About the Artists     @android_oi    Android Oi is a freelance artist and poet that graduated from The School of Visual Arts in 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in Illustration. He balances multiple creative endeavors, specifically, commissioned work as a professional tattoo artist at various Westchester, New York tattoo parlors and as a mural painter in New York, New York. Android Oi started painting and drawing and experimenting with all types of mediums at a very young age. In 2006, he found his unique style of painting by combining all of his past studies of art techniques into his work today. Fascinated with the absurd and human nature, Android incorporates his poems and writings into his visually busy work as illustrations. Although his work is fine art, Android always considered himself an illustrator because the passion in his mind, heart, and soul that compels him to tell a story through his work.    @binho3m    A pioneer of original graffiti art, Binho Ribeiro started his street art journey in 1984. One of the most recognized street artists in his home country of Brazil due to his murals, Binho Ribeiro has also established himself as a well-respected gallery artist, known for his accurate work on canvas, as well as curating great art projects. Most recently, Binho curated the Open Museum of Urban Art of São Paulo (MAAU) and the International Biennial Graffiti Fine Art show. Binho has showcased his work on the streets and in galleries around the globe, including Tokyo, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Turin, Rochester, Cape Town, Hong Kong, Beijing, Amsterdam, Brussels, Beirut, Santiago, Buenos Aires, Osaka, Accra, and, of course, throughout Brazil.    @captain_eyeliner    street artist, culture jammer, political junkie    @fabiopolesi    Fabio Polesi started working with art at the age of 17. In 1994, he attended the Pan American School of Art where he learned several techniques and further developed his creativity. Since then, he has worked with feathers, pyrographs, watercolor, mosaic, and more. After working as a tattoo artist for 11 years, he returned to the fine arts and started actively customizing a variety of materials. After moving to São Paulo from the Brazilian coast, Polesi had a greater exposure to street art and graffiti, which are his main forms of expression today.    @iansullivan_draws    New York native Ian Sullivan studied illustration at NYC's Pratt Institute, but has tagged the city streets since the age of 12. Sullivan's love of the graffiti art is seen through his use of spray paint, acrylics, and ink to create cityscape murals, illustrations, and designs with hidden words that capture the spirit of the city. In addition to the commissioned portrait of award winning rap artist, Post Malone, Sullivan has created a custom painted Juke Box for Grammy winning Country singer Keith Urban, cancer awareness cleats for the NY Jets’ Avery Williamson and most recently a commission to create sneakers for the NY Giants’ Odell Beckham, Jr.    @karinaberaldo    Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Karina Beraldo, 38 years, holds a university degree in Fashion Design. After ten years working as a textile designer, she rediscovered painting by studying watercolor, mural art and illustration. She takes inspiration from nature, folklore and native costumes from Asia, Africa and Latin America and then mixes water and dry materials to create ornamented female figures in her watercolor paintings. She also applies the language of the watercolor in her mural work. She admires the work of her teachers, Catarina Gushiken and Vermelho, as well as Gaudi, Mucha, Schiele, Ledoux, Roset and Cecile.    @loveslari    Lari Umeri is a creative soul who first expressed herself through the written word. Motivated by international travel and having lived in California, Hawaii, Miami, Amsterdam, London, NYC and the many paradises found in her home country of Brazil, her creativity is inspired by several mediums, from music to movies, tech to theater, and the street culture into which she was born, the daughter of an artist. Communication has been a common thread of her professional career, which is closely connected to social media and educational projects. While her characters (Sweet ChocoLari, Et Zika, Banana Airplane) and paintings are now on par with her writing skills, her dreams continue to evolve and grow as she discovers the surprises of life. She shares her love, and her and art, with children, teenagers and audiences that appreciate vivid colors.    @marzipanphysics    Marzipan Physics is both a fictional extraterrestrial physicist and a New York City-based street artist. Using intergalactic and sub-atomic motifs, Marzipan evokes the psychedelic past and the retro-future, while imagining an alternate realm in which everything fantastical and bad-ass can be celebrated; a place where reading theoretical physics tomes while floating on nebulae is this fashion-forward alien’s version of “Netflix and chill.” Disquieting signs of a digital dystopia and/or multilateral apocalypse hover in the middle-ground, suggesting that our nightmarish present will persistently penetrate any attempts at escapism. In a macro sense, the work can be experienced as a meditation on the relative insignificance of humanity in an infinite, unfathomable universe.    @paolo_tolentino    Paolo is a self-taught artist from the Philippines, currently residing in Queens, New York. He has always been interested in art, and finally decided to paint in 2017 to help him avoid his vices. He often paints forgotten icons to shed light on their legacy, and to teach his peers and younger generations about the forgotten. He hopes that by sharing their stories, people in his generation and generations to come will be motivated to learn about the forgotten icons, and aspire to become like them instead of the modern-day influencers.    @rendawriter    Renda Writer is a man who believes in following his passions. Born in New York, and based in Miami, Florida, he draws influence from all of his life experiences and soaks up all that life has to offer every new day. As an artist, Renda Writer stands firmly behind the central idea expressed in his artist statement— “My goal as an artist is to make my handwriting into visual art and to shed light on the general idea that handwriting can be seen as art, reminding viewers that the art is in what the words say, how they look, and how they’re written.”    @saviorelmundo    Savior Elmundo is a Renaissance man; an accomplished dancer, choreographer, artist, and filmmaker who is driven by his passion for creative expression. Born in 1973, in Harlem, New York, Savior had the privilege of coming up in the epicenter of the emergence of hip-hop while catching the tail end of an epic art scene in New York City. Savior picked up a brush to express his feelings after the loss of a close family member and has continuously shown in art shows in Los Angeles, California, and New York, New York since 2008. The frenetic layered style he has developed comes from the wealth of inspiration he takes from the streets. Layers of paint, images, records, 3-D letters and other mixed media are reminiscent of the ‘80s and ‘90s, the years when Savior was coming up as an artist. His evocative collage pieces reveal a moment in time that is nostalgic and powerful. Savior is honored to have been commissioned to do several installation pieces at the World Trade Center.    @sfgrajales    Grajales was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Also known as SFGrajales, her career in the arts has spanned a prosperous 20 years. After studying at the prestigious Johnson and Wales University she pursued a career in the culinary arts. Currently a pastry chef for a luxury brand, she has expanded her creative repertoire and become a versatile pop artist using elements of street art and fine art to create her unique style. Her fun colors and vibrant style pay homage to her cake decorating and ability to create whimsical desserts.    @soulthundre    Every paper mosaic created by @soulthundre, aka Janeese Brooks, is a labor of love featuring very small pieces of paper cut by hand, and glued by hand, to create one full picture; tweezers and an x-exacto knife are essential to her process. Brooks has been overwhelmed with details her entire life; whether in paper, writing, music or in piercing, but her ability to see detail at microscopic levels enables her to execute intricate collages.    @tioch_fc    Tioch is a Brazilian artist that started his career in the Sao Paulo street art scene in 2009, when he first began to adopt graffiti as a lifestyle. The 25 year old artist embraces the innocence of youth with his style that is inspired by widely popular comics, while at the same time portraying themes very much related to real life. He gives back to local communities by sharing his artistic knowledge at workshops and classes for the community. Tioch’s art has been shown in Germany, Chile, the US and Brazil.    @turtlecaps    A Queens native and graffiti writer since the ‘90s, the artist now known as TurtleCaps transitioned into street art in 2009, when he created his character, TurtleCaps. A founding member of the original legal wall program at Davis Street in Long Island City, New York, TurtleCaps developed a solid foundation as an artist by learning from his graffiti mentors, Jones, Sane (RIP) and others. He spent a number of years helping to establish Montreal’s flourishing street art scene, and then returned to New York where he's continued to make his mark on the streets and in the community. TurtleCaps first started catching the attention of the public with his pop culture mash-ups, but as his profile as an artist increased he started to mix sea turtles and ocean life into his murals and canvases in hopes of raising awareness about environmental preservation. "For many years now, I’ve reduced my plastic use down to almost none and cut down on overall waste, a lot of which people don’t realize winds up dumped in our oceans. I'm trying to be part of the solution through my art, so if people can take away something aesthetically pleasing from my work, as well as a positive message, then that’s all I can hope for."

