The port city of Haifa in Israel is home to some of the best street art in the world. Broken Fingaz crew, a collective of artists who do brilliant graffiti works, T-Shirt designs and illustrations, was founded in 2001 by artist Unga, who, along with some friends who shared a love for bizzare and colorful images. Since then they are recognized as one of the premier names to come out of Israel’s scene, and have been touring the globe exhibiting and painting the streets.
Los Angeles based artist Sterling Ruby works in a large variety of media including ceramics, painting, drawing, collage, sculpture and video. Often, his work is presented in large and densely packed installations.
The artist has cited a diverse range of sources and influences including aberrant psychologies (particularly schizophrenia and paranoia), urban gangs and graffiti, hip-hop culture, craft, punk, masculinity, violence, public art, prisons, globalization, American domination and decline, waste and consumption. 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.
Samuel Rodriguez is a San José, California based artist whose work has shown in public art spaces, museums, companies, galleries, internet, and editorial publications. Rodriguez was self-taught for a number of years through graffiti until he later pursued a Bachelor in Fine Arts from California College of the Arts.
He has since blended what he absorbed from both opportunities to create his current aesthetic. Rodriguez is known for two kinds of portrait styles that he calls, “Topographical Portraiture” and “Type Faces”. Topographical Portraits, are made by stylizing a portrait with topographical lines and shapes in a similar manner to those found through images on geographic maps. Type Faces, incorporate typography and portraiture. Rodriguez developed these techniques in order to explore his interest in social, historic, and cultural hybridity.
In the early 2000’s Zest started painting huge frescoes on the walls of European cities and in New York in with the graffiti artists crew Tdm from Montpellier. His figurative style has given way to an abstraction of his characters, where the position and attitude has taken over on realism. in 2011 Zest moves quickly to other mediums such as canvas and sculpture by making the Bubble Brick, a large sculpture with sexy curves. Painting with paint rollers, brushes, markers his studio becomes today the theatre of experimentation.
Brooklyn-based Clark Goolsby’s imagery often references mortality, the passage of time, and mutable perceptions of space; skulls, body parts, and skeletons are recurring motifs in some of his abstract compositions. His style is characterized by experiments with hard-edge geometry and surrealism, and is also influenced by classical art history and graffiti. In the late 2000s, Goolsby started incorporating different materials into his acrylic on paper works, including collage elements, pen, pencil, spray paint, and markers. More recently, he has created multimedia sculptural installations with string.
Mathieu Tremblin is born in 1980 in Le Mans. He works and lives in Arles and Strasbourg, France. Inspired by anonymous, autonomous and spontaneous practices and expressions in urban space, Tremblin implements simple and playful actions in order to question the systems of legislation, representation and symbolization of the city.
He recently took to the streets of France on a mission to improve the legibility of ugly graffiti. Mimicking the scale, color, and layering of each tag, Tremblin created his own replica in a perfectly crisp font.
Yis “Nosego” Goodwin is a Philadelphia-based artist with a passion for illustration and media arts. His art combines patterns, bright colors and imaginary characters, which stem from his imagination and his environment. His artistic career started in 2004, during the last year of high school. In the previous years he followed traditional painting lessons that allowed him to immediately combine murals to graffiti.
Nosego’s works are dreamlike visions that lead us to the realm of the unconscious, which he transports into reality to ennoble space and matter. The viewers are first captured by the colors that animate subjects, then they notice the thriving of details and their meanings and are carried in a thousand crevices of a timeless world that combines observation with deep reflection.