Joe Mauro is a commercial and visual artist in the District of Columbia. He has over 20 years of experience producing street art, murals, and mixed-media art pieces. Joe uses a variety of media and techniques, including stencils, stickers, wheatpaste, spray paint, collage, hand-lettering, and printmaking. His artistic influences include artists such as Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, and Cey Adams. Joe earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
Tevon Ramos was destined to rap. He believes he was created to become the creator and destroyer of minds. Rapping is the method he uses to change the essence of everyone and everything. Knowledge is his inspiration. Everything from news about A-list celebrities to things the average person may not know feeds him. He believes his rap represents the multiverse, and everything in it, that his rhymes are always complex and make you want to think more about the meaning of life, “The words tend to change your perception of reality.”
Help us raise $5,000 to rent a 12-passenger van for a monthly creative economy tour of the District of Columbia, Alternative Winter Break tour and Alternative Spring Break tour.
We will take academy students to meet and learn from leader in the creative community outside of Hip-Hop.
Help us raise $4,000 to create new media.
#HipHop4All is a video production project inspired by our international travel. Many young hip-hop artists are learning from YouTube. Hip-Hop 4 All is our effort to create instructional videos that teach moves/methods, history, culture and impact. We believe it’s important to know the names of the innovators, the names of the techniques and to broadcast this to the world.
Cita Sadeli, also known as ‘Chelove’, is the multi-disciplined Founder/Director of Protein Media: an art, design & interactive company in Washington, DC and Brooklyn, NY. A practicing fine/street artist in the early 90’s DC graffiti scene, Cita’s skillset has since expanded into entrepreneurship, design, animation, interactive media, and technology innovation.
Protein Media is a private, minority and woman owned art and interactive studio with locations in Washington, DC and Brooklyn, NY. Since 1999, Protein Media has produced e-learning, animation, art for broadcast and film, web sites, applications for web and mobile, and interactive installations. We are also heavily involved in bringing art to under-served communities through collaborative mural projects and other initiatives.
Cita also serves as Creative Director at Spreenkler Creative, a technology innovation firm located in Milwaukee, WI and Brooklyn, NY. She is responsible for producing interactive solutions for enterprise level clients like Kohl’s, AOL, Adobe, and Amtrak.
In addition to her corporate design roles, Cita continues to create illustration, fine art, and large-scale paintings for commission, commercial projects and exhibition. She is responsible for creating the brand identity and marketing campaigns for DC’s popular Trillectro music festival, and has become a renowned mural artist in DC’s accelerating mural scene since 2011.
Born in Alexandria, VA to two Christian ministers, Jeremiah Tittle, is a painter inspired by music and the artists who pioneered the cubist movement. It’s the knowledge of his limitation in creating music which stirs in him such fascination, drawing inspiration from the sounds around him to relay his passion for the untouchable. Furthermore, the inevitable technological advancements which continue to devolve our collective sense of community and interpersonal communication make welcome fodder for his work. He currently splits his time between Washington, DC, and his home away from home, Miami, FL.
As a provocative contemporary artist/activist and 15 year resident of the DC metro area, much of Gregg’s work deals with indigenous identity and pop-culture, touching on issues of race relations, historical consideration and stereotype. Gregg advances issues within Indian country such as decolonization, the mascot issue (local and across the US) and appropriation.
Nessar Jahanbin aka ‘JAH’ was born in Ahvaz, Iran in 1983. JAH works in a variety of mediums and has been focused on aerosol for the last several years. Although he majored in Political Science, JAH focuses on his minor in Art, very often bringing political and economic ideas into his work. He is currently a full time muralist and freelance artist out of his studio in Washington DC.
