Alexa Meade is an installation artist based in the Washington, DC area. Her background in the world of political communications has fueled her intellectual interest in the tensions between perception and reality. Alexa Meade's innovative use of paint on the three dimensional surfaces of found objects, live models, and architectural spaces has been incorporated into a series of installations that create a perceptual shift in how we experience and interpret spatial relationships.
AM Radio, a subsidiary of Mosi Design Group, is a collective of visual artists, whose mission is to infuse the raw elements of sound and texture to inspire life. The creative process incorporates the work of artists and DJs to paint large compositions before live audiences. With each painting taking approximately four hours to complete, the technique is a challenge of graphic resourcefulness. It compresses the creative experience into spontaneous reactions of time, space and energy - a result that captures the mood, sound and electricity of the environment.
Imani K Brown (in.fa.mousIKB) is an emerging name in the urban arts industry. Establishing herself as a tattoo artist in 2006, IKB created ARTISTIC SOLE, an artistic entity committed to & inspired by wearable art. Though it encompasses everything from tattoos, to live art, customized toys and much more, Artistic Sole has gained a name best known for its custom hand painted kicks with a graffiti twist. Since conception, IKB and Artistic Sole have released a limited edition line of custom sneakers, Art & Sole(ism). IKB has appeared on behalf of Artistic Sole in numerous editorials and projects including The DEFintion of Hip Hip, Acclaim Magazine, Highsnobette, Female Sneaker Fiend, Art Whino, SolSource, One Versus Many, The City of Ink, and DEKKA.
Ben Tolman grew up and lives in Washington, DC. He received my BFA from the Corcoran College of Art in 2005. He has exhibited across the country as well as internationally. He currently has a drawing on exhibit at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery as part of the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition.
Washington DC based artist Chris Bishop pays homage to his two true loves in his Pretty Girls & Robots series of paintings. Bishop employs bold outlines, cartoon simplicity and bright colors to bring to life the empty, cold-hearted death machines... and those are just the girls!
Daniel Barojas is an artist who works in many various artistic mediums including: mixed media illustration, watercolor, graphic/product design, jewelry, photography, toys & graffiti. Born in Mexico – Mexico City and now living in the USA, Daniel uses his cultural and street influences as inspirations for his art.
Daniel Barojas is the founder of R5 Imaging, a creative services company that offers his talents to the public. Daniel is involved in trying to spread positivity by means of creativity, recently he founded “The Mason Jar” which will serve as an avenue for him and others to effect positive change to various causes around the globe. Daniel Barojas as The Mason Jar’s creator is in charge organizing and curating shows/event like the “Say Whaaat” exhibit which featured art on toys by various artists; which were auctioned on eBay to generate funds for donation to charity. This statement: “Consciousness & Caring through Creativity” not only serves as the official slogan of “The Mason Jar” but also as Daniel’s mission in life.
As the international design editor for National Geographic Magazine, Darren Smith uses his editorial eye and attention to detail. He applies the same skills to astonishing results in his handmade photo mosaics, in which he pastes together hundreds or thousands of small fragments cut from his photographs. Frustrated by the limitations of traditional photography, but also disappointed in the plastic appearance of digitally manipulated images, he created his mosaic technique to have his own way of remixing reality, to transform a digital medium with the hand, and to create surreal new worlds of intense detail and optimism. Smith’s work has been featured in solo and group shows in Washington, D.C., Virginia, Maryland, and Paris, France. His artwork is in private collections on both sides of the Atlantic. He is represented by Honfleur Gallery and lives and works in Washington, D.C., with his wife and daughter.
Drew Storm Graham
When Drew Graham was 11 years old he moved to Madrid and immediately fell in love with graffiti visually and conceptually. Graffiti embodies a bold, impetuous attitude rooted in controversy and rebellion. As a junior in high school Drew returned to the United States and moved to DC. He was not struck by the amount of graffiti he saw in Madrid, instead he saw tattoos as the more rebellious form of art. He quickly drew parallels between graffiti and tattoo art as being confrontational, taboo, and demanding public reaction.
edward alan gross
edward alan gross is interested in thoughtfully charged situations. His goal is to capture suggestions of poetic possibilities rather than one clearly resolved narrative. to achieve this he uses color, light, and shadow involving a host of images from the profound to the absurd. Then to evolve the narrative further he combines found objects to create a shift between the imagined and the observed. this effort is used to provoke, ignite and hopefully comically entertain the viewers thought process as well as his own.
Spawned out from the ugly Barrios of Sunset Park NYC, El Stabo has been picking on the scab of the art market since the early nineties. With a cannibalistic ferocity he has indulged in the art of making art. At one point in his creative life, after waking from the vomit soaked bed sheets, he pushes the young ghetto maiden off the bed and decides to enroll in a art school. A wasted 8 years,,yes..eight years..in the Fashion Institute of technology. After the brain washing and misdirection's of the faculty, Elstabo has been able to focus on his favorite subjects. So ladies and gentlemen, please enjoy the manifestations that emerge out of the strange mind of Elstabo.
Emily Greene Liddle
Emily Greene Liddle was born and raised just outside of Baltimore, MD before moving to Washington, DC in 1999 to attend college. She graduated cum laude from the Catholic University of America in 2004 with a dual bachelors degree in Fine Arts and Art Education. Emily currently lives, teaches, and paints in the DC metro area. Working mainly with oil on canvas, Liddle uses classical academic technique to portray modern pop imagery. While her paintings initially appear light and playful, her subject matter plays on deeper themes of contrast and contradiction in form, function, and perception in modern Pop culture.
"…..I never made a conscious decision to become an artist, it’s something I’ve always done for as long as I can remember. I take pictures and draw and paint and collage debris and objects as intuitively as possible and I’ve never specialized in anything except making the best art that I can. Real artists don’t have a choice about making art, it’s simply a matter of satisfying an insatiable urgency to create…..
Kevin Thomas Irvin (AKA) Jazi Rock was born in 1972 in the impoverished neighborhood of southwest Baltimore. Being raised by only his mother, Kevin turned to the streets to be his father, his acceptance, and his comfort zone. As a boy Kevin searched for an identity and struggled to express his souls frustrations with the world around him, like many others in his neighborhood. While others turned to drugs and crime, Kevin discovered the the book that forever changed his life. At the ripe age of 12 Kevin was infected by the graffiti bug when he saw Martha Coopers infamous book, "Subway Art" circulate around his neighborhood.
Through the years Jazi does not seek perfection but he seeks refinement. Jazi has made a transition from street graffiti to canvas as time went on. He has taken what he has learned form the streets to apply it to the world of fine arts.
Jessica van Brakle
Lady Glock started shooting as a child, after she received her first camera at age seven. Having lived in a number of cities over the years, she has crafted a style that stems directly from being an urban dweller. Lady Glock studied at a small anarchist filled liberal arts college in Massachusetts before getting her MA in photography and urban cultures in London. Preferring to remain an international woman of mystery, she has traveled to many parts of the world where she has photographed her way through some exciting situations. From violent social unrest in Spain to to the vibrance exhibited in both life and graffiti in Miami…when captured through Lady Glock's lens, we all see the world a little clearer.
Leah Sarah Bassett (born 1983) is an up and coming artist out of Baltimore. She is originally from Cape Cod and the Berkshires of Massachusetts. Leah picked up a paintbrush at a very early age due to the influence of her parents, Alice Babcock Lynch and Marc Bassett; accomplished artists in the New England area.
For the past few years, Leah has been experimenting with several techniques and mediums, integrating her contrasting styles. She feels she has grown into mixtures that best convey her ideas. She attended Corcoran School of Art and Design and had a studio in Howard County Center of the Arts. Artistic influences include Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Klimt and Egon Schiele.
Luz Del Mar Rosado
Matt Sesow is a full-time independent artist living and painting in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, DC. Matt began exhibiting and selling his work in 1994 and took it on as his full-time pursuit in 2001. Sesow maintains a webpage with all his current work at www.sesow.com. Visits to his Adams Morgan studio are welcome and encouraged.
Matthew Parker is a native Washingtonian. He is an Architect and graduated from The University of Tennessee, where his curriculum taught him ways to observe, to understand spatial relationships, and to gather the experience of a specific place. His photographic collages embody movement of time, experience, memory and spatial relationships as variables captured in the scene.
He begins all collages with a sketch. Then, rotates the camera to achieve the different angles and layer each photo with his observance of a place, during different times of the day or year to create a dynamic scene. When you see a change in the tone from one photo to the other, it’s the result of a different time that he was at the location. He believes these multiple layers of variables engage the viewer’s eyes and body allowing them to experience the poetics of space, even allowing the scene to pull the viewer in. Please visit the website at www.reinventing-reality.com or more information.
Mike Weber was born in February of 1975 in St. Louis, Missouri. He attended Southwest Missouri State University and The Art Institute of Dallas, receiving degrees in Visual Communications and Computer Animation/Multimedia. For over ten years Mike's passion was in the print and broadcast design world where he designed and art directed broadcast graphics and animation for Showtime, HBO, Comedy Central, A&E, History Channel, Nickelodeon, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, WB, The Golf Channel, and many others. His television career took him to New York where he began developing his personal artwork. In 2001, Mike resigned from his design career to devote full time to his art in Washington, DC. His works are an unusual use of mixed media- oil, acrylic, found objects, cut papers and finished with a thick coat of glossy gel medium. Each piece tells a rich story from his well document German family lineage.
Michael Owen is a contemporary painter who's work is found hung in galleries as well as on the streets. Visually, Michael's work uses bold, graphic imagery which pulls the viewer into the piece, to divulge softer and intimate messages and metaphors. While Michael's work could be classified as figurative, it's subtle compositional details and and deep messages ring true of a more conceptual genre. Michael is the artist behind one of the nation's longest murals, located in Baltimore, Maryland, covering both sides of a quarter-mile underpass.
