About the Artists
James Monk (“Ras Terms”)
Mixed media artist James Monk is inspired by life, death and everything that goes in between. He’s also a solo and collaborative craftsman who firmly believes that the ultimate power of art is change. “Life inspired me to create with the many mediums that I use. Life is lived and the mediums are placed in our way to create on or create with,” he explains. “The many styles of art I do are just part of the experiences of life. What the mind brings forth through each experience. Experience and Experiment begin with the same sound.” Monk’s ongoing artistic journey is ANCESTRAL FUTURISM from beginning to end. Monk’s work has been featured in the Smithsonian, as well as galleries throughout North and South America.
Maria Delve (“Delvs”)
Maria Delve’s background in graffiti expands beyond spray paint to incorporate the use of acrylic and enamel, generating bold, opaque colors in her work. She also loves creating ink illustrations and large murals. Her main subject is the female form—and struggle. “Being a woman is so complex and beautiful. And having that as a subject is just such an endless inspiration,” she affirms. “My journey so far has been a struggle of exposing my raw feminine emotion while channeling a world view. Dark parts of my personal experiences juxtaposed with my positive outlook of life and flair for color.”
Describing her work as inspiring, preternatural and spellbinding, interdisciplinary artist Gabrielle Tesfaye is primarily a painter but has also recently branched out into animation and filmmaking. Raised in the United States as a first-generation American, to an Ethiopian father and Indo Jamaican mother. Her extensive international travel and exposure to multiculturalism in her life, echoes itself in her mixed media approach to art making and cross-cultural content. “Collaborating my paintings with filmmaking has allowed me to share narratives and story tell in a deeper way,” Tesfaye reflects. “I draw inspiration from my culture and my ancestral history. I am concerned with using art to bridge the worlds of the ancient and contemporary culture specifically, within Africa and the African diaspora.”
Graffiti artist MEME’s portfolio has expanded to encompass an array of artistic forms. Her themes also often integrate floral images since she is also a florist and plant enthusiast. By blending the elements of her creativity together, she is weaving a personal narrative which is ambitious, kind and unstoppable. “I would say that my inspiration is culture,” she reveals. “I’m intrigued and moved by people’s backgrounds, our ancestors and spirituality.” MEME is the founder of the Internationally-recognized, all-female graffiti crew Few & Far.
Multimedia artist Kristijonas Lapinskas is a “jack of all trades.” He writes poetry, prose, film scripts plus produces drawings, graphic art, pottery, avant garde and documentary films, analog and digital photography. He thinks great things happen when one engages in dialogues with other artists expanding the capacity for forms of expression previously unimagined like the seductive allure of asemic communications (a form of writing that does not have semantics and syntax). “I have many sources of inspiration. First of all, it is love that really does the job,” Lapinskas states. “Sometimes I talk about addictions, reflecting my perceptions connected to living with this illness… in all forms. I would say I’m a rebel and I am in front of my time.”
“Growing up in Miami, I spent just about every weekend at my Abuela’s house. I loved hanging around her sewing room, surrounded by the floral prints and motifs of her favorite textiles as well as the cardboard sheets used to create patterns for the dresses and clothes she made.” This is how Jonathan Villoch “Depoh” describes his “formative” years and the foundation of his passion for “colors, shapes and textures.” As a self-taught artist. Depoh dropped out of high school and painted on the “streets, buildings and abandoned warehouses that dotted seldom used train tracks across Miami.” Now a Visual Arts Teacher in the New York City public school system with an advanced degree in Special Education, Depoh is a creative force on the streets of NYC and his murals have become a hallmark.
Exhilia is dedicated to Surrealist Orphism, 3 dimension canvas sculpture, exploring quantum biology, microbiota composition of human consciousness and theoretical models of 4th dimension.
The unrelenting artistic quest for the progression of humanity through existential examination and unrestricted creative works.
The wonderment of looking innocently into the empty spaces between the known and the imagined.
Oakland Art Murmur Artist with over 100 shows, installations and multiple Gallery residencies.
National Endowment for the Arts merit grant recipient 2019.
Visual Art Published NEA magazine 2019.
Poetry and Visual Art published by Windward Literary Review 2019.
San Francisco Art Institute Merit Scholarship Awardee.
May the justice meet us where we took our stand.
Art Made in Exile
Exhilia also known as Artist X is Native American, born and raised in Oakland California
Making art serves as meditation for sketch artist Matthew Denisen. And his artistic range is by no means limited to a pencil. As a teenager, he enjoyed “doodling” copies of the drawings he saw in mother’s biker and tattoo magazines. His creative path continues to be “ever evolving” since over the past three decades, he’s produced ‘wearable art’ (such as patchwork pants, skirts, leggings etc); jewelry; leatherwork; sculpture and paintings. “My inspiration doesn’t always start as ‘inspiration.’ Most of mine comes from trying to clear my head of disturbances,” Denisen confesses. “Like every other human in the world, I too have a lot on my mind—constantly. So much release occurs when a piece is being worked on and finished. Art Heals!”
David DiPasquale (“Dip Soulion”)
Using a mixture of acrylic paints and spray paint to create custom original works of art, David DiPasquale designs canvas paintings, murals, custom skate decks, vinyl records, shoes, desks, woodcuts, boomboxes and more. Admiring a variety of medium and realms of creation, he’s tried over the years to bridge the gap between roots visionary painting and psychedelic street art. “My inspiration comes from this planet, the universe, our place in it—and beyond,” he shares. “I’ve been an artist even before I knew it, always trying to awaken and inspire the soul creator within me—and others—to help build for the infinite. Creating Oneness through Universal Artistic Vision is the goal.”
Fortunate. Blessed. Inspired. Meta 4’s artistic journey has been this, and much more, thus far. “I was very fortunate to have worked in many different mediums – wood carving, leather carving, ink drawing, pencil sketches and technical drawings – from a young age,” he recounts. “Then in the 80’s the Hip-Hop wave hit and I started venturing into spray paint hitting the streets of Hialeah and most corners of Miami throughout a 30+ year span as part of Miami’s legendary 7UP Crew and an early street art movement called T.H.C. – The Happy Campers.”
“I work predominately with acrylic because it was the first paint I ever used and I love the versatility,” says surrealist painter Seth McCarty. Adding vibrant strokes of color to a canvas can be cathartic and has helped him processed living with bipolar disorder and extreme panic disorder. And his work vibrates with raw emotion, drawing the viewer closer to darkness, happiness—or unknown realms eerily reminiscent of dreams.
- Atomik, Miami
- Broke, Oakland
- Broken Reality, United Kingdom
- CJ Hadida, California
- Dedan, Brooklyn
- Eyez, St. Louis
- Glass Cuisine, Chicago
- Grow, Oakland
- Imagine, Thailand
- Jake Eye, Oregon
- Mahakashi, United Kingdom
- Moons, Milwaukee
- Morals, Miami
- Mynx, Oakland
- Noxer, Brooklyn
- Quetress, Chicago
- Sad Cloud, Oakland
- Safety First, Oakland
- Sheva, Minneapolis
- Sir Charles, Chicago
- Spaz, Madison
- T-Money, Chicago
- Ursula Young, California
- Vandal Priest, Las Vegas
- Yams, Chicago