Lidio Arias is a 26 year old artist not born but raised in the bosom of Washington, D.C. He started painting at age 8 and at 15 quickly realized he had a nack for graffiti. Inspired by the artists who ravaged the Red Line with pieces, straight letters and throwies, he would take a marker, pencil and occasionally a can literally everywhere he went. He went on writing on almost any surface that caught his eye, from paper to walls and even skin. Lidio was introduced to the world of murals in 2009 by his comrades Asad “Ultra” Walker and Peter Crisco, also aerosol artists. He enthusiastically got to practicing with a can in hand in order to master his skill yet again. Lidio feels he is no where close to mastering his technique but he knows that his style is unique and his creativity is always growing.
Seeking out old magazines from the 40’s through the 70’s at the bottom of an old box gives me a rush like I’m uncovering a part of history.The emotional historical images within them inspire me to create artwork not only to share what I’m interested in, but also to give myself a little adult education. The decade’s fashion, music, and pop culture referenced in these magazines speak to who I am now. I use images of women in go-go boots because of my love for fashion, the Beatles landing in my mother’s hometown of Manila and photos of wars past because of my father, as my art medium. The idea of the past’s view of what was modern really drives me to visually relate what once was to what is now. I browse my magazine collections often for new inspirations. I will flip to a page that has a jarring image or catchy headline and my mind will react to it. I’ll tear it out and proceed to flip pages until I find relatable images that have a common theme or message like an ad of 1950’s man sweating in a business suit leaning against an outdated air conditioner paired with the headlines about the economy plummeting. The historical pictures alone have stories and emotional value but by adding words to them I can change the original purpose of what the image intended to portray. I enjoy the playful juxtaposition of old and new, black and white to color and severity to humor because I have grown to learn that you cannot take history at face value if you’ve never lived it personally.
Born and raised in the District of Columbia, it wasn’t hard to be influenced by the many forms of art. Surrounded by the culture of the inner city’s developing art scene, it was only natural to gain an interest for the urban street art. What started out as small sticker posts for a few kudos and street cred, grew into a habit for a self-gain and an interest in a mysterious lifestyle. As time went by, connections and a name was built through years of practice. Currently, producing art is for practice, commissions and a therapeutic exercise.
Daniel Sanchez is a recent graduate of Bell Multicultural Columbia Heights Educational Campus. Daniel was born in Mexico. He was in influenced by graffiti and street art during high school. He moved to Washington DC on 2009. He believes that art has the ability to bring people together. He was helping some artist on various community murals with the fine lines program at WBL. He participate in the Fines lines Mural Jam on 2013. He want to master his art skills. He is currently working but during his free time he practice graffiti.
Yanina Angelini Arismendi (aka YAYA) is an Uruguayan-born activist/artist living and studying in the United States. After being helped by other artists to remember her childhood love of the arts, she set out on a journey to explore the world. In that period she has been taken under the wings of prolific artists whom have influenced and shaped her accomplish and develop her daringly distinct, yet comfortably familiar style. She has been compared to Carlos Páez Vilaró , Frida Khalo and Jean Jacques Basquiat in technique, raw power and intellectual/emotional content behind her work. Yanina is a Thinker and Tinker.A painter, designer, tiny house builder, permaculture aficionado, and self taught baker.Yanina and her partner Justin Young’s studio/gallery/event venue Art Mart is set to open its doors July 2015 in Fredericksburg, VA.Her work can be found in a private art collections both in the United States and abroad. She jokes that “her work can be seen under a bridge, in her dad’s garage and in world leaders and famous musician’s homes.”
Shani Shih is recent graduate from GW (B.A. in International Affairs with a minor in Anthropology and Peace Studies) and is currently supporting the Words Beats & Life Academy as an intern. She is originally from New Milford, New Jersey. In addition her interests in racial/social justice, community development and organizing, she is an artist and illustrator and is looking forward to working in both community work and the arts moving forward. As an artist she works mostly in the abstract and illustration/ink drawing, and explores in her artwork the feeling of intimacy in the many forms it is felt in the world, the sensory experience of linework, colors, and form and of imagining different visual worlds, and the human connection to the self and to others in different social contexts.
