Read more about JBAK here.
Artist 2008 & 2010
Joel Bergner grew up in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, where he had a passion for art even as a young child. His street paintings can be spotted across the globe, from the U.S. to Brazil, Cuba, Kenya, Poland, Mexico, Mozambique, El Salvador, Cape Verde and most recently in a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan. Joel’s murals and canvases feature his trademark eclectic mix of vibrant colors and intense imagery, exploring social topics and presenting the stories of those who are marginalized by society.
View some of his work at www.joelartista.com
Read more about Joel Bergner here.
Wesley E. Clark is a native of Silver Spring, MD. He is an accomplished painter and printmaker, whose passion for art seeded in high school. He went on to receive a BFA in Painting from Syracuse University. At Syracuse, Wesley was introduced to various mediums ranging from painting to metalsmithing, from photography to crochet. His prodigious talent and diversified training have blossomed into endless possibilities of artistic expression, which manifests in multifarious moods and environments. Wesley’s budding career has proliferated into creative and poignant artworks, which stir the soul and move the mind.
View some of his work at www.wesleyclarkart.com
Read more about Wesley E. Clark here.
Chanel Compton was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Compton works predominantly in the medium of oil paint, but includes other media, to create mixed media collages. Compton completed a Masters of Arts Management in 2010 at American University and a Bachelors of Fine Arts at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in 2006. She is a member of the artist collective and non-profit Albus Cavus and has a studio and creates artwork in the historic neighborhood of Anacostia in Washington DC. Compton works as an artist and arts educator and lives by a strong belief that the process of making art can transform lives and communities.
View some of her work at www.albuscav.us
Read more about Chanel Compton here.
Tim Conlon is an artist living and working between Los Angeles and Washington. He grew up just south of D.C., and is best known for large-scale murals, graffiti art, sculpture and works on canvas. He was one of two aerosol artists featured in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s 2008 exhibition, RECOGNIZE! Hip Hop and Contemporary Portraiture. In 2011, he was featured and curated the G scale train exhibit in the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art’s, Art in The Streets survey of graffiti and street art.
View some of his work at www.concoperative.com
Read more about Tim Conlon here.
Bryan Conner is a multimedia designer and manager in the Washington D.C. area for over 14 years. He holds a B.F.A in Art & Visual Technology from George Mason University, Cum Laude; and an A.A.S. in Communication Design from Central Virginia Community College, Magna Cum Laude. Conner’s style combines technical and organic elements, with an emphasis on flow. He has come to be known for his artwork containing industrial themes.
View some of his work at www.connerportfolio.com
Richard Coleman was born 1976, Bethesda, Maryland. He now lives and works in San Francisco, California. He attended School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, 1998-2002.
View some of his work at www.richardcolmanart.com
Artist 2010, 2012
Alicia Cosnahan also known as Decoy, is an artist who is deeply involved in the public art and art education spheres in the District. Born in Brussels, Belgium, Cosnahan spent much of her early years in Europe before earning a BFA from Berry College in Rome, GA and studying art in Florence, Italy. She then went on to work with various museums and galleries on both sides of the artistic process, both in curation and administrative positions as well as with shows of her own art.
View her portfolio online.
Read more about DECOY here.
Rashad Cuffee currently resides in Virginia Beach, VA, where he works on his in art in the mediums of painting and mixed media.
Currently based in Richmond, VA, Glass grew up in Philadelphia where he experienced different cultures and art. As a young child his mother constantly enrolled him in art classes at the Philadelphia Institute of Art, where he began his journey as an artist. Glass obtained his bachelor’s degree in Architecture at Hampton University and went on to work with numerous architecture firms in Virginia and New Jersey. What makes his work unique is the use of architectural elements within graffiti like the line work or ‘drafting’ that creates the dynamic backgrounds of his pieces. Elements that are common within his work are freehand shapes executed with graffiti hand styles, along with unpredictable raw mediums and bold bright colors.
View some of his work at www.whosham.com
Read more about Hamilton here.
