Archive for ‘Graffiti artist’

April 14, 2014

Liu Bolin












Liu Bolin is an artist born in China’s Shandong province in 1973, and he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Shandong College of Arts in 1995 and his Master of Fine Arts from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing in 2001. His work has been exhibited in museums around the world. Also known as “The Invisible Man”, Liu Bolin’s most popular works are from his “Hiding in the City” series; photographic works that began as performance art in 2005.

Liu belongs to the generation that came of age in the early 1990s, when China emerged from the rubble of the Cultural Revolution and was beginning to enjoy rapid economic growth and relative political stability.

Since his first solo shows in Beijing in 1998, Liu Bolin’s work has received international recognition. Among other international venues, his distinctive photographs and sculptures have been shown at the major contemporary photography festival Les Rencontres d’Arles and he had solo shows at Dashanzi Art Zone in Beijing (2007), Galerie Bertin-Toublanc in Paris (2007), Eli Klein Fine Art in New York (2008), Galerie Paris-Beijing in Paris and Brussels (2013), Boxart Gallery in Verona (2008), Forma Foundation for Photography in Milan (2010)

February 9, 2014

Sterling Ruby









Sterling Ruby / frac champagne-ardenne

Sterling Ruby was born in Bitburg, Germany to a Dutch mother and an American father. While living in Pennsylvania, he attended the then three year NASAD accredited art school, The Pennsylvania School of Art and Design. From Pennsylvania, the artist relocated to Illinois where in 2001 he received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2003, he moved to Los Angeles to attend the MFA program at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. While at Art Center he studied with artist Richard Hawkins, and theorists Sylvère Lotringer and Laurence Rickels. While attending graduate school at Art Center he was the teaching assistant for artist Mike Kelley. Sterling Ruby currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

Sterling Ruby works in a large variety of media including ceramics, painting, collage and video. Often, his work is presented in large and densely packed installations. In opposition to the minimalist artistic tradition and influenced by the ubiquity of urban graffiti, the artist’s works often appear scratched, defaced, camouflaged, dirty, or splattered. Proclaimed as one of the most interesting artists to emerge in the twentieth century by New York Times art critic Roberta Smith, Ruby’s work examines the psychological space where individual expression confronts social constraint.

Ruby has exhibited at institutions including the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture, Moscow; Saatchi Gallery, London; MACRO, Rome; and Baibokov Projects, Moscow.

In addition to his solo exhibition at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (“SUPERMAX 2008″), Ruby has been the subject of solo exhibitions at The Drawing Center, New York; La Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo, Italy; FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Riems, France and the Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland; and Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden.

Ruby’s work is in international collections, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Seattle Art Museum, Washington; and Tate Collection, London. 

February 28, 2013

Craig Redman and Karl Maier



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November 25, 2012

Paul Insect

Paul Insect is UK street artist, who is most famous for his 2007 solo show Bullion exhibition at London’s Art gallery, Lazarides Gallery. Damien Hirst is reported to be a fan of Insect, having purchased the show days before it opened.

Insect, who also goes by the name of PINS, worked alongside well-known artist Banksy at the Cans Festival, Santas Ghetto, and on the separation wall in Palestine.Insect is well known for his collective named ‘insect’ which started in 1996, and disbanded in 2005.   Insect held an exhibition at a disused Sex shop in London’s Kings Cross area in 2008 in partnership with Lazarides Gallery.  This contained 12 bronze skulls with color enameled bunny ears. Dead Playboy Bunnygirls …..

Paul Insect also works with the San Francisco based Hip Hop producer, DJ Shadow creating the artwork for his Outsider Album.
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Book – Poison: Paul Insect

October 25, 2012

The cracking art group

The Cracking Art Group consists of
Renzo Nucara (1955 – Crema/Italy), Carlo Rizzetti (1969 – Bruxelles/Belgium), Marco Veronese (1962 – Biella/Italy), Alex Angi (1965 – Cannes/France), Kicco (1969 -Biella/Italy), William Sweetlove (1948 – Ostenda/Belgium).
Six international artists that, since the birth of Cracking Art Movement in 1983 with Epocale exhibiton in Milan edited by Tommaso Trini e Luca Beatrice, underline group’s intention to change art history through both a strong social and environmental commitment and the revolutionary and innovative use of different plastic materials that evoke a strict relationship between natural life and artificial reality.

Cracking Art Group seeks to change art history by taking an ethically responsible approach to ambient art,  the six artists that comprise CAG expertly evoke the strict relationship between natural life and artificial reality through the innovative use of outsized animal assemblages expressed in brilliantly colored recycled plastic.



October 16, 2012

Harvey Lynch

The first piece in a collection of 12 “Outdoors lookin in” by H & L

October 16, 2012


Retna has a particular interest in the visual writings of ancient cultures, from Arabic and Persian to Hebrew and Native American. Both hieroglyphics and the graceful tradition of ink calligraphy inform his paintbrush while the angles and curves of his improvised alphabet echo the architecture of a mosque or Asian temple. Equally evident in Retna’s nuanced script is the artist’s interest in Modernist abstraction. One can see influences of Mark Tobey’s intricate and orderly composition as well as the gestural strength of Franz Kline.