Nils Westergard is an 18 year old artist from Falls Church, Virginia. He started working with stencils and spray paint in the 7th grade, and is currently a senior at George Mason High School with plans to attend VCU Arts in the fall. His work focuses primarily on figures of authority and transforming what is often considered an ugly art form and medium, into something of beauty.
Rosina Teri Memolo
Rosina Photography is owned and operated by Rosina Teri Memolo, a fine art and commercial photographer in Washington, DC. Teri serves as a photographic archaeologist of street and music culture in books such as Streetworld and Enamelized, as well as Swindle and Urb magazines. Her images are intuitive, sometimes even happy accidents; they stay with you and provoke memories, thoughts and emotions.
Scott G. Brooks
Scott G Brooks is originally from Flint, Michigan, and currently lives and works in Washington, DC. His subject matter ranges from simple portraiture to intricate narratives. In his paintings, he takes social, psychological, and political issues and injects them with a dark sense of humor. Anatomical distortions separate the figures from the photographic ideal, which gives him the freedom to create his own distorted reality. His work is described as twisted and offbeat, sentimental, and disturbing. In addition to exhibiting in galleries, he has also illustrated several children's books. His influences include Mad Magazine, Disney, Saturday morning cartoons, and talking heads on cable news.
D.C. based architect Sergio Martinez is the second generation of a South American civil engineer and a North American farmer. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in architecture from Virginia Tech, Sergio worked as an apprentice in a fine furniture wood shop and later at a local ironwork shop to acquire practical hands-on knowledge. For the past 10 years he has worked for various prestigious award winning architecture firms in the metropolitan area and has designed several projects in the D.C. area.
This summer Sergio designed and built “Olas”, five bamboo sculptures at the Crystal City Water Park, as part of the Crystal Art – Eco Art project promoted by the Crystal City BID. On January 2010 “Olas” was the recipient of the Design Arlington Award of Excellence for a Public Art Project.
His studio space is currently located in Baltimore, Maryland. He creates works of architecture, furniture, sculpture, home accessories and just released a new line of jewelry. In all of his work, Sergio Martinez aspires to create beautiful authentic works of integrity and substance, from environmentally responsible materials, that allows human beings to poetically dwell.
Terry Plater's mom use to always recite a poem to his siblings and himself when he was a kid, the poem was called "Mother to Son" by Langston Hughes. It starts off "Well son, life for me ain't been no crystal stair", and it took some growing up to understand that the poem she recited was her way of telling them that life isn't easy, and no matter what's in your way the days aren't going to stop coming. The years of her life summed up in a 20 bar poem, this is the power that art holds. To be able to speaks volumes with just a few words, a note or two, or some strokes of a paint brush. This is something that Terry consider whenever he starts a new creation.
Terry is just a country boy from a town way down in the boonies, brother to 6, son of a loving mother and father. He has been drawing since he could remember and don't see stopping anytime soon. Probably one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet, always smiling, even when he should be frowning. Although inside of him there is a lot of struggling, he hates what his eyes see, parents killing their off spring, off springs killing their parents, people not caring about anything but them selves. The only time anything makes sense, the only time Terry is at peace is when he's creating. This is why he's an artist, because if he wasn't this world would drive him crazy.
Tim Conlon is an artist known for large-scale murals, graffiti art, and works on canvas. Conlonʼs work has been featured in museums and galleries across the country, including the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Conlonʼs work has appeared in feature films, television ads, art books and magazines, custom clothing designs, and on large street billboard advertising. Conlon is also an animator, illustrator, web designer, and video editor.
Tim Slayton - Truth Among Liars
Truth Among Liars is a cutting edge art and design unit out of Washington D.C. that specializes in textiles and concrete.
Twitch grew up in trailer park, isolated from the world in back hills of West Virginia where he always ran with the wrong crowd and spent most of the time in trouble with the law. All of his life he longed to live in the big city and at age 18 he hitched a ride to Washington DC and has lived ever since. Somewhere in between he has managed to get married, have a son, and trick a lot of folks into thinking he knows a thing or two about art. He has no formal art training to date and still spends most of time in trouble.
Born in Yaroslavl, Russia, currently based in Washington DC, USA. Award-winning graphic artist, Yulia has worked in the design industry over 7 years. Her design experience includes developing strategic and creative concepts, identities, and brands using mixed media within a design context. She is a partner for YUDES1GN studio and does freelance projects through the AQUENT agency. Member of AIGA and Washington Project for the Arts.
Bonnie Durham was born on a moving day stuck in a daydream.
She watched often and wondered.
Her style is continually being influenced by toys, old books and illustrations; street art, animations, fairy tales, music, children and the elderly.
It has been said that Bonnie has an inviting sensual palate.
When asked, she responded; “I want my paintings to be semi- subtly mysteriously surreal.”
The source of her talent = unknown.
Casey was born August 27th, 1979, in beautiful Long Beach California. He spent his childhood in the then undeveloped eucalyptus groves of Yorba Linda and the labyrinth hills of Valencia, skinning knees, capturing flags, and drawing comic books.
After a hazy stint in high school, he went on to study at the Art Center College of Design where he graduated with honors in 2004.
He moved to Las Vegas, which was great. If you haven't been there, I highly recommend it. He had some shows, made some friends and met a girl.
He now lives in Brooklyn, NY with said girl.
Cern began writing graffiti in the early nineties. Diverse in his scope, he has created numerous collaborative murals with the YMI crew and artists around the world, and exhibited canvas and watercolor works in galleries around New York City and beyond. Cern has been included in books such as Burning New York and Graffiti World. His unique blend of fantasy and realism blurs the lines between graffiti and fine art, and exhibits a technical mastery of his medium.
Chris B. Murray was raised in a small upstate NY town where he began drawing/painting at a very young age. In his later teenage years he and his friends discovered hiphop/graffiti culture and comicbook art. He immediately fell in love with both art forms and began studying elements from both until he eventually developed his own style. CBM now resides in Sunny Philadelphia where he spends countless hours perfecting his craft and attempting to reach out to new people and places with his work. He is currently working on various projects as well as putting together a new body of work so stay tuned as he always has something visually stimulating in the mix.
A child of the 80s, Chris' world was often completely flooded with the imagery and ideas presented by his television, his comic books, and the music and movies of the time. Immersed in these various mediums, Chris began to store the images brought forward though these everyday experiences in what he refers to as a "mental journal". This journal was a haven of his thoughts that he could refer back to whenever necessary. Chris' paintings frequently cite past conceptions of popular culture embedded in his psyche's cache. This use of intertextuality also serves to offer a comfort or familiarity of sorts to the viewer. Chris' works frequently reveal everyday musings and people one would pass on the street without looking or thinking about twice. These images also aid Chris in the creation of a visual language comprised of his own iconographic imagery. Through the repetition of this imagery, Chris strives to familiarize his viewers with the language he has constructed. Chris believes that the notions within his pieces serve as a backbone to the many stories created by the onlooker when he or she is viewing the work.
Chris Stain first got into art in the 80’s inspired by NYC subway graffiti. It wasn’t until 1998 that he recalled the old printmaking technique of stenciling, which he had learned in high school from a screen printing class. Chris's work follows in the footsteps of the Social-Realist school of thought. Carrying with it many of the same working class and inner city themes. Whether in the gallery or on the street he strives to convey the trials, tribulations, and joys, of what it means to be alive in this day and age.
Cope2 is a graffiti artist who has created a legacy in New York with his art and creativity. Cope2 has been painting since 1978, his urban style of art work can be found in galleries all over the world. He was very active in the art scene in 1980's and 1990's and came to be known as the ambassador for New York graffiti. He and his crew "Kings Destroy" are considered pioneers in the graffiti world due to their unique style of art and commercial success. Recently Cope2 was commissioned by Time Life magazine to design a billboard campaign, which also became the cover for their issue on graffiti. Cope2 is also the featured graffiti artist in Marc Ecko's video game "Getting Up.”
Damara The Destroyer
Theorizing the green movement as a last minute prayer before the Apocalypse, Ghetto Picasso symbolically interprets mankind's edification efforts with the use of junk, salvage and reclaimed materials. Having developed his sensorial relationship with the inanimate, his work is shamanic. Tribal, his spiritual usage of pathetic fallacy is to modulate emotion to the point of Objectum-sexuality.
Gaia is a Brooklyn and Baltimore based street artist with a background in Printmaking and Sculpture. Marrying the animal and the human form, Gaia conjures mysterious figures that carry a heavy sense of mythology and recall a past when man and nature were once united. These romantic creatures stand in relief to the urban environment as they lurk and beckon in the city’s forgotten and neglected spaces. The conveyance of their story relies on the chance coincidence with a passerby, and even in that intimate moment, their narrative is precarious and delicate.
Gigi Bio was born on July 9,1978 in Oakland, California. Life, architecture, nature, graffiti, fashion and the city streets are still major influences to her. She is inspired by the changing landscapes of her current home, New York, because it is a city in constant flow. Her artwork is a reflection of life in the streets. Each piece represents a world full of life, energy and movement. Her aim is to recreate life & build the world through multiple perspectives. She encourages the viewer how to fully experience their environment by creating a sense of extreme awareness of the world, to appreciate beauty in the mundane and find order through chaos. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Heather always been fascinated by the past, from listening to jazz, blues, and gospel of the early 1900’s to reminiscing about her childhood in New York the 1980’s. It is amazing how much – and how little – things have changed. Yet these contributions of yesterday are too easily overlooked amidst the commotion of today. Through her collages she gives a second life to discarded mementos of past eras. She take objects that have spent decades out of view and reworks them so they are no longer just forgotten ephemera. Matchbooks advertising bygone hotels and restaurants, postcards and maps showing places as they once were, and letters sent long ago are just some of the components that form her collages. Each collage is meant to be viewed as a whole as well as piece by piece so that the viewer can recall – or imagine – times that have long since gone.
Herm Life! makes stencils and eats Burritos. He loves both.
