Frank Shepard Fairey was born on February 15 1970, in Charleston South Carolina. He specializes in print art and political art, he is a relatively new artist, he first became known with his ‘Andre the Giant has a Posse’ sticker campaign, but later made a major breakthrough with his Barack Obama piece named ‘Hope’ in 2008. His art is spread throughout the world not only in galleries but also in public areas all over the world, his work features in galleries such as The Smithsonian, Victoria and Albert Museum and The Museum of Modern Art.
He was brought up in a middle class family and from his early childhood had a strong interest in skateboarding and artwork, Fairey graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration. He first started placing his art on skateboards as a child, but later decided to take his art more seriously as he had his first breakthrough at Boston Institute of Contemporary Art having his first exhibtion named ‘Supply & Demand’.
What seperates Fairey with many other artists is that he places most of his work on streets and sides of buildings, this often comes with great risks as Fairey has experienced many times with many charges against him.
Fairey created the "André the Giant Has a Posse" sticker campaign in 1989, while attending the Rhode Island School of Design . This later evolved into the "Obey Giant" campaign, which has grown via an international network of collaborators replicating Fairey's original designs. As with most street artists, the Obey Giant was intended to inspire curiosity and cause people to question their surroundings.
Originally intended to create popularity amongst his classmates and college peers, Fairey states "At first I was only thinking about the response from my clique of art school and skateboard friends. The fact that a larger segment of the public would not only notice, but investigate, the unexplained appearance of the stickers was something I...