Aerosyn-Lex Mestrovic is a New York-based artist, originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina. He graduated from the prestigious Pratt Institue here in NYC, and currently works across multiple disciplines and with multiple brands. His work has been shown everywhere from the MoMA to Tribeca Grand, and this past year he received the SCOPE Art Fair Featured Artist Grand Prize. Through the many collaborations he's participated in, he's worked with the likes of Kanye West, Nike, and Kenzo, and recently created the artwork for the 2014 CFDA Awards at Lincoln Center.
What can’t you travel without? An open mind. I think traveling has defined me as a person and enriched my life in many ways. Even when traveling to places you’ve been before, go with the flow and you’ll be surprised where you end up.
What’s your favorite travel destination? Tokyo. It’s my spiritual home. I lived there, studied there, worked there and have learned so much of my craft there.
What’s your favorite thing to do on a Sunday afternoon in NYC? Wake up late on a Sunday afternoon, order omelets in bed with a certain special someone, and watch movies. Then sit on my roof deck with a frozen margarita and listen to Harry Hosono, Luther Vandross or Frankie Knuckles.
If you could choose one person to show you “their New York City,” who would it be? I would choose a future distant relative of mine. Someone in my bloodline who will make their own way here in the future. I’d love for them to show me what’s become the city so nice, they had to name it twice!
What are your favorite NYC restaurants? I love Navy, where my friend Camille is the chef. Everything is great. Co. in Chelsea has some of my favorite pizza. Any Mexican restaurant with a Frozen Margarita machine is probably on my list too. Sushi Nakazawa is great. I have a huge sweet tooth, so Billy’s Bakery is a dangerously tempting haunt for me.
What’s your go-to spot in NYC for drinks? Angel’s Share. It’s been a bar filled with friends and memories for nearly 10 years, and in terms of mixology, it’s one of the best bars in the city.
Where do you get your art fix in NYC? I get my art fix in dive bar bathrooms – I could stare for hours at the modern cave drawings that are scrawled onto every inch of surface area. A cacophony of drunken discourse.
What are some of your favorite late-night hangouts in NYC? The city comes alive at night and it’s a time when you get a glimpse of what NYC was decades ago. If you just make a bit of effort to step out into the New York City streets at night, the city will always take you to the right place.
What are some of your under the radar must-do recommendations for NYC visitors? Explore neighborhoods like Downtown Manhattan and Greenpoint, Boerum Hill, Prospect Heights, and Bushwick in Brooklyn. Just walk around with an open ear and perhaps an empty stomach and you’ll stumble upon something new.
What are some of your favorite NYC stores? I still love Bergdorf Goodman and Barneys. Behaviour in Chelsea is good too.
What album or song would you consider your personal soundtrack to NYC? “Inside The Shadow” by the 70’s American Psych Rock group Anonymous. It’s something that’s held a special place in my heart and memory for close to a decade now.
When you think of NYC, what comes to mind? Love and the fear of loss, hunger and the relentlessness of ambition, warmth and the impending cold.