One of the most influential street artists to emerge from New York City, DAIN intriguingly combines the visual language of graffiti with old Hollywood glamour. Often mingling a female visage with male fashion, he creates distinct pieces with characteristics known only to his works.
DAIN selects black and white images that speak to him, often inspired by iconic models and celebrities in addition to Hollywood glamour. His work reflects appreciation for an era when women dressed beautifully, revealing very little and leaving much to the imagination.
DAIN works single pieces between the street and studio, and combines wheat pasting, silk screening, spray paint, collage and acrylic. He commences the process with collage, the foundation for the piece, using a photo that he layers with various images. He then chooses the colors for the piece after which he paints and layers spray paint onto the work. He finishes his works with his unmistakable “circle and drip” around the eye, an unintentional trademark yet clearly distinguishing factor of his dynamic works.
Sean McClintock is a New York City based multi-media artist specializing in design, illustrations, and directing, with a focus in animation. Sean grew up in a small town in Kansas and graduated with a major in graphic design from the Colorado Institute of Art in 1997.
With over 20 years of experience, Sean McClintock is an evolving artist that gravitates towards texture and simplicity. During his creative process, he looks forward to creating characters that come to life. Soon, he would love to work on videos for some of the bands he’s interested in, such as The Black Lips and Thee Oh Sees.
Toby Triumph is a London based illustrator. Originally from the North of England, Triumph works mainly with character design, hand drawn typography and eccentric doodles. From being published in countless magazines, music festivals, and newspapers, as well as being on billboards, t-shirts, and even the wallpaper of a hip new hotel in Shoreditch, Triumph's characterisitc work has taken many forms.
Intricately hand drawing each and every one of his projects, Triumph rarely sleeps to keep up with the mass amount of detail in all of his works.
Some of Triumph's clients include Coca Cola, GQ, Sony Music, Google, Adidas, The Hollywood Reporter, Converse, Skype, Youtube and many more.
GIZ is a U.S. based graffiti artist born and raised in NYC. He began his graffiti career in the New York City area in 1988 at the age of 10. In the early 90’s, he primarily focused on “bombing” clean NYC subway trains.
In 1998 GIZ entered unfamiliar territory - the gallery scene. Despite his fear of exposing his identity as the “all-city street bomber”, he eased into the gallery world and, using his background in woodworking, started to produce work on pieces of wood that were cut into the shapes of his letters. In the late 90’s to early 2000’s, GIZ did multiple gallery shows throughout NYC, followed by several shows in Europe. His work has been featured in many television series, books, and magazines including the NY Times, Village Voice, Al Jazeera, Source Magazine, Mass Appeal, 12oz. Prophet, NYC Street Art, The Profit, ‘The Art of Getting Over,’ and ‘Graffiti NYC’ by Prestel.
Between 2013 and 2016, GIZ’s art has evolved into a playful extension of Pop art. His unique style morphs iconic cartoon characters into the letters of his name in innovative ways. GIZ’s practice continues to evolve as he explores using multiple mediums. Presently, GIZ is highly active in producing work on all levels: for gallery shows, murals, and continuing to “bomb” the streets.
Alex Eben Meyer was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA and graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. He has been illustrating for over ten years and has worked with a wide range of editorial, advertising, publishing and interactive clients on projects big and small.
Alex’s work is bright and colorful and often features inanimate objects doing animated things. His current dream project is to have his artwork on a blimp. His other dream job is working with you (especially, if you happen to be a blimp)!
When not illustrating, Alex can be found playing street hockey and discussing the socio-political implications behind the consumption of the cake donut. He lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, with his lovely wife, Anna and creative director cat, Frankie.
Jackson Alves is a typographer, calligrapher and teacher based in Brazil. After graduating in 2003 with a degree in Graphic Design, Jackson has accumulated over 15 years of experience, working locally and internationally. In the last five years, Jackson has made his mark in the typography world, collaborating with clients from Brazil, the US, the UK, France, Switzerland, Russia, and Australia. Jackson’s background in calligraphy has shaped his lettering style, with fluid and graceful curves, bold style choices, and a keen eye for aesthetics. As well as being published in multiple design blogs, books and magazines, Jackson was awarded the 10th Graphic Design Biennial in Brazil in 2013. He's also co-founder of the lettering and mural collective Criatipos. Jackson continues to grow as an artist and encouraging others by teaching workshops around the world.
