RedCan’s headline artists represent the broad styles and backgrounds that enrich the graffiti movement. Click on the artists’ names to learn more about them and their work!
A native of Illiana (Illinois-Indiana) now residing in Denver, East graduated from the Chicago Academy of Fine & Performing Arts in 1988. This classically trained scholarship recipient and teacher's apprentice excelled in the arts of Intaglio printmaking and color theory. His love of technical lines and color spilled over into his passion for urban art, and East became a leading influence in the Illinois underground art scene and is a founder of Midwest graffiti styles. With more than 30 years’ experience, East continues to surge forward — through his consistency and perseverance, he has earned the title “Midwest Master.” East is the lead instructor for CRYP’s Waniyetu Wowapi Lakota Youth Arts & Culture Institute, and he continues to pursue his passion for letters and lettering styles. This will be his fourth visit to RedCan.
Wundr is populating the space we live in with his playful, mischievous and always evolving illustrations. The characters he creates are not meant to represent any specific individual, but are stitched together from pieces of all of us. Wundr is currently producing artwork in multiple mediums, including murals, illustration, toys and fine art. Influenced by traditional graffiti, cartoons and comics, Wundr's work provides a fresh take on designing characters that are constantly creeping into our known habitat.
Muralist and painter Ryan James Ryoe leverages color and scale to create his works. With strong roots in the freight train graffiti art movement, Ryoe captures the stress and excitement that often comes with train painting, using identifiable levels of chaos and control within his work. Natural elements, human figures, and typography are commonly juxtaposed to create his individual style.
Rock Cyfi Martinez is a native to Tucson, Arizona. He is now lives and creates in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Pulling from elements of his surroundings in nature and life, Martinez uses these themes throughout his work. He is influenced by his Mexican American heritage and native descent. A self-taught artist born in 1980 with more than 18 years of experience as a freelance muralist, Martinez has produced more than 300 murals throughout his career.
An Oklahoma native, SADAT is an artist of many mediums, though his foundation is rooted in graffiti culture. He began his career as a writer in 1995 in Tulsa as a member of the TMO/BLA graffiti crew, founded in Los Angeles. Later he joined Soul Style Crew, an all elements hip-hop unit from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Sadat is noted for his affinity to style development and letter aesthetics. Over the years, his work has graced public spaces across the country in the form of individual works; he also has contributed to national initiatives with larger artist collectives. One of these initiatives is “Water Writes,” an international mural campaign sponsored by the Estria Foundation to raise awareness for water rights around the world.
Scape Martinez is an accomplished multidisciplinary artist who has been involved in graffiti art since the 1980s. Since then, he has pushed the boundaries of graffiti and street art, bringing this urban style into fine art, public art and education. Scape’s fine-art paintings combine elements of graffiti art and abstract expressionism to create large scale, rhythmic and expressive composition. Over the years, his passion for art has transcended walls and canvas to include public art, writing and art education. He frequently hosts graffiti workshops and lectures for teenagers, fellow artists and educators, and he has written four best-selling books on creating graffiti-style urban art, including “Graff: The Art and Technique of Graffiti,” “Graff 2: Next Level Graffiti Techniques,” “Graff: Color Workbook” and “Colormaster.”
Dwayne Manuel, a painter and muralist, was born in Phoenix, Arizona, in July 1984 and grew up in the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community. After graduating from high school in 2002, he attended the Scottsdale Community College; earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 2004; and ultimately earned his Masters of Fine Arts degree in painting from the University of Arizona in 2014. Dwayne has taught painting and drawing at the University of Arizona, as well as art classes at Salt River High School. Currently, he is a full-time artist based in Salt River, Arizona. He co-teaches mural arts to at-risk youth in a program called “Labor of Love,” creating murals on highly vandalized reservation properties. He also is a co-organizer of the art collective “Neoglyphix,” featuring 19 Native American graffiti artists from the Southwest, Midwest, California and Mexico.
Tyler "Siamese" Read began exploring graffiti culture in the early 1990s in Seattle. After moving to Rapid City, South Dakota, in 2004, he quickly became a fixture in the public art space downtown known as "Art Alley”; eventually, he become the lead facilitator of the space on behalf of the Rapid City Arts Council, where he works as a community engagement coordinator. Siamese has worked on many community projects and was recently awarded a Bush Foundation Fellowship with a focus on developing public art spaces in tribal communities.
Hoka Skenandore was born in 1982 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His multicultural roots include the Oneida of Wisconsin, the Oglala Lakota and the La Jolla Band of Luiseño, as well as Chicano heritage. He grew up in a home where he learned to appreciate traditional native art as well as fine art. On his own, he embraced the DIY ethos of punk rock, hip-hop culture and painted graffiti art. He transitioned from painting graffiti to working on murals in the Albuquerque metro area. After a year in AmeriCorps, he attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2006. He is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Oklahoma. He also has written for First American Art Magazine and Contemporary Native Art Magazine, and he recently contributed his perspectives on the intersection of graffiti, street art and indigenous culture to a chapter written by Matthew Ryan Smith, titled “Indigenous Graffiti and Street Art as Resistance.”
Biafra Inc. (pronounced bahy-ah-fruh or bee-ah-fruh) is an artist residing in the Twin Cities. He took his name in part from Jello Biafra from the band Dead Kennedys, the first band he got into that had content in their lyrics. His work is a visual retelling of stories that are apart of his life; much of it takes a critical look at "white" culture. Biafra is a multifaceted artist who uses a variety of mediums, including spray paint, screen printing, stencils, stickers and posters. As his work spreads across North America, he continues to work tirelessly to get his imagery out to the public.
“My work is a reflection of the culture around me. I retell stories that I have experienced or been told through my illustrations and large-scale murals.”
Tuke began drawing and painting at a young age, and once he got into high school, an art teacher helped him determine how he could pursue art in a more serious fashion. He began working at a larger scale, on both canvases as well as walls. He also discovered an affinity and appreciation for working with letters and bright, vivid colors. After high school, he moved to Denver to attend the Art Institute of Colorado, where he was exposed to new styles and ideas, including graffiti. Tuke says he feels that is where his career as an artist truly began, and he has been creating art in various forms ever since. Now 45, Tuke has worked on projects ranging from logo design and commercial signage to fine-art murals. “I can only hope my art brings the kind of joy to people that I have experienced as the result of other people’s work over the years,” he says. “There is something inherently beautiful about continuing to test the boundaries of your capabilities, and that is the driving force behind my passion for creating.