BirdO’s really just a dude that’s lucky enough to know what he loves to do. And does it.
When I was younger back home in Saskatchewan (the Skatch) I was fortunate to befriend two of the best Graffiti Writers in Canada. I would spend hours in the freight train yards watching them paint as I was supposed to be watching out for authority figures. There is nothing in this world like being surrounded by rolling screeching heavy steel.
Cara To, AKA "Caratoes" is an illustrator and street artist based in Hong Kong. Her artwork combines mind-blowing neons with swirling, sensitive linework that have a mesmerizing gestural quality. Cara has worked in many different areas, including animation and game design, and her artwork spans many mediums and genres while retaining a strong recognizable character. Some of her recent projects include hand-made 3D hologram illustrations, paintings that are accented with geometric string-work and GIFs that are nothing if not visual candy.
San Diego based artist, Christopher Konecki loves writing about himself in the 3rd person.
Konecki is self-taught, and constantly experimenting. His work is explorative of social consciousness, generally irreverent, and focused on subjects that are both serious and absurd. His use of found and 'repurposed' objects advocates the reassessment of typical ideals of function and beauty.
Earning his BA from Point Loma Nazarene University in 2008, Konecki has since exhibited in galleries throughout Southern California. His expanded work includes curation, murals, live painting events, apparel design and sports graphics, and his work has been featured on the covers of San Diego Citybeat and NUG Magazines. His installation work may be viewed in numerous San Diego establishments, including Vin De Syrah Wine Parlor, Waypoint Public Restaurant, SILO, Common Theory and The Local Pacific Beach.
Trained in both, traditional and digital art, and taking from his 18 years experience painting graffiti, Peru found his calling as a graphic artist and muralist. While still distancing himself from labels and limitations, he continues to explore his imagination through different mediums. Some of Peru’s clients include Nike, Converse, Red Bull, Bell, Cirque du Soleil and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
Inspired by his travels and cultural background, Peru playfully combines pre-Columbian and Haida motifs while applying techniques he learned in academia, as well as the many styles he picked up in the streets of the three continents he has lived in.
Franco Fasoli aka “Jaz” studied and worked in scenography at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, and studied painting with Jose Marchi, Nahuel Vecino and Diana Aisemberg. He is recognized as one of the first major graffiti writers to begin painting in the streets of Buenos Aires in the mid 1990’s.
Jaz’s artwork evolved into large-scale figurative muralism, borrowing techniques and mediums from his scenography work and the political graffiti which characterizes the urban landscape of Buenos Aires. He works in blended mediums of latex paint, tar and gasoline, as well as in acrylic, aerosol and paper collage.
PA system are a Canadian duo who collaborate on paintings both on and off the street, as well as on lithographs, screen-prints, doodled Indian buffet napkins and tidal ice walls. They have shown their works in museums, galleries and in public spaces worldwide.
PA System's collaborative work is fed by memories of place, feelings, and stories: "We sail the seas guided by ‘mistakism’, ‘errorism’ and art flubbery. We pull from a Rolodex of soundbites, people, stories and a disorderly color sense grown organically while traveling to places with thousand year histories and curious names like Kangiqsujuaq, Luxor, Gatineau, Xingping, PaK-Chong, Igloolik and Boulder. We draw from each other, collaborate with people everywhere and have no plan to stop."
Cinzah is considered one of the founders of what is now recognized as the New Zealand Street Art scene, a new generation of artists creating work which fell somewhat outside of what was considered mainstream graffiti constructs - creating experimental street installations, putting up paste ups, stickers, and painting character based works throughout Auckland and Melbourne over a decade ago.
Kwest spent his teen years building skateboard ramps and spray-painting walls and trains. In 1999, at the age of 21, he took to riding boxcars across North America with his dog, Diego, painting as he went (she’d twitch her ears to alert him to approaching yard security). His hobo travels cemented his reputation and led to some spectacular wall art: a frenetic amalgam of three-dimensional abstractionism and technical wild style, an early technique born in NYC.
Young Jarus is a Canadian contemporary street artist who was born in 1992 in Regina, Saskatchewan and earned his degree at the Academy of realist art Toronto (2011). In his works the subject matter for his pieces are figures and portraits that are often caught in thoughts and meant to look not photorealistic but living and lifelike. His pieces tend to reflect not only what he is feeling but also stay relevant to the environment, area, and the community.
Jarus’ work is influenced by the realist masters such as Bouguereau, Sargent, Zorn, and many others. Inside his studio, and when painting murals, Jarus uses a combination of mediums that include acrylic, oil and spray paint. His spray paint techniques are his modern adaptations of classical oil painting technique. He focuses on color and figure compositions that fit the walls and surroundings he paints upon. His pieces are scattered throughout Canada, The United States, and Mexico.