Retna is also a product of his own time. His work is informed by contemporary artistic precedents that include Barbara Kruger, Jenny Holzer, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Glenn Ligon—all artists using text and image to expand the boundaries of painting and confound visual interpretation. Retna’s works are simultaneously conceptual, literal and abstract. The artist is able to synthesize all of these precedents and influences into a seamless and elegant abstract painting.

The artist adopted the alias Retna from the Wu Tang Clan track Heaterz: “Kinetic globes light will then shine, burns your retina.” He typically paints to music and allows the rhythmic beat and flow to partly guide his intuitive and emotive script. Beyond the fluidity of music, Retna’s work contains imagery and histories that are vast and diverse. The symbols and pictographs of his signature script are inlaid with his multicultural background of El Salvadorian, Cherokee, Spaniard, Pipil and African-American lineage.


October 14, 2012




The work of Faile, an artistic collaboration between Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller, is characterized by a style reminiscent of comic book illustrations, often incorporating written text, corporate logos, graphic patterns, and appropriated images gleaned from popular culture. The duo install their collages, screen prints, and stencils at locations across the globe by pasting works that were prefabricated in the studio on exterior walls and public surfaces. In 2008, Faile was commissioned to create a work for the facade of the Tate Modern in association with the museum’s “Street Art” exhibition. Faile also creates paintings on canvas, sculptures, and installations, such as their 2010 work Temple, consisting of a partially destroyed church that married traditional Portuguese motifs and ceramics with Faile’s design work and iconography.

October 11, 2012

Christopher Wool

Christopher Wool  (b.1955, Chicago) is an American artist residing in New York City.  Since the 1980s, Wool’s studio practice has incorporated issues surrounding post-conceptual ideas – moving beyond theoretical readings. Ken Johnson, writing in The New York Times, said, “Christopher Wool made some of the punchiest paintings of the 1980s and 1990s: big, signlike word pictures that delivered gnomic, vaguely alarming messages.”

Writing in 2000, in The New York Times, Ken Johnson highlighted Wool’s response to an observation made on the street as significant, “in the 1980s, Christopher Wool was doing a Neo-Pop sort of painting using commercial rollers to apply decorative patterns to white panels. One day he saw a new white truck violated by the spray-painted words ‘sex’ and ‘luv.’ Mr. Wool made his own painting using those words and went on to make paintings with big, black stenciled letters saying things like ‘Run Dog Run’ or ‘Sell the House, Sell the Car, Sell the Kids.’ The paintings captured the scary, euphoric mood of a high-flying period not unlike our own.”

August 29, 2012



JR owns the biggest art gallery in the world.

He exhibits freely in the streets of the world, catching the attention of people who are not typical museum visitors. His work mixes Art and Act, talks about commitment, freedom, identity and limit.

After he found a camera in the Paris subway, he did a tour of European Street Art, tracking the people who communicate messages via the walls. Then, he started to work on the vertical limits, watching the people and the passage of life from the forbidden undergrounds and roofs of Paris.

In 2006, he achieved Portrait of a Generation, portraits of the suburban “thugs” that he posted, in huge formats, in the bourgeois districts of Paris. This illegal project became “official” when the Paris City Hall wrapped its building with JR’s photos.

In 2007, with Marco, he did Face 2 Face, the biggest illegal exhibition ever. JR posted huge portraits of Israelis and Palestinians face to face in eight Palestinian and Israeli cities, and on the both sides of the Security fence / Separation wall. The experts said it would be impossible. Still, he did it.

In 2008, he embarked for a long international trip for Women Are Heroes, a project in which he underlines the dignity of women who are often the targets of conflicts.

At the same time, he creates up the project The Wrinkles of the City. These actions aim to show through theirs wrinkles, the inhabitants of a city, the history and memory of a country. The artist chose the cities that have experienced changes such as Cartagena in Spain, Shanghai or Los Angeles.

In 2010, his film Women Are Heroes is presented at Cannes in competition for the Camera d’Or.

In 2011, he received the Ted Prize, which offers him the opportunity to make “A wish to change the world”. He creates InsideOut, an international participatory art project that allows people worldwide to get their picture and paste it to support an idea, a project, an action and share their experience.

JR creates “Pervasive Art” that spreads uninvited on the buildings of the slums around Paris, on the walls in the Middle-East, on the broken bridges in Africa or the favelas in Brazil. People who often live with the bare minimum discover something absolutely unnecessary. And they don’t just see it, they make it. Some elderly women become models for a day; some kids turn artists for a week. In that Art scene, there is no stage to separate the actors from the spectators.

After these local exhibitions, the images are transported to London, New York, Berlin or Amsterdam where people interpret them in the light of their own personal experience.

As he remains anonymous and doesn’t explain his huge full frame portraits of people making faces, JR leaves the space empty for an encounter between the subject/protagonist and the passer-by/interpreter.

This is what JR’s work is about. Raising questions…

JR collaborates with Cuban-American artist José Parlá

JR collaborates with Chinese artist Liu Bolin

JR collaborates with Japanese artist Takashi Murakami

JR collaborates with Portuguese artist VHILS

JR collaborates with Italian artist Blu


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