Ron English


One of the most prolific and recognizable artists alive today, New York-based painter, designer and street artist Ron English has bombed the global landscape with unforgettable images, on the street, in museums, in movies, books, television, and album covers. English coined the term POPaganda to describe his signature mash-up of high and low cultural touchstones, from superhero mythology to totems of art history, to create a hilarious visual language that turns advertising into “subvertizing” and parody into illumination.

Ron English is a personality who has appeared as himself in such movies as Supersize Me and Exit Through the Gift Shop, as well as a recent episode of The Simpsons, “Exit through the Quik-E-Mart,” playing himself as a member of an all-star street art gang. Ron has also done significant commercial and collaborative work with such brands as Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, Puma, Absolut, Burton, Hurley, Scion and many others. He has designed album covers for Slash, Chris Brown, the Dandy Warhols, and others.


Social Media:

Instagram: 120,000 followers

YouTube: There are over 9,000 YouTube videos with Ron English including:

Ron English and Chris Brown

Ron English paints High-Speed Homer

Cloud, by Ron English

Complex interview

Popaganda documentary

Active since the eighties, Ron's career exists in three separate genres:

  • Fine Artist: Master painter with global gallery representation, Ron’s contemporaries in the Pop Surrealism genre are Mark Ryden and Robert Williams

  • Street Artist: Considered one of the fathers of street art and culture jamming and the world’s premier billboard artist, Ron’s contemporaries in the Street Art genre are Banksy and Shepard Fairey

  • Vinyl Art Toy Designer: Considered one of the best selling and most highly collectible designers, Ron’s contemporaries in the Art Toy culture are Kaws and Frank Kozik

FINE ARTIST:

Ron is a gallery artist with representation in New York City, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Rome, Singapore, Seoul, and Hong Kong. Primarily working with oil on canvas, the artist is as well-known for his stunning technique and inventive use of color as he is for the unique cast of copyrighted characters he has created, including camo deer, temper tots and combrats, sexy cows and three-eyed rabbits, Marilyn Monroe with Mickey Mouse breasts, the corpulent fast food spokesman MC Supersized, and one of his most significant creations, Abraham Obama, a fusion of America’s 16th and 44th Presidents.


STREET ARTIST:

Ron is widely considered a catalytic figure in the advancement of street art away from traditional wild-style lettering and into clever statement and masterful trompe l’oeil based art. Creating illegal murals and billboards that blend dazzling visuals with biting political, consumerist and surrealist statements, English has hijacked public space worldwide for the sake of art. He began painting billboards in the early eighties and soon progressed to murals on such unlikely targets as the Berlin Wall in 1989, the Palestine Wall in 2007, and the US-Mexico border in 2010. His reputation for masterful and enduring murals has earned him invitations to create officially sanctioned pieces all over the world, most recently in London for the 2012 Olympics and in Stavanger, Norway.


ART TOY DESIGNER:

Ron has been on the vanguard of the booming art toy culture since the release of his first toy, “Ronnnie Rabbbit” in 2004. He has released dozens of creations, each with significant variants, to wide acclaim and continues to fetch healthy aftermarket prices for his unique and highly coveted collectibles.

One of the most prolific and recognizable artists alive today, New York-based painter, designer and street artist Ron English has bombed the global landscape with unforgettable images, on the street, in museums, in movies, books, television, and album covers. English coined the term POPaganda to describe his signature mash-up of high and low cultural touchstones, from superhero mythology to totems of art history, to create a visual language of evolution.

www.popaganda.com

Ron English: Artist, Activist, Entrepreneur

  • Artist
    • Fine art painter
    • Worldwide gallery representation
  • Activist
    • Pivotal street art figure
    • Historic culture jammer
  • Entrepreneur
    • Popaganda brand owner/designer
    • Commercial collaborations

Active since the eighties, Ron's career exists in three separate genres:

  • Fine Artist: Master painter, exhibits globally, main representation is Opera Gallery NYC, Corey Helford Gallery in Culver City CA, and Lazarides Gallery in London; One of the Big Three in Pop Surrealism (Ron English, Robert Williams, Mark Ryden)

  • Street Artist: Considered one of the fathers of street art and culture jamming; represented in every major book about street art; is the premier billboard artist; One of the Big Three in Street Art (Ron English, Shepard Fairey, Banksy)

  • Vinyl Art Toy Designer: Booming niche culture; main outlet is Comic Con; One of the Big Three in Toy design (Ron English, Kaws, Frank Kozik)

Featured in major books about Pop Surrealist Fine Art

  • GOWEST! Cutting Edge Creatives in the United States; Daab, 2011
  • Pop Surrealism: What a Wonderful World; Drago, 2010
  • In the Land of Retinal Delights: The Juxtapoz Factor; Gingko Press, 2009
  • Apocalypse Wow: Pop Surrealism, Neo Pop and Urban Art; SilvanaEditoriale, 2009
  • The Upset: Young Contemporary Art; Gestalten, 2008
  • The Artist Within; Dark Horse Publishing, 2007
  • Pop Surrealism: The Rise of Underground Art; Last Gasp, 2004

Featured in major books about Street Art

  • The History of American Graffiti; Harper Design, 2010
  • Beyond the Street: The 100 Leading Figures in Urban Art; Gestalten, 2010
  • Art and Agenda: Political Art and Activism; Gestalten, 2010
  • Trespass: A History of Uncommissioned Urban Art; Taschen, 2010
  • Urban Interventions: Personal Projects in Public Spaces; Gestalten, 2010
  • The Art of Rebellion; Publikat, 2010

Featured in major books about Designer Toy Culture

  • I Am Plastic: The Designer Toy Explosion; Abrams, 2006
  • I Am Plastic II: The Next Generation of Designer Toys; Abrams, 2010
  • Art Toys; Baby Tattoo Books, 2010
  • Dot Dot Dash: Designer Toys, Action Figures and Character Art; Gestalten, 2006
  • The 3D Art Book; Prestel, 2011