INDIE184 is one of todays most active female graffiti writers hailing from Washington Heights, NYC. Growing up all over NYC she began to participate in the graffiti culture in 2001. Determined to express herself to the world through art, she taught herself how to sew, paint and produce graphic design. She is known for her simple playful feminine graffiti style lettering. You can find her graffiti pieces from the South Bronx to Berlin. Indie's graffiti was featured the record breaking Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto IV video game. Her current endeavors include directing her street wear brand Kweenz Destroy and producing graphic design work.
Jason is a painter who specializes in Psychological Realism. Recently Jason has received first place in Art Calendar’s portrait completion, second place in the Art Kudos International Juried Exhibition, and has received an Honorable Mention at the Target Gallery’s ‘In the Flesh II’ juried exhibition at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA. Jason is represented by Principle Gallery in Alexandria, VA and Gallery M Squared in Houston, TX. Jason is also affiliated with Mark Gallery in Englewood, NJ.
Born in 1980 in Bogotá, Colombia, Jessica Angel holds a degree in Fine Arts from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. She has exhibited individually at the Museum of Modern Art in Bucaramanga, Colombia (2008), at the Cultural Center of the University of Salamanca, Bogotá (2008), and twice at Casas Riegner Gallery (2006-2009). Her work has been showcased at group shows both locally and abroad in cities like New York, Miami, Washington, Bogota, La Paz and Tijuana. In 2007 She received an honorable mention at the Bolivia International Biennial and at the Biennial of the Americas, Mexico (2006). Currently Jessica resides in New York City.
Since childhood, Joe has always had a love for art and the ocean. Both loves have followed him through his schooling, and kept his attention even while gaining a degree in Molecular Genetics at Drexel University. Once out of college, he knew he needed to indulge that side of himself and put aside pursuing a corporate career to begin traveling. It was his during a season long, modest stay in St. John, sleeping in a tree house and living off the land, where his direction. Living so simply stripped him of the noise in his mind, bringing him back to what he always wanted to be … a creator. An artist. Winter after winter he continued to traveled around the world, to many islands, Europe and season long says in Puerto Rico, all of which helped fuel this fire.
Not long after, he started his own clothing company, OKOTO, named after his custom board shaping business. Through the brand, he was able to showcase his hand art using apparel as his medium. A respected brand in the industry, OKOTO is now growing into a production company of sorts, so that other artists may also exhibit their talents as well. Joe works in all mediums starting with acrylic and oils. Loving the idea of mixed media and working with wood, he started to experiment with block printing, and is now enjoying his time creating blockprints
Once upon a time Joe Iurato worked as a magazine editor in NYC, where he’d escape into the streets of SoHo during lunch break to explore the art and occasionally contribute some of his own. At the time, stenciling was more of an obsession than a passion. Like every other moment in Joe’s life when his desire to create art was challenged by a strong, "responsible" work ethic, the latter prevailed. But as fate would have it, the two worlds collided after Joe was laid off last year. While the economy fell to pieces and decent jobs were scarce to come by, Joe used every bit of his free time to let his art out and grow creatively. He now applies that same work ethic into developing his craft.
While he’s usually found in his garage painting on reclaimed cabinet doors and scrap pieces of wood, he also enjoys painting in the street, where his work is tagged with the name :01. He doesn’t use it as a means to hide his identity – it serves as a reminder to him, and he hopes as a message to others, that it only takes one single second to decide you’re going to move forward, regardless of circumstance or struggle, and never look back.
JoKa is a contemporary artist specializing in pointillism, using toothpicks as his sole form of paint application. A student of inefficiency, his personal philosophy is “it isn’t art if it doesn’t take three times longer than it’s supposed to!” Common subjects include charbroiled meat, sex, dissection, hypnosis, mammalian societal bonds, youth corruption, morbid obesity, swashbuckling, insects, male-pattern baldness, bumps, self-loathing, candy corn and clones. Using collage, he skews and distorts, pushing familiar images into the surreal. His work has been called nostalgic, though not by him. His art has been featured nationally as well as internationally, and in national art publications. He is a carnivore. Find him on the InterWeb at www.JoKa444.com.
Graffiti for Marka 27 is a powerful tool if used properly. It can bring empowerment to people within the urban area through compelling imagery of truth and awareness. To paint a mural that depicts strength, aptitude, unity, and pride in one self is what Marka lives for. Marka has a strong passion for painting even if it’s not on a wall, but my heart is with the people who struggle. The single mothers, unemployed, imprisoned, poverty stricken individuals who Marka sees everyday that still give themselves a reason to continue, that is the reason to continue.
Max Jones was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1978. Throughout his childhood his artworks were often stolen by his peers which made him realize that people wanted the things he made. He went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Missouri in 2003. His paintings are a mixture of experiential narrative, idealized fantasies, and social commentary. When he speaks about his work, you will hear him refer to layers. He believes that the layered edges of certain opposing shapes, complimentary colors, and varied textures on a 2D surface create an illusion of space similar to the way converging lines generate perspective. He admires art that takes risks. He draws influence from a multitude of sources ranging from physics, graffiti, technology, bourbon, fashion, contemporary artists, old masters, indie music, skateboarding, gardening, etc. Max lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Migdalia Luz Barens Vera
Molly Crabapple is an award-winning artist, author, and the founder of Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School.
Molly learned to draw in a Parisian bookstore. She later drew her way through Morocco and Kurdistan, and once into a Turkish jail. She's developed her trademark Victorian style based a fascination with ambition and artifice. Remember, the devil's in the details.
Molly's drawn for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Marvel Comics the Bloomberg Corporation and Playgirl, and illustrated eight books. She's also turned her talents to 30-foot theatrical backdrops, children's books, parade installations, burlesque posters, critically acclaimed webcomics, pornographic comic books, art writing, and gallery shows around the world. She's the resident Toulouse Lautrec of The Box, one of New York's most exclusive nightclubs.
PaperMonster is a stencil graffiti artist whose vivid and intricate pieces explore the beauty behind the eyes and facial expressions of women.
Born in Puerto Rico, PaperMonster incorporates stencil and pasting techniques to create pieces of art on any surface by incorporating pop culture icons, Asian typography, patterns and texture to present vibrant emotions and stories. His work allows the audience to take his creations for pure face value or explore deeper into each piece. PaperMonster has been featured in countless magazines and exhibitions.PaperMonster will be having his first international solo show in Paris May 2010.
SUEWORKS is a self-taught Artist, graphic designer and illustrator whose talent and workload are equally formidable. Born in Queens, NY and raised in Manhattan's Washington Heights, he constantly hones his skills utilizing life’s experience as his main inspiration, as he has been doing since he started back in 1987.
His work can be found in numerous corporate and private collections, As well as in many publications. Periodicals such as UPTOWN Magazine, BOMBIN' Magazine, FORMAT Online, HABIT L.A. Magazine, PEEL, PLATFORM, L.A. Magazine and HARD GRAFFT -UK Magazine, have all featured his urban masterpieces. So high is the quality of his work, that some of these publications have even become his part of his clientele. Other clients include clients include Viacom, VH1, Visions E.P., Michelle Boyce; interior designer-to-the-stars, 004Connec, Multitude, Syndicated Clothing, Hush Tours, CMA Coding, New Era, and many more. SUEWORKS, who currently resides in West New York, NJ with his wife and children, is currently very high in demand, so you can count on seeing his art for many years to come.
TMNK, aka The Me Nobody Knows, is a mixed media artist whose paintings offer poignant socio-political observations and commentaries on the people and events that shape his journey. Each creation a spontaneous, cerebral mix of symbols, words, and figures used as devices to leave subtle clues for the viewer to interpret.
Tyler Matthew Oyer
TMO is a young fabulist. His work incorporates the shiny things that float around glamour, celebrity, and attention. His sculptures, videos, collages, and live performances always start a fire. He is in between places and stages. You can find his work at www.tmostudio.com.
Aaron Kraten is a self-taught artist from Huntington Beach, CA. He began his art career by experimenting with found objects, and began to display his work at a thrift store he worked at, called Stateside. Armed with nothing but sketchbooks, paintings, and a DIY approach to getting his work out to the public, Aaron now shows his work at museums and galleries in the Los Angeles area, as well as collaborates with record labels and publications.
Alex Chiu is a professional doodler who currently resides in Los Angeles. He spends most of his time in coffee shops drinking coffee and doodling. While driving, Alex Chiu practices beat boxing. This gives him the feeling that he is being productive even when he’s stuck in traffic. Alex Chiu makes a zine with his fiancé, Ann Matsushima. It is called Eyeball Burp. Alex Chiu likes films by Alexjandro Jodorowsky and eats more desserts at buffets than real food. Alex Chiu wishes that health insurance were less expensive. The world would be a better place if we all hugged and grew corn instead of grass. Alex Chiu also plays the fiddle.
Aaron Martin was born on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu, but spent most of his childhood growing up and moving from Southern California to Nevada before finally landing back into Hawaii during his Junior year in high school. In 1999 while a car accident changed everything; this life-threatening experience inspired him to leave the island once again, this time to Seattle, Washington. Inspired by the rain and being indoors, he started playing around with different art mediums again.
Aaron had his first show in 2002 and has not stopped. Showing in galleries up and down California the east coast, have even showed in shows that have traveled from the United States, Tokyo to Hong Kong, Australia & New Zealand. His focal medium is acrylic paintings on wood and canvas. Using minimal colors and detailed character design, these paintings are usually comprised of stressed out emotional pandas. The pandas tend to represent the story of struggle.
Brian Robertson was born in 1978 in Albuquerque N.M. Brian has spent the past 10 years doing the good work & fighting the good fight with various art friends, collectives, organizations & galleries. Brian currently resides in sunny Los Angeles California with his loving girlfriend Sydney & their cat Physics.
Among predators there is a large degree of specialization. Many predators specialize in hunting only one species of prey. Others are more opportunistic and will kill and eat almost anything. Black ink over black ink over black ink. Such a quest requires one mountain climb, one ocean passage, and exactly twenty-seven desert crisscrosses. One should not dismiss the perils of travel. For example: The geography of being separate and other temporal pieces of the pie-chart. I will never understand how you feel. I can only see the world as I see it and try to understand.