About the Artists

@android_oi

Android Oi is a freelance artist and poet that graduated from The School of Visual Arts in 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in Illustration. He balances multiple creative endeavors, specifically, commissioned work as a professional tattoo artist at various Westchester, New York tattoo parlors and as a mural painter in New York, New York. Android Oi started painting and drawing and experimenting with all types of mediums at a very young age. In 2006, he found his unique style of painting by combining all of his past studies of art techniques into his work today. Fascinated with the absurd and human nature, Android incorporates his poems and writings into his visually busy work as illustrations. Although his work is fine art, Android always considered himself an illustrator because the passion in his mind, heart, and soul that compels him to tell a story through his work.

@binho3m

A pioneer of original graffiti art, Binho Ribeiro started his street art journey in 1984. One of the most recognized street artists in his home country of Brazil due to his murals, Binho Ribeiro has also established himself as a well-respected gallery artist, known for his accurate work on canvas, as well as curating great art projects. Most recently, Binho curated the Open Museum of Urban Art of São Paulo (MAAU) and the International Biennial Graffiti Fine Art show. Binho has showcased his work on the streets and in galleries around the globe, including Tokyo, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Turin, Rochester, Cape Town, Hong Kong, Beijing, Amsterdam, Brussels, Beirut, Santiago, Buenos Aires, Osaka, Accra, and, of course, throughout Brazil.

@captain_eyeliner

street artist, culture jammer, political junkie

@fabiopolesi

Fabio Polesi started working with art at the age of 17. In 1994, he attended the Pan American School of Art where he learned several techniques and further developed his creativity. Since then, he has worked with feathers, pyrographs, watercolor, mosaic, and more. After working as a tattoo artist for 11 years, he returned to the fine arts and started actively customizing a variety of materials. After moving to São Paulo from the Brazilian coast, Polesi had a greater exposure to street art and graffiti, which are his main forms of expression today.

@iansullivan_draws

New York native Ian Sullivan studied illustration at NYC's Pratt Institute, but has tagged the city streets since the age of 12. Sullivan's love of the graffiti art is seen through his use of spray paint, acrylics, and ink to create cityscape murals, illustrations, and designs with hidden words that capture the spirit of the city. In addition to the commissioned portrait of award winning rap artist, Post Malone, Sullivan has created a custom painted Juke Box for Grammy winning Country singer Keith Urban, cancer awareness cleats for the NY Jets’ Avery Williamson and most recently a commission to create sneakers for the NY Giants’ Odell Beckham, Jr.

@karinaberaldo

Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Karina Beraldo, 38 years, holds a university degree in Fashion Design. After ten years working as a textile designer, she rediscovered painting by studying watercolor, mural art and illustration. She takes inspiration from nature, folklore and native costumes from Asia, Africa and Latin America and then mixes water and dry materials to create ornamented female figures in her watercolor paintings. She also applies the language of the watercolor in her mural work. She admires the work of her teachers, Catarina Gushiken and Vermelho, as well as Gaudi, Mucha, Schiele, Ledoux, Roset and Cecile.

@loveslari

Lari Umeri is a creative soul who first expressed herself through the written word. Motivated by international travel and having lived in California, Hawaii, Miami, Amsterdam, London, NYC and the many paradises found in her home country of Brazil, her creativity is inspired by several mediums, from music to movies, tech to theater, and the street culture into which she was born, the daughter of an artist. Communication has been a common thread of her professional career, which is closely connected to social media and educational projects. While her characters (Sweet ChocoLari, Et Zika, Banana Airplane) and paintings are now on par with her writing skills, her dreams continue to evolve and grow as she discovers the surprises of life. She shares her love, and her and art, with children, teenagers and audiences that appreciate vivid colors.

@marzipanphysics

Marzipan Physics is both a fictional extraterrestrial physicist and a New York City-based street artist. Using intergalactic and sub-atomic motifs, Marzipan evokes the psychedelic past and the retro-future, while imagining an alternate realm in which everything fantastical and bad-ass can be celebrated; a place where reading theoretical physics tomes while floating on nebulae is this fashion-forward alien’s version of “Netflix and chill.” Disquieting signs of a digital dystopia and/or multilateral apocalypse hover in the middle-ground, suggesting that our nightmarish present will persistently penetrate any attempts at escapism. In a macro sense, the work can be experienced as a meditation on the relative insignificance of humanity in an infinite, unfathomable universe.

