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.
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.
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.
Jason is an artist, designer, and creative director based in Brooklyn, NY. Originally from Salt Lake City, Jason discovered NY as a teen, and was magnetically drawn to the color, the art, and the culture. Jason’s work ranges from video, to illustration, to typography and murals. It has been seen supporting brands like Mac Cosmetics, Xbox and Fenty Puma, and has been seen in various publications, on clothes, shoes, and even bodies... and of course on walls around city. He loves bright colors, rich blacks, and his work regularly contains messages of positivity as believes that kindness is the key to success.
Originally from the North of England, Toby Triumph is a London based illustrator. Triumph works mainly with character design, hand drawn typography and eccentric doodles. He has been 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 characteristic 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.
Robert Frank Hunter is a London based illustrator. He graduated from the University Of The West Of England in Bristol where he developed his work through drawing, printmaking and animation. Keen to apply his work to new disciplines, Robert has several published illustrated books including a children's book adaption of The Jungle Book. His own titles include The New Ghost and Map Of Days. Robert has been a professional illustrator since 2007 working on range of commercial projects in both print and moving image from his studio in east London.
I’m a freelance illustrator based in London. I have worked for a range of clients including Verizon, The Grammys 2015, MasterCard, Tesco Magazine and Starwood Hotels. My passion for making things started at an early age and has developed into a fascination of paper craft. I love the process of turning a flat sheet of paper into a tangible thing of beauty and it still excites me to see a concept come to life.
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.
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.
London Kaye is a classically trained dancer who discovered her passion for crochet at the age of thirteen. London received a dance scholarship to NYU and after graduation, dove into the local street-art scene. She began developing her signature style by crocheting on fences.
She has adorned the windows of ABC Carpet and Home and has recently crocheted pieces for major brands including Red Valentino, Starbucks, Miller Lite, Chex Mix, and the TBS Network. According to Condé Nast Traveller, "London Kaye is the one to watch."
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.
Jay Shells (Jason Shelowitz) was born in 1979 in Oceanside, New York and has been living and working in New York City since 2001. He attended SUNY New Paltz from 1997-2001 with a focus on printmaking and continued his art education at Pratt Institute, receiving an MFA in Graphic Design in 2003. From 2005-2006, Jason interned with the legendary artist and graphic designer Milton Glaser. He has been working professionally as a fine artist and graphic designer ever since.
His work has been exhibited in galleries throughout the United States, Germany (Burkhard Eikelmann Galerie) and the United Kingdom (Lazarides Editions) as well as featured in publications including The New Yorker, The Los Angeles Times, ARTINFO, Juxtapoz, Complex and The New York Times. Jason’s work appears in the book Seinfeldia by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong, and Street Messages by Nicolas Ganz.
Many of Jay’s public art campaigns (Subway Etiquette, Metropolitan Etiquette Authority, Rap Quotes) have been written about extensively on an international scale. In 2016, Jason produced and starred in a docu-series for Red Bull TV (airing summer 2017) based on his Rap Quotes project.
Most of his fine art work focuses on finding the beauty in the overlooked parts of our cities: the grit and grime, the infrastructure, the tiny details, which he painstakingly burns portraits of in intricate detail using a soldering iron on wood panels. While these portraits are photorealistic, the subject matter is often so macro and abstract that the finished pieces may be unrecognizable to the viewer. Jay has been working with some of his contemporaries on collaborative panels which introduce color and a unique juxtaposition of styles and mediums.
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.
Luca Babini is a New Yorker, environmentalist and an advocate. Most of his street art is meant to carry a message about the environment and various social causes. Babini, also has a successful career as a fashion photographer, TV commercial director, and filmmaker.
For the past 10 years he has collaborated with UNICEF in Italy, Africa, and Lebanon, helping to market their programs. He has run a Digital Communications Workshop for teen-agers in Sierra Leone and was one of the first to document the Syrian refugee crises into Lebanon. He is an environmentalist and was a member of the crew of the Plastiki expedition. He is the founder of the cult magazine Citizen Brooklyn. Since April 2016 he has begun working as a street artist wheat pasting his environmentally themed art on the walls of different cities under the pseudonym Acool55. His work can be seen on Instagram @acool55 and @lucababiniphoto.
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.
Anna Sudit is a Russian born, Israeli raised, Art director and Illustrator based in NYC.
