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As the anchor mural location for Wide Open Walls 2018, the Sacramento Mural at Sacramento State was headed up by a well-known local artist, Raphael Delgado, and was a collaborative effort of twelve different local artists, including a Sac State alumnus. Located on an exterior wall of the University Theatre building facing a parking lot, the letters to spell S-A-C-R A-M-E-N-T-O were outlined and each artist painted his or her own unique vision within, the result being an iconic destination.
These artists were chosen to tell any story they wanted with their letter:
Their bold and colorful creations were completed by the team’s 12th member, Jeremy Stanger, who painted 3-D drop shadows on each letter.
San Francisco-infused urban fairytale illustrations and lush colorful doe-eyed flower girls are the trademark of Ursula Xanthe Young’s work, which – over the last 20 years – has made its way on to everything from large murals, restaurant signs and apparel to iphone covers, club flyers and 12″ dance music record covers. Her largest commissioned painting is hanging in San Francisco’s Grand Hyatt and she’s shown with galleries around the US and beyond – most frequently with Luna Rienne Gallery in San Francisco. Ursula is also part of an international all-female group of mural painters called Few and Far who paint around the world. Graduate of Parsons School of Design in NYC (BFA, 1996) and avid world traveler, Ursula now has planted roots in a creative enclave in the forests of Northern California where she lives with her husband, daughter and 2 cats.
Tom Bob is an artist based in New York City. who transforms the most improbable objects into art. Any object within our urban environment – a manhole cover, utility box, fire hydrant – are fair game for this elusive, clever prankster.
If you’re on the internet, you’ve probably seen his work featured on sites such as Bored Panda, Laughing Squid, Wired, and Mental Floss. His art makes us smile, reminding us to see new and imaginative possibilities for our public spaces. His work was also on display in 2017’s Governors Ball Mural Project, as part of New York City’s premier 3-day music festival.
As his Facebook page says … American artist Tom Bob is running loose in the streets of New York, and let’s hope nobody catches him. Now – happily – he will run loose in the streets of Sacramento as well.
SV Williams is a fine artist and muralist; and a self-described alchemist behind a world of extraordinary and fantastical creatures He credits early influences from comic book illustrations, science fiction, and stop-motion animation films as inspirations for his art.
During his teenage years, SV took up spray painting and became heavily involved in graffiti art. Currently, his work is a combination of aerosol and other mediums, including oil, acrylic, and pen on canvas and wood surfaces. SV Williams’ work blends elements of natural and unnatural species of animals, insects, and humanesque creatures that coexist within a dark and psychedelic “surreality”.
Yaqui artist, educator and social activist, Stan Padilla, honors his ancestors by bringing to life ancient stories, myths, and legends. Stan is a publisher and writer of Native American stories for children and has also authored books on spirituality and folklore. As an educator, he has been a longtime consultant in Native American education programs and as an art instructor at Sierra College.
Stan is a mixed-media artist and a member of the highly regarded Royal Chicano Airforce, an artists’ collective honoring social justice and the civil rights movement. Stan has completed murals at Southside Park, the Macy’s downtown parking lot, and the California State Health Services Offices. His collaborative mural “Flight”, honoring the RCAF is in the Golden 1 Center. He currently lives and works on twenty acres in the Colfax/Weimar area where he is developing an artists’ sanctuary and spiritual cultural center.
“A person of strength, who paints like hell,” is how one gallery owner describes Sonya Fe.
I’m not free, is Fe’s inner calculation. The nature of her work has always been a biographical depiction of her own life encounters. As an artist, she has chosen her subject matter to be the plight of women and children. “I feel there is a need for these to be seen by the public – for all those who have been through hell and back but have no means to express themselves, they will look and breathe a sigh of relief,” says Fe.
Sonya Fe received her BA in art from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. She has published children’s stories and a drawing book to help children illustrate their own stories. She is a co-founder of Publishing Children’s Stories, an intervention program integrating literacy, art, and technology for elementary schools. In 1998, Fe received the National Artist Award from the California State Senate.
Shepard Fairey is a street artist, graphic designer, social activist, and founder of the OBEY clothing line. He is one of the most influential contributors to the street art movement.
While a student at the Rhode Island School of Design, Fairey launched his Andre the Giant has a Posse sticker campaign in 1989, which later evolved into OBEY Giant. In 2003 founded the Studio Number One agency with his wife, Amanda. The firm designed covers for numerous artists, including The Black-Eyed Peas, Led Zeppelin, and Smashing Pumpkins. In 2006, Fairey joined NYC-based ad agency Project 2050 as founding Creative Director and was featured on the cover of Advertising Age magazine.
