Michael De Feo

United States

Street Art, Urban Interventions


Michael De Feo
Michael De Feo
United States
June 23, 2016

Michael De Feo, also known as the Flower Guy, is an American street artist famous for his stylized, iconic flower imagery that can be found in many international urban locations but also inside various magazines. The artist has been working for more than two decades on the streets of numerous major cities, such as New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Cabo San Lucas, Amsterdam, Paris, Venice, Buenos Aires, and Hong Kong. His most recent works from 2015 and 2016, similarly to Vermibus’ pieces, revolve around the takeover of fashion advertising panels found around bus stops in NYC.

Michael De Feo - Es Trenc, Mallorca, Spain, 2015
Michael De Feo – Es Trenc, Mallorca, Spain, 2015

Interest in Fashion and Illegal Interventions

Micheal De Feo lives in New York City with his wife Lia and daughter Marianna and he is a regular supporter of various non-profit organizations, such as Friends of the High Line, The Children’s Museum of The Arts and The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, to name a few. Even though he became publicly recognized for his flower imagery, the artist has created a variety of other works which reflect his interest in the fashion and advertising industry. His illegal public interventions consist of hijacking advertising panels and painting over trendy fashion photographs. However, not all of his pieces are illegal – he also participates in sponsored partnerships. For instance, in 2016, he designed a line of women’s accessories that will be launched in Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom stores. The additional fashion projects from 2016 are De Feo’s takeover of Neiman Marcus’ catalog and his collaboration on a campaign for the eminent designer Christian Louboutin. The culmination of De Feo’s interest in fashion was his designing of the accessories line called eMichael De Feo for Echo. This innovative line is still available at Bloomingdale’s, Lord & Taylor and similar high-end stores. Besides his fashion-related projects, De Feo is also engaged in book writing. His children’s book named Alphabet City: Out on the Streets won many awards. Throughout this adorable book, De Feo uses New York City as his canvas. His paintings on the streets of Big Apple represent each letter of the alphabet, which is a very insightful aid when it comes to learning the alphabet.

Even though De Feo became publicly recognized for his flower imagery, the artist has created other works which reflect his interest in the fashion industry

Michael De Feo - Outside, 2015 (Left) / Outside II, 2015 (Right)
Michael De Feo – Outside, 2015 (Left) / Outside II, 2015 (Right)

Exhibitions and Media Outlets

De Feo’s work is far from being a regular street art. His pieces aren’t bound to appear only on the streets – the artist is also a regular exhibitor in a wide range of galleries and museums, such as The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, CT, MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA, Museo de Arte in San Juan, Puerto Rico and also Colette in Paris and Stolen Space in London. De Feo’s most successful exhibits were Wooster on Spring at New York’s Candle Building, which is considered one of top 10 cultural events in 2006. The same goes for 10 Years of Wooster collective exhibit, held at Jonathan Levine Gallery in New York, in 2013. De Feo’s work is also a part of numerous media outlets, primarily magazine covers. His best-known works when it comes to magazines includes NewYork Magazine’s Reasons to Love New York, then The New York Times and The London Sunday Times, as well as TIME Magazine. De Feo is interested in the film industry as well and considers is another suitable platform for his artworks. His pieces have appeared in documentaries such as Alice Arnold’s To Be Seen and legendary Banksy’s Exit Through The Gift Shop. In 2014, thanks to the excellence of De Feo’s work, Russell Simmons and The Rush Arts Philanthropy Foundation selected him as their featured artist.

De Feo’s work is also a part of numerous media outlets, primarily magazine covers

Michael De Feo - Untitled, 2016
Michael De Feo – Untitled, 2016

Bringing Street Art into Galleries

De Feo’s work has gone through an exciting evolution – he started small and his first pieces were mostly illegal, but his innovative style became recognizable and highly appraised. Ever since the early 2000s, Michael has been having a lot of group and solo shows. In June 2016, he had an exhibition at Rice Gallery in Houston, while in July 2016 he’s about to have a new solo show at Danziger Gallery in New York, dedicated to his new imaginatively colorful pieces.

Michael De Feo lives and works in New York City.

Featured image: Michael De Feo’s Portrait, 2016 – image via instagrafite.com
All other images courtesy of the artist.

