I have to be honest, this summer in Berlin, I saw Shepard Fairey art for the first time. But since then I have learned that he is a polarizing figure in the world of street art. His major works have made as much of an impact, as the works of Space Invader and Banksy, although he doesn’t hide his face. This American artist was born in Charleston, South Carolina and attended to the Idyllwild Arts Academy and the Rhode Island School of Design, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1992.
Hi is also a founder of OBEY Clothing. What started with an absurd sticker that he created in 1989 while studying at the Rhode Island School of Design has since evolved into a worldwide street art campaign, as well as an acclaimed body of fine art.
Shepard Fairey became widely known during the 2008 U.S. presidential election for his Barack Obama “Hope” poster. The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston calls him one of today’s best known and most influential street artists. His work is included in the collections at The Smithsonian, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
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