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San Francisco Street Artists

Aaron de la cruz
Aaron De La Cruzs work, though minimal and direct at first, tends to overcome barriers of separation and freely steps in and out of the realms of design, graffiti, and illustration. The parameters he has chosen to work within actually allow him to free himself and react to the very limitations he has created. This overriding structure and the lack of deliberation while moving within creates a tension when encountering his work due to the almost computer generated grid like systems he creates by unplanned markmaking. The act and the marks themselves are very primal in nature but tend to take on distinct and sometimes higher meanings in the broad range of mediums and contexts they appear in and on. His work finds strengths in the reduction of his interests in life to minimal information. De La Cruz gains from the idea of exclusion, just because you dont literally see it doesnt mean that its not there.

Adam Feibelman was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He took to the art of graffiti, a path that would eventually take him to the California College of Arts and Crafts (recently renamed the California College of the Arts). His studies in printmaking and illustration won him the Yozo Hamaguchi award in printmaking, and a BFA with distinction. It was at CCAC where Adam came to know the massive world of art. Most important for him was the sweep from classic American photography, which he took as a realistic portrayal of the history of America, of the life and times of its people, to the freedom of modern and contemporary painting. Based on those influences, and reflecting his fastmoving imagination, Adams paintings have taken on a satirical look, challenging concepts of modernity, using spaces as a language to describe forgotten places, and light to evoke their story and context within the present, our time. In the years following his formal education, Adams knowledge of printmaking and savvy ability with spray paint developed into a love and talent for painting using stencils. His stencils represent hundreds of hours of meticulous work and fine detail -- the hallmark of his works. He continues to live and paint in Oakland, CA, and exhibits frequently.

APEX (b. 1978, San Francisco, CA), also known as Ricardo Richey, is a street artist who creates colorful abstract patterns through the use of spray paint. Part of the Gestalt Collective that engages in collaborative murals in San Francisco, Apex curated mural projects on Bluxome Alley, other districts of San Francisco, and the SFMOMA display windows in association with St. Johns Community Center (San Francisco, 2002). His work has been shown extensively both in the Bay Area and abroad. Recent group exhibitions include Calligraffiti: Writing in Contemporary Chinese and Latino Art, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, CA (2009); Bay Area Now 4, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (2005), White Walls, and the Luggage Store Gallery. He was the artist in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts (2007), and was featured in documentaries and publications regarding the Mission District in San Francisco.


Brian Barneclo
I take the natural approach to making art - its not so much a job or career as its just a thing that happens. It always starts with an idea and then turns into something else. Picasso said that. In fact, it would be fair to characterize me as a sign painter who thinks hes Picasso. Improvisation is a key part of my work ethic. The result is an expression that transcends any one idea, but instead is a rich integration of many ideas that form a new whole. I grew up in Indianapolis and studied painting and art history at Indiana University (BA 1995). I moved to San Francisco in 1996. As I was coming up and developing my style I found work at a commercial art company. It was mostly hand-painted lettering and graphics on the walls of restaurants. The sign painting led to an interest in mural painting and in 2004 the San Francisco Bay Guardian commissioned me to do their 30th Anniversary Best of the Bay mural. Thats how I got started as a muralist and eventually produced the alrges mural in San Francisco - Systems Mural. Over time my work has ranged from personal to public and from self-expressive to commercial production. Its my simple and soulful approach that unifies my wide ranging body of work.

Ernest Doty
Prolific and passionate street artist Ernest Doty equates justice and vision in his pursuit for more wall space. At once a mystic and a social activist, Ernest seems to want to drag the rest of the contempoary world into an age of neoenlightenment, kicking and screaming. His ancient characters, with their multiple. sad eyes have a message for us: their message is silence, compassion and social justice.

Estria miyashiro
Estria Miyashiro is an internationally recognized mural artist and the Co-Founder and Creative Director of The Estria Foundation, (TEF) a nonprofit organization using public art to transform communities and bring attention to important local issues. TEF creates innovative public art projects and education programs using public art as a catalyst for community engagement. Estria began painting in Hawaii in 1984 and has completed nearly 1,000 murals worldwide. He was an influential leader of the Golden Age of Writing (1980s) in San Francisco, pioneered painting techniques, and is one of the originators of the stencil tip. Since 1993 he has taught graffiti classes and lectured at universities on graffitis social and political impact. He garnered national attention with his arrest for graffiti in 1994 appearing on CNN and the National Enquirer.