@paolo_tolentino

Paolo is a self-taught artist from the Philippines, currently residing in Queens, New York. He has always been interested in art, and finally decided to paint in 2017 to help him avoid his vices. He often paints forgotten icons to shed light on their legacy, and to teach his peers and younger generations about the forgotten. He hopes that by sharing their stories, people in his generation and generations to come will be motivated to learn about the forgotten icons, and aspire to become like them instead of the modern-day influencers.

@rendawriter

Renda Writer is a man who believes in following his passions. Born in New York, and based in Miami, Florida, he draws influence from all of his life experiences and soaks up all that life has to offer every new day. As an artist, Renda Writer stands firmly behind the central idea expressed in his artist statement— “My goal as an artist is to make my handwriting into visual art and to shed light on the general idea that handwriting can be seen as art, reminding viewers that the art is in what the words say, how they look, and how they’re written.”

@saviorelmundo

Savior Elmundo is a Renaissance man; an accomplished dancer, choreographer, artist, and filmmaker who is driven by his passion for creative expression. Born in 1973, in Harlem, New York, Savior had the privilege of coming up in the epicenter of the emergence of hip-hop while catching the tail end of an epic art scene in New York City. Savior picked up a brush to express his feelings after the loss of a close family member and has continuously shown in art shows in Los Angeles, California, and New York, New York since 2008. The frenetic layered style he has developed comes from the wealth of inspiration he takes from the streets. Layers of paint, images, records, 3-D letters and other mixed media are reminiscent of the ‘80s and ‘90s, the years when Savior was coming up as an artist. His evocative collage pieces reveal a moment in time that is nostalgic and powerful. Savior is honored to have been commissioned to do several installation pieces at the World Trade Center.

@sfgrajales

Grajales was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Also known as SFGrajales, her career in the arts has spanned a prosperous 20 years. After studying at the prestigious Johnson and Wales University she pursued a career in the culinary arts. Currently a pastry chef for a luxury brand, she has expanded her creative repertoire and become a versatile pop artist using elements of street art and fine art to create her unique style. Her fun colors and vibrant style pay homage to her cake decorating and ability to create whimsical desserts.

@soulthundre

Every paper mosaic created by @soulthundre, aka Janeese Brooks, is a labor of love featuring very small pieces of paper cut by hand, and glued by hand, to create one full picture; tweezers and an x-exacto knife are essential to her process. Brooks has been overwhelmed with details her entire life; whether in paper, writing, music or in piercing, but her ability to see detail at microscopic levels enables her to execute intricate collages.

@tioch_fc

Tioch is a Brazilian artist that started his career in the Sao Paulo street art scene in 2009, when he first began to adopt graffiti as a lifestyle. The 25 year old artist embraces the innocence of youth with his style that is inspired by widely popular comics, while at the same time portraying themes very much related to real life. He gives back to local communities by sharing his artistic knowledge at workshops and classes for the community. Tioch’s art has been shown in Germany, Chile, the US and Brazil.

@turtlecaps

A Queens native and graffiti writer since the ‘90s, the artist now known as TurtleCaps transitioned into street art in 2009, when he created his character, TurtleCaps. A founding member of the original legal wall program at Davis Street in Long Island City, New York, TurtleCaps developed a solid foundation as an artist by learning from his graffiti mentors, Jones, Sane (RIP) and others. He spent a number of years helping to establish Montreal’s flourishing street art scene, and then returned to New York where he's continued to make his mark on the streets and in the community. TurtleCaps first started catching the attention of the public with his pop culture mash-ups, but as his profile as an artist increased he started to mix sea turtles and ocean life into his murals and canvases in hopes of raising awareness about environmental preservation. "For many years now, I’ve reduced my plastic use down to almost none and cut down on overall waste, a lot of which people don’t realize winds up dumped in our oceans. I'm trying to be part of the solution through my art, so if people can take away something aesthetically pleasing from my work, as well as a positive message, then that’s all I can hope for."