Caia Koopman is a native of California and was born in Livermore. She majored in fine art and earned a B.A. at UC Santa Cruz, California. Santa Cruz turned out to be the place that seduced her to the local skateboarding scene.
In addition to receiving an academic education, Caia also learned to skate ramps, streets, pools, and Derby Park. Skateboarding led to skateboard graphics, and her first limited edition team T-shirt design for Santa Cruz Skateboards. After earning her art degree, she turned her attention to snowboarding and spent many winters following the snow. It was her love for the sport that inspired Caia to strive for a career creating snowboard graphics and later branching out to become a commercial artist and finally a fine artist as well. Her artwork has been featured in numerous national and international print media including Surfing Girl, Mademoiselle, Details, Girl's Life, Snowboarder Magazine, Teen, Teen Style, Teen People, J-14, Fine , and others. Caia designed T-shirt graphics and promotional illustrations for many companies, such as: Quiksilver/Roxy, Hurley, Op, AT&T, and Casio.
First touched earth in Oklahoma, received misinformation and mis-education in Oregon, followed family roots from the NW throughout the mid-west, currently back on the left-coast in Los Angeles. From a family background in design, Codak developed a fascination with ‘line’… its quality, ambiguity and emotion. Associated with early experiences doodling his favorite comic book characters, falling off his skateboard and riding the bus, he would find himself drawn to Graffiti and it’s artistic interaction with the urban landscape. His work is defined by an acute sense of how to exploit space & composition in an organic fashion while maintaining a constructed approach utilizing mixed media. His subtle use of color intermixed with line work has been described as resembling “muscle stretched across bone” and “Malevolent Ivy” creating harmonious contrasts between graphic design and street art. Though he is better known in the world of ‘Street Art’ his work spans across fields, as he pulls from his childhood exposure to architecture, modern art, and interior design contrasted against his training in graphic design. Recent client work includes: NOKIA, The Sanrio Corporation (Hello Kitty), MGA Entertainment, Pepsi Street Motion, Fat Possum Records and DUB Magazine, as well as exhibitions in locations as diverse as Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City, Montreal, London and Slovakia.
Craig “Skibs” Barker grew up in Southern California during the early ‘80s in the midst of both the punk rock and surfing culture explosions. With a healthy dose of punk flyers, album covers, and surfing magazines buzzing through his head, Barker began making flyers and t-shirts for his friends and his own punk bands. Fast-forward to today; Barker’s most recent paintings infuse his long-standing love for painting and rendering the human female figure with his punk-fueled graphic design. Mixing different approaches, techniques, and mediums, he creates a sense of memory, personal history, and appreciation for the female form. Combining elements of pop culture, literary censorship, and a positive mental attitude, he creates layered scenes of voyeuristic mischief. Barker’s work explores the junctions between past and present, memory and imagination, fantasy and reality, while creating a dialog between image and viewer.
Focused on exploring the connectivity within humanity and its claims of control over social systems, habitat, nature, and future, Daryll Peirce's artwork pendulates between the satiric and esoteric, optimistic and pessimistic, scientific and spiritual, bold and poetic. Grotesquely exaggerated human forms, arterial-botanic city organisms, and flowering interconnected urban clusters currently inhabit his psyche and spew into his work. On a more intimate level, his influences instinctively stem from past and current environs, travel, exploration, skateboarding, surfing, dreaming, philosophy, and interacting with all forms of the human animal with a focused lens on the social outcast.
Daryll was born in Reno, Nevada in 1978 and and after receiving his BFA from the Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design in Denver, Colorado, has since worked incessantly as a painter, designer, illustrator, occasional curator, and creative. His work has been hosted in multiple national and international exhibitions and galleries as well as on external public walls. Features of his work can be found in publications such as Juxtapoz, Blackbook, Print, ISM Quarterly, Happy, Beautiful Decay, Automatic, various city papers and websites like Wooster Collective, Slam Hype, Fecal Face, Scene360, No New Enemies, Coolhunting, and Modart Europe. Although he moves and travels often he currently considers Oakland, California home.
Life and all of its complexities is the source of artistic inspiration for Dan Fleres and what pushes him to take his art to new levels. Through his experimentations with acrylic, paper, and mixed media on canvas, wood, and found objects, Fleres creates streamlined portraits of mournful yet vividly colored characters against skillfully rendered backgrounds. His work is flavored with his subtle yet insightful views of pop culture and society.
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Douglas Alvarez was born in Los Angeles, California and raised in the urban decay of the San Fernando Valley. His father is a retired Baptist preacher man but Douglas's passion is painting. He describes his work as urban neo-folk art. Wood is his favorite surface to paint but is known to paint on any surface he discovers. Nature, sexy ladies, cars, old architecture, decaying walls, untrimmed trees, graffiti, luchadoras and unexplainable lights in the sky are all elements he absorbs to create art. His art carries a combination on loose textured backgrounds with subjects that are rendered with stylized realism. His signature cyan, yellow and magenta streaks are always present in his work. Douglas's artwork was recently selected by the City of Los Angeles, 2009 Latino Heritage Month Cultural Guild. Galleries he displayed work include: Avenue 50 Studio, Strychnin Gallery (Berlin), Julie Rico Gallery, La Luz De Jesus Gallery, Coachella Music Festival (Global:Inheritance), The Hive Gallery, Cactus Gallery, MF Gallery (NYC) and Cannibal Flower.
Gosha is a Los Angeles based painter whose surreal, urban warriors and detail driven style are rapidly attracting attention. Growing up in Russia before the fall of the Soviet Union, Gosha’s activities were limited so he spent much of his time drawing. When he moved to Los Angeles, he was exposed to a fresh style of urban art that he instantly identified with, and that inspired him to continue to focus and develop his personal painting style.
Gosha has always been interested in taking a close look at urban environments. To him, as buildings age with the effects of time and use, they contribute to their city’s unique history and character. He is intrigued with how people live their daily lives in urban density and clutter and somehow make it all work. He also imagines how each city dweller has a personal view of their surroundings visualized in their minds. Gosha brings these images to life in his artwork, in a playful yet thought-provoking style.
Over the years, Gosha has experimented with different mediums, learned from his “mistakes”, and is continuously refining his style. His latest artwork is comprised of a series of bold ink drawings complemented with a bright watercolor palette. Gosha’s exciting new body of work, captures visions of an urban apocalypse, stylistically expressed with an underlying humor, in a compelling and captivating way.
Jeremy Asher Lynch
Born on a chicken farm in Hebron, Maryland, he has migrated between Alaska, California, and Florida. Jeremy began creating skate videos and short films when he was just eight. Film school graduate. Self-taught artist with showings in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Barcelona, and London.
Jeremy now resides in Huntington Beach, California, working as a Video Editor/Shooter by day and an Artist by night.
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Jophen Stein is a graduate of the Laguna College of Art adn Design. After establishing the Snootson Family Showcase in 2004, his distinctive style has gained national recognition over the past couple of years. Despite the minor setbacks of being banner from Idaho and Iowa, Jophen Stein continues the SFSC series from his studio in Pomona, California.
The Snootson Family Showcase [SFSC] is a collection of narrative, historical, and character based art. While there are a variety of subjects and motifs presented in the SFSC, a principle underlying theme exists concerning the correlation between antiquity and modernity. With the help of literary devices such as irony and double entendres, the SESC parodies contemporary social life with the eras and precedence that created it.
Kelly Castillo graduated from California State University, Fullerton where she spent most of her time in Life Drawing classes even though she got her degree in Politics. Her art reflects a deep love for anatomy mixed with illustrative qualities. Mainly focusing on portraitures, her use of bold color and design juxtaposed with vintage subjects lends itself to a multidimensional audience in love with the old and inspired by the new. Involved with emerging art styles she opened Rothick art haus in 2009; a gallery dedicated to showcasing local emerging artists and underground art movements. Also in 2009, Kelly Castillo was appointed by the Mayor of Anaheim, to Anaheim’s Cultural and Heritage Commission where she is influential in bringing art to Anaheim, CA. She is also the owner of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti Art School in Anaheim, which takes the concept of Life Drawing but with a provocative twist using costumed models of the burlesque/pin-up/gothic/punk persuasion, much of which can be seen in her own work.
Ken Keirns is a Northern California artist who grew up in Flint, Michigan. After spending nearly a decade in Chicago, Ken moved out West in late 2007 to paint full-time and complain about the lack of snow. While his primary focus has been working with oil paint, he has been known to deliver the odd sculpture, toy prototype or mixed media piece. His recurrent subject matter revolves around cranially endowed women and monkeys interlaced with personal experiences, dreams, and the occasional bad pun. Ken's education was in graphic design. He only took a few formal painting classes -- he is mostly self-taught through research and trial & error.
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Mary Spring’s figures are at once both self portraits of the present and projections of internal hope onto the future. Each representation depicts the panoptic range of mental, emotional and physical conditions experienced in a mere snapshot of time, enabling the observer to merge silently into the psyche of the artist.
Florida State University BFA - Studio Art Minor - Art History
Mario J. Plescia Endowment Fund for Painting
Painter, illustrator and author Mark Todd took his first creative cues from comic books and Star Wars: worlds of inventive fantasy that still inform his art. His latest work involves intense scrutiny and alteration of classic comic covers from “Fantastic Four,” “X-Men,” “Iron Man,” “Spiderman” and other series, including the work of legendary illustrators like Jack Kirby. “I love the type, the heavy shadows, the colors and the way they seemed to use very inch of the page,” says Todd. “I sit and study them, and my brush reconstructs them.” Todd is referencing the past, waxing nostalgic about it and simultaneously lending his own post-modern sensibility to it, employing a limited palette, repetition, distortion and mixed media materials including spray paint, cel-vinyl, glossy varnishes and dusty stains. The pieces are rounded at the edges, appearing as prized objects; tablets encoded with civilization’s most iconic collective wisdom.