Griffin One
Griffin was Born in Nairobi, Kenya ( East Africa ) Home Town Sedona, AZ & is currently based out of Oakland, CA. An artist of many mediums & themes, Griffin is part Muralist, Fine Artist & Digital Designer. His body of his work incorporates a fusion of elements from our modern technological age with motifs from the old world. He weaves such themes through a seamless use of form, movement & composition. I feel compelled to blend organic forms with industrial elements; the juxtaposition of these two worlds can provide a mirror for our culture and our times, reminding us that although they may seem disparate, they are complementary, and perhaps even one and the same. A fusion of our modern technological age embodied in music and form, and counterbalanced with nature & elements of the old world, plays a theme in the majority of my work. I believe it inspires an inner dialog and strikes a chord with ones imagination and its possibilities.

Ian Ross
Ian Ross paints energy. In front of an audience on stage, in his lush backyard studio, or in the warehouse at Facebook HQ, his work is alive. Ross works without the burden of intention and reacts to each moment with bold graffiti inspired forms and colors. Ross has developed his unique style for 20 years and takes great pride in his spontaneous method. His street art style has become widely accepted and revered in a fine art realm. He has become known as the Tech/Start-up Artist painting live murals in high tech offices for Companies like Facebook, Google, Vendini, Alphaboost, AdRoll and Zimride. As the in-house resident artist at Facebook HQ during 2011 in Palo Alto, Ross learned how powerful his work was on a large scale. He painted four murals in the offices and cafe of Facebook. He also painted a 110 ft mural in San Francisco that was featured on the cover of the Wall St. Journal. Other notable live murals include his 70 ft piece titled Royal Feathers in the Cosmopolitan Hotel Las Vegas that was featured in Vegas Rated magazine, his 10 mural environment inside Start-Up House in SF, and a 60 ft. tall behemoth on their exterior facing the Bay Bridge.

Jet Martinez
My work takes on many forms and styles with a celebration of Nature as a central theme. My work ranges from small intensely labored paintings to incredibly large public and private murals. In an attempt to never pigeon- hole myself and my work, I work on series which can vary dramatically from the last. I have worked on series of representational paintings with a psychedelic tinge, op-art inspired pattern based paintings, natural settings which incorporate the patterns into plant forms, and most recently, works inspired by folk art from my native Mexico. Many of my commissions have forced me to work in styles that I would not have chosen, yet still I manage to make them my own. Generally, when left to my own devices, my work is bold and vibrant in color and form. I want my audience to SEE the work. I dont believe in squinting. I want to create a sense of joy and life in each piece. I am very comfortable working in most painting mediums and will use the material which best suits the final desired outcome. Most recently, my primary medium has been acrylic because it best suits the intricate pattern work I have been doing.

Jonathan Matas
Seattle-born artist Jonathan Matas is most comfortable with a paintbrush in his had, creating art that can be seen in galleries, on public walls, streets, trains, and on occasions, hanging over freeway overpasses. Currently based in San Francisco, he recently created murals as an artist-in-residence at Facebook Headquarters. Matas has a long-standing commitment to social engagement through his art, which has been expressed through the content of his own work and the numerous workshops and projects he has facilitated with underserved youth. His current goal is to make art so warm that it melts the hearts of ants.

I grew up in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, where I started tagging at a very young age and was exposed to the skateboarding culture, punk rock, metal (Sarcofago), and was always hanging around older crowds. I had a few friends that were tattooers and they encouraged me to start tattooing, in spite of my hesitation. I started working at a tattoo shop as a counter person during the day and tattooed people at home. I use a different approach for each medium, but a lot of times it all clashes together. When I paint with oils or acrylics, I try to stay away from tattoo imagery. When I use water color, I work more with graphic tattoo related themes. My approach to tattooing is either graphic/traditional or very painterly, depending on the subject matter. With graffiti, I prefer letters over characters, but I also stay away from tattoo imagery when painting characters and look for a medieval or experimental character. My style focuses on old traditional and medieval imagery (skulls, dragons, snakes, witches, heraldic lurkers, etc.), and good old bio-mech.


Max Ehrman / Eon75

As an artist Max Ehrman has been painting for over 14 years. Through graffiti, Eon75 have traveled and created murals all throughout Europe and North American. Currently, Max has presented Canvas work in 4 different countries and has personally organized three art shows in Naples Florida with the Journeyman Gallery ( His canvases have been collected world wide from North America to Europe and Asia. Once a year the artist travels to Europe to paint with friends at several Graffiti/Hip Hop jams in Germany, Holland and Belgium. Through Eon75s travels he has made some great friends as well as, been lucky enough to paint with some of the most talented Aersoul Artists in the world. Currently living in San Francisco, California, Max spends his time creating in several different mediums including everything from water colors to sculpture.He has recently been selected as an artist for the pilot program called SmArts. This program is connecting selected muralists with business owners to prevent the spread of tagging. It is an honor to be chosen for this program and the possibilities it offers for the future.

