Biafra is an artist whose work you’ve most likely seen adorning the streets over hanging in an art gallery. “I think street art is a powerful tool. Unlike traditional galleries, which have a reputation for appealing to a wealthier demographic, you are able to make your art accessible to everyone. It's a much more blue collar art form.” Bold, black lines and vibrant colors burst off the setting of urban rust and decay. Twisting, turning- the art interacts with buildings and walls- bringing a scene to life within the community that isn’t possible on a traditional white canvas.
The contrast of canvas and color is also reflected within the themes of Biafra’s work. At times adopting a 1950s style juxtaposed with social commentary. Biafra’s pieces have touched on themes of the tobacco industry, the oil industry, “the feeling of being overwhelmed” and “white culture that surrounds American values.” Inspiration stemming from current events, his personal experiences and the stories of others are transformed into characters and scenes displayed in his art.
We've teamed up with Biafra several times and can’t wait to share his new anti tobacco piece at Commune Minneapolis’s one year Anniversary August 24th at Icehouse. “My favorite thing about Commune is that they aren't pushy with their message. Hearing how the industry affects other people, animals and the planet is a powerful message. Knowing where your products are coming from and what it is affecting can change a lot of opinions much more than 'you know that's gonna kill you, right?'’ Socially conscious and bona fide nonconformist, the work of Biafra will have you pause for a moment and admire the merging of manufactured structure and organic design.
You can check out more of Biafra’s work at bainfrainc.com or by giving him a follow @biafrainc on Insta or Biafra Art on Facebook.