ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Aakash Nihalani was born in 1986 in Queens, New York and is currently based in Brooklyn. In 2008, he received a BFA from Steinhardt School, New York University (NYU). In 2012, he was awarded a residency by Lisa de Kooning at the Willem de Kooning studio, in East Hampton, New York. His work has been exhibited internationally and featured in a number of publications including The New York Times, The Times of India, Vogue India, ARTINFO and The Huffington Post. His corporate commissions include brands such as AOL, Facebook, Lacoste, Rag + Bone, William Sonoma and more.
Anthony Lister was born in Brisbane, Australia in 1979, where he is currently based. He received a BFA from Queensland College of the Arts in 2001 and helped pioneer the street art movement in Brisbane before moving to New York in 2003 to apprentice with his mentor, Max Gimblett. Lister was the recipient of the 2004 Education Queensland Minister’s Art Award. His work has been featured in numerous publications, exhibited internationally and is included in a number of permanent collections such as the National Gallery of Australia. Anthony Lister: Adventure Painter, a forthcoming monograph by Roger Gastman and Tristan Manco, will be published by Gingko Press in 2014.
BAST is an artist whose roots are as much tied to Brooklyn as rice is to China. He was raised on a healthy dose of break dance culture, learning form the streets and gaining fame by gracing its walls. With roots planted firmly in the pavement it is easy to see why destruction and precarious situations are often depicted in his work. The medium is addressed the same way, treated as if it had been left out in the rain, then beaten to a pulp before being brought inside and nursed back to health.
BAST’s work continually incorporates a smug sense of humor; twisted story lines and his own spin on Americana. Guns, grenades and Molotov cocktails are often waiting to be unleashed by a host of Disney and Warner Brothers’ characters that use their weapons as carelessly as kids use water balloons, often asking the question, “What if cartoon characters ruled the world?”
Like the dozens of eyes that often grace the faces of BAST’s characters, he too seems to have the need for more than one pair. His images are an eclectic montage of pop culture, legal action and guerilla warfare that still retain a sense of immediacy.
Blek le Rat
Blek le Rat was born Xavier Prou in Paris, France in 1951. A pioneer of graffiti writers in Europe, he was one of the first to use stencils for creating icons instead of writing his name. He was first exposed to graffiti in 1971, in New York, but didn't start making his own until ten years later, in Paris. Inspired by a stenciled portrait of Mussolini he created a silhouette of a rat running along the streets, which quickly became recognized around Paris. Blek’s work has been exhibited in galleries around the world and featured in publications such as TIME Magazine, The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times. In 2008, his first monograph, Blek le Rat – Getting Through the Walls, was published by Thames + Hudson. In 2011, Art Publishing, Ltd. released Blek le Rat: 30 Year Anniversary Retrospective.
Born and raised in Milan, Bo130 studied at the Liceo Artistico in his hometown before traveling to London where he continued his education at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and eventually graduated from London College of Communication, the largest college within the University of the Arts London, with degrees in Graphic and Media Design. Bo130 explores different levels of visual communication through animation, art direction, graphic and web design. He experiments and blends different techniques such as painting, stencils, stickers, markers and spray paint to visually describe his interests and influences. His main inspirations grow from urban lifestyles, music, food, sex and graffiti. Bo130 has exhibited in galleries across Europe and the US, often collaborating with Microbo. In December, 2006 he participated in the Wooster on Spring project at 11 Spring Street organized by the Wooster Collective. This will be his largest exhibition in the United States to date.
COPE/COPE2 (Fernando Carlo) was born in the Bronx and is of Puerto Rican descent. Known worldwide for his Wildstyle pieces and bubble lettering, this self-taught artist began tagging his name in the South Bronx in 1978. He developed his style in the subways and streets of the Bronx, creating graffiti productions throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s as the self proclaimed King of the notorious New York 4 Line crew. He has exhibited his works in Paris, Germany, Spain, Holland, Italy and Mexico and has had museum exhibitions in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago. In recent years Cope has been commissioned by Time Magazine, Converse and designed full collections for Adidas and Foot Locker. His work has even crossed into the virtual realm with appearances in video games such as Mark Eckos: Getting Up and Rockstar Games: Grand Theft Auto IV.
