2501 - Italy
Jacopo Ceccarelli aka 2501 was born in Milan in 1981. He started to paint at the young age of 14 and never gave up working on the walls of his own city, Milan. He studied as a film editor at the “Civica Scuola di Cinema” of Milan. He moved to Sao Paolo at the age of 20. Here he got in contact with all of the South American graffiti school (os Gemeos,Herbert Baglione,Higraff,Zezao etc etc:::) changing totally his approach to painting. First with the Tag of Robot Inc (with this name he was published on the Tristan Manco’s book “street logo”/ thems and hudson) and then as 2501 he started a new style that put together wallpainting, paint on canvas,sculputure and video. Back in Milan, between 2004 and 2007 he was member of llloolll studio, mainly working with webdesign, motion graphic, and much more. In 2007 he moved for the 2nd time to Sao Paolo and started to focus just on his artistic career.
Angry Woebots - California
Aaron Martin was born on the island Oahu 1977, Hawaii. Most of his childhood was spent growing up and moving from Southern California to Nevada before finally landing back into Hawaii during his Junior year in high school. In 1999 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. He then left back to Hawaii with a new perspective, Aaron had his first show in 2002 and has not stopped. He has showed in galleries up and down California, the east coast, and even in shows that have traveled from the U.S. to Hong Kong. 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.
Aryz - Spain
Aryz is the 22 year old Catalan sensation famed for painting characters over disused factory buildings on a truly epic scale.
El Mac - California (Mid April)Born in Los Angeles in 1980 to an engineer and an artist, Mac has been creating and studying art independently since childhood. His primary focus has been the lifelike rendering of human faces and figures. He has drawn inspiration from the surrounding Mexican & Chicano culture of Phoenix and the American Southwest, religious art, pin-up art, graffiti, and a wide range of classic artists such as Caravaggio, Mucha, and Vermeer. He began painting with acrylics and painting graffiti in the mid ’90s, and has since worked consistently towards mastering his signature portrait style. Around 1998 he began to paint technicolor aerosol versions of classic paintings by old European masters. This led to being commissioned in 2003 by the Groeninge Museum in Brugge, Belgium to paint his interpretations of classic Flemish Primitive paintings in the museum’s collection. He has since been commissioned to paint murals across the US, as well as in Mexico, Denmark, Sweden, Canada, South Korea, Belgium, Italy, The Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Spain, France, Singapore, Germany, Ireland, and Vietnam.
Some of his murals have become local landmarks, especially his collaborations with Retna, which combine Mac’s representational figures with Retna’s abstract lettering and designs. In 2008 he created a 100+ foot wide mural for an installation at the Denver Botanic Gardens, and also participated in the Manifest Hope art show during the Democratic National Convention in Denver. His art was used for a Juxtapoz magazine cover feature in 2009, and the cover of LA Weekly for a feature on the Seventh Letter collective. He has painted large murals during Art Basel in Miami the last three years in a row. 2009 brought a sold-out solo show at Fifty24SF Gallery in San Francisco, a two-man show with Retna at the Robert Berman Gallery at the Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, along with the publication of a book about Mac & Retna’s artwork published by Upper Playground/Gingko Press. There was also a limited edition Montana spraycan produced in Spain with their artwork on it. In 2010 he painted a large mural on the museum of contemporary art (MARCO) in Monterrey, México as part of the Seres Queridos project.
Mac continues to focus primarily on creating more public art in different parts of the world, painting photorealistic canvases, and evolving his brushwork style. His intent is to uplift and inspire through careful, perfectionist renderings of both the sublime and the humble. Most especially he enjoys the simple challenges and rewards of painting. He works primarily in Phoenix and Los Angeles.
Gaia - New YorkDrawing on his new and evolving body of imagery depicting human and animal figures, Gaia's work reflects on the ancient themes of animal and human sympathies, but now in the context of the city and the human built environment. Working with myth and symbolic animal figures, Gaia's street murals are like the works of an urban shaman drawing on a positive force from animal protectors.
Gaia employs recognizable animal figures to remind us of lost human connections to nature and the environment. He constructs an image of a reversal of the "natural order" where animals intervene as protectors and avatars for a new awareness of the human condition in the natural world. He is known world-wide for street murals placed in areas to elicit surprise and reflection by passers-by who encounter the symbolism and fragile narratives of his work.
HOW AND NOSM - New York (Summer 2012)
The twin brothers HOW and NOSM are
artists and professional muralists residing in New York .Born in the
Basque country of San Sebastian, Spain, the Perre brothers grew up in
Duesseldorf, Germany practicing the Bronx born artform of graffiti . Their late
teenage years were spent spray painting the world, visiting many of the more
than 50 countries in which they both left their remarkable artwork on any kind
of surface including subway trains. During a visit to New York in ’97 HOW and
NOSM were asked to become members of the legendary TATS CRU, and permanently
relocated to New York shortly thereafter in ’99 – a move that marked their
transition from painting on trains, and even the Berlin Wall – to creating
elaborate murals for a number of known commercial clients such as
SONY. As members of TATS CRU, the Perre twins have lectured at
universities including M.I.T. and their work has appeared in numerous films,
music videos, documentaries, and most recently, the windows of the historic
department store, Lord and Taylor.
HOW and NOSM have been featured within the pages of numerous publications, including the New York Times and the New Yorker, and even stirred the likes of the Rev. Al Sharpton with the controversial undertones of subjects manifested within their art. As adept with a spray can as only few artists could ever hope to be with a brush, and best known for their medium, Perre’s body of work includes everything from skateboards and collectable toys to large scale multimedia sculpture - and for that matter, anything they can get their hands on.
