Caleb Neelon | Cambridge, MA
For Neelon, the sight of the newly opened Berlin Wall, covered in graffiti and murals, was a revelation. By the mid-‘90s, Neelon was immersed in the global graffiti scene under the name SONIK. He traveled constantly and developed a vivid, homespun, and raw style of mixed media painting. He freely crossed boundaries between graffiti, murals, and what would soon be referred to as street art. Neelon's artworks can be seen in city streets and exhibitions throughout the world, and he co-authored the landmark 2011 HarperCollins release The History of American Graffiti.
Cern | Queens, NY
Cern got his start writing graffiti in the early ‘90s. His contemporary urban and abstract art often involves stunning colors and whimsical settings, along with his increasing use of mixed media within his art. Cern’s works have been exhibited throughout South America, Europe and South Africa, and has also been featured at the San Diego Museum of Art, Museu Brasileiro De Escultura in Sao Paulo, and Los Angeles MOCA.
Hellbent | Brooklyn, NY
Known for his stunning patterns and unique stenciling art, Hellbent is a Brooklyn-based artist focusing on abstract street art. His works have been exhibited in both local and national galleries including the New Museum in New York City, and his murals have been featured at the Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn, as well as his collaboration with The Art Wall Project in tagging the Manhattan flagship store of Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply.
Sofia Maldonado | San Juan, Puerto Rico
Sofia Maldonado is an abstract painter who began her career in the early 2000s painting buildings and storefronts in Puerto Rico, which she continues to this day through the conceptual use of empty structures as her canvases. Her visual language opens a dialogue about space defined by color, abstraction and human interaction. Currently based out of New York City, Maldonado’s art is international in its reach, with works displayed at the Museum of Art and Design, the Queens Museum of Art, the Witzenhausen Gallery in Amsterdam, and the Bronx Museum. In 2010 she was selected to paint the 42nd Street Mural, a 92-foot long mural, by the Times Square Alliance, and in 2015 was commissioned for a mural in Wynwood, Miami.
Noah MacDonough | Manhattan, NY
Noah McDonough is a visual artist, graffiti writer and graphic designer based in New York City. Heavily influenced by his classically trained mother, McDonough perfected his graffiti style by actively painting alongside legendary New York City subway graffiti crews the All Out Kings (AOK) and The Famous Partners (TFP). His works have been exhibited in Copenhagen, Vancouver, Toronto and Paris, and his clientele includes brands like Ralph Lauren and Burton Snowboards.
CRASH | Bronx, NY
Born John Matos in 1961, CRASH was raised in the Bronx, New York. At the age of 13, he began following the older teens from his neighborhood to the train yards and began bombing. Taking the name “CRASH” after he accidentally crashed the computer in his school, his name began appearing on trains circulating all throughout New York City. By 1980, he began transitioning from train yards to galleries and curated the ground-breaking "Graffiti Art Success for America" at Fashion MODA, launching the graffiti movement. CRASH has been a part of numerous museum and gallery shows around the world focusing on graffiti and street art, including the renowned Wynwood Walls in Miami. Visually iconic, he has partnered with many international brands for projects including Absolut Vodka, Fender Guitars, Levi’s, and most recently, Tumi luggage.
Daze | Brooklyn, NY
Chris “Daze” Ellis began his prolific career painting the gritty New York subways in the mid-‘70s while attending the High School of Art & Design. His first group show was the “Beyond Words” show held at the Mudd Club in New York in 1981. Showing alongside artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, Daze sold his first work, an impromptu collaboration with Basquiat, from this show. His first solo show was held a year later in 1982 at Fashion MODA, the legendary Bronx gallery. His work can be found in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Brooklyn Museum, The Museum of the City of New York, The Groninger Museum in the Netherlands and The Ludwig Museum in Aachen, Germany, as well as the private collections of Madonna and Eric Clapton.
Lady Pink | Ambato, Ecuador
Lady Pink began writing graffiti in 1979 and was soon known as the only female capable of competing with the boys in the graffiti subculture. Her significant contributions have made her a cult figure and a leading participant in the rise of graffiti-based art. Lady Pink's canvases been featured in renowned art collections including the Whitney Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum and the Groningen Museum of Holland.
D. Gale | East Harlem, NY
Self-taught artist and community organizer, D. Gale has combined her passions for culture, travel, and art by organizing community art projects in Ecuador, Mexico, Cuba, and New York City. Co-founder of the Harlem Art Collective (HART), an assemblage of 40 artists devoted to political and artistic activism, her work centers around themes of human interconnectedness, nature, and the exploitation of developing nations.
Rubin | Gothenburg, Sweden
Rubin is a staple of the New York City street art scene and has put his trademark on concrete and brick all over the world, from his native Scandinavia to Thailand to Miami Art Basel. His abstract and geometrical pieces are rooted in traditional graffiti but break the rules of the craft with its muted color palette and clean lines. Rubin draws inspiration from his gritty upbringing in the tram tunnels where he first learned the craft, to the skyline of the hectic metropolis that is his home, and the serenity of the Nordic nature he was raised in. Rubin's work has been featured in street art media outlets Vice Magazine and Juxtapoz, in galleries such as Scope New York & Miami and the World Trade Gallery. Most recently he was commissioned to complete a public art installation for the Soho flagship location of rag & bone.