Emerging New York City Street artist WhIsBe is noted for his whimsical iconography, juxtaposing innocuous and benign images within an edgier context. Mixed with self taught skills and an education from New York’s School of Visual Arts, the artist’s street work began to appear in 2011 across the US and Europe when his work received world wide media attention. Once on the scene, WhIsBe quickly rose from anonymity to acceptance within the international art community.
Cyril is a graphic designer whose work focuses on 3D illustration, typography, and CGI. An internationally awarded designer, some of Cyril’s recognition includes Fubiz, thedesigntip 2015, Adweek Talent Gallery, and Typography Served.
Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Natalia Jheté was brought up in a creative environment. Growing up in an artistic family Natalia realized her interests in illustration & fashion at a young age. After graduating from Miami's Design and Architecture Senior High she moved to San Francisco where she studied women's wear and soon after moved to New York, where she now resides. After working a few years in design, Natalia recognized she was equally as passionate about illustration and now focuses on art.
Today Natalia is steadily making her mark as a watercolor artist while collaborating with fashion & culture magazines, jewelry designers and messaging apps. With a whimsical, but always elegant style, and impeccable attention to detail Natalia continues to find fashion as her true muse.
Recently Natalia has become a sponsored artist by the American art materials manufacturer Grumbacher.
Nicholas comes from a family of artists. He has been drawing ever since he could hold a pencil. He has lived in NYC for the past twelve years making art full time.
Focused primarily in fine art, Nicholas has been tapped over the years to collaborate with brands such as Marc Jacobs, TIMEX, Levi's, J. Peterman, Playboy, Warner Bros. & Major League Baseball. He uses his skill for hyper-realism to produce one of a kind imagery with a fine art sensibility.
Cali Sales was born in Los Angeles, CA in 1990, and raised in Austin, TX.
She graduated from the Illustration program at Art Center College of Design in December 2012, and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.
You can find her work in The New York Times, She Shreds Magazine, Harpers Bazaar, and on Booooooom, Juxtapoz, Ch.89, Austere Magazine, The Wild Magazine and the online gallery for American Illustration 32.
You can find Cali (as well as her artwork, pencil pouches, and other handmade goods) at her friend Tennessee's shop, The Deep End Club.
After a successful career as an editorial designer in Amsterdam – 20 years developing magazines, giving lectures about editorial design and being an art director for many titles (corporate, commercial, non-profit, newspapers...) – Luis moved to Tokyo where he made a career switch and started working as a drawing artist. From Tokyo he draws on different levels: commercially for shops, fashion brands, magazines and mixing his drawings with his designs. Luis is a versatile illustrator with the eye of a designer and the mind of an art director. Used to work in teams, he understands well that the message to be told is the most important thing.
Specialities are: travel, urban, feelings, people, characters, typography and objects. Works both analogical as digital.
Fernando born in Madrid, felt the “pencils call” as a young child drawing everywhere - much to his parents dismay. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts from the School of Arts in Madrid. Five years later he became licensed in Fine Arts from the Complutense University of Madrid, specializing in graphic design and illustration. Additionally he obtained a masters in graphic, typographic and editorial design communication also in Complutense University of Madrid. He works as a graphic designer and illustrator in his studio in Madrid.
He also paints and shows his work in various fine art galleries.
Alex Fish, following in his father’s footsteps, has been drawing and painting since the age of three, and is now himself a recognized artist. A member of the Society for Art of imagination, Alex’s work has been featured in several one-man shows in New York City and Moscow, as well as in a permanent installation at the WAF Museum of Surrealism in Southern California.
Alex’s work can be seen at the Inter Art Gallery and Art leader’s Gallery, where it is currently exhibited.
