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Chef Robert Irvine
Sotir joined twice the Restaurant Impossible show on Food Network to help turning around two failing restaurants.
Open for Commissions and Collaborations with anyone that promotes love and respect for our diverse communities.
HGTV Star - Tylor Devereaux
HGTV & Food Network Star - Taniya Nayak
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
Cranbrook Art Museum
Lions and Rabbits Center for the Arts
Sparta Chamber of Commerce and Sparta Township
Bridget Bohacz + Associates, Inc
Grand Rapids Community College
Sotir Davidhi is an Albanian muralist living in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His great passion for art started the moment he saw a mesmerizing world in his ABC book of first grade, which led him get a high school diploma in art and theatrical set design in his country. Years later, he got an art degree from Aquinas College in his current town. His artistic style has been influenced by impressionism, tromp l’oeil, and theatrical set design that he combines to create beautiful site specific murals in Michigan and beyond. His murals have transformed the facades of township office, restaurants, coffee shops, antique stores, and interior spaces of restaurants, meeting rooms, playgrounds, playrooms, business offices, hallways, nurseries, restrooms and basements. His work is very transformative and brings light, color, and joy to every single space.
Site Specific Mural Locations:
Each mural can be enjoyed in person around Michigan, such as Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Sparta Township, Cedar Springs, Plainfield, Standale, East Grand Rapids, Caledonia, Lowell, Ludington, Kalamazoo, Holland, Spring Lake, Grand Haven, West Olive, Muskegon, Jackson, Lansing, Farmington Hills, Westland, Ann Arbor, Milford, Bloomfield Hills, Detroit and outside Michigan; Columbus, Powell, OH; Indianapolis, Muncie, IN; and Athens, Greece.
Theme Inspirations come from the community, customers needs, space available, and space surroundings. My clients are always encouraged to express their ideas, and together we create site-specific murals, 2D, or 3D beautiful images for their commercial, and/or residential spaces.
Trustworthiness is unquestionable because Sotir has worked very hard to reach this point, by creating happy places for those who trusted him, and he certainly cannot afford to lose that reputation
Sotir is really interested in hearing about each project, and he encourages each one to express his/her ideas and together create the best design for what's needed, for the available space, and stay within a budget plan and beautifully done.
The best reason to collaborate with him is because he absolutely enjoys the whole mural process from start to finish and he has all the needed expertise to make it happen professionally.
Designs: A couple of them are submitted for feedback, and adjustments are made a few times until it’s appealing and ready to start. The finished design serves as a starting point for what comes next, a really unique and beautiful mural, designed for a specific space, and purpose.
Resources are pictures of the available wall, its surroundings, and many other images for reference.
Artistic Style is a combination of impressionism, three dimensional (3D) trompe l’oeil style, and theatric set design. The viewer can see lots of texture created by a diverse sizes of brushstrokes, layers upon layers of color when viewed closed by, and an almost photographic 3D illusion when viewed from further away.
Surface Options are either permanent on the wall made of brick, drywall, corrugated metal, fiber glass, cement block, fence, or on a removable material, canvas, wood panels, or metal.
Mural Executions are done all freehand with different sized brushes and four inch nap rollers, while taking safety measures when using a Boom Lifter, a Scissors Lifter, or a Ladder. The site-specific designs serve as a starting point, or as a sketch, for a developing mural project. If the customers are happy with the design, they certainly will be thrilled with the final result.
Special Technique makes inward, or outward corners disappear, and the horizon does not bend while it continues on adjacent walls. It's not easy to explain in words, and easier to understand when you see it in person, but basically, a real three dimensional space is treated as it’s flat, and then create a 3D illusion over it.
Paint Medium preference is Resilience from Sherwin Williams. It's a high quality exterior finish with MoistureGuard™ Technology for excellent early moisture resistance and improved resistance to early dirt pick up. It is recommended for use on aluminum and vinyl siding, wood siding, clapboard, shakes, shingles, plywood, masonry, and metal down to a surface and air temperature of 35°F, with life limited warranty.
Surface Preparation is crucial for mural's longevity. Exterior walls must be power washed first, scraping, patching, priming, and two top coats follow after.
Clear Coat Protection is optional, but it’s not advised because it may create a milky look overtime, and it needs additional coats as time goes by. The manufacturer ensures that the paint is made to withstand harsh weather conditions.
Anti Graffiti Clear Coat Protection is also optional and it can be either permanent, or non permanent, preferably Sherwin Williams brand.
Mural Warranty is given for the first four years, and it covers all repairs caused by a failing paint, and that has not ever happened. The warranty does not cover damages caused by humans physical actions, or by leaking pipes, or a leaking roof.
Mural Cost is based on the size of the surface and the details of the mural. The mural can be charged by square foot, or the project as a whole. Details would be discussed when in contact, and once both parties have agreed, there are no surprises to follow.
Timeline depends on the size, detail, weather conditions and temperature. Usually it takes between a few days to over a month.
Customer Satisfaction is proven by the work itself, also the long term relationship with the Mural by Design clients who also took their time to write some great reviews on https://muralbydesign.houzz.com
Open to Travel for painting murals anywhere in the United States and Europe.
Would you like to transform a random space with beautiful Site Specific Murals, inspired by your needs to transform your commercial and/or residential spaces and meet your vision?
Then, you are at a right place and We Can Do This Together.
Thank You So Much
Artist - Mural by Design LLC
Grand Rapids, MI
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