Max Rippon

United States 1983

Urban Art

Max Rippon
Max Rippon
United States
August 5, 2014
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Max Rippon aka Ripo is an American multi-disciplinary artist whose work explores the impact and nuances of textual communication through language, forms, and symbols. Leveraging his study and love of painting, drawing, printmaking, calligraphy, graffiti, and sign painting, as well as new digital fabrication techniques, he has worked prolifically for years in the public space and in his studio practice.

Max was born 1983 and raised in New York City where he began drawing from a very young age and with time his inspirations grew from comic books to skateboarding and graffiti as well as an art education and studying of art history.

After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis in 2005 he quickly left the country for Barcelona where he has since dedicated himself to painting and creating artwork both in the streets and the studio. In recent years his work has become primarily text-based, exploring and communicating through typography, calligraphy and other hand-painted elements. His works often offer more questions than answers, always with a sense of sarcasm and humor laying beneath the surface. His influences are rooted in his upbringing in NYC, his current life in Barcelona, as well as his extensive travels across Europe and Latin America.

He has been combining vintage, and not-so-vintage, lettering with more flowing calligraphy and decorative elements. Also style comes from the different techniques and materials he uses. Whether it’s paintbrushes and rollers on long extension poles, combining that with paint-filled fire extinguishers, or straight spraypaint, or brushes and ink and watercolor on paper, or enamel paint on mirrors.

Widewalls Podcast
Max Rippon – 93 Percent Truth Positive Table
Widewalls Podcast
Max Rippon – 93 Percent Truth Negative Table

Aside from writing on walls, Rippon also writes a lot on paper and on the computer. He was an editor at a publishing house, written for a few magazines, and has been working as an editor for Modart Magazine for a couple of years. He is also writing and helping out with No New Enemies, an artist network started by his good friend Harlan Levey.

Rippon has shown his work internationally with solo exhibitions in San Francisco, Barcelona, Cologne, Brussels, and London as well as participating in curated group shows from Brazil to Romania. He has created murals and other public works in cities, remote villages, and abandoned structures across 36 countries in three continents. The day after the 2010 Haiti earthquake RIPO has painted ‘Heart for Haiti’ in an empty lot.

Widewalls Collection
Max Rippon – Money to Burn

Max Rippon currently lives and works in Barcelona, Spain.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2014W.O.W. (What Once Was)AF Gallery, Cologne, GermanySolo
2013Cut From The ChaseWhite Walls Gallery, San Francisco, USASolo
2013Avant Garde UrbanoMuseo Muñoz Sola de Arte Moderno, Tudela, SpainGroup
2013HypergraphiaBC Gallery, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2013Exposition d’HiverHelene Bailly Gallery, Paris, FranceGroup
2012Signs, Fines, and Cheap WinesWhite Walls Gallery, San Francisco, USASolo
2012Young Collectors ExhibitionLeila Heller Gallery, New York City, USAGroup
2012InsidersN2 Galeria, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2012DetournementJonathan Levine Gallery, New York City, USAGroup
2012ArtboxSwab Contemporary Art Fair, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2012Del Mural’ ArtEspai Mercé Sala (TMB Artspace), Barcelona, SpainGroup
2011Don’t Get Me WrongGaleria Cosmo, Barcelona, SpainSolo
2011WallfowersCarhartt Gallery, Weil Am Rhein, GermanyGroup
2011The Underbelly ShowOpera Gallery, Miami, USAGroup
2011On Every StreetSamuel Owen Gallery, Greenwich, CT, USAGroup
2011In Black & WhiteTwo Window Project, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2011CityLeaks PreviewCityLeaks Festival, Cologne, GermanyGroup
2010Art StarsPhilipps de Pury Auction House, London, UKGroup
2010Never Judge…?StolenSpace Gallery, London, UKGroup
2010Dec Impressions Visuelles & Sonores 7th annual Film FestivaMarseille, FranceGroup
2010Art YouThe Satisfactory, Basel, SwitzerlandGroup
200910 DaysMuseumsQuartier Residency, Vienna, AustriaSolo
2009…is what I meant to say.No New Enemies artspace, Brussels, BelgiumDuo
2009CaligrafaChoque Cultural, Sao Paulo, BrazilGroup
2008Tres Puntos de VistaBorder, Mexico City, MexicoGroup
2008The Piece ProcessAnonymous Gallery, NYCGroup
2008Street Art for Street PapersBergen Kunsthall, Bergen, NorwayGroup
2008Electric WindowsOpen Space, Beacon, NYGroup
2008Apr Santa Monica Women’s PrisonMexico City, Mexico (Mural project)Group
2007Behind the SeenAd Hoc Art, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2007Common PlaygroundCentrul National al Dansului (The National Theater), Bucharest, RomaniaGroup
2007Ne Placa Ce FaciGaleria Noua, Bucharest, RomaniaGroup
2006Wooster on Spring11 Spring St, Wooster Collective, NYCGroup