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

Ron has traveled the world continuously over the past 20 years with no end in sight. His normal yearly itinerary includes 3 to 4 international and 4 to 5 domestic excursions usually consisting of personal appearances at art fairs and trade shows, street art work (murals and installations) and fine art exhibitions.

2016:

February: Rome Italy: Solo exhibition, Dorothy Circus Gallery

May: Solo exhibition, Allouche Gallery, NYC

June: Celebrity Guest: Art Gathering Long Beach

July: Celebrity Artist Asia Tour: China, Hong Kong, Philippines


2015:

March: Austin TX: SXSW POPaganda Party Bus Premiere with special guest Wiz Khalifa

April: NYC: Painted the world famous Houston Bowery Wall

May: Bangkok Thailand: Marquee guest at Thailand Toy Fair

June: Coney Island NY: Painted the Coney Art Wall mural

July: San Diego Comic Con: Featured guest appearance and signing

August: Little Italy, NYC: Painted the Temper Tot Wall mural, Mulberry and Canal

September: Manila, Philippines: Solo art show, Secret Fresh Gallery

October: Houston TX, Museum show “Corpocracy”, the Station Museum

December: Los Angeles Ca: Solo exhibition, Corey Helford Gallery


2014:

February: Honolulu, HI: Street Art Festival POW WOW (mural and personal appearances)

March: Denton TX, University of North Texas Artist Residency (exhibition and lecture)

April: Paris (solo painting exhibition)

June: Waterfront Film Festival, Saugatuck MI (resident artist for festival/ personal appearance) Adding a street art component to festival this year

July: San Diego Comic Con (personal appearances, signings, exclusive products releases)

September: China (solo painting exhibition)

October: Rio de Janeiro (museum retrospective)

November: Mexico City (museum retrospective)


2013:

February: Los Angeles: The Simpsons (featured television appearance)

March: NYC: Scope Art Fair (personal appearance, art installation)

April: Rome: Suggestivism exhibit (mural installation and personal appearance)

May: Denmark: Roskilde Music Festival (Featured artist for festival/ personal appearance) AND New Hamburg NY: Alex Grey's Church of the Sacred Mirrors (lecture/ personal appearance)

June: Saugatuck MI, Waterfront Film Festival (Resident artist for festival/ personal appearance)

July: San Diego Comic Con (personal appearances, signings, exclusive products releases)

August: Las Vegas NV Agenda trade show (personal appearances, signings, exclusive products releases)

September: Spain, Tudela Street Art Festival (mural installation)

October: Rome, MURO (mural installation)

November: Los Angeles Corey Helford show (solo painting exhibition and mural installation)

December: Art Basel Miami (personal appearances, mural installation)


2012:

February: Miami Art Fair: (personal appearances, mural installation)

March: Buenos Aires, Argentina (Headline Festival Artist, mural installation)

April: Rome (solo painting exhibition and mural installation)

May: New Zealand (Featured speaker at Semi Permanent Festival, Painting exhibition, and mural installation)

June: London (mural installation for Olympic Garden) AND Saugatuck MI, Waterfront Film Festival (resident artist for festival/ personal appearance)

July: San Diego Comic Con (personal appearances, signings, exclusive products releases)

September: Norway NUART Festival (Headline Festival Artist, mural installation)

November: NYC Opera Gallery (solo painting exhibition)

December: Art Basel Miami (personal appearances, mural installation)


Other notable recent excursions include:

2011: Detroit (mural installation/street art)

2010: McAllen TX/Reynosa Mexico, Rome and Milan (museum retrospective and mural installation/street art)

2009: Tokyo (solo painting exhibition)

2008: Hong Kong (solo painting exhibition); Abraham Obama street art tour (Boston, Colorado Springs, Denver, Los Angeles)

2007: Palestine (mural installation)