Jay Hudson’s first artistic experience was in elementary school in St. Louis, MO. Jay Hudson found his artistic inspiration by his teacher leading him and his fellow classmates towards buckets of paints and blank sheets of paper. He knew he was going to finger-paint, Hudson realized that he was about to have an art class and found his inner artist. After that one moment of the beginning of the rest of his life Hudson kept his artistic inspiration and art all throughout high school, college and in life.
Amanda Colegrove is an abstract painter noted for her unique, awe-inspiring style which cultivates influences of spirituality, nature, and mysticism.Amanda studied art in high school but never pursued formal training in art. After competing in an art competition Amanda was able to find her inner artist and started realizing that she grew fond of the art world and continued on with her artistic interest.As result, her very first painting earned a place at The Hyde Collection Museum. For nearly ten years Amanda was a hobbyist painter.
Artist Kevin Irvin aka Jazi, originally from Southwest Baltimore, is well known in the DMV for his old school letter style. His work has been featured in numerous public exhibits in the area as well as in private galleries and shows. Kevin stays true to his roots in his art displaying his mastery of graffiti styles and lettering.
Kiesha Carroll is a visual artist working and residing in Metro Washington, D.C. After studying Art History at Howard University, she has built a full-time career around creating art, teaching arts & crafts, and promoting the work of other contemporary artists. The images that appear in Ms. Carroll’s work are meant to celebrate and highlight the natural beauty of people of African descent. Her creativity is also inspired by current events that affect people of the African Diaspora. She works with a variety of materials with oils being her preferred medium. Ms. Carroll is currently working on a late summer art show entitled #Unapologetic2015 as well as curating pop up art shows for DC area visual artists through her company Mosaic Art Studios.
Omar Thabit Pasha (aka PASHA) is a painter, illustrator, art instructor and digital artist from New York who has lived and worked in Amsterdam for the past seven years. He is best known for his series of portraits of iconic Hip-Hop artists including Public Enemy, Method Man, Madlib, DJ Premier, MC Lyte, MF Doom, Diamond D, Pete Rock, J-Dilla and many others. He is also the creator of “The Shiva of the Five Elements of Hip-Hop”. PASHA has exhibited his work in Amsterdam, Berlin, Los Angeles, Paris, Taos and Washington, DC, among other places. His projects include clients such as Samsonite, MINI and DMC/Technics.
Born and raised in Harlem, New York City. Marthalicia has many art disciplines such as drawing, sculpting, painting and creating large murals and so forth. Current area of art dialogue is based on educating the harmony between animals and humans, in many unique presentations.
Jenai Asemoa Davis was born on January 15 in the heart of Washington, D.C. where she was also raised. Her upbringing in the city allowed her to gain firsthand experience of the different lifestyles and cultures within the district. She is a graduate of one of the few black independent private schools in the city, Nation House Sankofa Institute. There is where her passion for art blossomed. At Nation House, she was exposed to an African-centered educational system that was structured to educate African Americans from their own historical perspective. Jenai was greatly influenced by her first art instructors, Afia Nson and Ron Akili Anderson.
She began painting at the age of sixteen, focusing on abstractions as well as representational art. Jenai attended Morgan State University where she received her Bachelors of Fine Art in 2011. Jenai’s long term goals include founding an art-based non-profit for “at-risk” youth within Washington, D.C., in addition to working as a professional artist. Jenai hopes to expand her knowledge within art, hone her craft as a painter and make a statement through her figurative work.
David Otero is a proud Washington, DC native born and raised in Mt. Pleasant who spent a lot of his childhood in Honduras. He has been drawing his entire life and usually feels most comfortable and liberated with a pencil or paintbrush in hand. In 2008, he worked in Honduras painting murals for my brother’s non-profit organization, OYE (Organization for Youth Empowerment).
