A lifetime of involvement in HipHop culture combined with his radical political awareness, has translated into a successful career as a Spray Can Calligrapher, muralist, illustrator, activist, and educator. Refa One’s design aesthetic reflects his belief in HipHop culture as a vehicle for radical political and social change. His pieces are maps of visions and reflection, capturing the intellectual value and heritage of the common urban vernacular in his work. His themes materialize in the fusion of his unique HipHop Calligraphy and his use of eclectic, cultural iconography. The end result is a multitude of powerful works that engage the spirit, intellect, and imagination.
Artwork reimagines and recreates stories of African heroism and oppression.
I understand the therapeutic impact that vibrant colors can have on the human psyche.