Raleigh artist picked to create mural for Dreamville Festival

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Friday, April 1, 2022
Raleigh artist picked to create mural for Dreamville Festival
Zac Bender, a Raleigh-based artist, was one of four chosen out of 200 artists.

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- The Dreamville Festival is not just a showcase for musical artists but also other artists. ABC11 caught up with one of the artists creating a piece for the festival.

Zac Bender said, "200 people applied essentially, and four people got chosen."

Bender, a Raleigh-based artist, was one of those four.

He took a chance and created a masterpiece to be displayed at this year's Dreamville Festival.

"They really wanted artists to kind of take their own kind of direction with it and that's what submitted was the idea that you wanted to do," he explained of the process.

It took him six days to create a piece that would grab your eye, full of some of his favorite artists.

"I had three panels that were 4 foot by 8 foot," he explained. "From there, it was coloring each panel, and I actually used a projector to try to project the drawing because I had done a complete drawing of the thing."

The final product is certainly eye-catching.

"Earth Gang has the like, their symbol, which is the world, what could I do with the world and then I thought of the Tarot card. J. Cole is the strength card, Rico Nasty is the high priestess and J.I.D. is the star," he said.

Bender said he just started working full time as an artist and this makes him feel comfortable with his decision.

"I believe it allows artist that are not like huge yet a platform to show what they can do and that's what I took it as," Bender said.

He said he also feels honored to have been chosen by the festival team.

"There's not like a whole lot of like huge nationally recognized festivals that are showcasing NC artists specifically, and I definitely think it's something that is really important to J. Cole and that as awesome that he's doing that," he said.