Poesia /   Unknown

United States 1975

Urban Art, Street Art, Graffiti, Abstract Art, Painting, Collage, Murals

United States
February 21, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Poesia is a world-renown visual artist from San Francisco Bay Area, born in 1975, who has been doing graffiti for twenty-five years. During his early years as a graffiti writer at the turn of the nineties, he was recognized for his experimental Wildstyle pieces. In the middle of the decade, he became involved with the Transcend Collective. During this period, artist became one of the pioneering practitioners of what became known as Abstract Graffiti, along with Joker, Kofie, and SheOne from the collective.

Whether he is mirroring the work of old masters, composing collages, or creating gestural abstract paintings, Poesia’s work consistently carries the same sense of immediacy as seen in contemporary street art. He wields a hybrid style that is able to bridge the gallery with the street, as well as history with the contemporary.

He is also the founder of the website that has led to the Graffuturist group or Graffuturism Movement. The site has become a podium to advocate “progressive graffiti” and unite a geographically disparate community of international artists and their audience. Graffuturism was founded in 2010 and has now exhibited as a group in five major cities around the world including Paris, Los Angeles, London, Glasgow and Miami. With a group consisting of some of today’s top contemporary painters, Graffuturism has established itself as an emerging movement in today’s Art scene. In 2011, at Art Art Basel Miami, Poesia also curated, In Situ, a mural painting collaboration with many artists associated with Graffuturism, such as Kofie, Mare139, Matt W. Moore, Remi/Rough, SheOne and more.

Poesia was featured in Complex Magazine’s 25 most important artists of 2012. He has also been a friend of and regularly involved with the inner circle of since the nineties when he was in three of the only six issues of the printed magazine.

He has shown internationally in cities including: Milan, Hawaii, Glasgow, London, Paris, San Jose, Miami, Oakland, Monaco, San Francisco, Portland and Los Angeles. He has also traveled internationally painting murals or installations in cities such as Barcelona, Brighton, Glasgow, Miami, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Cannes, San Francisco, Perpignon, Oakland, Tijuana, Hawaii, and New York.

YearName of the exhibitionMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2014A Major Minority1am Gallery, San Francisco, USAgroup
201411 Year AnniversaryWhite Walls Gallery, San Francisco, USAgroup
2014Space SquaredBreeze Block Gallery, Portland, USAgroup
2014AlphabetWhite Walls Gallery, San Francisco, USAgroup
2014RewireGamma Transport Division, Edinburgh, United Kingdomgroup
2014UnknownWhite Walls Gallery Project Spacegroup
2014PoesiaSoze Gallery, Los Angeles, USAsolo
2013L’AvenirWhite Walls Gallery, San Francisco, USAgroup
2013Wider than a PostcardBreeze Block Gallery, Portland, USAgroup
2013Graffuturism ParisOpen Space Gallery, Paris, Francegroup
2013The Amazing ArtSpazio Bugatti Gallery, Milan, Italygroup
2013Les Bains Douches Mural InstallationsGalerie Magda Danya, Paris, Francegroup
2013Pow Wow HawaiiLoft in Space, Honolulu, USAgroup
2013While We were AwayWhite Walls Gallery, San Francisco, USAgroup
2012GraffuturismSoze Gallery, Los Angeles, USAgroup
2012Stand Tall IIIOld Crow Gallery, Oakland, USAgroup
2012Futurism 2.0″ Gamma Proforma, London, UKgroup
2012Composite Knowledge1AM Gallery, San Francisco, USAgroup
2012Art Monaco 201299 The Gallery, Monaco, Francegroup
2012More force than JudgementAnno Domini Gallery, San Jose, USAsolo
2011Insitu, Mural installations, GraffuturismMiami Art Baselgroup
2011Walls of FameEmpire Seven Studios, San Jose, USAgroup
2011Fast Forward1am Gallery, San Francisco, USAgroup
2011Rudimentary PerfectionRecoat Gallery, Glasgow Scotland, UKgroup