Noble Dre*Ali’s The Mitchel Mandala aims to portray the spirit and strength of Mitchel residents through depictions of front line workers, persons of varied ages and races, and animals that symbolize resilience and rebirth. Responding directly to sentiments shared by residents, the artwork is also a memorial—honoring those lost to Covid-19 and gun violence. A Bronx resident for decades, the artist references the practice of mandala making to offer healing and relief to the community
Dre*Ali is a multi-disciplinary artist working in screen printing, sculpture, video, photography, computer animation, painting, drawing, and collage. Infusing imagery with spiritual symbolism, he thinks of his work as “Spiritual Pop.” His original designs took him across the world as a featured artist at “WU-Lab” exhibition in Paris, spring 2017. His iconic Biggie Buddha digital illustration has immortalized Rap Legend Biggie Smalls as a Buddha.
Photos credits for all Mitchel artworks: Collin Erickson