Marie Barr grew up in Connecticut the youngest of 9 children. With so many kids in the house, there are few things which one get to claim as their own, and crayons are not one of them. Somehow the red is always missing, or the only colors not worn to the nub are the generic store brand that are too waxy. She turned to the family “junk drawer” to broaden her materials. Always certain to find some hideous shoe laces or some cool antique buttons and Chiquita Banana stickers. This contributed to her love of mixed media.
Marie have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Arts and Design from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Mr. Ben Venom
Mr. Ben Venom graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2007 with a Master of Fine Arts. He was included in the 20th annual Los Angeles National Print competition and the recipient of an emerging artists scholarship at Anderson Ranch Art Center. His work has been shown both nationally and internationally, including: Neurotitan Gallery (Berlin, Germany), Eye Level Art, Compound Gallery, Youngblood, Mina Dresden, and 5 Points Arthouse. Mr. Venom has lectured at the California College of Art and Untitled Gallery in Oklahoma City, OK. Recent projects include the design and construction of a 6’x9’ hand-made quilt from vintage Heavy Metal t-shirts. He is currently teaching classes in Printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute and Kala Art Institute.
Pablo Cristi is an artist born and raised in Los Angeles. Born to Chilean parents escaping the Pinochet regime, Cristi’s work is motivated by an active political awareness and is steeped in a critical inquiry of power, representation and history. His investigations of the colonial past, present, and future often take the form of paintings and sculptural objects that deconstruct and commingle urban visual vernaculars. Informed by Los Angeles mural culture, Cristi’s complex paintings often intermix cultural signs and representations with painterly abstraction, connecting the politics of the canvas to the politics of the street. By articulating strategies of cultural erasure, survival, and transformation, Cristi’s work produces counter-hegemonic narratives that allow a critical reanalysis of the status quo. Cristi is also an educator and community organizer, teaching and leading youths in art and mural projects throughout the West Coast. Cristi is a graduate of the Masters of Fine Arts(MFA) program at California College of the Arts, San Francisco, and was awarded the Barclay Simpson Award in 2009. He has recently exhibited in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Oakland.
Pamela Henderson’s work consists of imagery ranging from object portraiture to narrative scenes that manage to elicit beauty and malevolence at the same time.
A native of Kinderhook, NY, Patrick Haemmerlein is a freelance designer & artist living in Los Angeles. After receiving his BFA from The Savannah College of Art and Design in 2000, Patrick took the long road trip cross country and settled down in LA. There he began to obsessively photograph the city and its components. This gradually moved into a new art form as he started to combine & create with the images he was shooting. Reflecting on the issues of the day, Patrick explores themes of nature Vs. industry and how they can coexist or clash. The images are all designed from photographs that Patrick has taken. The buildings and cityscapes are from Los Angeles while the animal and farm photos were mostly taken around his hometown area in upstate NY. They are not only a juxtaposition of nature and industry, but a combination of imagery from his two homes - one rural and one urban.
Paul Chatem was born in 1974 in Bellevue, Washington, and grew up in La Crescenta, California. He graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1997 with a BFA in Illustration. While working various arts related jobs in the entertainment industry Paul developed his own personal work and started showing in group shows in Los Angeles. His first solo show “It Tastes like Whiskey” opened Feb. 2006 at the Black Maria Gallery in Atwater, CA. Since then his work has been featured at The Shooting Gallery in San Francisco CA, The Bluebottle Art Gallery in Seattle WA, CoproNason Gallery in Santa Monica CA, as well as in many group shows in North America and abroad. Paul is currently hiding out in the foothills of Los Angeles.
Phoneticontrol (born Eric John William Broers in 1975) is a San Francisco based illustrator, muralist and curator. He also is a designer of websites, figures and clothing.
In 1999 he moved from the suburbs to Chicago and pursued record label management and illustration. Finding that he had to choose one over the other, he decided on visual over audio. After visiting SF for an art show he was involved in 2005, he completely fell in love with the city. One year later, he packed up his cat and his stuff and pushed west to the Left Coast. He now lives in the Hayes Valley with his wife, Alice Koswara and two fighting cats. Who he now collaborates with quite a bit under the title PHOKOS.
Reuben Rude was born in San Francisco, as the sun was setting on the Free Love era. His bohemian parents then moved "back to the land" to the woods of Northern California, where he spent the better part of his childhood without a television. This lack of technology forced him to spend almost every waking hour drawing and painting. When he moved back to the city to attend art school, he got into all the usual trouble with graffiti writers, skateboarders and art students. He now lives in San Francisco with his wife and eight-year-old daughter, and yes, a television. However, he still spends most of his waking hours drawing and painting. Sometimes he even gets paid for it.
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Tommii Lim makes art drawn from combining stories from his life and imagination. He captures today’s society in his paintings by simplifying it using abstract patterns, familiar objects and ambiguous figures. Intrigued by the lives of others, he draws inspiration from daily interactions with friends and strangers ranging from serious to fun subject matters. Heavily influenced by a mix of traditional to contemporary asian art and graphic design, he keeps his work simple and graphic. While having art exhibitions and djing around the globe, he lives, paints & designs in Los Angeles, California.
Adam Russell - Florida
Adrian 'Viajero' Roman- Puerto Rico
Alejandra Leibovich “Aleloop” - Miami
Alejandra Leibovich aka Aleloop, former Sr Art Director of Vh1, Nickelodeon and LOGO Latin America. She has been creating, designing, illustrating and animating for MTV, 7UP, Dr Pepper, Cartoon Network, XBOX, iTunes and many more brands from her studio Coconut Grove, Miami. Originally from Argentina, Aleloop loves the Grove life surrounded by Peacocks, wild giant Iguanas, weird stuff, cats, dog and real and imaginary creatures. After a lifetime of creating purely digitally, Aleloop recently started painting in acrylics fun whimsical creatures that she doodles all the time and creates a story for each of them.
Alex Hornest - Brasil
Anna Todaro - Oregon
Annabelle Hartmann - UK
Anko - France
Anko is a self-taught Artist, Illustrator from France. He belongs to this new generation of artists inspired by the universe of the video games, mangas and artificial realities. The entirely virtual world plunges us in narrations of a new kind. Creations of Anko are populated by amazed little monsters, astonished to be there, which invite us to discover their reality.
Arabella Proffer-Vendetta - Cleveland
Arabella is a painter, designer, and co-founder of the indie label Elephant Stone Records. Her loose narrative themes revolve around a fascination with punk rock, aristocrats, Renaissance fashions, aging socialites, pre-code cinema, gothic divas and rock 'n’ roll groupies. She attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA before receiving her BFA from California Institute of the Arts, and has participated in solo and group exhibitions throughout North America and Europe. Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, she has taken up residence in many cities including Laguna Beach, Los Angeles, and Boston. She currently lives in Cleveland, Ohio, with her husband and an evil white cat named Milkshake.
Askew One - New Zealand
Aunia Kahn - Illinois
Aunia Kahn Born on December 5th, 1977 in Michigan, Aunia Kahn was raised in an explosive and unpredictable home environment and sought refuge through creativity and the arts. In 2003 she found herself immersed in a very intimate series to help advance herself through the healing process of child abuse, but never expected to share her work publicly until she was encouraged to do so. In December 2005 her career officially launched with her first exhibition which garnered immediate interest in fine art gallery showings across the United States and internationally. Her work has been shared publicly in hundreds of showings to date.
Kahn's work combines many disciplines, wrapping them into a hybrid art form melding photography, painting and collage. She invariably designs, builds, and executes characters, non-existent places, dreams, illusions, fears and fables into creation, which meld elements of classical, and contemporary art. Each work makes use of her own likeness in movie-like stills, dealing in varied taboo and often controversial subject matter to challenge the viewer, their understanding and preconceived notions; yet she connects through honest feeling and emotions. Aunia’s work has constantly evolved, earlier works dealt more with her past, while her more recent creations delve into present emotional conflicts and inspirations.
Brad Strain - Australia
Brandi Read - Michigan
Brandon McLean - Florida
Brent Houzenga is an artist living in Des Moines, IA. Houzenga is originally from Fulton, IL. He studied printmaking and graphic design at Western Illinois University before moving to Des Moines in 2006. Since relocating to Des Moines Houzenga's work has been featured in many group and solo shows on the local and national level.
Houzenga's inspiration stems from modern art, comic books, punk rock posters and album covers, graphic design, street art and the desire to accomplish something with his time spent on earth.
Bryan Collins - Colorado
Living with his wife, two kids, dog, and lots of fish in Fort Collins, Colorado, Bryan Collins paints and draws as a therapeutic way to maintain what's left of his sanity. He channels inspiration from hiking the Colorado mountains and from watching his children play. His faith in God, and all that comes with it, is regularly woven into the messages and images in his art. Bryan is also extremely interested in color psychology and dreams, and heavily applies theories and ideas from both when creating.
Chris Sheridan - Seattle
Chris Sheridan is a figurative oil painter that has spent the last 15 years traveling and showing in many US art hubs. Now calling the Pacific Northwest home, he is an active participant in the Seattle scene, and starting to branch out internationally with upcoming shows in Finland and Monaco.
CUTTHROAT - Texas
CUTTHROAT’s art has become a widespread in-your-face campaign fusing striking images and a monochromatic palette to invoke politically charged emotions and cultural embracement.
Some labeled CUTTHROAT an iconoclast, but his sincere intention is to shed light using the semblance of individuals who have an enduring spirit of revolution. His contemporary medium has turned into an educational journey.
From sticker-slapper to visual messenger, CUTTHROAT has established himself as one of the area’s most recognized artist.
His artwork has been featured in numerous Houston exhibitions, including the Houston Institute for Culture, and was recently featured in San Antonio’s Contemporary Art Month and in-group shows at Art Whino gallery. CUTTHROAT will be profiled in the upcoming “Stick’em Up,” (www.stickemupmovie.com) a documentary on Houston’s wheat pasting art scence. He was also featured on the web site www.latismo.com.
