Long before Wynwood became a mecca for selfie-snapping tourists, microbreweries, and international retailers, Chris Oh was there turning blank warehouse walls into art. Oh was a pioneer of Miami's street mural scene. He started Culture Kings, an influential Design District boutique, and cofounded the Primary Projects art gallery.
Oh died this week. He was 35 years old. It's not clear yet how he died.
"He played a seminal role in Miami's mural scene," says Carlos Suarez de Jesus, an artist and New Times contributor who has worked with Primary Projects for years. "He and his partners were doing that long before Tony Goldman or anyone else moved into Wynwood."
Oh was born in New York and moved to South Florida in the early '90s. His Culture Kings became a go-to spot for exclusive street wear, complete with a sticker-plastered bathroom. Along with fellow artists Cristina Gonzalez,
Primary Projects routinely presented some of the
Friends and colleagues remembered Oh on Facebook as a generous collaborator and a brilliant creative mind.
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