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Medium: Drawing

Booth #: GN30

Artist bio: Creating with inspiration fueled by music and the nostalgic memories of my turbulent teenage years, I’ve tried to utilize my self-taught techniques, cultivated from urban doctrines, in an effort to create art that evokes an honest & hopefully profound emotional experience. Growing up as a bi-racial child in Salt Lake City, Utah, in a predominantly white, suburban environment, I fabricated a self-perception of pariahdom. Tormented with that angst and confusion at such a young age, I was fortunate to discover that the arts were a perfect way to express the frustrations of my cultural identity. Through my artistic explorations I realized my auto-didactic ability, which evolved into experimentation with nearly every type of art-form, including graffiti and tattoo work, but no medium has captured and retained my affections as strongly as drawing with a ballpoint pen, so that has been my central focus for most of my artistic career.My recent artworks are surreal creations of ballpoint pen drawings on Mylar film, with additional accents of color created from pencils, pastels, charcoals and a drizzle of watercolors.While my art is seemingly filled with symbolic imagery, bearing social or political commentary, I never consciously approach a drawing with the intent of forcing my beliefs or opinions on viewers. My creative process spawns from an organic and authentic subconscious journey and my creations manifest more by virtue of my own self-evaluation and less of propagating my ideology.My persistent drive to provide thought-provoking content has helped to develop a dedicated following of over 300,000 members on Facebook and Instagram and played a critical role in my international success, helping to sell thousands of my original artworks worldwide. For over 8 years I have been touring the U.S. with my wife and two children, demonstrating the versatility of ballpoint pen through the trafficking of my artwork at galleries, museums and art fairs all across the

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