Dan May - Florida
Dennis Schuster - Germany
Dustin Spagnola's current work is inspired by the contemporary urban landscape. The images reference the texture, depth, and color of structures in decay and the visual language of graffiti. The walls of the world are often seen, but frequently overlooked. They are beautiful, bold, sprawling structures embedded with history. The landscape of urbanity is punctuated by the organic marks left from water and weather, poster art and spray paint. These images reference the imperfect and rough texture of concrete and use these characteristics to create fragments of worn and crumbling walls.
dust - Germany
He has been working under the pseudonym “dust” since 2000. His artistic background is Streetart. In 2005 he graduated as licensed graphic artist. Since then he has been working as a freelance Designer and Illustrator. Through this field of activity, respectively projects and orderings he is able to foster his freelance work.
He does illustrations and conceptualizations, but his freelance activities in the fields Contemporary Art and New Art fulfil him artistically.
To design and to experiment, as well as the creation of sculptures, respectively Art/Design toys fill him with enthusiasm. Moreover the creation of Design toys form the main part of his occupation.
He started his first Design toy collection in 2006 and his first turnout were the “RAS” (Radical Action Suit), which could be found, initially only as stickers or paintings, at various places/exhibitions.
Later that year he accomplished to take the next step and created a 75mm tall Mastermodel, that watched over his working table. Several months later the first „RAS“ arrived in stores. In 2007 the „RAS“ were followed by „the teddies“ with the motto “Angst vorm Sterben?”( “afraid to die?”). All his Design toys are lavishly produced limited editions. They are manufactured in Germany and uniquely painted.
E.L.K. - Australia
Emma Overman - Indianapolis
Emma Overman was born in Sete Lagoas, Brazil, and raised in a small town in Tennessee. Being equal parts reclusive and escapist, Emma spent her early formative years retreating into books and records. It is largely a lingering appreciation for children's literature and imagery that inspires her work today. She graduated from Hanover College in 1997 and completed the Post Baccalaureate Program at Maryland Institute College of Art a year later. Creating art full time since 2000, Emma has illustrated for picture books and periodicals, designed posters for area events, and won two international illustration competitions. These days she spends most of her time on her own independent projects and showing her paintings nationwide. Her work was recently featured in the book, “Edgycute: from Neo-Pop to Low Brow and Back Again,” by Harry Saylor.
Ernesto Nasimo - Bulgaria
Esho - Chicago
Stanislav Georgiev Trifonov – Nasimo was born in a small town, situated in the north-east side of Bulgaria – Targovishte. He has been living there with his family since graduating from secondary school. Nasimo studied in the Arts University in Veliko Tarnovo. His first Graffiti Jam was the Nort East Side Battle – 1,in Targovishte on September, 2000 year. In 2004 his crew made the first ND2ND Graffiti Jam in Nessebar, a small resort on the Black Sea coast. The purpose was to join the best Bulgarian writers and to paint the wall of the North quay. Later, his crew arranged an independent exhibition in Gallery 100+ in Sofia.
Graham Franciose - Texas
Hyein Lee - Canada
Jimbot - Wisconsin
James "Jimbot" Demski was born on September 25, 1976. He lives in Milwaukee, WI with his wife, his daughter, his 2 crazy dogs, and possibly a captive robot he keeps in his basement. After graduating from art school, James began re-programming his over-schooled brain, and took work as a freelance artist and fun-times-painter... he has been doing it ever since. Besides painting and sculpture, he really enjoys working on his plans for world domination, and creating his robot army (which he will use for said world domination plans).
His influence comes from his childhood, and the fears that followed him as he grew up. Cartoons, comics, fun, insecurities, happiness and anger all intermingle in his work. He brings all of this together in his paintings, drawings and mixed media. His work usually deals with different emotions and feelings: happiness, sadness, curiosity, anger, etc, but more than anything, he likes to have fun with his imagery. Usually though, the interpretation of his work is left up to the viewer, letting them establish their own ideas of his world, much like we are left to interpret the real world on our own.
John Collier - Nashville
Josh Taylor - Vermont
Josh Taylor died in the year 2037 at the young age of 57. It is still unclear the exact cause of his death, but there have been a couple of people who were close to Josh that started noticing weird things. While Josh was a private person throughout his life, young Tim McAllister (a neighbor) was sometimes allowed into Josh's house. Josh had Tim run to the store to buy groceries or to mail out some prints. When asked if he noticed anything strange in the days prior to Josh's death, Tim replied, "Yeah, a couple days before Mr. Taylor died, I had came in the back door and found Josh at his drawing table. He had his arm shoved elbow deep into his mouth. It really freaked him out when he saw me, and he tried covering up all the weirdness. He sure was strange." This is important though, because when the autopsy was being performed, Josh was completely cut open. On the inside of his body, it was discovered that Josh had been using his innards as a canvas. While only seen by a handful of people, it has been reported that the art INSIDE of Josh is leaps and bounds greater than anything else done by anybody, anywhere. Unfortunately, the Government seized control of all works of art in the year 2012 (music was seized around 1985), so it will not be issued until the Government decides what to do with it. It is doubtful that it will ever be seen, because his art is dark and controversial. It challenges all authority. It inspires people to question, it inspires people to seek change. One can only wonder what was created inside Josh, perhaps someday we will all be so lucky to see.
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John Koleszar - Arizona
Julie Steiner - Nevada
Julie Steiner creates paintings by combining chaotic gestures with structured lines...A style that also imitates the way she lives her life. Julie works on paintings a little bit at a time...mostly because she is juggling many tasks that are not art related, but also because it gives her time to let the painting take shape and grow slowly, letting the personality unfold as she watches from afar. Julie lets the painting make decisions for itself, and correct the ones that don't work. After a painting is complete, she stands back and reflects on the process of creation, and the steps it took to get things just so. Most of the time she is just flying by the seat of her pants, but when the day is done, all the chaos finds a peaceful resting place, and she is pleased.
Kareem Rizk - Australia
Born in Australia in 1982, Kareem Rizk is a Melbourne based collage artist who graduated from Monash University in 2004 with a Bachelor Degree in Graphic Design. During the course, Rizk developed an appreciation for collage and explored a rich and diverse array of mixed media techniques. After graduating, Rizk’s creative interests began to turn to fine art, particularly mixed media collage. While working as a Graphic Designer, his interest in collage continued to develop and eventually became the focus of his endeavours.
Working mediums include collage, acrylic, oil pastel, pencil, solvent transfers and acrylic transfers. Rizk’s work is highly textured and often multi-layered with a nostalgic and weathered quality. His works can often be vibrant with colour, while others display a very refined or minimal palette. Working methods also extend to digital collage with a very gritty and realistic display of texture and layering. Exhibitions include solo and group shows in Australia, USA, UK and Europe. Rizk's work has been published in numerous high profile international books and magazines and his work is held in private collections worldwide.
Kenn Munk has the name of a dodgy Star Wars-character and did in fact grow up under the heavy influence of the trilogy.
Born in 1974 and hailing from Denmark, his studio is currently based in London. As well as solving problems for clients like the WWF, Lego and Danfoss, the studio applies it's thinking and style to a number of self-initiated projects like the urban running project Sweaty Sightseeing, DIY paper hunting trophies and font design - including one for writing silence. (Available for free from the website as people rarely want to pay for silence). Kenn also teaches at Central Saint Martins and occasionally at design colleges in Denmark.
Ki Yoon Ko - Germany
Kim McCarthy - Seattle
Kim McCarthy was born and raised in Washington State. Growing up in the sticks and later living in the city she developed a taste for urban street art such as wheat pasted posters and flier's, stickers, stencils, murals and spray painted graffiti. Meeting new friends and seeing many bands, the "underground" and "outsider" art became part of her life. Having her first solo art show at the age of sixteen gave a new meaning to being an artist, selling almost all her paintings, she realized the potential in becoming a professional artist. Using mainly spray paint, stencils and ink as mediums she would create images on almost any printable surface she could find. Later, learning how to silkscreen her stencils she started making and selling clothing online and at street fairs. She lived on the Oregon coast about seven years but now currently resides in Seattle,WA. Kim has had some great creative forces working with her. She has had numerous solo and group exhibits through out Washington, Oregon, California,New York,Texas,Canada and the UK. Using the same mediums, having a short attention span, plenty of ideas and learning new techniques, she has created many products such as clothing, housewares, paintings, prints, sculptures and toys. She is also a featured artist in the following books Stencil Nation, Label 228 and the upcoming 10th additional of Preble's Artforms.
Lelo - Brazil
Leonor Morais - Portugal
LUIS DIAZ - Florida
Luis Diaz has worked doing Garbage Pail Kids and Wacky Packages since 2003. In 2008 he was named one of "Six Artist You Need To Know" by metromix.com and CITY LINK. He had his first solo show "Mass-A-Peel at the Harold Golen Gallery last year. Diaz is a graduate of The Maryland Institute, College of Art in 1999, cum laude.
Max Kauffman - Denver
Max Kauffman emphasizes color, line, and texture. These stylized aspects are the foundation of every piece and are the essence of how he conveys a message or idea. There is multiplicity present in the process - chaos and cleanliness merging with thought-out meticulous line work, paired with stream of consciousness flow, and a stark reality with tinges of a dreamtime within (or vice versa). At once painterly and graphic, the works move seamlessly between carefully controlled passages of color, and loosely rendered, cerebral shapes and lines.
His work is a return to earlier times, a post apocalyptic d.i.y. culture, where structures and life itself are cobbled out of anything at hand. Beasts and plants flourish where society has faltered. Bone, wood, and scraps hold tenuously together the strands of this dystopia. Though formerly there was a butting of heads between nature and man/civilization, now there is a newfound harmony, where these animals and cities are now intertwined. As things crumbled around them, they have set aside their differences, and are ready to make it work together in order to survive. The cycle of life and death is explored, but not in a gory, trite manner. Rather as a celebration, or acceptance, a beautiful thing. A transition, a way to feed the next generation.
