ABOUT THE ARTISTS
AJ Fosik was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. In 2003, he received a BFA in Illustration from Parsons School of Design in New York City. He is currently based in Portland, Oregon. Fosik’s work has been exhibited in galleries across the country including New York, Philadelphia, Miami and San Francisco. He has been featured in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Brooklyn Rail and Tokion. In 2011, Fosik was commissioned by Mastodon to create artwork for the cover of their album, The Hunter. The band’s music video featured the artist working in his studio on the piece.
Adam Wallacavage was born in 1969. He currently lives and works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia where he received a BFA in Photography in 1995. In 2001, Wallacavage taught himself the art of ornamental plastering and began making octopus shaped chandeliers. His chandeliers have been exhibited in galleries in São Paulo, Rome, London, Miami, Los Angeles, Vienna and New York. In 2012, Wallacavage had a solo exhibition at the Philadelphia Art Alliance titled Shiny Monsters. His chandeliers have been featured in publications such as The New York Times, New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine and TIME Magazine. Beyond making sculptural works, Wallacavage is also an accomplished photographer. In 2006, Gingko Press published Monster Size Monsters, a book documenting fifteen years of his photography.
Alex Hornest (aka Onesto) was born in São Paulo, in 1972. He graduated from Carlos de Campos, along with Os Gêmeos, Nina, Amigo, Iama and others from this talented generation of artists that have been painting the streets of São Paulo since the early 90's.
Onesto has a striking history in Brazilian graffiti. He has 72 different signatures, one for each working concept, which he identifies as “72 d.i.e.s.e.l.” The oldest signature, Onesto, is recognized primarily for portraits of fantastic black and white characters; Emprolde is identified by colorful abstract designs, Nailon’s work are colored throw-ups; Stok creates "pichação" in dangerous and forbidden places of the city. Offend, and Skulptor are artistic styles he is currently painting under. Hornest blends these different visual codes and intertwines their styles to create stunning imagery. Despite this array of characters, the style of Onesto synthesizes most of Hornest's aesthetic and ethic ideals. Because of this, he uses Onesto to sign his gallery and collectable work.
Artists that have inspired his work and play a role in his creative influence include Marcelo Grassmann, Maria Bonomi, Alberto Giacometti, Victor Brecheret, Alexander Calder, Zdzislaw Beksinski, and Francis Bacon.
In addition to his artwork, Onesto produces videos documenting “pichação" (Invasion, Sujo), fanzines (72 d.i.e.s.e.l) and books. A natural-born political activist, Ornesto is concerned with hardships in countries affected by poverty and social injustice. His prolific work in various mediums is an expression of these views.
Since 1994, Onesto has participated in many collective exhibitions, but it was not until 2006 - after his first solo exhibition in the Holland Consulate in Bahia, Brazil – that he believed that his work was ready to be presented to the world. This discovery has enabled Onesto to bring the first results of a long study and years of fantastic experiences to the Ruas de São Paulo exhibition. Ornesto’s work can be seen in the outskirts of the São Paulo, where he currently lives.
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.
CLEON PETERSON was born in 1973 in Seattle, Washington. He received a B.F.A. in Graphic Design from the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena and an M.F.A. from The Cranbrook Academy in Michigan. Cleon’s chaotic and violent paintings show clashing figures symbolizing a struggle between power and submission in the fluctuating architecture of contemporary society. His works are monochromatic and channel the fashion sensibility of the early 1980's, complete with skinny ties and day glow colors. Peterson's nightmarish tableaux’s feature scenes of a barbaric holocaust, where might is right and the weak are merely souls with holes for the strong to torment and abuse. The work forces us to ask of ourselves some of the most pertinent questions plaguing Western society, such as is there any genuine good in the world? He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.
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.
Dave Cooper was born in 1967 in a small fishing village in Nova Scotia, Canada. He is currently based in Ottawa, with his wife and two children. Cooper is a self-taught artist, inspired by artistic mentors in his youth. He enjoyed a successful career in the American underground comic scene of the late 1990’s as the author/illustrator of award-winning graphic novels and as a designer, producer, and creator in the field of animation. In 2003, the artist decided to focus his energies on oil painting and refining his fine art. In the years since, his artwork has been exhibited at galleries in New York, Los Angeles and Paris. He has released two books featuring his oil paintings and a third is on the way, with introductions written by Hollywood celebrity collectors including comedic actor David Cross, as well as filmmakers David Cronenberg and the Oscar-nominated writer/director of Pan's Labyrinth,
Guillermo del Toro.
