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Meet uptown artists and get an intimate peek at their work at this weekend's Open Studios

Updated: Feb 22, 2021

Paul Deo's "Planet Harlem" mural on 126th Street

Ever wonder who created the iconic "Planet Harlem" mural on the northwest corner of Malcolm X Boulevard and 126th Street?

The one where everyone from Langston Hughes to Barack Obama seems to be rejoicing in communal celebration of their achievements?

Now's your chance to find out.

The mural's artist, Paul Deo, will be welcoming fans to his studio on W 147th Street this Saturday as part of the Uptown Arts Stroll's Open Studios in West Harlem and Washington Heights.

He will be sharing past and present art (which means you can probably ask him about his Harlem mural), as well as a progress report on his latest piece at Harvard.

Deo is one of about thirty painters and photographers–including Lakota artist Rachel Berg and abstract painter Maggie Hernandez–who will be opening the doors to their professional or home studios between 1pm and 6pm.

It's a unique chance to get a glimpse into their creative process–and maybe even acquire some art while you're at it.

Check out the full list of artists, including a map with all the studio locations, here.

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