Her interest in fashion, sex positivity, subculture, and femininity is often reflected in the choice of subject matter in her bold and shiny illustrations. Anna has worked with a wide range of clients, including: Refinery29, Vice, Bullett Magazine, Harper's Bazaar, Condé Nast, ASOS, and TNT.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Juliana was born in Neuquén, Argentina. She discovered a passion for art at a young age and studied film and fashion before deciding to pursue illustration professionally, bringing all of her passions together in her drawings.
Currently living in Buenos Aires, Juliana’s colorful illustrations and gifs can be seen in women’s magazines, local newspapers and fashion blogs.
Juliana was born in Neuquén, Argentina. She discovered a passion for art at a young age andstudied film and fashion before deciding to pursue illustration professionally, bringing all of her passions together in her drawings.
Currently living in Buenos Aires, Juliana’s colorful illustrations and gifs can be seen in women’s magazines, local newspapers and fashion blogs.
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.
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.
Daria Skrybchenko is an editorial illustrator living in Kyiv, Ukraine.
By the time Daria decided that her real métier was illustration, she
had obtained an MA in International Relations, a BA in Fine Arts and
worked on award-winning teams of Leo Burnett Ukraine and Havas
As a lead artist in the indie game studio Noisy Miner, she released
two acclaimed educational apps for children: Cooking with Bebo and
Cooking with Bebo: Asia.
Now as Daria became a freelance editorial illustrator, she applies all
her brainstorming and drawing skills to create ingenious and
conceptual imagery. Her art can be seen in BBC Focus Magazine,
Scientific American, Popshot Magazine and numerous local magazines and blogs. When not illustrating, Daria can be found cooking, reading, learning foreign languages and taking film photos. She also enjoys chasing cute little fluffs on the streets and documenting their secret urban life.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nick Chaffe is a Manchester based Artist, Designer and Typographer. He received a BA in Graphic Design Degree from Croydon College and went on to work with various London design, advertising, and marketing agencies. Since 2008 he has worked independently as a designer and consultant, developing robust relationships with his clients and brands alike. His uniquely detailed illustration style continues to succeed with high-profile commissions from his international audience.
Clients include: Amnesty International, Amstel Light, Droga5, EeBria, The Guardian, Hyper Island, JFK Library, London Jazz Festival, Nottingham Contemporary, Lonely Planet, Time Out, The Washington Post, 180LA, BJL, 200 Degrees Coffee and The Oscars.
Awards and Publications include: Restaurant & Bar Design Awards, adforum, Why Space Matters, Creativity Online, DigitalArts, Creative Review Illustration Annual, WeHeart, The Sell! Sell! Blog, Winner of Best Graphics & Advertising Nottingham Creative Business Awards
Adam Fujita is a Product Designer and artist living and working in Brooklyn New York. He holds an MFA in Product Design from the Products of Design department at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. As a product designer he is constantly investigating the role that products and services play in our personal and public lives. And they value of use these products hold to effect change and to solve problems.
Adams recent neon style work has been an exploration of protest and resistance through the use of the medium of street art and the internet. As a response to the election results of 2016 in the US Adam has been using the neon as a metaphor for "keeping the lights on " this volatile and dangerous Trump administration. Not willing to let them operate behind the shadows of Washington DC." Adam has been making political statements and protests with his neon street art and graffiti most of his adult life. He has addressed gender issues, police violence, women's rights, corporate greed, nativism and more with his neon style street art. Adam has a 25 year history writing graffiti starting in San Francisco in the early 1990s and has been working and living in NYC since 2001.
As well as being a full time designer and artist Adam is the host a creator of the My Life In Letters podcast where he speaks with prominent graffiti artists from around the globe about their experiences within graffiti culture.
Bonnie Clas is a conceptually driven art director and illustrator with field experience in areas of print design, advertising, branding, publishing, lettering, and more. She has previously taught type design as part of SVA's Continuing Education program. Her work has been featured on websites, in books and on book jacket covers, wine labels, Broadway advertising, billboards, and much more.
She frequently accepts freelance projects and works on her personal illustrations in her spare time.
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.
Ollie is an English Illustrator, based in the London area. He is a jolly, fun loving character, who loves a good cup of tea. Ollie’s personality is reflected in his vector based style, encompassing bold colours, fun and the theme of travel.
Ollie is a passionate world traveller who loves to explore new destinations and experience new cultures. He bases his work on the theme of travel and loves combining the two together.
He creates his work by working against the status quo of sitting at a desk and being limited to one place. Instead choosing the option of illustrating from his iPad Pro and trusty Apple Pencil wherever he goes.
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.
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.