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Street heARTS: Valentines & Confessions

With roots in the graffiti scene that dominated New York City in the 1970s and 80s, “street art” is a genre with a broad, vibrant spectrum of mediums — wheatpaste, stickers, stencils, paint, murals — encompassing elements and parallels of formally recognized genres of art, including surrealism, abstract expressionism, pop art, even romanticism, making street art relatable to a wide audience.

“Street heARTS: Valentines & Confessions” explores and celebrates the wide range of emotions evoked by Valentine’s Day — joy, obligation, love, anger, loneliness, elation, passion, rejection — as interpreted by street artists who started their careers in New York City, many of whom the curator affectionately calls #heartists. Street art is the ideal medium to capture a celebration of these emotions — good, bad, and ugly — because it is a diverse and universal genre, just like the symbol recognized as a heart.  


While Valentine’s Day is often derided as merely a greeting card holiday, “Street heARTS: Valentines & Confessions” aims to shift this perception. As a counterpoint to the romanticized, and commercialized, notion of Valentine’s Day, the artists were asked explore the concept of Confessions — unrequited love, missed opportunities, lust, self doubt — and depict the deeper, perhaps darker, side of their their Valentines, which vividly depict the broad spectrum of emotions evoked by the holiday.

It may seem contradictory to explore these private emotions with the public genre of street art, but street art is already very personal —  the artists’ emotions are communicated in every piece they put up. These street artists display their “heart on the street” regularly, like a greeting card, but “Street heARTS: Valentines & Confessions” is an unique opportunity to see what they confess, feel their passion for all art in the street, and catch a glimpse into one person’s perplexing love of the “reddest day of the year”.


- Rachael N. Clark

About the Artists


AJ Lavilla

Born in Ilo-Ilo City, Philippines, AJ Lavilla was introduced to art at the age of eleven when he first used an airbrush.  AJ, who moved to New York with his family when he was 13, is a self taught visual artist. He has learned his trade by observing, reading and studying the works of his favorite artists including Pablo Picasso, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mr. Brainwash, Kaws and Murakami.

After resigning from his job in the medical field to focus on his art, AJ was evicted from his apartment in Queens, New York.  This experience was "one of the major obstacles" in his life and career, but he also sees this experience as the turning point of his life; an experience that helped elevate his spirit and work to a whole new level.

AJ’s work can be identified by its vivid colors encompassing a nostalgic feeling through the incorporation of vintage cartoon characters from comic books, luxury brands and pop culture. He describes his work as "a mix of organized chaos that contains elegance through bold colors." He hopes "to inspire the next generation to pursue their dreams, be passionate with what they do” and he wants the audience viewing his work to take away the same message from his art. AJ is grateful to have been able to spread this message at the World Trade Center, and around the world.

Hektad

Hektad is a New York City graffiti pioneer. In 1982, at the age of 12, the Bronx, New York, native set out to compete with veteran bombers such as Mitch 77 and Chris 217. After an intense 12 year campaign on New York’s street and transit system, Hektad took a well-deserved break to focus on his family.

In 2013, he returned to art with a vengeance. Jumping into what many consider a cluttered and undefined street art scene, Hektad clearly took the lead with his whimsical “Love Drunk” hearts and humorous anecdotes. Currently, Hek is experimenting with many new mediums tinged with traditional graffiti. The collection of pieces in his first major solo show held in August 2018 demonstrated that Hektad is well on his way to securing a permanent spot in the annals of New York street art history, and he has not stopped. He was honored to paint a large scale mural at the World Trade Center as part of a project covered by the New York Times, and actively puts up work in the streets of New York and commissioned works for collectors.

Jason Naylor

Jason is an award-winning artist, designer, and creative director who began his professional career working in the Creative Department of MAC Cosmetics. Six years later, Jason set out to start spreading his own message into the world. Jason’s work is known for its bright colors and rich blacks, and regularly contains messages of love and positivity, because he believes that kindness is the key to success.

His work has received several awards, including two CLIO Fashion & Beauty Bronze medals, and has been featured in numerous publications and blogs, as well as cable television. In 2018, Jason was named by BUMBLE as one of the 100 Most Inspiring New Yorkers, and his upbeat, colorful creations have found partnership with a range of brands like Coach, Heineken, XBOX, and Maybelline.

Jason’s brightly colored designs and positive words reflect his zeal for life, his quest for joy and his love of LOVE. Currently, Jason is working towards developing a 3D version of one of his favorite motifs ... the heart.

