Frank Shepard Fairey
“I think that art has the ability to capture people's imaginations and make them think that more is possible”- Shepard FaireyA leading figure in the world of street art, Shepard Fairey is famous for his epochal counterculture-inspired art. With his unique approach influenced by communist propaganda, he is breaking many rules of contemporary art. Fairey’s art is a brilliant mixture of graffiti, pop art, business art, appropriation art with a playful note of Marxist theory. Born on February 15, 1970, in Charleston, South Carolina in the United States, Frank Shepard Fairey’s beginnings are related to skateboarding counterculture activity that was weirdly associated with rebellion. His claim to fame was meteoric due to his most famous artworks "Andre the Giant Has a Posse" (which later evolved into Obey campaign) and “Hope” poster depicting then U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama. Through social and political criticism, many of his works advocate for awareness and change, arousing interest and asking the viewers to reexamine their hollow contemporary lifestyle. Today, Shepard Fairey’s popularity goes beyond the world of street art. He is truly one of the most prolific artists and social activists working today, a true representation of what it means to be a street artist. His work can be found from abandoned buildings, streets, and empty wall spaces to the most prestigious museums and galleries all around the world.