Mike Giant is a graffiti artist who was born in New York. When he was very young he moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico (US), where he studied architecture for 4 years. In 1993, he worked as an illustrator in San Francisco for Think Skateboard then went on to start his own clothing brand Rebel 8 with his friend Josh. He continued his work as an illustrator and tattooist in parallel, opening his tattoo shop in the city of Albuquerque. Through his tattoos, graffiti or illustrations, the Mexican culture and skateboarding environment are widely represented.
Kevin Lyons is a creative director, illustrator, and artist based in Brooklyn, NY. He received his masters from CalArts in 1998 and went on to create products with Nike, Adidas, Converse, Huf, and Stussy, among others. He has exhibited globally including solo exhibitions at Colette in Paris; Beams in Tokyo; HVW8 Gallery, Los Angeles; Inner State Gallery, Detroit; and Monster Children Gallery in Australia. Kevin’s cartoon like drawings are youthful and bright in hopes to inspire the younger generation to be positive and achieve the impossible.
Andrew Schoultz is an illustrator and graffiti artist based in San Francisco, CA. Through his paintings, drawings, murals, and installations, Schoultz uses symbols and iconography (such as the eye on a U.S. dollar bill, comics, 1990s clip art, and graffiti) to illustrate the weightier issues of contemporary life in America. In densely layered, chaotic, narrative imagery, Schoultz explores environmental crises like oil spills and natural disasters, political issues such as war and corruption, and the economics of globalization and capitalism.
The Draculas are a Southern California-based duo comprised of artists Gary Musgrave and Jeff McMillan. Gary Musgrave graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena in 2009 with a BFA in illustration focusing on printmaking and now does freelance illustration and design work. Jeff McMillan was born in San Jose, California and graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena in 2004 with a BFA in illustration focusing on fine art and print illustration. Last year they officially formed the Draculas.
Adele Renault is a Belgian born painter who is currently based in The Netherlands. In 2010 she graduated from the Academie Royale des Beaux Arts in Brussels with a degree in Graphic Design. Renault is fascinated by the inconspicuous beauty of every day objects and subjects. She paints portraits of faces, the elderly, the homeless and pigeons in a realistic style.
Born and raised in Miami, Tatiana Suarez’s work draws you into a surreal, dreamy, and ethereal world filled with doe-eyed figures. She graduated from the University of Miami in 2005 with a BFA in graphic design/illustration. On both canvas and walls, Suarez’s work is rich with symbols from her Brazilian and El Salvadorian heritage, juxtaposing the beautiful with the exotic and creepy to create enchanted narratives.
Niels Shoe Meulman
Niels Shoe Meulman (1967) is an internationally known artist, born, raised and based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Shoe worked with New York counterparts such as Dondi White, Rammellzee and Keith Haring in the 1980s. Equally influenced by the great painters of Abstract Expressionism, he gradually found his own way to translate street attitude to gallery walls. Experimenting within the traditional medium of paint-on-canvas, but also unafraid to venture into new realms like conceptual installations and poetry, Niels Shoe Meulman keeps pushing the limits of Urban Contemporary.
Ryan Milner is a Long Beach artist who has worked with leading brands such as Billabong, Vans, and Quiksilver creating visual graphics and illustrations for fine art, apparel, products and branding.
Dave Van Patten
Dave Van Patten is a Long Beach based artist focused on illustration, using paper cut outs, acrylic, and ink. The bulk of his inspiration is pulled from dark humor comics, 1960's surrealism, psychedelic garage rock aesthetics, and modern societal absurdity . His work has been seen in Juxtapoz, Vice, NPR, L.A. Record Magazine, and various L.A. based art magazines. He has self published several graphic novel zines and twisted “children’s books for grown ups.” Currently, he is adapting a short story from Arthur Bradford into a full length graphic novel.
Mina Hamada was born in Louisiana and grew up in Tokyo, Japan. She studied Design and Illustration at the Sokei Academy of Fine Art & Design. At the end of 2009 she moved to Barcelona, Spain to study Typography and Hispanic Studies. Mina grew to love the city’s street art scene and began to collaborate with the artist Zosen in 2012. Her collective and individual work is exhibited in galleries and institutions internationally.
