the article got over 100 comments if it's a problem or not

Let the comments begin
(11/30/2018 11:23:31 AM)
6
Hashem Yeracheim
"Albert Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi, Menachem Begin, David Ben-Gurion and dozens of Rabbinical figures including Mordechai Eliyahu, Abraham Joshua Heschel, Yitzhak Kaduri, and Maimonides."

Oy.
(11/30/2018 11:26:02 AM)
7
Vehoyu einecha ro'os es morecha
Thank you to whoever arranged this. There is enough shmutz out there all over the place, on every bus stop, the subway station, billboards, etc. we need something kosher to be available.
(11/30/2018 11:39:38 AM)
8
so great
I just love walking down Kingston Ave and seeing the face of the Alter Rebbe
(11/30/2018 11:43:00 AM)
9
Beautiful
Thereís always going to be that disagreement between the young and the old of ch. both sides have what to offer and to learn from each other!
(11/30/2018 11:52:13 AM)
10
Itís amazing
I think being chabad we should be more open minded I find the art amazing
(11/30/2018 11:55:49 AM)
11
Any respect
Just imagaine if it was before tammuz...
(11/30/2018 11:57:07 AM)
12
Amazing
What a talent! Beautiful painting!
(11/30/2018 12:22:24 PM)
13
For those that say it's not koved
Why is it more respectful for shops to sell picturus of the alter rebbe and make money off him then to do a painting of the alter rebbe (it's not graffiti) and make no money off it you people have sense of life your closed minded uneducated ****
(11/30/2018 12:22:49 PM)
14
Rofeh kol basar umafli laasos
To those thay say it's disrespectful to the heilige face of the Alter Rebbe, remember the words of the Alter Rebbe himself when the Toldos found chassidus lying on the ground!

If the crown jewels can be ground into powder and spilled on the floor to save the Aibishter's ben yachid, If it will inspire even one neshama we can spray paint the Alter Rebbe on the wall in blue.

Nisht nor megt men, MUZ men!
(11/30/2018 12:33:44 PM)
15
My gut feeling
It's a disgrace to the Alter Rebbe.
(11/30/2018 12:39:58 PM)
16
Humble Harry
Amazing Art Work.
(11/30/2018 12:55:17 PM)
17
Mr. Gorbachev
Tear down this wall!
(11/30/2018 1:07:10 PM)
18
Shame
Not what the Alter Rebbe would have wanted.
There are many other ways to add color to Crown Heights streets, in a Chasidish way too.

(11/30/2018 1:25:50 PM)
19
sacred
is nothing sacred any more???
(11/30/2018 1:28:58 PM)
20
Go Sunny!
Amazing work by a special soul!

Let the haters hate and even if it does get painted over, there will always be pictures of it!

It will never be erased from history!

Well done Sunny

Munch x
(11/30/2018 1:31:23 PM)
21
Scneerson on the streets
Rebbe refused to have roads named Schneerson because he said that the name Schneerson should not be on the streets, but I guess the picture of Schneerson is ok on the walls of allies...huh?
(11/30/2018 1:36:34 PM)
22
Target for antisemitism
The antisemites will have a perfect excuse to vandalize this painting, with swastikas and racial slurs. Don't give the chayes another reason to destroy our neighborhood
(11/30/2018 1:39:49 PM)
23
Pretty painting
There are plenty of paintings or the Rebbeim, but this one is the best.

I'm not sure why anyone thinks the Rebbe wouldn't like it, that's not based on anything.
(11/30/2018 1:59:59 PM)
24
C.H.'er
Great talent
I read all the arguments and I have one simple question,
Can you guarantee that a dog will not relieve itself on that very holy face? No you can't, I rest my case.
(11/30/2018 2:09:25 PM)
25
shocked!
busha vecherpa! in the rebbes shcuna! its a zilzul in our holy rabbeyim! the person responsable should take it off
(11/30/2018 3:27:45 PM)
26
Talented
Didn't he do a painting in chevron of the Rebbe? Really cool one.
In Israel these things are very regular and pretty. I guess it's not as accepted in the US.
(12/1/2018 11:57:32 AM)
27
What are we coming to?
Why do we have to copy the goyim & go with this "hipster" nonsense? Graffiti is graffiti no matter the subject matter & even if it was "commissioned" by Primo, does this guy think he's Banksy?

How long before it's defaced?
(12/1/2018 1:23:00 PM)
28
i may be mistaken
but i don't think the Alter Rebbe was blue, he was besimcha!

(12/1/2018 1:26:14 PM)
29
Art
I can't understand why someone is ok with having Jews pay over $20,000 for a piece of art work of the rabbeim, but here someone does it for free and you complain?
It's time for the CH Farmers to wake up and get a life!
(12/1/2018 4:32:57 PM)
30
Disrespectful
It's Graffiti and does not belong on any wall.
(12/1/2018 5:14:25 PM)
31
The high horse rider
To the commentators that say the alter rebbe would be upset - I think, and this is just my opinion, he would have more to say about us chassidim spending our free time on collive commenting then to someone who found a way to express his respect and honor for those that inspire him
(12/1/2018 6:59:52 PM)
32
Beautiful!
I think the same way we hang pictures of our Rabaim in our houses, itís more then ok to have pictures/paintings of our Rabiam displayed around our community.
(12/1/2018 7:16:14 PM)
33
awesome
what an inspiring modern way of commemorating such an amazing man
(12/1/2018 7:19:08 PM)
34
THE REBBE DIDNT ALLOW POSTAGE STAMPS OF THE ALTER REBBE
BECAUSE ITS DISRESPECTFUL.
WHATS THE DIFFERENCE?
(12/1/2018 7:47:57 PM)
35
just my feeling
especially to #22; Maybe this painting will inspire not only Yidden to live higher, but will cause a feeling of awe and repentance to the possible anti-semites.
The only thing that upset me the last time a similiar picture was put up, was that I read that garbage was placed closeby,
in that case it's a Shaila for a Chassidishe Rov.

Great comment # 14
(12/1/2018 8:31:26 PM)
36
Absolutely amazing and inspiring!
Looking forward to more.
Keep up the good work!
(12/1/2018 8:36:10 PM)
37
ad mosiy
to all those that think this art is great, i ask would you put a painting of your father on a ally wall?! ad mosiy gevald gevald!
(12/2/2018 1:36:27 AM)
38
postage stamps
the Rebbe did not allow postage stamps because people would lick them. no one in their right mind is licking the backside of this wall.
(12/2/2018 7:01:47 AM)
39
BEAUTIFUL!! SUNNY YOU ARE A CHAMPION!
The Rebbe Is smiling!
(12/2/2018 8:39:36 AM)
40
Amazing!!!
At this point in golus we need this to give us koach! My young daughter looks forward to seeing this picture every morning on her walk to school
(12/2/2018 9:31:02 AM)
41
Ami
It is a beautiful painting of the Alter Rabbi, but you are always going to have people that have nothing nice to say but complain
(12/2/2018 6:18:05 PM)
42
amazing
theres going to be art on the streets anyway, might as well be beautiful and holy
(12/3/2018 7:10:22 AM)
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