From 2009-2014 he worked as an educator in various schools in DC, most recently as an art instructor at several Public schools throughout DC such as Anacostia HS, Woodrow Wilson HS, Roosevelt HS, and Payne Elementary. At each school, he organized and led groups of students in the completion of large scale mural or sculpture projects to beautify their schools.
Rajan Sedalia blends the boundaries of art, design, comics and graffiti. He studied art and industrial design at The College for Creative Studies in Detroit, The Columbus (Ohio) College of Art and Design, and Ohio State University. Rajan finds inspiration in music, daily observations and dreams. He enjoys sharing thoughts with students at schools across the country, including Rice University, University of Houston, MIT and Cesar Chavez School for Public Policy in Washington, DC.
Michelle Chen is a Taiwanese-American calligrapher and painter from Maryland. During the spring of 2015, she created multimedia work for devised theatre piece Generation (Wh)Y, part of the Myriad Voices Cross-Cultural Performance Festival.
Since 2013, through her involvement with MuralsDC, Michelle has studied with and assisted artists such as Aniekan Udofia, Cita Sadeli, and Maxx Moses in the creation of public works throughout the District. Michelle previously worked as a Manager and Training Coordinator at public art studio ArtJamz and interned at hip-hop non-profit Words Beats & Life. She is currently a Culture and Politics major pursuing a B.S. in Foreign Service at Georgetown University.
Dennis Bauser, known to many as SINNED, was born on the South shore of Long Island in 1975 to a schoolteacher mom and firefighter dad. After years of sneaking out to see music and art shows in NYC, he moved there in 1993 to study Fine Arts at FIT. While his time as a student was spent mostly skateboarding and frequenting the most notorious night clubs, he gained a reputation for turning other students discarded art supplies into deeply thought provoking abstract work. He married his sweetheart, took a job at Ogilvy as an Art irector and then promptly packed up his office to spend more time painting. Currently, Dennis spends his time working with ReadySet, Inc., one of NYC’s premier set design companies and painting.
5th St NW & Lawrence Guyot Way NW
Located on the street renamed after the man to whom this mural is dedicated, Mr. Lawrence Guyot, this piece will capture the legacy of social change that still thrives in the history of The District and the hearts of those impacted. Pictured above are his two grandchildren, Grayson and Ryan, standing in front of what will be another part of their grandfather’s legacy.
“They each perfectly embody an element of their Paw Paw. Grayson is the professorial strategist. Miss Ryan is pure will.”
-Julie Guyot, Property Owner
Kenyan St NW & Georgia Ave NW
Many new structures and homes are arriving to Georgia Ave and we’re rolling in the welcome wagon with some new public art representing the culture of the community the new residents are becoming a part of! Give today!
36 18th St SE
“We want our mural to represent what we stand for as a house. We are men of different faiths, different backgrounds, different races, and different socioeconomic classes, but we all share a desire to make a positive difference in the world…Since this house contains returning citizens and supporters of a second chance, we’d like to emphasize in the mural this idea of seeing people as individuals rather than stereotypes by showing how returning citizens (ex-offenders) have a lot to give society and by continually locking people up, etc. we’re destroying their opportunity to serve and give.”
-Graham Mclaughlin, Property Owner
1426 G St SE
Regardless of the negative media coverage, Southeast DC is one of the most tightly knit communities in the country. With a lack of systematic support, these residents have each other to depend on making due with they have and working hard to better their future. That’s what we aim to portray through the new mural.
13th St NW & Otis NW
Not only is Columbia Heights the home of our main office and free afterschool classes, its economy is beginning to boom as this NW metro stop was featured as one of the best places to be after work or after school. This mural will resemble the awesome spike in outdoor activity the people of Columbia Heights are bringing to DC!
8 Florida Ave NW
Florida Avenue is one of the main veins of Washington DC which is why it’s the perfect street for a brand new mural! This neighborhood is right down the street from U Street meaning even more people will see this incredible work of art put up by the youth of DC.