Born in 1986 in Manila, Philippines, Bodeck Luna Hernandez and his family migrated to Long Beach in 2001 where he experienced immense culture shock and discrimination from fellow Filipino-Americans. In trying to assimilate to his new living conditions, he focused energy into skateboarding and graffiti subcultures. Bodeck began taking painting classes at Long Beach City College in 2004 and had been exploring different outlets of art and mediums ever since.
Israel Cervantes, better known as "Ezra One”, is a graffiti artist based on Los Angeles. As EZRA has continued to hone his aersol art skills, he has produced a large amount of work that has been recognized and respected by some of the most well known graffiti artists from Los Angeles to New York and all around the U.S. Beyond having the respect of his peers, EZRA's work has been sought after, and has been commissioned by many Commercial and Corporate companies like Nike, Sprite, and even NBA player Kobe Bryant and Lebron James.
Nate Frizzell is a Long Beach based artist who draws great inspiration from nature and human interaction. A graduate of Los Angeles' Otis College of Art and Design, Nate has drawn international acclaim for his work, showcasing in London, Spain, Philippines, and across the US in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and at Miami for the annual Art Basel festival.
NoseGo is a Philadelphia-based artist with a passion for illustration and media arts. He mixes fine art with a contemporary style to deliver highly energetic work. His designs feature an assemblage of patterns, vibrant colors and characters derived from his imagination and his surrounding environment.
APEXER, also known as Ricardo Richey, is a street artist who is from San Francisco, California. His work has been shown extensively both in the Bay Area and abroad. Recent group exhibitions include Calligraffiti: Writing in Contemporary Chinese and Latino Art, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, CA (2009); Bay Area Now 4, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (2005), White Walls, and the Luggage Store Gallery. He was the artist in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts (2007), and was featured in documentaries and publications regarding the Mission District in San Francisco.
Popularly known as "BlueTheGreat," he is originally from Dallas, Texas, but currently resides in Los Angeles California. “Blue” is known for his signature Mummy design which is a very common feature in his works. He also famously painted the cop car that was included in Kendrick Lamar’s iconic performance at the 2015 BET Awards.
Dulk is an all-purpose artist from Valencia (Spain). He studied at the Institute of Illustration and Graphic Design in Valencia, and completed his studies in Belgium, the country where he moved to live and that affected all of his artistic production. Between urban art, drawing, painting, sculpture or advertisement, each medium is a challenge that he takes up with pleasure and determination. His work reflects a surrealistic landscape full of imaginary details and is present all over Europe and the U.S.
Noelle is a Long Beach local who is no stranger to the Pow Wow family. She has worked with Pow Wow Long Beach since 2005 and has assisted many of the greats like Aaron De La Cruz, Fafi, HTZK, and many more. For her own work, Noelle focuses on human emotions and gets inspiration from emotions intersecting in everyday life. She currently works as a studio assistant for Patrick Martinez in LA.
TRAV MSK is a graffiti and street-art artist from Visalia, California. His visits to Los Angeles as a child and the graffiti culture of the city shaped his artistic aesthetic. Currently his work reflects the shift in our society from the industrial to the digital era which can be observed in his pieces that mirror the whimsical signage of the 50’s and 60’s.
Sparc was born in Mexico City, Mexico and raised In Long Beach, CA. He is a modern painter with a clash of graffiti, graphic designs and illustration. Sparc has done murals for many local business such as Studio One Eleven , Millworks at the Packard and Playa Amor. He has been commissioned by NBA Legend Amare Stoudemire and has done extensive work with curators/artist Antonio Pelayo.
Yoskay Yamamoto was born and raised in Toba, Japan and moved to the United States at the age of 15. A self-trained illustrator, Yamamoto's artistic tastes expanded as he fell in love with the urban culture of the West Coast. Yamamoto discovered a way to fuse the two different cultural backgrounds together into his work. Yamamoto nostalgically blends pop iconic characters from his new Western home with traditional and mythical Japanese elements, balancing his Asian heritage with urban pop art.