Marc Wöhr - Germany
Mario Wagner - Germany
Mefee - France
Molotov Circus - UK
Molotov Circus is an artist from the UK, who is fascinated by alternate realities, psychological symbols, myths, memories, religious imagery, medieval art, and trying to get better at making artwork that is strange, rich and hopefully cathartic and entertaining to the viewer. They are trying to use their artwork to make a virtual online reality for their alter ego 'Reverend Molotov'. They started this as a bit of a joke, but now are stuck with it.
Mauricio Murillo - Florida
Natalie Shau - Lithuania
Nicolas Gracey - Georgia
Nicolás Gracey was born in 1974 in Lima, Peru. Since his early childhood, he felt art to be an integral part of his life. His formal art education began at 11 with a private art teacher. At age of 14 he began studying painting and drawing at the Art Museum of Lima.
Later, as a teenager, Nico pursued studies under Austrian-Peruvian artist Adolfo Winternitz, founder and chairman of the Art School of the Pontificia Universidad Católica of Perú. In 1992 he began to study Industrial Design at this school. After a year of design studies, Nico was torn between his love for design and his passion for art. So he consulted Professor Adolfo Winternitz, who advised Nico to follow what he knew to be Nico’s passion: art. He heeded the advice and changed his major to art. In 1995 he traveled to Mexico City to study art for a year at the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico. In 1999 he was awarded a scholarship to study art at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia, USA, where he received his degree in Fine Arts in 2001.
Varied life experiences, including studies abroad and diverse work opportunities, have made him a resourceful artist, with skill and knowledge in fields ranging from traditional art in several medias to digital design. Presently Nicolás Gracey lives in Columbus, Georgia, where he work as an artist, graphic artist/designer, illustrator and concept artist.
His artworks are in private collections in Peru, Mexico and The United States.
Nick Morris - Australia
Patrick Fatica - Florida
His paintings have been called, “a sublime blend of Tim Burton and Botticelli” by the Baltimore Examiner. Patrick Fatica attended Ringling School of Art and Design from 1990 to 1994. He moved to Orlando, Florida in 1995. He spent the first few years developing a production company with a few friends called Eat Cake Productions. He directed several original plays and the 16mm film “Five Miles from Heaven,” which appeared in festivals around the country. After completing the film, he and his two business partners created 2 music venues on the east side of Orlando and downtown Orlando called Back Booth. After almost a decade of traveling down different artistic paths, he picked up the paintbrush again and dedicated himself to his painting. With over 40 shows between 2007 and 2009 Patrick’s Pop-Surreal portraits have spanned from Los Angeles, CA to Madison, WI. Recently the Orlando Weekly said about his solo exhibition, “Operating on the edge between street and highbrow art, Fatica’s world is dark and devoid of highbrow puffery, instead depicting a surreal, nihilistic future inspired more by David Lynch’s Eraserhead than the bright futurism explored at the 1939 World’s Fair."
Patrick "STAR27" Deignan - Florida
Patrick Deignan “Star27” was born February 17, 1980. At a very young age he felt different, separate from others and quickly found solace in drawing, painting, and music making. In 1998 he left Connecticut to follow his dream on a scholarship to Manhattan’s School of Visual Arts.
By the end of that year his inner demons had caught up with him, and addiction became his life. There were attempts to return to school, with a short stay at San Francisco Art Institute, and an even shorter stay at Ringling School of Art and Design. Addiction demanded all of him and left no time for the process of creation. There was no need to, no drive to and no love of the process anymore. Having little to show for what would be a nine year period; he had put away the brush and thought he would never paint again.
After a near fatal night in 2007 he would soon adopt his moniker, Star27, a tongue-in-cheek nod at his past. After much encouragement he rekindled his dream, with a love and drive like never before.
Patrick “Star27” Deignan’s work focuses on the vices, weaknesses, and shortcomings of the human race. Every piece becomes deeply personal, something he has seen, felt, or experienced.
He sees not only his paintings, but Patrick himself as a work in progress. With each piece, something new is learned, something is discarded, and better, clearer ideas of where he is going and where he has been become apparent.
Paulo Arraiano - Portugal
Peap - New Zealand
Peap, or Samapeap Tarr, originally born in Auckland New Zealand and now living and creating in Bangkok Thailand with wife and daughter is a person whose cultural background has influenced him to create his signature sinister yet tranquil works of art which has caught the attention of art lovers around the world and also gained respect from many of his art peers including legendary LA Graffiti Cholo style artist Chaz Bojorquez. Known primarily for his use of bold black ink and paints on a blank white medium including canvas and walls, his art exists in a world where lightness and darkness battle, yet coexist in the same breath to balance each other and contrast against each other. It represents the ups and downs of life, the yin and the yang, the ongoing war that ends up being waged on canvas or whatever medium his work lies on.
Raudiel Sañudo - Mexico
Mead - Hawaii
Remi Mead was born on August 28th, 1989, in Okinawa, Japan. In her childhood, Remi had always watched her mother painting by her side. Her mother was also an artist. After Remi had to transfer to an American school in Colorado, her artistic skills kicked in even more. As a Freshman in high school, she had already achieved an art award. However, she wasn't satisfied with her style of drawing. She felt that her ability of drawing skill was only to copy from photographic images. And she did not take 'ART' seriously in high school. But everything has changed since she moved to Oahu, Hawaii, after meeting a guy who inspired her in every way. He took her to several art shows and showed her art scenes in Oahu. Then she was amazed and inspired by many street artists. After experiencing street-style art, Remi wanted to pursue her style as well. Therefore, she sketched and sketched every single day, and begun to obtain her 'style'. Now she has many connections with "local" artists in Oahu, and getting herself into art scene. It is now a passion for her to paint and draw.
Ron Zakrin - Detroit
Ron Zakrin has been an ever present creative force in Detroit since the mid nineties, when he emerged on to the underground electronic music set with paintings that provided a visual counterpart to the Detroit sound that was taking the world by storm. Since those early days Ron's work has expanded in scope and scale; no longer strictly focused on man and his relationship with technology, Zakrin probes the veins of society, and explores the nature of man, love, and loss. Zakrin lives in Detroit Michigan, where he was born and works daily.
In parallel to his visual art, Zakrin is also a recording artist under the name Goudron. First appearing on the on the legendary Detroit label Ersatz Audio in 2002 with the EP "Horses and Chariots", and an EP and LP in 2004, "Civil Symmetry" and "Raw Voltage", Zakrin moved to the equally influential Interdimensional Transmissions label after the Ersatz label closed shop. 2007 marked the beginning of this new partnership with the release of the EP "Stiletto", with more projects in the pipeline.
Rudy Duboue - Florida
Rudy Duboue is a artist based out of downtown Miami. His photography is a self expression that he uses to create a portraiture of his life. His raw style of no airbrushing or elaborate lighting creates images that are uninhibited and addictive. Rudy’s gift is his ability to create relationships with the people he photographs.
Ruben Ubiera - Florida
Saint JAHn - Texas
Scott Albrecht is an artist and graphic designer, currently living in Brooklyn, NY. A graduate of The Art Institute in Philadelphia, when Scott is not working on web-design projects for his clients, he enjoys drawing, painting, screen-printing, and wood-working. With a strong sense of color and typography, his aesthetic can be described as clean and modern with retro appeal.
One of Scott's largest creative endeavors to date, was called the mixtape project, a culture-jamming sticker experiment which encouraged mass-participation all around the world, and received attention from various popular blogs and magazines such as the Wooster Collective, Peel and Overspray.
In addition to Scott's work, his interest in documenting and sharing the creative process has led to the belief behind the website, PROCESS (www.thisisprocess.com), which he co-founded where artists can share in the inspiration and behind-the-scenes experience of bringing their work to fruition.
Scotch - Texas
Soule - Seattle
Spencer Reynolds grew up where the ocean is cold, rough, and the skies are often cloudy. The coast is mysterious and majestic; in his opinion one of the most beautiful places on the planet. His hometown was a modest blue-collar place full of loggers and fishermen located on the Southern Oregon coast.
The place where we ventured into the ocean was not a typical surfing spot. It was often a murky windblown shore break with waves coming from three directions. Surfing there was more akin to riding an angry bull, or maybe a pissed off goat (the waves we were riding weren't that big). We spent every possible minute we could at that beach challenging this mutant wave. These elemental experiences I had in my youth are what motivate my artwork today. Child like discovery, beauty, and reverent joy of nature are abundant themes through out my paintings. Surfing was a part of the catalyst for these life qualities I commonly portray through visual art.
Tatiana Saurez - Florida
(b. 1983) is a Brooklyn-based Miami native. This emerging artist is an alumni of the University of Miami's Graphic Design program, and also works as a freelance illustrator. Her charming style is distinctive -- first, the trademark eyes that draw the viewer into a beautiful and surreal world. Suarez takes full advantage of the oil paint's ability to create creamy, soft images on canvas. Rich with symbols that stem from her Brazilian and El Salvadorian heritage, subjects appear as if they are under water, frozen in lovely stillness. The doe-eyed figures look childlike, but also exude sexual overtones, ornamented with plants, insects and other unsettling accompaniments. Beauty is presented concurrently with exotic -- even creepy -- creatures to create enchanted narratives.
Thinkmule - Colorado
The Krah - UK
Zachary Walsh - UK
Craig Robinson - New Mexico
Craig Robinson, an American raised in Minneapolis has spent almost ten years photographing shopping carts both in the United States and overseas. He is a graduate of Marquette University and Rochester Institute of Technology. He has been a photojournalist and a freelance editorial photographer. He currently resides in Gallup, New Mexico with his wife and three children.
Nishi - Japan
Nishi have always been into drawing ever since they were little. His Art work is based on Japanese Calligraphy, Ukiyoe Art and Japanese Family Crests. Nishi is also into the seasons, each season in Japan has a vivid difference in color and is reflected in their art. Childhood reminiscences flavors Nishi's art.