As a veteran of the advertising industry, Alex Fish brings a unique understanding of both the communicative and commercial requirements of illustration and design. His fine-arts background combined with industry experience enables him to understand the needs of his clients, and the importance of working in a team environment. His broad range of styles and facility with different media enable him to offer custom solutions for a wide variety of illustrative challenges.
Pest, born in a Parisian suburb, started his graffiti life in the late 80’s. He found inspiration from the hip-hop culture, subway art and European old school style. P19, a crew he founded, was known as one of the most influential crews in all of Europe. His style is a mix between New York and European classics focused on the flow of letters. He is known as the French “flow master” because of his very dynamic and recognizable style. His passion for travel led him to other forms of writing such as calligraphy and vintage typography – another highlight of his brand are his “living caps” which bring caps to life as characters. PEST is always in search of a new challenge and inspiration.
Sara Blake aka ZSO is a New York City based illustrator and design director originally from Richmond, Virginia. Since graduating from New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study focusing on fine art and creative writing, Sara has worked both as an art director in advertising and a freelance illustrator, giving her a unique perspective to both sides of the creative process. With over a decade of experience, Sara now partners with brands and agencies through her multidisciplinary work as Minetta Design Co, and continues to illustrate as ZSO. Over the years Sara has spoken and exhibited around the world through galleries and design conferences. She works between her Richmond and New York studios.
Select clients: Adobe, Nike, Ford, Hurley, IBM, Wired Magazine, Scotch and Soda, Sakroots, TED, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., Marvel, Syrup NYC, Havas, RIF6, Yen Magazine, SGCNY, Vice, OFFF, FITC
Curriculum Vitae: www.sarablake.nyc/curriculum-vitae
Minetta Design Co.: www.minettadesignco.com
Experiments on Tumblr (mostly design experiments): dadazang.tumblr.com
Akse is a French Graffiti Artist of Vietnamese heritage based in Manchester UK since 1997. Akse started painting in 1992 and became a member of the P19 Crew (founded by Pest) in 1993. Originally known for his letters and characters, his latest focus is on freehand photo-realistic graffiti portraits.
Raquel is an artist. Often, you will find her illustrating, sometimes designing, occasionally shopping…fashion is a passion.
Born in Madrid, Spain, she began studying painting when she was ten years old, and since then she has worked and studied in many facets of plastic arts.
After completing her university studies in Art and Design in Spain, she began to work as a graphic designer. A few years after, she entered in the world of advertising, as a creative and has been there for the last seven years.
During that period, she felt the call of illustration.
She currently has her own illustration and design portfolio. Her main propose is to convey emotions.
Currently she is experimenting mixing illustration and fabrics in search of a fashion expression in new dimensions.
Marc Evan is a Brooklyn based artist working in a variety of mediums and disciplines. He is a lead artist for Groundswell Murals, a non profit organization geared towards positively changing communities through public art. Marc has been a contributing artist to Sing For Hope, painting several of their Pop-Up Pianos, which were publicly installed in Central Park, Roosevelt Island, and at Lincoln Center, for all to play and enjoy. A recently completed mural was a 68ft tall wall, overlooking the Cross Bronx Expressway. This mural focused on themes of rebirth and recovery, and was painted with the help of twenty adult men, all who were in various stages of recovery.
Marc is also a skilled illustrator, designer, and concept artist. Marc’s personal works often play with the concept of pareidolia, the ability to see imagery in random patterns and sounds. The surreal details in his paintings can appear amorphous, changing as the viewer approaches closer. His artwork and illustrations have also appeared in movies by Joel Schumacher, Rob Reiner, and others; music videos for Beyonce, Slash, and Eminem; and he has designed commercials for Mercedes, Sprite, and LG. Marc’s artwork has been featured in the prestigious Society of Illustrators’ Museum of American Illustration.
