MAN ONE " Poppin Caps" Painting. Spray Paint and Acrylic on canvas. Measures 21x23. Accomplished in 2013.
Growing up in Los Angeles, Man One developed his love for art, developing his skills as a graffiti artist on the streets of LA. He honed his talents as a fine artist and understanding of art history at Loyola Marymount University where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts.
Over the years, Man One has worked with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Disease Control, The Mexican Consulate in the U.S., and most recently received a Speaker and Specialist Grant by the U.S. State Department to work with the U.S. Embassy in Panama.
In 2011, he was invited for the first time to Northern Ireland where he painted murals and conducted workshops to help foster understanding and mutual respect among young Irish Catholics and Protestants. He has led similar workshops in Japan, Germany, Mexico and throughout the United States.
Man One's art is comprised of his trademark bold, colorful art strokes and has been featured in over a dozen solo shows, countless group exhibitions, and curated well over one hundred. His work has been exhibited in many museums including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, The Getty, Pasadena Museum of California Art, LACMA, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Ana, Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, Parco Museum in Tokyo and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. His artwork is collected internationally and has shown in galleries around the world including Australia, Germany, New Zealand, Mexico, UK, Japan, Korea, and Switzerland among others.
In 2002, Man One founded Crewest Gallery in Los Angeles to legitimize graffiti art as a valuable and collectible art form and give graffiti artists a professional venue and forum in which to showcase their work. In the book, “Graffiti L.A.”, street art documentarian Steve Grody listed the opening of Crewest Gallery as a milestone event in the history of graffiti art in Los Angeles. He continues to curate exhibitions and events worldwide, most recently at Gordon Gallery in Derry, Northern Ireland; Red Bull Studios in London, UK; Open Space LA; and “LA Liber Amicorum” for the Getty Research Institute.
Man One and his art have been featured on MTV’s “Pimp My Ride”, ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”, America’s Next Top Model, winner on the Food Network’s “Sugar Dome”, and The Contender to name a few. He has been featured on important documentaries such as “Graffiti Verite” (by Bryan World Productions; Vol. I & II), Ovation TV’s “The Art of Graffiti”, and “Art Battle L.A.” (Niche L.A.) among others. On the silver screen his artwork has appeared in “The Roommate” (Screen Gems), “Burn Hollywood Burn” (Cinergi), as well as a cameo on “John Tucker Must Die” (Revolution Studios) and featured in television commercials for Ford, Microsoft, Target and Verizon, among others.
He has painted live on stage at some of the largest U.S. music concerts and festivals including tours for MTV with the Wu Tang Clan, Black Eyed Peas, De La Soul and Wyclef Jean as well as traveling across the country on the Van’s Warped Tour performing side by side with bands like 311, Blink182, and Good Charlotte. He has painted live on stage with music legends like George Clinton and Parliament- Funkadelic.
Man One has been recognized by the City of Los Angeles for his unwavering support for the arts and his many charitable contributions to the city as well as donating his time and talents painting and teaching art on behalf of Artworx LA, I Am Angel Foundation, The Center for Biological Diversity, and Heal the Bay. He was also acknowledged, with a RIVIE award, for artist of the year in 2008 by the Friends of the Los Angeles River.
Man One's artwork has been profiled and featured in a number of international magazines, newspapers and books including The L.A. Times, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Warp Magazine (Japan), Angeleno (USA), 38Times (Japan), Lowrider Arte Magazine (USA), Rime Magazine (USA), La Dolce Vita (Italy), Aelle (Italy), Backspin (Germany), Rap Pages (USA), “Graffiti World” (by Nicholas Ganz), “Painting the Towns: California Murals” (by Jim Prigoff and Robin Dunitz), “Graffiti L.A.” (by Steve Grody) and is mentioned in “The History of American Graffiti” (by Roger Gastman and Caleb Neelon).
Man One's life work is about putting the power of art in the hands, hearts and minds of people all over the world. Everything Man One has done to date is about democratizing art and educating others about the unique value of graffiti art. Moving forward, Man One will continue his life's work as an artist, teacher and entrepreneur in order to empower mankind and facilitate a more beautiful, fair and just world through the power of art.