SWOON, based in New York, Brooklyn, is a leading artist in the field of street art with a worldwide reputation. Born in 1977 in the state of Connecticut, she moves to New York in 1998 in order to learn art. There, she learns the Renaissance style portrait drawing, but soon she discovers street art which allows her to express herself in a way more connected to her contemporary society.
Street art is said to be born in the beginning of the 70’s, but at the time, the artists were drawing tags (the artist’s name) with a spray on the walls of the city, and graffiti were a sort of style competition and the main way of expression. But from the 90’s on, the techniques diversify and many artists start using posters, stencils or sculptures instead of spray. Among them, SWOON establishes her own original style by making cut paper creations that she disseminates over the city, and her name spreads quickly in the sphere of street art. The characters she depicts are people living around her, starting with her friends and acquaintances, but she depicts them in a delicate but also bold way that evokes the inner beauty of each individual.