Marc Evan has also carved a niche as one of the preeminent professional pumpkin carvers in the world. In 2008, with Chris Soria, a lifelong friend, fellow artist, and frequent collaborator, they founded the renowned, Maniac Pumpkin Carvers. In 2012 Marc was a winner of Food Network's Halloween Wars, a reality competition TV show. His pumpkin carvings have appeared at the Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum, Yankee Stadium, and on numerous TV shows, printed publications, and across the worldwide web.
SUCH is a New York based graffiti writer and artist. Starting in 1990 in Long Island, SUCH has been writing graffiti alongside the LIRR and quickly moved to doing work in all five boroughs. His style strongly developed in the mid 90's when he was introduced to the New York graffiti legend, POEM. Honing a traditional New York letter style, SUCH began to tag the streets as well. SUCH's work extends globally to countries such as Taiwan, Korea, Italy, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, France, and many more. SUCH has been featured in Bombin magazine as well as the original graffiti magazine Flashbacks. He is an active member of the FX crew and continues to paint murals all over New York City. SUCH's work continues to evolve and he has recently been focusing on works on canvas as he enters the gallery world.
Raised on a steady diet of graffiti and hot rods, Steve “Pheck” Ritsua quickly came to love bold colors and fat lines. As time passed, his appetite grew to include 50′s culture, fast music and old-school horror flicks. Whether employing oils, acrylics, ink, pencil or the ball-point pen, Pheck’s smooth style belies the often fast-paced, frenetic images he conjures from the depths of his hungry soul. Insatiable, Pheck continues to produce art that builds on and encompasses myriad kustom kulture themes.
Salvatore Dell'Aquila is a multi-disciplinary designer specializing in illustration, art direction, brand identity, motion graphics, and interactive design. He has produced a wide range of work for clients in several industries, including advertising agencies, new media companies, sports, record labels, magazines, and fashion/clothing companies. He is constantly working on personal projects, and always making efforts to push the boundaries of his artwork.
Currently based in Brooklyn, Kat Lam is an illustrator with a fine arts and design background. She has been drawing since she learned how to pick up a crayon and has commissioned works across the nation. She prefers to work off-screen, with a simple pen, ink and paper. In a past life, Kat was a creative director in advertising for over a decade. Because of this experience, she plays nice with both clients and agencies alike. Kat is also originally from Texas—this will surprise you if you ever meet.
LAMKAT is an international muralist based in Brooklyn. Her work is currently on display in various locations throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. After playing art director for 11 years, she shifted her focus to the art world which simultaneously quenches her thirst for travel. When she’s not painting, you can find her rolling around on her bike in Brooklyn or chasing waves somewhere in the world.
Through art, @narcossist examines the phenomenon of maturation as a metaphorical interpretation of nature, nurture and creativity, tirelessly attempting to ‘counter-cultivate’ style, meaning and intention.
Technically, @narcossist’s mixed media art is visceral and imperfect, filtered through the innocent eyes of a child's point-of-view. It is intentionally naive, illustrating an idiosyncratic view of belief systems established by the art world, religions and brands. Key creative influencers on @narcossist's work include William Burroughs, Maynard James Keenan, George Barker, Kurt Cobain and Kinki Texas.
@narcossist has exhibited at group shows in NYC, and regularly translates the executions into street art and murals. The artist studied at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and currently lives and works between New York City and Sao Paolo.
WRDSMTH is a published author, screenwriter, former advertising copywriter, and an emerging street artist. Born and raised in the Midwest, he relocated to LA and started doing time in Hollywood, chasing the dream like countless others. Past and present worlds merged when he came up with the concept for WRDSMTH — a unique combination of stenciling and wheatpasting — and began temporarily tattooing walls in LA with indelible thoughts and phrases.
Active in the street art community since November 2013, he’s made his mark in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Diego, San Francisco, New Orleans, Philadelphia, West Palm Beach, London, Paris, Kraków, Edinburgh, and Melbourne. He’s been featured in Playboy, LA Weekly, LAist, LA Magazine, and The Philadelphia Enquirer. He was named one of The Art of Elsyum’s 2014 Emerging Artists and his work has been sold at Julien’s Auctions, Art Share LA, Q Art Gallery, The Gabba Gallery, and LabArt.