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Wednesday, April 30, 2014


Shawni Groves
(213) 255-0059


Angeleno Native & Graffiti Artist Man One Is Working Closely With The
Los Angeles Department Of Cultural Affairs To Bring #FACESLA To Life;
Paying Tribute to Cultural Icons, Children, and A Few LA Citizens Nominated
Through His Social Media Campaign.

Los Angeles, CA (July 24, 2014) Internationally known graffiti artist; urban art muralist, Man One, is prepping to launch his latest project "FACES L.A." (#FACESLA) - an outdoor mural campaign helping to re-shape the perception people have of native Angelenos. The 11-year city enforced mural moratorium was lifted in fall of 2013, allowing artists to once again legally paint murals in Los Angeles, previously considered capital of the world for these outdoor works of public art. Man One is working closely with the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), to ensure all permits and required documents by L.A. City Hall are approved prior to painting. Once the public has been notified and the permits are granted, residents of various neighborhoods can expect to see colorful, large scale murals painted in his trademark style.

#FACESLA ​Sample Mural Rendering
By Man One

Man One, a BA graduate of Loyola Marymount University (LMU), shares his inspiration behind this independent art project: "It is difficult to create cohesion among L.A.'s disparate neighborhoods and communities, each community with its own unique persona, politics, and socio-economics, siloed away from its adjacent communities let alone those across town. Consequently, the perception of Los Angeles is too often limited to Hollywood, the entertainment industry and its celebrities. This is financially rewarding, which is a very good and essential result. Today, however, L.A. is enjoying an artistic and cultural renaissance. Now, for the first time in recent history, L.A. has a unique opportunity to dimensionalize and extend L.A.’s brand image beyond Hollywood and show others something that Angelenos know very well — L.A. is more than meets the eye."


The neighborhoods Man One will be spray painting these colorful tributes in, are located throughout all of Los Angeles County. This ongoing campaign will honor many different people representing all walks of life; children, mentors, activists from many decades ago and a few friends; all who in his opinion, uplift and best represent the true flavor of L.A. In part these murals will connect legacies of the past with hope for the future by bringing neighborhoods together via art, in an ever changing city.

In order to achieve his goal of one mural a month, for an indefinite period of time, he is reaching out to all citizens of LA asking them to share with him which "Face In L.A." should be painted next and why. To join in, simply send an instagram or tweet with the hashtag #FACESLA to @ManOneArt with a photo of who inspires you, and why. If you would like to share a personal story with Man One that requires more than 140 characters, please email: and in the subject line include: #FACESLA/I Nominate. This project is slated to begin in August 2014, to become a sponsor please email

To schedule an interview, please contact Shawni Groves: (213) 255-0059/ For more information, please visit: WWW.MANONE.COM

To follow Man One's #FACESLA campaign via social media, please connect with him here:
Twitter: @ManOneArt
Instagram: #ManOneArt

Hashtag: #FACESLA

Recent Press:

TITLE: "Man One With One Man's Goal: Make Graffiti Legit"
DATE: July 23, 2014
Ed Fuentes / @KCETArtbound


Los Angeles native, Man One, has painted all over the world and has worked in the visual arts since 1987 when he began painting graffiti on the streets. His paintings have been showcased in numerous gallery and museum exhibitions including The Getty, MoCA and LACMA and commissioned by corporations including Coca-Cola, MTV and Nike. In 2002, Man One founded Crewest, the ground-breaking art gallery in Los Angeles largely credited with helping to legitimize graffiti and street art within the traditional art community. Regarded as a seminal gallery in the history of the L.A. art scene, Crewest Gallery curated and produced over 100 exhibitions in 10 years featuring the work of underground artists, known and unknown, such as Chaz Bojorquez, Hex, Overton Loyd, Kofie, Retna, Logan Hicks and Craola, along with international artists from the UK, Australia, Italy, France and Germany to name a few. Socially conscious and community focused, Man One has been officially recognized by the City of Los Angeles as well as by the U.S. State Department for his dedication to promoting international understanding and cultural exchange through the arts. He has also been recognized by Artworx LA (formerly the Heart Project) and by the Friends of the Los Angeles River for his work in mentoring talented young artists from L.A.’s inner city. For more information, please visit: To schedule an interview, please email: or contact Shawni Groves at (213) 255-0059. Art Murals Citywide Program / Mural Ordinance. Final Ordinance No. 182706

Monday, April 28, 2014


​'Just QRious' 2014
Mixed media on wood panel
12" x 24"
72 & Sunny "Born Modern" Exhibition

(Available for purchase, please email:

Los Angeles, CA (April 28, 2014) ­­ Fans and collectors of world renowned urban artist, Man One, will have many opportunities to interact with him at several exhibitions and other art related events throughout the rest of April and May in both, Los Angeles, CA and New York.
Recently, he was a featured artist at the pop-up exhibition curated by 72 & Sunny; "Born Modern: physical vs. digital". The exhibition explored how technology affects our sense of self, through the works of 21 artists. In his words: "My mixed media piece 'Just QRious', is an experiment in graffiti and social media technology that poses the following questions to the viewers: Can you read graffiti? Do you have to understand it in order to appreciate it? Can the common person access art? Who is allowed to engage?"  Los Angeles based 72 and Sunny creates cultural impact on behalf of brands. The company was named “Agency of the Year” for the past two years by Ad Age and Adweek.