Elicser Elliott explores narrative structures, new surfaces, and new sensations, through the lens of more than a decade spent in the global street art community. Elicser Elliott leads the charge in the character-based movement in Toronto. Known for his intuitive ability to capture the essence of a subject, his work intimately frames subjects from children on the street to homages to the late great Michael Jackson and J-Dilla. The work of Elicser is highly visible in major cities across Canada, Central + South America and South Africa. Elicser is one of Toronto's favourite graffiti writers and has been voted by NOW magazine as the "Best Local Graffiti Artist" for 2014, 2013, 2012 + 2011. He is recognized as Canada's leading aerosol artist by Who's Who in Black Canada. He has exhibited in both the ROM and AGO and participated in mural festivals in Honolulu (Pow! Wow! Hawaii) and Rochester, NY (Wall Therapy).
The artist Bruno , also known as "Smoky", dedicated his life to visual art. Since childhood, drawing and creativity was always part of his daily routine.
In 2004, he began painting on walls with spray paint in Brasilandia, a precarious neighborhood of Sao Paulo, Brazil where he grew up.
Smoky has gained international and professional recognition through his artistic journeys though out Brazil, Chile, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Argentina, Paraguay, Sweden, USA, England and Canada. He is always in search of artistic exchanges, learning and teaching art is part of his life style. He has worked in various organizations and NGOs teaching the history of graffiti and its role in society to at risk youth. He is the coordinator for the Essencia Arts Collective, and a founding member of the Clandestinos Crew. Recently, Smoky has moved to Toronto, Canada together with his wife and artistic collaborator, Shalak, and continues his art practice.
Kevin Ledo’s artistic practice crosses back and forth through the boundaries of mural/street art, fine art, and gold leaf art installations. Ledo aims to create visually bold, and iconic compositions, focusing on portraiture and the human form interlaced with stylized abstract forms. Ledo’s figures are mostly void of foreground and background, and are suspended in a minimalistic and slightly surreal world, captured in moments of contemplation, intimacy, emotion and wonderment.
The subject and approach to Ledo’s artwork changes according whether it’s public art or his personal explorations in fine art. While there is a common visual thread between these different artistic activities, his public art has several different considerations that are taken into account before creating. Some of these considerations include the neighbourhood the mural is set to be in and the history of the area and people who live there. Ledo’s public murals are often celebrations of people and diversity and aim to relate to the communities they are found in. Whenever possible, Ledo’s own photography is used as reference for his murals. In some cases the people used in Ledo’s murals are people from the local community.
Ledo works with a variety of mediums on his murals, including both spray paint and latex wall paint, and on occasion gold leaf. He can work solely with either spray paint or latex wall paint, but usually blend the two techniques into one painting.
Rajni Perera is an artist living and working out of Toronto, Canada. She uses an immigrant perspective to make work about the coloured female body and it's place in visual, science fiction / fantasy, and popular culture.
She honed her drawing skills in Montreal’s bustling collaborative art scene, making large scale murals alongside dozens of artists, occasionally indoors but often in the city streets. She now lives in Toronto, where she paints, draws, prints, & publishes. In 2009 she founded the affordable art subscription Papirmass, which has mailed over 50,000 art prints around the world for less than the cost of lunch.
Named a Top-30-Under-30 artist by Blouin Artinfo, her work has exhibited in Toronto’s AGO, Montreal’s Musée des Beaux Arts, and many other galleries, and has appeared on the Today Show and GIRLS, and in The Globe and Mail, Canadian Art, The National Post, and BUST Magazine.
She lives with her husband and collaborator Jp King.
I’m MC (full name Marie-Clémentine). I’ve been living in Montreal for the past 7 years, and working as a freelance visual artist and illustrator since 2010.
My techniques and creative process have been much influenced by my industrial design background. I like to experiment and divert traditional tools (color pencils or acrylic) on all kind of supports, but I enjoy as much creating using digital tools.
I'm a big fan of antique images and objects, as they have lived throughout the years and have a story of their own, which makes them unique.
EGR aka Erica Balon is a contemporary visual artist and muralist based in Toronto, Canada. Growing up near Toronto meant frequent trips on the train into the city for concerts and events which drew her to accessible forms of art and music; street art and graffiti. Her paintings challenge perceptions of public art and of finding our place in the world, depicting fantastical archetypes within wondrous or gritty settings. The female figures represented in her work convey strength, sexuality and power, acknowledging women’s ever-changing roles. Her paintings also portray the dichotomy between nature and our industrialized world.
Jon Todd is a Toronto based mixed media artist. Todd combines many mediums in his art including painting on found objects, collaging various papers, wood block cuts and screen-printing. His artistic process involves layering various mediums coupled with distressing techniques. It is this process that gives his art a unique style and places his work in the grey area between raw beauty and refined chaos.
Todd’s unique style of paintings can vary from hyper detailed elaborate portraits to bold and intense collage pieces. All his works are adorned with intricate symbolic images and patterns that allow the viewer to decipher the story behind the painting and its characters.