Artist 2009 & 2011
Michael Hammond completed his BFA at Towson University in 2007. Prior to his studies at Towson he also studied art at Montgomery College. He studied sculpture under Peter Winant for 2 semesters. At Towson, he honed his painting and illustration skills and developed his artistic style.
Rodney “Buck” Herring is a DC graphic designer and painter. He has 16 years of experience successfully branding, developing and managing various marketing and design campaigns and is the owner of his own design studio MOSI. He has won several awards for his work including the IABC Washington 2007 Silver Inkwell Merit Award of Electronic and Interactive Materials for “Evening of Stars-Electronic Media”, that client being the United Negro College Fund.
View some of his work at www.artworkmbilashaka.com
Read more about Buck here.
During his work with MuralsDC in 2011, Maurice Hill was a Washington, DC artist living in Ward 7.
Daniel Hopkins also known as POSE 2, is a graffiti artist born in the Bronx and raised in Yonkers, NY with a unique style that merges gritty street alphabets and elements from a fine art background. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Business and a minor in Fine Art from Brockport University, Hopkins went on to paint murals and exhibit his works in major cities in the United States and abroad, including Dubai, Amsterdam, Paris, Osaka, New York, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles. Hopkins also teaches a course on Graffiti as an Art Form at the Art Academy of San Diego, in which students learn the history, tradition, and techniques of graffiti through readings and hands-on practice.
View some of his work at www.pose2.com.
Read more about POSE 2 here.
Artist Kevin Irvin aka Jazi, originally from Southwest Baltimore, is well known in the DMV for his old school letter style. His work has been featured in numerous public exhibits in the area as well as in private galleries and shows. Kevin stays true to his roots in his art displaying his mastery of graffiti styles and lettering.
Artist 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Coby Kennedy’s work in art and design spans continents and mediums, but the DC native and Duke Ellington School of the Arts alum is best known for his work in car design. After graduating from Brooklyn’s prestigious Pratt Institute with a BA in Industrial Design, Kennedy went on to design concept automobiles for major international car companies including Honda, Citroen, and Alfa Romeo. Kennedy has also designed products, clothing, and murals, and his work has been exhibited in many galleries and reviewed by the New York Times. Kennedy has previously worked with Murals DC as a lead artist.
View some of his work at www.cobykennedy.com
Read more about Coby Kennedy here.
Artist 2009 & 2010
Peter Krsko is a DC-based artist and the executive director ofAlbus Cavus, a non-profit collective of artists, educators and visionaries who use art, science and technology to improve public spaces with a goal to build healthy communities. Trained as a scientist, Peter is interested in interactions and dynamics within biological systems and recognizes the similarities between robust urban communities and natural ecosystems.Peterholds a Masters degree in Applied Physics and a PhD in Biophysics and Material Science from the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey.
View some of his work at www.peterkrsko.com
Drew Liverman was born in Groton, CT, raised in Fairfax, VA and received his BFA in painting and printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2002. Drew’s drawing, painting, screen-printing, video/animation, and installation work has been featured in Beautiful Decay Magazine, … might be good and shown in The Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow, Scotland; Atelier als Supermedium Artists Space for Contemporary Art Den Haag/Rijswijk, The Netherlands; and the Lawndale Art Center in Houston, Texas. In addition to his personal work, Drew contributes to the Austin, TX collaborative, and Boozefox. Drew currently lives and works in Austin, TX.
View some of his work at www.massgallery.org
Born in Argentina, Lueza started studying fine arts at a very young age and she graduated from the Universidad Nacional de la Plata. Shortly afterwards she moved to the United States and began exhibiting in the United States, Argentina, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Throughout her career, Lueza has explored a wide range of artistic media, from traditional media like painting, drawing, and sculpture- in wood, metal, polyurethane, and ceramic- to much more recent resources, like installation and multimedia art.
View some of her work at www.lueza.com
Read more about Cecilia Lueza here.
Tendani Mpulubusi El was born in the District of Columbia and is an innovative and influential artist, entrepreneur and civic leader. His worked has been featured in National Publications such as JET Magazine, and numerous local publications and broadcast such as the Washington Post, EastoftheRiver Magazine, Fox 5 and NBC 4 news.
