Purchase 2 7 Avenue Line OTboys- Silver Sign Art Mixed Media on MTA Signage Painting Artwork by street pop culture artist Cope2.
Born in 1968 as Fernando Carlo, Jr. in New York City. Cope 2’s paintings have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the United States and internationally. He is a self-taught artist who is a celebrated legend contributing over 30 years to the graffiti street-art culture. One of New York City’s most prolific graffiti artists, he began tagging his name in the South Bronx in 1978. He developed his style in the subways and streets of the Bronx creating graffiti productions throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s achieving international recognition for his distinctive style.
Fernando Carlo a.k.a COPE2 is an American artist, active in the graffiti scene of New York. Cope2’s involvement in the street art scene of the 80s and 90s progressively made his reputation grow, making him one of the most well-known writers in the US. Controversial, yet iconic, the artist’s story and his involvement in graffiti since the last decades of the 20th century shed light on the history of graffiti itself and its evolution over the years.
Graffiti street pop art, also known as street art, is an urban art form that incorporates a variety of artistic techniques and styles, including original paintings, drawings, and sculptures. This art form typically takes place in public spaces, on walls, sidewalks, and other surfaces, often without permission. Street artists use these mediums to express their creativity, address social and political issues, and engage with the public in unique ways. Original paintings: Original paintings in graffiti street pop art are created using various types of paint and spray paint. They often feature bold colors, strong lines, and iconic images or characters. These paintings are known for their striking visual impact and ability to draw attention to the message or concept being conveyed. Drawings: Drawings are another popular medium in street art, created using pencils, charcoal, markers, and other drawing tools. Artists often create detailed sketches and then transfer them to walls using a grid system or freehand techniques. Some artists choose to create simple black-and-white drawings, while others incorporate vibrant colors and intricate details. Sculpture: Sculpture in graffiti street pop art is a relatively rare but growing aspect of the genre. Artists use various materials such as wood, metal, plaster, and even found objects to create three-dimensional works of art. These sculptures can be standalone pieces or integrated into larger murals and installations. In some cases, artists may create temporary sculptures out of materials like ice or sand. Some well-known artists who have worked with original paintings, drawings, and sculptures in graffiti street pop art include: Banksy: Banksy is an anonymous English street artist known for his satirical and subversive stencil-based works, which often address political and social issues. He has also created sculptures, such as his famous "Girl with a Pierced Eardrum" piece. Shepard Fairey: Fairey is an American graphic artist and street artist known for his iconic "Obey Giant" series and the Barack Obama "Hope" poster. His work often combines elements of paintings and drawings to create striking images. Swoon: Swoon, a pseudonym for the American artist Caledonia Curry, is known for her intricate paper cutouts and wheatpaste installations. She also works with sculpture, creating immersive environments and installations that engage the public. Invader: Invader is a French street artist who creates pixelated, mosaic-style tile installations inspired by the retro video game Space Invaders. His works can be considered a form of sculptural street art. Graffiti street pop art continues to evolve as artists experiment with new techniques and mediums. As original paintings, drawings, and sculptures are increasingly integrated into street art, the genre becomes even more diverse and engaging.