Oliver Black
Known for his sharp line work and colorful characters, Oliver Black is finding his light in the Bay Area art scene among some of the heavy hitters. He describes his work as moments or situations we can all find ourselves in . By blending strange new creatures with his versions of animals, nature and people, Black creates a mood and presents a primal sense of human experience in a very contemporary artistic representation. He has shown around the United States, and continues to work and live in Oakland California.

Ricky Watts
As a child, Ricky Watts loved to draw, often creating comic strips involving epic battles between nuclear dinosaurs and the U.S. Army. In junior high, he and his friends experimented with spray paint under bridges around town. Fascinated with the art of graffiti, by high school he was fully engaged, painting elaborate works under the cover of night. After graduation, he traveled up and down the west coast, painting large murals and establishing himself as a premier street artist in the scene. Looking to expand, Watts enrolled at the Art Institute of California, San Diego campus with an emphasis in graphic design. After college, Ricky began painting on canvas in his spare time. In 2004, Watts debut solo show Spontaneous Combustion received rave reviews and nearly sold out opening night. Since then, Watts shown in galleries in San Francisco, Oakland, New York City, London, Los Angeles, Portland, San Diego and through out northern California. His art has been featured in numerous international print and web publications,, Herman Miller, X-Funs (Taiwan), Refused, Dig-In Magazine, Bay Area Graffiti (book), Flo Multi-Zine and the 2012 Outside Lands Music Festival.

Sandro Tchikovani / Misk1)

Known for a progressive mixture of fine art and architecture Sandro has created work for many clients. He branded himself as misk1 a graffiti artist from the streets of San Francisco, and later began a passion for graphic design. Its this creatives objective to bring out of the box thinking into a seamless experience that has landed much success. Through art and design Sandro his taken many journeys domestically, and internationally. Tokyo Japan, Malaga Spain, Antwerp Belgium, Miami, New York, and Whistler Canada to name a few. After a challenging and rewarding 8 year run doing art shows and exhibits its this artist new goal to develop a technology concept. Meshing his graphic design skills and his out of the box left field thinking he hope to change peoples lives. Sandro Tchikovani is currently living in Marin county and has his studio in San Franciscos Potrero Hill area where he is constantly pushing the envelope to reinvent himself.

Sirron Norris
Sirron Norris graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and begun his art career in San Francisco in 1997. He was the recipient of the Artist in Residence programs at the de Young Fine Art Museum of San Francisco and San Franciscos Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in 2000 and 2002 respectively. Norris is known for his extensive public art contributions. Among them, his most notable mural, Victorion: El Defensor de la Mission located in San Franciscos historic Balmy Alley has been featured in various media platforms including magazines, books, and advertisements. The Calumet Mural, located at 18th and Bryant in the Mission district, currently stands as his largest at 600 square feet. It was recently featured in an international Mitsubishi television commercial featuring the launch of their newest vehicle in 2013. His work as a muralist was also used as the platform to launch the new Ricoh Theta campaign in Japan and the US. Norris is also an accomplished artist across several mediums including multimedia, television, film, and illustration.

Other resources
Short for First Amendment, 1AM is a gallery dedicated to street and urban art. Monthly themed exhibitions will feature artists from San Francisco to around the world. Seeing is believing so come witness the 1AM movement.

Chloe Bregman
Runs the blog/website Street Art SF.

Online database and blog covering graffiti and street artists worldwide.

Daniele Rocha
Co-owner of Ian Ross Gallery & manages several street artists.

Danielle Wohl
Art consultant working within the business community.

The Mural Music & Arts Project (MMAP) educates, empowers, and inspires youth through participation in the arts by offering year-round, youth development programs in East Palo Alto and in San Francisco.

Klughaus is a contemporary art gallery based in New York City representing a diverse roster of talented artists with roots in graffiti and street culture.

Root Division
Root Division is a visual arts non-profit that connects creativity and community through a dynamic ecosystem of arts education, exhibitions, & studios.

Trust Your Struggle (TYS) is an artist collective of visual artists, educators, and cultural workers dedicated to social justice and community activism through the medium of art.

Warren Brand
Street Art curator based out of Culver City.

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