Hansky started out as a parody of Banksy, but his work is anything but a joke. He discusses how he started, how he developed in New York, and the next stage of becoming his own artist with original works.
One of New York City's most infamous graffiti artists is here to ell us about the history of NYC street art and what it's like to be targeted by the Mayor of NYC , the NYOPD and get arrested.
Ted won a 2012 James Beard Award for his work hosting “Chopped;” the show itself also received a Beard for best in-studio program. He also was a finalist for a National Magazine Award for an Esquire feature on the little-known phenomenon of male breast cancer. Ted has written for such publications as Bon Appétit, Epicurious and Food Network Magazine. Before joining Esquire, Ted was a senior editor at Chicago magazine.
Ted works with several charitable organizations, including the James Beard Foundation, for which he hosted a “Taste America” fundraising event in Miami in 2013 and was the host of the 2014 Beard Awards at Lincoln Center. This year marks his seventh as spokesperson for Dining Out For Life, an annual national fundraiser in which restaurants across the country donate a portion of their proceeds to HIV/AIDS service groups, raising more than $4 million in a single day. Ted also supports the Point Foundation, Share Our Strength/No Kid Hungry, the Food Bank for New York City, and the Washington D.C. Central Kitchen, and serves on the Food Council for City Harvest, which rescues unused products from New York restaurants and gets them to needy families.
Buff Monster lives and works in New York City. He’s a tireless worker, often citing heavy metal music, ice cream, Pop art, Japanese Culture and graffiti as major influences. His meticulously executed paintings have been shown in galleries around the world; one painting hangs in the Bristol City Museum as part of their permanent collection. He’s also created a variety of limited edition collectibles including vinyl and resin toys, prints, shirts, stickers and two series of his ambitious trading cards/stickers called The Melty Misfits. He’s worked with some of the most recognizable brands such as Disney, Converse, Hello Kitty, Samsung, Nike, Coca-Cola and others. He’s created work in the streets for over 15 years. In 2015, Jeffrey Deitch asked him to participate in a mural project in Coney Island. He’s included in Banksy’s Oscar-nominated documentary: Exit Through the Gift Shop. And along the way, he’s cultivated an impressive social media following.
Dublin artist Solus.
His work is about conquering inner demons and life's challenges. The boxing gloves represent putting up a fight to conquer life's obstacles.
Solus's first solo exhibition (Mis Spent Youth) was in the Culture Box in Temple Bar, Dublin in 2011. This had lead Solus to have sell out shows in Ireland and abroad.
Solus works on large outdoor murals and additionally has become a gallery artist, producing works on canvas and limited edition prints.
Solus has gained notoriety not only for his work in Ireland, but also North America, Asia, Australia and Europe.
Solus currently works with galleries in New York , Miami, Montreal, Australia and Dublin.
A prolific and influential first-generation NYC subway graffiti artist, who later became a text-oriented street artist, Al Diaz’s career spans 5 decades. He currently works with WET PAINT signs used throughout the New York City subway system. After cutting out individual letters to create clever, surreal and sometimes poignant anagrams, he hangs the finished works in subways stations throughout New York City
One of the most prolific and recognizable artists alive today, Ron English has bombed the global landscape with unforgettable images, on the street, in museums, in movies, books and television. English coined the term POPaganda to describe his signature mash-up of high and low cultural touchstones, from superhero mythology to totems of art history, populated with his vast and constantly growing arsenal of original characters, including MC Supersized, the obese fast-food mascot featured in the hit movie “Supersize Me,” and Abraham Obama, the fusion of America’s 16th and 44th Presidents, an image widely discussed in the media as directly impacting the 2008 election. Other characters carousing through English’s art, in paintings, billboards, and sculpture include three-eyed rabbits, udderly delicious cowgirls and grinning skulls, blending stunning visuals with the bitingly humorous undertones of America’s Premier Pop Iconoclast.