Inna Pashina was born in Russia and learned how to make art there. He moved to the United States for political and economic reasons. Everything he does, and all the experiences he has bring him back to his art. That’s where his heart is.
Knitting has given Sooo-z Mastropietro a way to harness her anxiety during this highly unusual time. What began as small sign post cozies became colorful messages of inspiration and hope. According to Sooo-z, “it gives me a sense of power to sneak out at night and hide my work in plain sight.”
She calls her knitting Project aKNITdote because it is an ongoing mission to redirect her energy away from the unfathomable while trying to keep her family’s and community’s gaze on something positive and happy. Like the coronavirus, she strikes at random and infiltrates various targets with the intent of putting smiles on faces when people can get out to see their world. Her targets include popular jog routes, secret pathways, test sites and hospitals. There are no boundaries and even with restrictions, she finds ways to go out at night and stretch her perimeter. She won’t stop until we resume some form of normalcy.
Renard Kelley, a.k.a. Vens is from Long Island, New York. His artistic journey started in his childhood before he could spell his name. Comic books, especially Marvel, caught his attention growing up. He enjoyed reproducing artwork he saw in comics like Heavy Metal, Creepy and Eerie magazines until he branched off and created his own world of comics. Renard went to school for art and studied oils, acrylic, still life and landscape paintings, but loved cartoons, and their vibrant colors the most. When he was introduced to graffiti in the 1980’s, it grabbed his attention. He also likes to make portraits and still life drawings, but capturing the classic feel of NY graffiti in cartoon form is what he prefers to do.
Renard’s art, whether on paper or walls, is not the same with every piece that he does. According to Renard, “Challenging yourself creates growth,” and all of his drawings tell a story of struggle. He recently started making digital art and enjoys that as well. About digital art he says, “It’s amazing what you can do with digital art by taking your drawings to a whole new level.” Renard is a member of the world famous original NYC graffiti crews, “T.N.S.,” “T.F.P.,” “T.D.S.,” and “Ex-Vandals.”
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