Michael De Feo
1995 BFA, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
Michael De Feo, best known in the street art movement for his ubiquitous flower image, has been creating works in the streets of international cities across the world including —Amsterdam, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, and Paris, to name a few. This pared-down, powerful flower motif (its stem is one slightly twisted line and its pedals are demarcated by five looping curves) is not only consistently repeated in De Feo’s street art; it sometimes appears in the artist’s gallery work as well, often atop vintage maps, a metaphor for “planting” and sharing this peaceful floral image on a global scale.
De Feo’s other projects include an award winning children's book, Alphabet City: Out on the Streets, which pays homage to the classroom that is New York City, as each letter of the alphabet is represented by a different piece of De Feo’s street art. And his first foray into curation is marked by the 2007 exhibition “Behind the Seen,” a show that featured some 39 international graffiti and street artists that was staged at Ad Hoc Art in Brooklyn.
De Feo’s work has appeared in galleries and museums around the world including at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, MASS MoCA in North Adams, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico in San Juan, the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, Manifesta 7 in Trento, and the National Art Gallery of Bangladesh in Dhaka, among others. The artist has also been featured three times on the cover of New York Magazine as well as in film documentaries, most notably Alice Arnold's To Be Seen, which was aired on PBS/WNET and screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2006.