As stencil artists, SNIK are traditionalists. Where others have moved on to the digital techniques, using laser cutting and computers to support their work, SNIK have remained true to the origins of their craft. They still painstakingly hand cut their complex multi-layered stencils. This commitment to the heritage of their discipline and the sophistication of their work sets them apart from their peers, their work is instantly recognisable, whether it be graced on a city wall or exhibited in a leading gallery.
AJ Lavilla is a self taught visual artist born in Ilo-Ilo City, Philippines and is currently based in Queens, New York. Inspired by graffiti and street art, AJ's work can be identified by vivid colors with his use of pop culture icons and characters whilst incorporating motivational quotes from the books he reads and listens to while painting.
As an artist, AJ's goal is "to inspire the next generation to pursue their dreams and be passionate with what they do", and that is exactly the reason why he has worked with and donated art works to organizations such as Minds Ahead, Chefs for Kids and Young New Yorkers.
AJ also has an organization back home in Ilo-Ilo - Protect Our Dream Organization - where they provide art workshops to kids.
From stencil street-art to formal paper cuts to wood sculpture, the emphasis becomes structure and movement and the resulting play of light and shadow. A tension exists between careful planning and spontaneity. All the pieces are drawn and cut by hand. This process imparts an approachability for the viewer. I try to convey a meditative yet playful experience, blurring the lines between craft and art.
Lambros’s style of stenciling pays homage to the Masters of 18th Century Engraving. Lambros merges his meticulous esthetic with elements from Art Nouvea, Modern Art, and Graffiti. Further, his trademark style is known worldwide for it’s recurring themes of Power, Lust and Rebellion.
"I push paint."
Rene has taught art & design for almost two decades. His specialty is teaching young people the art of nicking photos from the internet and using photoshop to convert the image so that a stencil can be made. Rene stresses to his students that he can not teach them to be conceptual, but he is quick to advise them to just rip off other peoples concepts because the art world as a whole doesn't care.
Combining his love for architecture and art, Otto began painting creative pieces with one-of-a-kind urban contemporary themes. Originally starting with oil paint on canvas, Otto explored various styles and mediums from collages, to illustrations, to stencil free-hand spray paint on canvas and walls.
Artist, activist and counter culture adhesive addict Voxx Romana has been spreading his Einstein Icon and the moniker Voxx Romana through street art since 2007. Based out of Portland OR, he has become internationally recognized through his use of powerful images and the large quantity of subversive street art he has put up across North America and Europe. The art of Voxx Romana can be described as punk, glam, elegant pop art, with an experimental and devilishly precise vintage anti-hero feel.