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Nychos

Blending themes of morbid corporeality with a colorful aesthetic indebted to comics and cartoons, Nychos has developed a unique style that resonates powerfully whether in a gallery or on the streets. Raised in a traditional Viennese hunting family, death and dissection were a daily business for Nychos. This had a profound effect on him psychologically and visually – he now explores the theme of dissection in his art, pushing it to playful extremes. In Nychos’ world, Spongebob has a skeleton, people live inside rabbits, and there is always something wicked hidden beneath the surface. Pumped up on the visual adrenaline of comics, heavy metal and graffiti, Nychos’ work reflects the immense energy...

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Vhils

Vhils (b. 1987) is the tag name of Portuguese street artist Alexandre Manuel Dias Farto. Vhils lives and works in London – where he studied at the Byam Shaw School of Art - and Lisbon and first gained prominence when one of his pieces appeared alongside a work by Banksy at the Cans Festival in London in 2008. A photograph of him creating the work appeared on the front page of The Times and he was later given space to show his work by Banksy’s agent, Steve Lazarides.

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Swoon

Swoon (b. 1977) is a mixed media artist who specializes in life-size wheatpaste prints and paper cut-outs of human figures. Although originally known for her street art, she studied at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn from which she received a BA in Fine Arts in 2002. She started to gain recognition for her street art around 1999 and began working on large-scale installations soon after. In 2005, she was the subject of an eponymous solo exhibition mounted by her now-mentor Jeffrey Deitch. Swoon has since been featured in major museums including a 2014 solo show, “Submerged Motherlands,” at the Brooklyn Museum.

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Martha Cooper

Martha Cooper is an American photojournalist born in the 1940s in Baltimore, Maryland. She worked as a staff photographer for the New York Post during the 1970s and is best known for documenting the New York City graffiti scene of the 1970s and ‘80s. Cooper picked up photography at the age of three, graduated from high school at 16, and earned an art degree three years later. She taught English as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand, journeyed by motorcycle from Bangkok to London and received an anthropology diploma from Oxford. Her first experience in artistic photography was in Japan, capturing images of elaborate tattoos. She was a photography intern at National Geographic...

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Shepard Fairey

Frank “Shepard Fairey” is a globally renowned graphic artist and muralist. He was born in 1970 in Charleston, South Carolina and graduated from Idyllwild Arts Academy in Palm Springs, California in 1988. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1992. As a young adult, Shepard Fairey became very interested in art and soon began to draw on t-shirts and skateboards. As a a skating-obsessed art student he soon got himself a part-time job in a skateboarding shop to help fund his studies. During this time he made waves in the skating community by pasting his homemade stickers throughout the city. This love of skating,...

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Cleon Peterson

Cleon Peterson is an LA-based artist whose chaotic and violent paintings of clashing figures symbolize the struggle between power and submission in contemporary society. His imagery is both highly topical and ingrained in history - although all too easily associated with the barbaric sectarian violence in the Middle East and current geopolitical turmoil, it’s also deeply rooted in Western cultural history, from the classic Greco-Roman vases depicting warriors and battles, to the decapitation paintings of Caravaggio and violent masterpieces of Goya.

Cleon’s paintings are monochromatic while channelling at the same time the fashion sensibility of the early 80’s, complete with skinny ties and Day-Glo colors. In his anxiety-riddled world, violence...

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Stinkfish

Stinkfish is a Colombian street artist who uses found photographs to create the images on his murals. He adds psychedelic elements to these images in order to create his signature style. Stinkfish was born in Mexico; however, he spent his childhood in Colombia after his parents migrated there. He began wandering around the streets of Bogotá as a child, curious about his surroundings and the variety of people he saw. He never followed a fixed route, and this presented him with the opportunity to meet different people, and discover new locations. Eventually he found himself alongside a group of individuals with similar interests. These companions were equally interested in painting the streets illegally by using...

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Retna

Marquis was born and raised in Los Angeles, and has African-American, El Salvadorian and Cherokee origins. As a child, he moved between several schools in the Los Angeles area, each time becoming more intrigued by, and involved in, graffiti culture. In 1996, he chose the pseudonym Retna from a lyric in a Wu-Tang Clan song. The name itself evokes the timeless power, dynamics and visual vibrancy behind the artist’s acclaimed work. Retna’s projects merge photography with graffiti style, time with color, fashion and couture with street culture, the spiritual with the sensual, and fluidity with grit. Whether his paintings hang in a gallery or on a wall on the streets of...

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Alexis Diaz

Alexis Diaz is a Puerto Rican painter and urban muralist, known for his chimerical and dreamlike depictions of animals in a state of metamorphosis. Inhabited mostly by phantasmagorical animals, Alexis Diaz’s captivating murals are characterized by a very detailed technique and line-by-line precision. Diaz’s signature style is the use of tiny black brushstrokes on a white background to render his creatures, making them look like highly-detailed pen-and-ink drawings. These ‘drawings’ stand out all the more for being set against bright teal, blue, and sunset-colored backdrops. He has a preference for wild animals, more specifically those living in the Savannah, which he blends in a fantastical image with creatures from the depths...

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Conor Harrington

Conor Harrington’s work draws a fine line between classical and contemporary art, and then somehow creates a world within those boundaries. The Irish-born Harrington, a former graffiti artist, not only paints huge outdoor murals but consistently pushes art’s boundaries in new and imaginative ways.

His work utilizes realistic images of people accompanied with abstract elements. His illustrations of the human form are mesmerizing: he skilfully hones in on certain elements while obscuring others through the use of bold line work, superb shading and bursts of color.

Ultimately, the ability to combine unconventional, contemporary techniques with more traditional human portraits allows his art to be both revolutionary in nature and...

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