Time Magazine commissioned Fairey to design two of its Person of the Year covers – one to honor “The Protester” and his first being Barack Obama in 2008. The artist is perhaps best known for his Hope campaign, which portrays a red, white, and blue portrait of then-presidential candidate Barack Obama. In 2017, the artist created his We the People series of three posters— featuring portraits of culturally diverse women in red, white, and blue – to protest Donald Trump and promote inclusion.
Fairey blurs the boundaries between traditional and commercial art, his bold images, intricate designs and frequent use of the colors red and black making his work instantly recognizable. He continues communicating his brand of social critique via prints, murals, stickers, and posters in public spaces. His works are included in the collections of the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, SF MOMA, NYC MOMA, the US National Portrait Gallery, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Shamsia Hassani is the first female graffiti artist in Afghanistan. Through her artworks, Shamsia portrays Afghan women in a male-dominated society. Her artworks give Afghan women a different face – a face with power, ambitions, and willingness to achieve goals. The woman character used in her artworks portrays a human being who is proud, loud, and can bring positive changes to people’s lives.
During the last decade of the post-war era in Afghanistan, Shamsia’s paintings have brought in a huge wave of color and appreciation to all the women in the country. Her graphical works have inspired thousands of women around the world and have given new hope to female Afghan artists in her country. She has motivated hundreds of Afghans to celebrate their creativity through her graffiti festivals, art classes, and exhibitions in nine countries on three continents around the world.
A native of Chicago, Scott Froschauer has lived and worked in Los Angeles since 1994. He has a degree in theoretical linguistics from Syracuse University and his background includes studies in art, engineering, and business with extensive experience in fabrication, design, education, and government.
Scott’s work is first and foremost an exploration in communication. Incorporating playfulness with concepts of connection and empathy, he surprises his audience with new perspectives and unexpected juxtapositions of ideas, materials, and symbols. In a culture of alienation, Scott creates work that exposes and counteracts contemporary tides of judgment and the compulsions used to avoid uncomfortable thoughts and feelings. He is compelled to push boundaries while exploring experiential and alternative narratives.
Scott’s extensive exhibition history spans two decades, encompassing many forms including experimental printmaking, street art and large scale public sculptures. His early ventures into public art include large scale interactive installations at Burning Man in the Nevada desert. His gunpowder prints and silvered glass prints have been exhibited in multiple venues across California. Scott’s “The Word on The Street” series of re-contextualized street signs have been installed in public, private, and municipal spaces throughout the country. It has been seen on display at various galleries and museums including the Renwick Gallery of The Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC.
Kelly Graval, the multi-talented Fine Artist, Illustrator, and Graffiti artist is known as RISK, has been synonymous with the Los Angeles art community for decades. With a career spanning 30 years, RISK has solidified his place in the history books as a world-renowned graffiti legend. He has come a long way since he pioneered the painting of freeway overpasses, signs and billboards, dubbed “heavens.” Although RISK loves aerosol art, he sees it as merely just one genre in his life’s work. From his days as a student at the USC School of Fine Arts to Gallery and museum showings around the world; RISK has transformed from a street artist to a rising star in the contemporary art world.
Looking back on his pioneering work with the West Coast Artists crew to his now legendary multi-faceted approach to creativity; RISK art spans the spectrum of everything from renowned clothing brands and canvas pieces, to massive street murals that breathe life into their communities. As his notoriety became prevalent around the Los Angeles art community; it didn’t take long for RISK to become a hot commodity in the music scene. His art can be scene in music videos by everyone from the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Ice Cube to Bad Religion and the legendary Michael Jackson. RISK has also worked with some of the most notable music festivals, musicians, and events around the globe including Coachella, the MTV Music Awards, Sunset Strip Music Festival, The Doors and of course his high profile collaboration with Aerosmith.
Today, RISK stays connected to his roots by supporting artists and giving back to the community with countless charitable endeavors. He continues to travel the globe showcasing his art and generating media attention from the likes of The Los Angeles Times, countless magazines, NBC, Carson Daily, BBC, and many others. The mark that RISK has left on graffiti culture will be showcased in his upcoming Biography “KEEP ON KEEPIN ON “. Risk continues to break down barriers in both art and commerce while remaining grounded and respectful of the culture he helped build.