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ARTIST MISSION / BIO

The Mission Statement and Biography of

Rahmaan Statik Barnes

ARTIST STATEMENT: Doctors save lives, police fight crime, and the Artist dictates what we know as Image, Icon, and Form. I live a life-style of observation and creation. I believe that being well informed on the subject of your work and having an organized strategy produces a more intriguing work of art. I believe man has the right to choose his reality. In my reality I have chosen my own destiny; time and fate have confirmed that producing art is my positive contribution to society. The work I produce both symbolizes and creates optimism for life in our industrialized society. 
ARTIST BIO:
 
Growing up on the South Side of Chicago, surrounded by urban art and public murals, I became inspired to be involved with the subculture of Street Art. A consequent arrest for “vandalism” put me on a mission to legitimize the production of aerosol murals. This became the main focus of my work: public murals that fuse the graffiti aesthetic with a classical training received from the American Academy of Art. As co-founder of R.K Design, a graphic arts and mural collective, I have produced over 400 murals, received mural commissions for corporate clients such as Coca Cola, Toyota, The village of Rosemont, and Red Bull. I have also produced illustrations, brand identity, print projects for Frank 151 magazine, Argus brewery, and the Chicago Jazz Fair . Through the Chicago Public Art Group, as well as After School Matters, Sense 2004 I have instructed children in mural painting techniques, as well as mentored young artists in their craft. I currently work out of my studio in the Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago, where in addition to my Mural and teaching career I also create art for gallery exhibitions using oil, acrylic, graphite, pen & ink, pastels, mosaic tile, found objects, spray paint and digital media. I am currently creating street art in cities across the world, creating art works for museum and  gallery exhibitions.
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