View some of his work at www.tendanistudio.com
Read more about Tendani Mpulubusi here.
Born to immigrant parents Chinedu Felix Osuchukwu graduated from the famous Duke Ellington School of the Arts. After Ellington he received full scholarship to The Corcoran College of Art, where he earned his Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painting. His body of work is a compilation of everyday life situations, and sharing human experience through his eyes. By weaving together the stories of those who are often overlooked he brings awareness to social and international justice figures and issues. Along side his professional art career Chinedu Felix Osuchukwu has been teaching art in Washington DC area schools for the past fifteen years.
View some of his work at www.osuchukwu.com
Owen is the creator and lead artist of the Baltimore Love Project featuring 20 love-themed murals spread evenly throughout the city. He is also the artist behind one of the nation’s longest murals, located in Baltimore, MD. His work is found across galleries as well as on the streets of the United States. Visually, his work uses bold, graphic imagery to pull the viewer into the piece and divulge softer and intimate messages and metaphors. He employs minimalism to access a wider audience, allowing more room for each viewer to insert their own story. Currently residing in Baltimore, Owen lives and works as an artist in residence at The Creative Alliance, in the historic Patterson Theater.
View some of his work at www.michaelowenart.com
Read more about Michael Owen here.
G. Byron Peck is the Founder/Artistic Director for all City Arts murals, mosaics, sculptures, and other community art projects. These artworks are conceived with the notion that quality public art can reflect multicultural, historic, and architectural themes; serve as sources of neighborhood pride; and become the vehicle for training at-risk youth. Peck oversees the organization’s Urban Arts Mentoring Program, which provides year-round visual arts training and mentoring for disadvantaged Washington, DC public school students.Peck is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, where he received a BFA in painting and printmaking. He has created more than 80 murals throughout the United States and abroad.
View his program City Arts
Read more about G. Byron Peck here.
Award winning artist, Luis Del Valle was born in Nicaragua in 1980 and migrated to the U. S. in 1987. He started his artistic education at Bell Multicultural High School and studied at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C. At the age of 13 he started painting graffiti murals in the District, Maryland and Virginia. At that time, he began the development of his own style, merging graffiti art with surreal and traditional concepts and techniques in his artworks.
View some of his work at www.luisperaltagallery.com
Read more about Luis Peralta here.
Artist 2010 & 2012
Juan Pineda is a DC-based graffiti and visual artist whose distinct style, a blend of urban-contemporary street art and traditions, can be spotted in unique murals in the Maryland and Washington, DC area. With a portfolio that includes murals, design, and illustration, Pineda’s impressive body of work has garnered him a number of honors: he received the Proclamation Award from the city of Hyattsville for his mural “In Memory of Freddy” in 1998, and was recognized in 2005 by the Washington Post for restoring the first and only remaining Latino outdoor mural in DC. Pineda works closely with non-profit organizations, both consulting and volunteering for causes related to culture and the arts.
View some of his work at www.criomatic.com.
Read more about Juan Pineda here.
Justin Poppe is a contemporary artist living and working in Washington, DC. He specializes in painting large-scale public works using aerosol and gallon paint as his primary mediums but also creates pieces on canvas, found objects, and paper using a variety of materials and screen-printing in his process. Justin has experience teaching youth mural workshops as well as designing and painting many public and private commissioned murals and canvasses.
Artist 2011 & 2012
Originally hailing from Liberia, Eric B. Ricks came to the United States with his family in 1990 and has practiced his art in a variety of mediums. After briefly studying film photography in college, Ricks became immersed in the culture and aesthetics of the aerosol street art scene. He has since expanded his artistic interests to traditional painting, collage, sculpture, fashion design, and many more fields of creativity.
Read more about Eric B. Ricks here.