Year Exhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Michael De FeoDanziger Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2016Michael De FeoRice Gallery, Rice University, HoustonSolo
2016Michael De FeoUrban Art Fair, Paris, FranceSolo
2016The Fashion PagesThe Garage, Amsterdam, NetherlandsSolo
2015Dream DowntownChildren’s Museum of The Arts, NYGroup
2014A Pocket Full of PosiesRush Art Gallery,NYSolo
2014A’P’art: Le festival international d’art contemporainAlpilles-Provence, FranceGroup
2014Michael De FeoBleecker Street Arts Club, New York, NYGroup
2014Michael De FeoScope Art Fair, New York, NYGroup
2013Free Arts A to Z ProjectHearst Tower, New York, NYGroup
2013George the Dog John the ArtistHoward Griffin Gallery, London, UKGroup
201310 Years of Wooster Collective: 2003-2013Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2013Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PABridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PAGroup
2013Michael De FeoStolenspace Gallery, London, UKGroup
2013Wider than a PostcardBreeze Block Gallery, Portland, ORGroup
2013Free Arts NYC 14th Annual Art Auction and BenefitEyebeam, New York, NYGroup
2012Cit’Imagine… une villeBibliotheque Toulouse, Toulouse, FranceGroup
2012Art Music Success: A Benefit for Bronx Success AcademyFourth and BoweryGroup
2012INTRODUCING: LIGHTBOMBS CONTEMPORARYLIGHTBOMBS Contemporary, Art East Island, Hong Kong, ChinaGroup
201210th Annual Silent Auction to support The Thorn Tree ProjectSkylight West Studios, New York, NYGroup
2012Free Arts NYC 13th Annual Art Auction and BenefitEyebeam, New York, NYGroup
2012TRESPASS: A Benefit to support The Aldrich Contemporary Art MuseumBMW of RidgefieldGroup
2011Collaborative MuralChildren’s Museum of The Arts, NYSolo
2011Coming in from the OutsideOrange Dot Gallery, London, UKSolo
2011A’P’art: Le festival international d’art contemporainAlpilles-Provence, FranceSolo
2011The Underbelly ShowArt Basel Miami Beach, Miami, FLGroup
2011On Every StreetSamuel Owen Gallery, Greenwich, CTGroup
2011Living WallsVarious Public Locations, Albany, NYGroup
2011Free Arts NYC 12th Annual Art Auction and BenefitChelsea Art Museum, New York, NYGroup
2011I have a dream, I have a nightmare: Friday the 13th…New Puppy LA, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2010Mining for Splinters and DiamondsNo Borders Contemporary Art, Hong Kong, ChinaSolo
2010Never Judge…?Stolen Space, London, UKGroup
2010Primary Flight (outdoor mural)Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami, FLGroup
2010Fresh ProduceGraffiti Gone Global, Miami, FLGroup
2010Bembe: Dave The ChimpNina Sagt Galerie, Dusseldorf, GermanyGroup
2010Aldrich Undercover (benefit group exhibit)Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CTGroup
2009New Self-PortraitsHollywood in Cambodia, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaSolo
2009Limited Run 3Open Space, Beacon, NYGroup
2009Blueprint For SpaceArtCenter/South Florida, Miami Beach, FLGroup
2009Primary FlightArt Basel Miami Beach, Miami, FLGroup
2009BKMIA – Brooklyn MiamiAE District, Miami, FLGroup
2009Squishy Universe: A Benefit for Waterside SchoolRIP IONS, Miami, FLGroup
2008The Editions/Artists’ Book FairAldrich Contemporary Art Museum, New YorkSolo
2008FlowersMuseo de Arte de Puerto Rico, Santurce, San Juan, Puerto RicoSolo
2008FlowersManifesta 7Solo
2008Another ShowAnother Space, Amsterdam, the NetherlandsSolo
2008The Piece ProcessAnonymous GalleryGroup
2008Primary FlightArt Basel Miami BeachGroup
2008Urban PaintingAtrion, Carugate, ItalyGroup
2008Aldrich UndercoverThe Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CTGroup
2008400 MLLa maison des Matellos, Paris, FranceGroup
2007Inside OutOPEN SPACE Gallery, Beacon, NYSolo
2007Olympia – Hommage au ManetAssociation le M.U.R., Paris, FranceSolo
2007Michael De Feo: Drawings and PaintingsA3 Art Fair, Paris, FranceSolo
2007Behind the SeenAd Hoc Gallery, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2007Primary FlightArt Basel Miami BeachGroup
2007Ad Hoc ArtFountain Art FairGroup
200635th Independence Day Art FestivalPark Gallery, Kathmandu, NepalGroup
2006Wooster on SpringCandle Building, New York, NYGroup
2006Snackshop 5000: The Vending Machine ShowNeuberger Museum, Purchase, NYGroup
2005Two AtmospheresAldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CTSolo
2005Alphabet CityColette, Paris, FranceSolo
2005Alphabet CityThe New Museum Store, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NYSolo
2005Escape From Suburbia583 Art Gallery, Stamford, CTGroup
2005RadiusRGA Gallery, Ridgefield, CTGroup
2005Keep A BreastStay Gold Gallery, Brooklyn, NY & The Lab 101, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2004For The PeopleCrucible Steel Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2004Hollywood: The RemixWooster Arts Space, New York, NYGroup
2004The Interventionists: Art in the Social SphereMassachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, MAGroup
2003Michael De Feo90 Square Meters, Amsterdam, the NetherlandsSolo
2003Michael De FeoNew Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NYGroup
2003The Art of RebellionDie Registratur, Munich, GermanyGroup
2003Ill CommunicationUrbis, Manchester, EnglandGroup
2002ULTRAThe Little Theatre, Seattle, WAGroup
2002Stick’em UpMagma London, UKGroup
2002Repellent MagazineArtists Space, New York, NYGroup
2001Michael De FeoHalcyon, Brooklyn, NYSolo