John Matos (CRASH) was born in 1961 in the Bronx, New York, where he is currently based. Matos adopted the name CRASH in high school after taking a course in computer programming. At the age of thirteen, he began bombing subway cars and his work started to appear on trains and dilapidated buildings throughout New York City. In 1980, CRASH transitioned from the streets to the gallery when he curated Graffiti Art Success for America at Fashion MODA in the South Bronx. This groundbreaking exhibition is viewed as a launching point in legitimizing the graffiti movement, connecting street artists and the downtown fine arts world, with CRASH as a pioneer. In 1983 he headlined an exhibition called Post-Graffiti with Keith Haring and Jean-Michele Basquiat at Sydney Janis Gallery in New York. CRASH’s work is included in numerous permanent collections such as the Brooklyn Museum and Museum of Modern Art. His commercial projects have involved brand collaborations with Fender, Tumi, Ferrari and more. In 2013, he was invited to paint a mural on the famed Houston and Bowery wall.
D*Face is among a cadre of street artists whose goals are neither egotistical, nor political, but conceptual. Whereas urban dwellers may have grown tired of the repetition and redundancy of some stencil artists, whose endless reproductions of logos and names may be making Walter Benjamin smile in his grave, D*Face is more like a stylized cartoonist whose characters are too alive, demanding and confrontational to be limited to television sets, canvases or drawing boards. They’ve completely escaped the pen of their creator and are repopulating the walls of London, transforming the streets into a hyper-cartoony landscape of slit-eyed spheres and sharp-eared gremlins.
DALeast was born in 1984 in Beijing, China and is currently based in Cape Town, South Africa. He studied Sculpture at the Institute of Fine Arts and began making art in public spaces in 2004. His murals can be found in cities around the world including the U.S., Switzerland, Namibia, France, Israel, Australia and China.
Dan Witz was born in 1957 in Chicago, Illinois and is currently based in Brooklyn, New York. He attended Rhode Island School of Design from 1975-77 and came to New York in 1978 to attend Cooper Union, receiving a BFA in 1980. In 1982, he received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1992 and 2000, he received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and in 1998 he received a fellowship from the Public Art Fund. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Witz has been featured in many publications including The Wall Street Journal, TIME Magazine, New York Magazine, The Huffington Post and ARTINFO. In 2010, Gingko Press released In Plain View, a monograph documenting 30 years of Witz’s career of works created in the studio and on the street.
Doze Green was born in 1964 in New York City. In 1976, he began painting subway cars and became one of the original b-boy members of the Rock Steady Crew. Soon after, he transitioned from graffiti to studio work and mural commissions. In 2010, audio of an interview with Green discussing his work along with a slideshow of his images was featured in The New York Times. Recent projects include a large-scale mural during São Paulo fashion week in Brazil, as well as Crossroads of Humanity, a public mural located at CityCenter in Las Vegas, Nevada.
How & Nosm
How & Nosm (Raoul and Davide Perre) are identical twin brothers who work collaboratively as graffiti artists and muralists. They were born in 1975 in the Basque region of Spain and raised in Dusseldorf, Germany. In their teens, they honed their graffiti skills during their travels, painting in over 60 countries around the world. In 1997, during a visit to New York, they were invited to join the legendary TATS CRU. In 1999, How & Nosm relocated to New York, where they are currently based, a move that led to their transition from graffiti to refined, large-scale public murals and studio work. The book HOW&NOSM: The Brazil Diaries, published in 2011, documents hundreds of murals they created in Rio over the past several years. In 2012, How & Nosm were included in the roster of acclaimed artists invited to paint murals on the Houston and Bowery Wall in lower Manhattan. Their piece, The Day After, was completed immediately following Hurricane Sandy and remained on view through March 2013. They have been featured in publications such as ARTINFO, The Huffington Post and TimeOut New York.