Jaz - Argentina
Jaz’s style evolved over the years. He moved away from letter based graffiti and began experimenting with figurative pieces inspired by Argentine culture. His change in direction made his art more accessible to the public, and encouraged by their positive reaction he continued to explore painting and muralism. Having mastered aerosol, Jaz went on to experiment with new techniques inspired by his work in scenography, and his pieces became increasingly ambitious in scale and complexity. Through blending unconventional materials such as asphaltic paint and petrol, Jaz developed artistic techniques which enabled him to paint huge murals which resemble delicate watercolour paintings. His comfort working at enormous scales, his unique style and unconventional use of materials have set him apart from his contemporaries.
Jesse Smith - Virginia (Summer 2012)
Jesse Smith has been tattooing since June of '96 and is known for his quirky, colorful, illustrative based art. He has won numerous awards for his tattoo work and has been featured in almost every tattoo publication out there. He is currently tattooing at Loose Screw Tattoo in Richmond, Virginia's very own Carytown.
Pandilla - Puerto Rico
With leftover paints and plenty of will to create, La Pandilla is born. An artistic collective, the team is comprised of puertoricans Alexis Diaz and Juan Fernandez, both alumni of the Escuela Central de Artes Visuales of Puerto Rico.
These young individuals have adopted the mission of rescuing, with their murals, vacant residential buildings whose deterioration affects the spirit of their country’s most transited streets. They are known for their fish with surreal influence, for the re-signification of zoo animals with human elements, for the creation of their own fauna. In each of their works, they develop an extraordinary fusion of techniques: nailism, lineage and stains. In this form, black and white are predominant colors in their pieces. Despite the fact that they walked different paths, the will to create brought them together. It is then when they took the initiative to revive the streets of their neighborhood (SANTURCE) with art. Since their first drawing together, the duo complemented each other with Juan’s curved trace and Alexis lineal one.
Lelo - Brazil
Lelo is a self-taught artist from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Best known for his urban art works - done since 1999. His production includes murals, paintings, drawings, prints (screeprints in particular, the artist's assumed passion), videos and more recently, sculptures and objects. His work, full of symbolism, is the result of the artist's reflection on the values and behavior of the society in which we live.
London Police - UK (Summer 2012)
The London Police started in 1998 when big English geezers headed to Amsterdam to rejuvenate the visually disappointing streets of the drug capital of the world. The motive was to combine travelling and making art to create an amazing way of life not seen since the days of King Solomon. From 2002 onward TLP started sending missionaries into all corners of the globe. Known for their iconic LADS characters and precision marking TLP have recently celebrated 10 strong years in the art world and their work has graced streets and galleries in 35 countries during this time. London policemen have come and gone but founding members are still known to walk the streets of every city in the world spreading love with pens and stickers. The current duo have managed to form a partnership more cohesive than Han Solo and Chewbacca in Star Wars and are continuing to produce slick artwork that is tighter than a butlers cuff. Never be scared, don't be a hero and let the good times roll.
Pixel Pancho - Italy
Pixel Pancho was born in Turin Italy in 1984. As a child he found interest in color and form, thanks to his grandfather, an occasional painter. Pixel always has had a passion for art and design and knew that this would be part of his life since the beginning. In 2003, he inscribed at Albertina Academy of Fine Arts School in Turin, after two years he transferred to the Academy of Fine Arts in Valencia where he is to obtain his degree this year. His years in the School of Fine Arts has led him to the world of design, graphics, and above all the graffiti and street-art scene. Pixel's studies and his determination for experimenting with different mediums opposed to the classic formula of the academy made him stand out from the others, as he followed his passion for using spray cans and marker and working on out door surfaces opposed to the classic paper and canvas. Traveling between his hometown of Torino and Valencia Pixel Pancho took every occasion to be noticed on the streets, using different mediums such as tiles, wall painting, sticker/poster art, etc. Like every artist Pixel Pancho has been influenced by many different artists of the past and the present, such as the historic painter Joaquin Sorolla, the surrealist Salvador Dali, the political painter group El Equipo Cronica to the more modern Ron English, San and Takashi Murakami. Traveling to countries such as Paris, Amsterdam, Warsaw, Vienna and many others for graffiti jams and expositions in galleries has made it possible for Pixel Pancho's style to evolve from the simple Robot character to the more complex compositions that we can see in his work today. Pixel Pancho moved back to Turin in 2010 and has opened his first painting studio where he produces his art works. There is a lot to be expected from this young and motivated artist, the work of Pixel Pancho has just begun.
Roa - Belgian
A modern day naturalist, famous for his
large-scale depictions of animals on urban walls around the world, ROA moves
between continents and cities, observing and documenting the creatures that
co-inhabit the urban landscape.
- Kansas City
Donald Ross also known as “scribe” is 36 years old and currently lives in Kansas City, Missouri of the United States. The animated, public murals by Scribe are readily recognizable in Midtown Kansas City and throughout different part of the United States, Canada and down into Mexico where he has both painted murals and had gallery shows. Scribe incorporates a menagerie of animal characters developed over many years representing a particular, self-referential trait that he inserts in various scenarios. Scribe intersperses personal iconography, biblical and fairytale references, animation and metaphor in works intended as contemporary parables for public audiences, hence the use of his artist name and persona. Through accessible idiom and image, Scribe incorporates humor and play in the conveyance of serious messages regarding personal integrity, attainment of knowledge, and adventure.