Erik Mark Sandberg
Erik Mark Sandberg was born in 1975 in Farmington, Minnesota, and currently resides in Los Angeles. In 2002, he received a BFA with distinction from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. From 2003—2007, he studied with former Gemini Gel Master Printer Anthony Alan Zepeda. In the years since, he has achieved steady success in the fields of Fine Art and Illustration, receiving numerous grants and awards. From 2006 to present, Sandberg has taught concurrently at Art Center College of Design in the printmaking department, OTIS College of Art and Design and California State University, Northridge.
Jean Labourdette (Turf One)
Jean Labourdette (aka Turf One) was born in 1976 and raised in Malakoff (a suburb of Paris, France). In 2001, he moved to Montréal, Québéc, Canada, where he is currently based. In the late 80s into the early 90s, Labourdette was a graffiti writer in and around Paris, going by the name of Turf One. Over the years the self-taught artist honed his skills, evolving into a prolific and sought-after multi-disciplinarian, working as an illustrator, comic artist and filmmaker. In 2004, Labourdette abandoned all commercial work in favor of creating fine art.
Louie Cordero was born in Manila Philippines, where he currently lives and works. He is an award-winning painter, sculptor, animator, and creator of Nardong Tae—a self-published underground comic series which he writes and illustrates himself, with cult following in the Philippines and Japan. A graduate of College of Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines, Cordero was a resident artist in the Big Sky Mind artist foundation of the Philippines’ residency program from 2002 to 2004 and also held a residency in the United States in 2003 at the Vermont Studio Center. The artist is a recipient of numerous awards including an Ateneo Art Award in 2004, and the Thirteen Artists Award from the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 2006.
Martin Wittfooth (b. 1981, Canada) is currently based in Brooklyn, New York and received a BFA in 2005 from Sheridan College in Toronto. In 2008, he received an MFA from The School of Visual Arts in New York City. His work has been exhibited throughout Canada, the United States and Europe.
Lives and works in New York, NY
1999-2001 Rhode Island School of Design
1996-1999 Disney Feature Animation
Summer 2000 Disney Feature Animation
2004-2005 Fox Animation
2005 Hand holders, hold on, Black Market Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2005 Fork in the Road, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, NY
Winners, The HiFi Lab, Austin TX
The Tree show, Giant Robot, San Francisco, CA
2004 Artistic Utopia, La Luz de Jesus, Los Angeles, CA
Under the Influence, Junc Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Pressure Lines and Graceless Heirs, The Riviera Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Never Had a Treehouse, Timbrespace, Los Angeles, CA
Recent RISD Students, Art Access, Columbus, OH
Monon Street Power Collective, Meltdown Comics, Los Angeles, CA
Four Strong, Gallery 821, Los Angeles, CA
Incidental Contact, CPOP Gallery, Detroit, MI
Beyond the Rabbit Hole, Magpie Gallery, San Diego, CA
Luckydip, Nicola Donald Studio, Los Angeles, C
2003 Assembly, The Front Room, Brooklyn, NY
The Panoramic Project, The Front Room, Brooklyn, NY
SELECTED PRESS AND PUBLICATIONS
Murphy Design, Village Voice, Flavorpill, boingboing.com, ecnyc.org, Giant Robot San Fransisco, StrangeCO, inliquid.com L Magazine, Artcal, Flavorpill, Juxtapoz Magazine
Natalia Fabia was born in 1983 in Burbank, California, and is currently based in Los Angeles. In 2007, she graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Venice, Bristol, Basel and Miami. Fabia has appeared in publications such as Elle Magazine, Nylon Magazine and The Huffington Post.
Nicola Verlato was born in 1965 in Verona, Italy. He is currently based in Los Angeles, California. Verlato began painting at a very early age. He studied architecture at the University Luav of Venice. An installation of Verlato’s paintings and sculptures were exhibited in the Italian Pavilion at the 2009 Venice Biennale. In 2013, his first monograph will be published by Gingko Press.
Xiaoqing Ding is originally from Beijing, China, and is currently based in Brooklyn, New York. With eight years of training in traditional Chinese Art forms in Beijing, she came to the United States to continue her studies and hone her craft. In 2001, Ding received an MFA from Hoffberger School of Painting at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, followed by a full scholarship residency at Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture and a grant from The Joan Mitchell Foundation. In the years since, the artist has continued exhibiting her work while receiving numerous awards, honors and fellowships.