During the creation process, the art talks to Nishi, the most important thing for him to do is to listen to the piece. Nishi closely communicates with the art while he is working. Materials for the art work are also very important. He won't be able to express their imagination without the various materials that he uses for the piece. When you see Nishi’s art work, you can see dynamic brush strokes and the characteristic detail in the work. The intention is to create new wave/style in art merging Painting and Japanese calligraphy.
Vanilla Royal - Israel
"The term 'vanilla' derives from the use of vanilla extract as the basic flavoring for ice cream, and, by extension, meaning "plain" or "conventional". Thus, the term "vanilla" is sometimes used as an insult, to describe someone who is overly conventional, or unwilling to take risks, in both sexual and non-sexual contexts.” (Wikipedia)
VanillaRoyal was born out of a research that began in 2007, concerning the relationship between an artist and the audience in the online scene.
All the works are first made in digital media & only than translated to other mediums as painting & sculptures.
Vacon Sartirani - Italy
Vacon Sartirani is a painter and illustrator born in 1982 in Bergamo, Italy. After graduating in decoration and in fine arts in Bergamo (Maestro D’arte, Liceo Artistico), in 2008 he get a degree in cinema, art and media studies (DAMS) at the Bologna University.
His personal artistic research, carried on in a variety of visual media (painting, drawing, digital...) consists of an unique mix of biological and pop culture influences, that develops in a colorful and ever changing exploration of the limits between culture, body, image, and imagination.
Tim Phibs - Australia
Rudy Fig - Minneapolis
Say Hello to Rudy Fig, a 21 year old, self taught, Minneapolis based oil painter, designer and professional daydreamer. Rudy Fig’s Candy coated paintings take you deep into the lush world of her imagination. Her work features a series of whimsical worlds where nymphs conspire in enchanted patisserie forests, but not until after posing to have their portraits painted. Welcome to a dreamy, creamy world where magic and reality collide. Rudy describes her work as an “Ever changing personal and subconscious response to her life experience and surroundings…” The result is a whimsical, Psychedelic, feminine and sometimes macabre world that is brimming with color and oozing with magic. With toy designers for parents, Rudy grew up in a highly creative environment and excelled in the arts at a young age. In 2007, after flunking out of art-college with flying colors, she taught herself how to paint and quickly began showing her work in galleries. Aside from oil paintings, Rudy also works in many mediums including but not limited to Custom Blythe Dolls, Fashion work, Illustration, Design, Music, Fibers, designer vinyl toys and 3d work. Despite her young age, Rudy shares her work in Galleries across the US and Europe and in the private collections of her loyal patrons across the globe. Rudy Fig is maturing into a very collectable and prolific young artist.
Richard Alan Haugh - Mississippi
Richard Alan majored in Commercial art & Advertising at the local community college. His heart wasn't in it and worked part-time jobs until he could figure out what he wanted to do next. Richard worked on art in his spare time and put his paintings in local galleries. He finally decided to go back to college for fine art. College helped him develop his talent and techniques. Learning the business side of art was also important. While in college, Richard Alan changed subject matter to surrealism portraits.
His style can be characterized as a form of caricature, lowbrow and/or surrealism. Some characteristics of his paintings are women with big eyes, long thick necks and bodies slightly smaller proportionately. Striving to achieve a certain look, Richard tries to make each painting better than the last. You learn something everyday. Richard wants what he learns to be about art and apply it to his paintings. Some of his influences are artist in the lowbrow and pop surrealism art movements. Some of his favorite artist are: Mark Ryden, Lori Earley, Sas Christian, Ron English, Scott Brooks, Michael Hussar and many more.
Parskid - Seattle
Parskid was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest where he draws inspiration from his childhood, the weather, nature, fantasy and folklore. He experiments with paint, plush and digital mediums. His work has been exhibited in many cities in the United States including LA and NYC and abroad in Australia, France, Taiwan, Spain and the UK. Parskid has done projects with such clients as Zune, Adfunture Toys, Electricbaby, SnoCon, Myplasticheart and Harpoon Apparel. His work has been published in the following magazines: Hi-Fructose, Belio, King Brown, Overspray, Art Prostitute, Cool'eh, Novum, Beautiful/Decay, Day in the Lyfe, and Dirty Soup. As well as these published books: Dot Dot Dash, Canceled Flight, War of Monstars, Pictoplasma 2 and Monstaah!. When he's not curled up in his dark underground lair painting, he enjoys dripping Marsh ink, spraying Rustoleum paint and playing by the train tracks.
Owen Beckmann - North Carolina
Owen Beckmann was born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina. He attended North Carolina State University where he received a Bachelor of Art and Design in 2000. In 2008 Beckmann received a Master of Fine Arts with a concentration in Printmaking from East Carolina University.
Beckmann’s work is a continuation of the Pop Art movement pioneered by Rosenquist, Lichtenstein, Warhol and Rauschenberg.
Beckmann currently resides in Wendell, North Carolina. He is represented by Flanders Gallery in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Nerosunero - Ireland
Melanie Pruitt - Colorado
Melanie Pruitt finds solace in studying the beauty of human history. The details of its emotional complexity to the organic patterns of the Rocky Mountains that surround her inspire an obsessive love of line, form, and movement. These intricacies translate both realistically and abstractly into her creative process.
Mar Hernandez - Spain
Project Detonate - Connecticut
The artwork of Project Detonate has a simple yet formulaic style, which is recognizable for its dark images, contrasting bright colors and cell-shading effect. The contrast also exists within the underlying theme of the paintings, adding to their appeal. The paintings portray Sicklings, each with a personality of its own. However, as cute as they may appear, their presence also convey a treacherous silence implying that they can possibly do harm if enticed or touched the wrong way. Artistic influences range from horror movies, Japanese pop art, and video games. Project Detonate has been making its presence known by being involved in group art shows around the country including, Chicago, NYC, & LA.
Blaine Fontana - Washington
Enforce One - New Zealand
Enforce One has been practising visual art in Auckland (New Zealand) for the past ten years and has built an impressive portfolio across many creative disciplines, with experience working as a freelance graphic designer, curator, art director and stencil artist.
He has a passion for site-specific projects, and is probably most wellknown for his stylized stencil works of animals that have been appearing in public spaces throughout Auckland in recent years. “The animal reference has been a recurring theme in the works I create for the streets and gallery shows,” says Enforce One. “It comes from a fascination for something beautiful or ugly and an urge to make marks out of a thought or an idea.”
Morten Anderson - Denmark
Keith Rosson - Oregon
Kerry Roper - UK
K® – Kerry Roper is a UK based artist and designer. Born in Aberdare, South Wales UK. Roper's studio is now based in London. His work combines traditional illustration, collage, photography and typography. Roper has illustrated for Nike, Snickers and Topshop, he has worked closely with records labels such as Hed Kandi and with other numerous bands as art director.
Roper has exhibited alongside Antony Micallef and his work now sells alongside Banksy, Damien Hirst and Peter Blake in the Art Republic gallery in Soho London.
In 2010 the V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum London) selected Roper's works 'Modern Youth' , 'Con Amor' and 'Time Waits For No Man' as part of it's Street Art Touring Exhibition.
Kristal Blanco - Italy
Kristal Blanco is a Digital Stuff Modeler. When she started to express her feelings and emotions some years ago (it was 1999) she used all kind of digital software. She is a self-taught artist and she still likes to experiment with different mediums. She jumps between vectors, fonts, shapes and pics! It is hard to foresee the final results of all of her efforts. Her philosophy is to be absolutely yourself! The artist must take a long and deep trip inside his emotions and his dreams and try to contaminate the surrounding people with the same dreams and emotions between the images. So her images are the tool of her inner emotions and deep and dark dreams. She is a sort of strange woman that crosses between history and culture and music and art. She likes illustration, graphic design, photography and fine art. Her favorite artists are Alvaro Sanchez from Guatemala City, David Choe and Jeff Soto, Painters Francois Escalmel and Shawn Barber.
Justn Tolentino - St. Louis
Justin Tolentino was born 1978 in St. Louis. He currently resides there making his art known to the ever evolving city of St. Louis along expanding both nationally and internationally. He has been a part of the hip hop and graffiti scene since the early age of 15 when he took to the streets bombing. Earning a scholarship from Memphis College of Art right out of high school he studied traditional techniques, realism, minored in printmaking and majored in illustration. After he graduated from Memphis College of Art and trying to secure a job in the corporate world, he decided to pursue his dream of being a true artist, one that paints for himself. He works in various mediums, can paint just about anything on almost everything and does so with great ease. Because of this he has won several awards, has been in shows to numerous to count and his work can be found in almost every aspect of society, from murals, prints, shoes, fine art, bottles, cars, clothing, live demos, etc. His art employs characters to express a multi-faceted self-portrait of what is true, what is comforting and what is good. These paintings convey humor and the irony of being human. He laughs back at life. He sends in the clowns where others would remain in quiet despair. The art he creates is constantly evolving and changing. Taking from both worlds the high art world along with the underground art and translating his experiences into a style with the feeling and power of the underground. There is one thing for sure he will always be creating, painting, pushing the envelope to achieve a different look, style, allowing him to be himself.
Aaron Jasinski - Washington
Aaron Jasinski is an artist, designer, and musician. His work has been featured internationally, from Los Angeles to Anchorage, Hong Kong to Rome. Music and visual art are his twin mistresses that keep him producing at a frenetic pace. He lives near Seattle Washington where rain, fog, family, and some dang good Pad Thai keep his imagination fertile.
Dolla - Florida
Originally from Newark NJ, this 36 yo Orlando Florida based artist is best known for his character illustration and recent Dolla Lama campaign. Aside from being a constant on the street with both legal and illegal works, this self taught up and coming artist has also began his transition from the street to the gallery. With a number of installations and group shows under his belt, Dolla has proven to be a prolific artist with a unique vision. This man of few words prides himself on flawless craftsmanship and a super clean illustration style.
Dolla states: “Usually when people see my studio work for the first time they think it's just a sticker or a silk screened print, but all my work is done using layers of stencils and spray paint.”