LOVEMKM

LOVEMKM is a Brooklyn, New York, based artist.  She describes herself as a process artist, meaning the execution of what she makes is as significant, if not more important, than the finished piece. She has a very joyous, loving, creative energy, and even when she’s feeling sad and dark, bright vibrant colors, strokes and textures manage to appear on her canvas. Love is her super power, and her  light work is her gift to humanity.

She infuses her art with universal good vibes she summons through meditations from her crown chakra to her hands to the pieces she creates. She explores her creativity through  multiple mediums, including printmaking, street art, painting, textile and digital designs, all of which come together under the “LOVEMKM” brand.

LOVEMKM is a lover, a dreamer, a woman, a beauty, an icon. Her star seed mission is to spread love vibrations through her fine art, street art, and fashion, and the pieces she makes activate positive feelings and bring joy to everyone who view them. About LOVEMKM, a gallery curator said “ [she] brings a pink energy and light to everything she makes,” which the artist considers a grand compliment. Pink light is a universal loving energy, and she is honored to capture it in her work and share it with the world.

Renda Writer

Renda Writer is a man who believes in following his passions.  Born in New York, and based in Miami, Florida, he draws influence from all of his life experiences and soaks up all that life has to offer every new day. As an artist, Renda Writer stands firmly behind the central idea expressed in his artist statement— “My goal as an artist is to make my handwriting into visual art and to shed light on the general idea that handwriting can be seen as art, reminding viewers that the art is in what the words say, how they look, and how they’re written.”

Renda first started creating visual art  in 2010, after several years as a poet. He started by creating the “Handwritten” brand, which eventually blossomed into a virtual empire of “Handwritten” products.  With his art, Renda likes to emphasize, and gravitates toward, concepts and themes of brevity, nature, inspiration, the struggle, the hustle, affirmations, and the concept of “She” as a pronoun, all of which will never get old.

Whether it’s art, poetry, or business, Renda is always working on a new project and always acutely tuned in to manifesting the outcomes and results that he desires.  With an intimate understanding of The Law of Attraction, Renda enjoys every new day of navigating through the universe as a creator and as a grateful being. He enjoys collaborating with other motivated individuals through art and poetry collaborations, as well as through business partnerships.

Savior Elmundo

Savior Elmundo is a Renaissance man; an accomplished dancer, choreographer, artist, and filmmaker who is driven by his passion for creative expression. Born in 1973, in Harlem, New York, Savior had the privilege of coming up in the epicenter of the emergence of hip-hop while catching the tail end of an epic art scene in New York City. The convergence of these two worlds opened him to the possibilities of the unresolved passions within him.

As a young, talented, self-taught dancer, he appeared in commercials and with well-known artists in music videos and on stage around the world. He is also a filmmaker who has successfully completed five short films that were featured in several film festivals. Savior picked up a brush to express his feelings after the loss of a close family member and has continuously shown in art shows in Los Angeles, California, and New York, New York since 2008.

The frenetic layered style he has developed comes from the wealth of inspiration he takes from the streets. Layers of paint, images, records, 3-D letters and other mixed media are reminiscent of the ‘80s and ‘90s, the years when Savior was coming up as an artist. His artistic style has evolved over the past eight years to expose the complexities of life, culture, and his personal experiences. His evocative collage pieces reveal a moment in time that is nostalgic and powerful. Savior is honored to have been commissioned to do several installation pieces at the World Trade Center.

Zero Productivity

Zero Productivity who also goes by the name "ZROPRO" is a Brooklyn, New York, based artist whose work focuses on graphic design, illustration, murals, photography and digital art.

His work has appeared in exhibitions and events at notable locations such as the Brooklyn Museum Shop, The High Line, The Museum of Modern Art Design Store, GaleriaF, XBOX One, The L.I.S.A. Project NYC and myplasticheart, in New York, New York.

He also represents the company, Boundless Brooklyn as a featured artist at company events and live demonstrations. ZROPRO is best known for his character “PJ the Pigeon”. PJ is an anthropomorphized cartoon pigeon representing the everyday person living in the big city. PJ is young at heart and loves getting into shenanigans, while saying things most New Yorkers think.