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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Born on a family farm in upstate New York, Justin Suarez is an artist who brings together the rural and the urban. Celebrating wildlife, he paints flora and fauna flawlessly over concrete and brick. The animals he paints come to life as the viewer is drawn into the world of the painting. With over 18 years experience, he has painted murals across the US, and his work has been exhibited around the world. Justin Suarez brings the intensity of a raptor to his artistic endeavors, as well as his work as valued handler of birds of prey at Wild Wings Animal Sanctuary outside Rochester, NY, he is able to capture the majesty of the natural world through his explosive graphics and remarkable technique. He also works well with humans, with a rich history of collaborating with other artists on a vast array of murals. He is responsible, punctual, a master of logistics and a born team player.

In the fall of 2015, Suarez co-founded Roc Paint Division, the City of Rochester’s Youth Mural Arts Program.” Roc Paint is just that and yet so much more. Under the leadership of local artists, Justin Suarez, Lisa Barker and Sarah Rutherford, Roc Paint Division’s mission was to beautify the city’s R-Centers through mural arts while providing employment and training opportunities to young developing artists. What developed through the initial 13-week pilot program in 2016 was nothing short of phenomenal. A team of seven youth created murals at 6 of the City’s R-Centers. The murals were unified by their common theme of growth, chosen in part to acknowledge the major role that the R-Centers play in the lives of the young people who spend time there during their formative years. The project not only provided the seven youth with work experience, it resulted in breath-taking artistic depictions of youth, energy and hope that glow like beacons from the corners of the community that they shine from.

RECENT MURALS/ EVENTS

2018

  • Color the Creek Festival - Battle Creek, MI

  • Meeting of Styles - Houston, TX

2017

  • Above the Radar - Burlington, VT

  • O+Positive Festival - Kingston, NY

  • O+Positive Festival -Poughkeepsie, NY

  • Color the Creek Festival -Battle Creek, MI

  • Meeting of Styles -Houston, TX

  • Burning Man -Black Rock City, NV

2016

  • Urban Nation -Berlin, Germany

  • Ithaca Murals -Ithaca, NY

  • NY Arts Cypher -Staten Island, NY

  • Graffiti House NYC -Queens NY

  • Burning Man -Black Rock City, NV

2015

  • Wall Therapy -Rochester, NY

  • Soho House Murals -Chicago, IL

  • Beautify Earth, Chicago, IL

  • Centrifuge Public Art Project -Staten Island, NY

  • Welling Court Mural Project -Queens, NY

  • Moonrise Festival -Baltimore, MD

  • The Bushwick Collective -Brooklyn, NY

  • Get Upstate -Ithaca, NY

2014

  • Centrifuge Public Arts Project -Miami, FL & Manhattan, NY

  • Art Basel 2014 -Miami, FL

  • Savage Habbit -Jersey City, NJ

  • Dodworth St. Mural Project -Brooklyn, NY

  • Essencia Collective -Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  • The Bushwick Collective -Brooklyn, NY

  • BBoy BBQ -Rochester, NY

  • The Hudson Project -Saugerties, NY

  • Welling Court Mural Project -Queens, NY

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2018  -Low Brow Artique, Aerosol Kingdom (solo show) -Brooklyn, NY

2017  -212 Arts, ANIMALISTIC (solo show) -Manhattan, NY

2016  -Makers Studio, ANIMA MUNDI (solo show) -Rochester NY

2015  -One Art Space, Attack the Block: Street Art in America    -Manhattan, NY

2014  -Low Brow Artique, Brooklyn Zoo (solo show) -Brooklyn, NY

2013  -Gallery 1988, The Humorist -Los Angeles, CA

2012  -Gallery 1988, A Tribute to Judd Apatow -Los Angeles, CA

2008   -Art Whino, Stencil -National Harbor, MD

2007   -Albany International Airport, Natural Selection -Albany, NY

2006   -Yvez Laroche L’Autre Galerie; Street Camp -Montreal, Quebec

2005   -Melbourne Stencil Festival -Melbourne, Australia