Artist 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016
Cita Sadeli CHELOVE is a multi-disciplined creative who straddles the street art, illustration, and interactive design worlds. Her work is a reflection of a multicultural background rooted in the tropical mysticism of Java, Indonesia and her youth growing up in the raw energy of 1980’s Washington DC streets. The former co-founder/director of DC/Brooklyn-based Protein Media: an art, design & interactive company focused on initiatives for education and social good, Cita has transitioned into an independent Art Director delivering creative solutions for brands like Trillectro, AFROPUNK, Adobe, Wat-Aah, Deloitte & Touche, IStrategy Labs, and &Pizza. Cita is also a noted mural artist in the Washington, DC region. Her first MuralsDC project was created in 2011: “Every Day I See Something New” in Adams Morgan. Cita has continued to create murals throughout the city, including the collaborative production “Crossroads” in NE DC (2014), “We Are Takoma” in Takoma DC (2014), and “Tell Me A Story” at NoMa Junction/Storey Park (2015). All three murals are located along the Amtrak/CSX/Red Line subway between the NoMa and Takoma stations.
Cita is passionate about presenting images from society’s esoteric subcultures and marginalized communities through bold graphic pieces often including scenes from nature, ancient cultures, fashion, and moments on the dance floor or street. She is also drawn to celebrating local neighborhoods, weaving iconic images of the past and present into colorful and vibrant pieces. Her work often urges the viewer to examine the past – a place or culture’s roots and beginnings.
Artist 2008 & 2009
Cory L. Stowers is the creative Co-Founder of Art Under Pressure , his resume includes credited projects in the fields of film, recorded music, public art, photography, project management, publication, scholarly writings and education. Stowers began his career in art in P.G. County, Maryland, as a graffiti writer. He soon began meeting other writers and before the end of 1996 he was being mentored by Cert, one of the most prolific writers painting on the Red Line. An avid student, Stowers spent hours painting, reading on and documenting graffiti. In 2001, Cory began studying Graphic Design at the Art Institute of Washington. There he was able to combine his experience as a graffiti writer with marketing and design skills offered at the school. Cory is also a co-founder of Art Under Pressure.
View some of his work at www.cargocollective.com
Read more about Cory L. Stowers here.
Aniekan Udofia is one of the District’s most well known visual artists. Udofia is the artist behind such well known DC public art works as the Frederick Douglass mural in Anacostia, the Duke Ellington building mural, and the gagged George Washington mural on U St. NW. With his work gaining national attention in hip-hop magazines XXL, The Source, and Vibe, the 33-year old Nigerian artist has come to be known by many as a prominent face of D.C. art.
View some of his work at www.aniekanudofia.com.
Read more about Aniekan Udofia here.
Asad ULTRA Walker has been an innovator in Washington DC’s hip hop and graffiti art movements for over 25 years. He founded DC’s first and longest-running graffiti crew in 1983. He has spoken about graffiti outreach to the DC City Council and painted at an exhibition of new figurative artists at the Smithsonian. Asad continues creating an impressive body of work and curating in galleries and public spaces, locally and nationally.
View some of his work at www.asadultrawalker.com
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Rose Jaffe is an illustrator, and portrait artist born, raised and currently residing in Washington, DC. She studied printmaking and drawing at the School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan. She teaches at Parkmont School in northwest DC and believes in expanding the role art plays in shaping creative minds through education. Her work can be seen at www.rosejaffe.com.
Sydney Buffalow is a sustainable artist born and residing in Washington, DC. She says she is interested in materials and design processes that evoke the emotions and feelings associated with transformation, rebirth, and sustainability: “I believe that everything that is present has a purpose. Just because an item has lost its function doesn’t mean that it has lost its purpose.”
Sydney has a background in ceramics, sculpture and textiles. She is best known for her functional sculptures and collages made from repurposed items, discarded materials and other industrial detritus.
Kate Deciccio is a DC artist whose work is driven by her interests in equity, mental health, humor, community building and a passion for the activity of art-making. She feels that murals have become a cornerstone because they can transform spaces to better reflect the strength and identity of a community as a modality for counter-narrative, resistance & celebration.
“Making art with people in locked spaces like mental institutions, prisons and juvenile detention centers is important to me. I think delivering meaningful arts education to young people is a tool for coping, improving self-esteem, developing confidence and connection. Any chance I have to support another person to discover their inherent creativity and the joy of making something with their hands brings me great satisfaction.”
To see what she’s working on, check out her Instagram @k8deciccio or at kdeciccio.wixsite.com/k8decicc