Recently, Man One was asked by Shelly Osadon, Creative Director for Shiekh Shoes (Hollywood, CA) to give the famous footwear retailer a fresh look by painting a building wide mural paying homage to iconic, oversized, popular kicks being worn by his trademark graffiti spirit characters. ​​Collectors and fans are encouraged to take flicks next to their favorite shoes or characters, hashtag it with the mural's title #SneakerCreatures and share it. Not only is it a great photo opp, you'll also get a shout out from Man One!

In conjunction with BritWeek 2014, Man One is curating 2 different events, featuring legendary street and graffiti artists from the UK and L.A., joining in this year's theme of "Celebrating Creativity and Innovation Between the UK & US." The first exhibition is free and takes place, May 3 & 4 from 11am to 6pm at the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, CA. The artists participating in this live painting exhibition are: Vyal Reyes, Razer (UK), Easi (UK), Man One, Sand One, Inkie (UK), Codak Smith and Robert Vargas.  In addition, the public is invited to celebrate the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare with exciting performances, music and dance, children's workshops and costumes for dress-up, live performances, including Independent Shakespeare Company, and more at the Third Street Promenade this weekend.

The second event "Music In Our Paint" takes place on Tuesday, May 6th, Farmers & Merchants Bank located at 401 S. Main St. in the Old Bank District, of Downtown Los Angeles, from 7:00-11:00 pm. Music By: DJ PHYZ ED and special set by YOUNG EINSTEIN. Confirmed artists are: Razer (UK), Easi (UK), Man One, Steve Martinez (UGLARWORKS), Inkie (UK), Vyal Reyes, Isaias Crow, Gustavo Alberto Garcia Vaca, Sand One, Ritzy P., Codak, Siner, Eriberto Oriol, The Black Light King, Leba, Hex TGO, Chase, Robert Vargas, Huit and Pablo Cristi.

"Music In Our Paint" is a Crewest sponsored urban art exhibition, curated by Man One, featuring large paintings that celebrate the link between music and street art with a focus on LA and UK artists and music.  All artworks will be available to purchase, in addition to a selection of limited edition prints and a small offering of Crewest tees and merch. This lively event requires an rsvp, and is free. RSVP:
Man One and Isabel Rojas-Williams, Executive Director of MCLA

On April 21, the Mural Conservancy Los Angeles (MCLA) commissioned Man One to restore his own mural at Southern California Library located at 6120 S. Vermont Avenue, South Los Angeles. 'They Claim I’m a Criminal', originally painted in 2010 has been heavily tagged and will now be coming back to life thanks to funds raised by this important public art organization dedicated to restoring all murals in Los Angeles. The restoration of Man One’s mural is partially made possible through funding from Councilmember Curren D. Price, Jr. (District 9)MCLA, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to the protection, preservation and documentation of public murals in Los Angeles. For more information, please contact MCLA's Executive Director, Isabel Rojas-Williams, at 213-291-6900.

In March of this year, Man One was invited to Binghamton University (BU) by, reBOLD Binghamton, a movement that formed out of GEN10, the student­ faculty collaboration at the university that seeks to use design thinking to change perspectives, processes, and communities. He spoke to students during two different occasions and shared his story of how he helped lead the way in transforming Downtown Los Angeles into the present day public art destination it has become. He is working with the city, local artists and students in preparation for the upcoming MuralFest 2014 (dates pending), sponsored by funds raised by BU and generous community sponsors. Man One and his crew of world renowned artists from Los Angeles, and Brooklyn, will be teaming up with Binghamton’s best to complete 3-­4 HUGE public murals. Food, music, art workshops, and community discussions will also be part of this 5 day Mural Festival. For more information, or to become a sponsor, please visit:

On May 24th at 5:00pm, Man One will be a featured panelist as invited by 11:11 A CREATIVE COLLECTIVE (11:11) and RESEDA RENAISSANCE. Together they will present an artist panel discussion entitled, “The New Deal: Art in Public” at the 11:11 ACC Traveling Gallery in Tarzana. Moderated by Patrick Polk, Curator of Latin American and Caribbean Popular Arts at UCLA’s Fowler Museum, the panel will discuss how public art is thriving in the new paradigm of the micro art economy, the unique challenges of preservation and how art in public spaces continues to create powerful and controversial statements, making way for new dialogues to be explored. He is also one of the artists featured in the art exhibition of the same title, opening on Friday, May 9th. For more information, please visit:

To learn more about Man One please visit: To schedule an interview, or view his work privately, please contact:  Shawni Groves at: ( 213) 255­-0059, or by email at:

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


 (Photo by me.)

“There is a love of wild nature in everybody, an ancient mother-love showing itself whether recognized or no, and however covered by cares and duties”
John Muir