Invader was born in 1969 in Paris, France, where he is currently based. In the late 1990s, he began placing popular 8-bit video game characters of the late 1970s on the streets of Paris, using mosaic tiles to simulate digital pixels. The project has spread on a global scale as the artist continues invading public spaces across five continents, on the streets of over seventy cities, worldwide. Invader was featured in Exit Through the Gift Shop, the 2010 Oscar-nominated documentary film directed by world-renowned British street artists Banksy. In 2007, Invader was the subject of an article written by Michelle Kuo in Artforum. He has also been featured in publications such as The Huffington Post, ARTINFO and The Miami Herald. His work has been exhibited in numerous institutions including Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) in Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art (MCASD) in San Diego, Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo (MASP) in Brazil and Musée Ingres in France. Invader has released several books containing photos, maps and other documentation of his work. In 2008, Trans-Atlantic Publications, Inc. released Invasion in the UK. In 2012, CTRL + P published L’Invasion de Paris 2.0 and in 2013, Mission Miami. In 2012, he launched a piece into the stratosphere, becoming the first artist to send an artistic creation into space and produced a short documentary film about the project, titled Art 4 Space.
Born and raised in Sicily, Microbo studied art in London before moving to Milan. Heavily influenced and inspired by microbiology, she developed a unique visual language using organic shapes, filaments and shapeless organisms, which she uses to express life’s complexity and diversity. Her paintings, drawings, stickers and stencils embrace a wide range of references, from traditional graffiti style to surrealist imagery. Often collaborating on projects with her partner, Bo130, Microbo’s army of underground creatures can be found on the streets and in galleries across Europe and the United States.
Miss Van was born in 1973 in Toulouse, France and is currently based in Barcelona, Spain. In 1991, she started painting the streets of Toulouse as one of the first female artists in the European street art scene. In the years since, her work has been widely published and exhibited in galleries and museums, worldwide. Recently, Miss Van was invited to participate in Art in the Streets, a major group exhibition currently on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) in Los Angeles, California.
Olek was born Agata Oleksiak in 1978 in Poland. In 2000, she received a BA in Cultural Studies from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland, and relocated to New York City, where she is currently based. Olek’s work has been exhibited in galleries, museums and public spaces worldwide, and featured in numerous publications such as The New York Times, New York Magazine, Artforum,TimeOut New York ,TIME Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, ARTINFO, The Huffington Post, Newsweek, The Daily Beast, Village Voice, CNN, ABC News, CBS News and NBC News. Olek is the recipient of awards including the Ruth Mellon Award for sculpture in 2004, In Situ Artaq award (France) in 2011, and a grant in 2011 from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) for performance in public space. Olek’s residencies have included Sculpture Space in 2005, Instituto Sacatar (Brazil) in 2009 and AAI-LES in 2010. In 2008, Olek was the winner of the Apex Art competition, which aired on PBS. In 2010, the artist was commissioned by the Brooklyn Museum of Art for a one-day interactive performance installation. In 2012, Olek was part of the 40 Under 40: Craft Futures exhibition at the Smithsonian, for which her entire crocheted studio apartment was exhibited.
Shepard Fairey was born in 1970, in Charleston, South Carolina, and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He received a BA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1991. In 1989, Fairey launched an ambitious campaign of stickers and posters featuring a stenciled image of the wrestler Andre the Giant. In the two decades since then, his artwork has been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums around the world. Fairey designed the iconic “Hope” graphic for Barack Obama used during the 2007-2008 presidential campaign. In January 2009, during inauguration week, the “Hope” image was acquired by the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, and became part of their permanent collection. In February of 2009, a mid-career survey of Fairey’s work over the past 20 years was the subject of his first major museum exhibition at The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. In 2010, the show traveled to The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA, and Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, OH. Fairey's work is included in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; and the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC.
(aka WK Interact) was born in 1969 in Caen, France. He currently lives and works in New York. His work is site specific and the imagery is chosen with a concern for encounters in an urban environment or "interactions" (as the artist indicates in his pseudonym). In 2010, audio of an interview
with WK discussing his work along with a slideshow of his images was featured in a New York Times article about Jonathan LeVine Gallery. WK has shown in galleries internationally including Tokyo, London, Berlin and Mexico City. In 2005, Gestalten published his first monograph, WK Interact: Exterior-Interior Act 2
. Drago published a his second book in 2009, 2.5 New York Street Life
. In 2013, Jonathan LeVine Gallery presented a 25 year survey exhibition of WK’s work at a pop-up location in New York and published a catalog
with essays by Carlo McCormick, Patrick McNeil of Faile and Marc and Sara Schiller of Wooster Collective.