Vandal Gummy Bear - Canvas Wall
Emerging New York City Street artist WhIsBe is noted for his whimsical iconography, juxtaposing innocuous and benign images within an edgier context. Mixed with self taught skills and an education from New York’s School of Visual Arts, the artist’s street work began to appear in 2011 across the US and Europe when his McDictator piece received world wide media attention. The artist was speaking out by depicting Ronald McDonald as a malevolent dictator, as The Huffington Post put it, “the McDonaldization of America.” The use of this figure to expound political opinion in this familiar street theme has become popular among many other artists such as Banksy, also using the jovial mascot as a foil for sociological commentary.
Once on the scene, WhIsBe quickly rose from anonymity to acceptance within the international art community. A feature story on Art Net was soon followed by his art appearing on the cover of Wallpaper Magazine and a four page interview in Materialist Magazine. He was later asked to donate original pieces to the Art Works Charity Foundation, Charity Water and other charitable organizations. WhIsBe also regularly works with the Red Bull Company to assist in the creation of art-themed promotional events. In June of 2014 and 2015, he was invited to curate and produce the artwork presented at the Governors Ball music festival on Randall’s Island where he also debuted some of his latest works. He was named “1 of 7 NYC street artists to keep on your radar”.
Most recently, the artist work was on view at Art Basel, Art Southampton, Art Wynwood with Oliver Cole Gallery and featured in HBOs BANKSY documentary “Better Out Than In”. Already being placed alongside numerous other successful artists such as Marco Glaviano, Russell Young and FAILE .
WhIsBe is best known for producing jarring social commentary by placing innocuous imagery within a provocative context. The artist garnered significant attention for his depiction of Ronald McDonald as a dictator, which juxtaposed the smiling mascot with historical iconography of totalitarianism. He continues to question the power of corporations by injecting his own critical twist into the eye-catching, visual world of mass culture.
American, b. 1987