The Urban Art Fair is making it's American debut from June 29th through July 3rd at Spring Studios in lower Manhattan.
I'm exhibiting a series of original paintings from my recent collaborations with J.Crew, Neiman Marcus and Christian Louboutin in a fashion-focused portion of the Urban Art Fair called Urban Influence.
The fair opens on Thursday, June 29th from 4-10pm. Please join me on Thursday or on Saturday at 12 noon when I'll be giving a brief talk about my work.
For tickets and complete details, please visit www.urbanartfair.com/en.
I'm very proud and excited to be a participating artist in the La Mer Wave Walk raising money to protect our oceans and marine habitats.Working in collaboration with the ocean conservation organization Project 0, La Mer will effect real change through art, awareness and connectivity.
La Mer and Project 0 brought together a total of 50 influential artists, designers and culture-makers to create their own wave-inspired, charitable works of art. Participants include Keith Richards, Julian Schnable, Vivienne Westwood, Barry McGee, Cara Delevigne, Bruce Webber, Anna Ewers, Richard Branson, Sierra Miller, Slash, Dustin Yellin, Jake Chapman, Lui Bolin and more.
On display in New York City during the months around World Oceans Day, the artworks will be auctioned off with all net proceeds going to ocean protection efforts.
For the complete details including brief video interviews with me, Jimmy Jagger, Laird Hamilton and Margaret Zhang, please visit La Mer Wave Walk.
About two years ago I hijacked one of J.Crew's advertisements in New York and gave it the floral treatment. Little did I know that it would lead to a collaboration and a line of shirts. It's been a topsy-turvy ride and I'm savoring the irony.
For the complete story and a behind the scenes look, visit the J.Crew blog.
The MICHAEL DE FEO FOR J.CREW shirts were a total hit and they're presently all sold out! Thank you all for your support!
I'm honored and excited to collaborate with Friends of the High Line again, this time for their Septermber-long Chelsea Grasslands celebration! My flower-themed work graced everything from park signage to the Friends of the High Line home page to a free, limited edition poster available to visitors.
My poster celebrating the Chelsea Grasslands (pictured on the left) was available all of September on the High Line and my designs were also featured on all official signage in the park throughout the month. You can see more of my work for the Grasslands Celebration here: Chelsea Grasslands
See you on the High Line!
For the Fall 2016 season I teamed up with Michelle Smith, designer and co-founder of MILLY, to create a limited edition collection of leather biker jackets featuring my hand-painted art.
This collection is my first foray into painting directly onto leather. I created 40 one-of-a-kind jackets, 20 on white leather and 20 on black leather. Each hand-painted, autographed jacket will be available in MILLY boutiques in East Hampton and on Madison Avenue as well as online at MILLY.com.
MILLY Madison Avenue
900 Madison Avenue (at 73rd St.), New York, NY 10021
MILLY East Hampton
54 Main Street, East Hampton, NY 11937
In the summer of 2016 I had my first solo exhibition at Danziger Gallery in New York City. I exhibited a selection of new fashion takeover paintings on magazine pages as well as paintings on bus-shelter advertisements and works on canvas. Some of these pieces remain for purchase, please contact the gallery for details.
95 Rivington Street
New York, NY 10002
T: +1.212.629.6778 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: danzigergallery.com
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 11 - 6, Mondays by appointment
Huge thanks to Lilah Ramzi at VOGUE.com for interviewing me about my show at Danziger Gallery.
You can read "Meet the Artist Using Vogue Covers as His Canvas" at VOGUE.com.
While in Houston last June to create my installation, Crosstown Traffic at Rice Gallery, I had the great pleasure of being filmed by Mark and Angela Walley of Walleyfilms.
I'm super excited with how their short documentary came out and how they captured me at work and my process.
Watch Crosstown Traffic by Walleyfilms.
I'm absoultely honored to be invited by Rice Gallery in Houston to realize a large scale installation at their beautiful space on the campus of Rice University.
Rice Gallery is the only university based art gallery in the nation dedicated solely to site-specific installation art. My installation is titled "Crosstown Traffic" and occupies the entire window space at the facade of the gallery measuring 16 feet tall and over 44 feet wide.
If you're in Houston, be sure to check it out. The installation is on view until August 28 and open to the public Monday-Friday, 7am-9pm, Saturday - Sunday, 11am-5pm.
Please visit Rice Gallery for complete exhibition details.
I'm thrilled to be featured on the front page of the April 12th, Thursday Styles Section of The New York Times! Many thanks to Laura Holson, Michael Nagle and everyone at the NYT for this great piece!
Please visit The New York Times to read the article!
I'm thrilled to announce that for the very first time I'll be exhibiting selections from my series of paintings created atop fashion photography and advertisements. What originally began as an exploration of replacing the advertisements in NYC bus-stop shelters with my paintings on paper has led me to use the advertisements themselves as the medium for the paintings. After painting on the ads, I then return them to the bus-stop shelters for display. These subtle interventions frequently exist unnoticed as they are sometimes interpreted as simply the ads themselves.
While I continue to source the ads from these public spaces (and return them in an altered state) my appetite for images has outgrown what's available in the bus shelters. I've expanded the project to painting on images I source from fashion magazines.
This inaugural exhibition opens on April 8th at The Garage in Amsterdam. To keep abreast of forthcoming exhibition details, please sign up for my newsletter in the CONTACT section and follow me on my Instagram feed.
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I'm very excited to report that I've recently collaborated with the luxury department store, Neiman Marcus for the covers of their April catalog, "THE BOOK".
I had free reign to paint atop the images shot by Andreas Sjodin (details of both covers are pictured on the left). The catalog has two covers with women's on one side and men's on the flip side. Because of the double cover and an additional catalog for kids, shipping the catalogs requires a plastic envelope. I was invited to create the hand-painted typography on the shipping envelope, as well.
You can view the catalog on the Nieman Marcus website here.
We've recently posted a large number of my new paintings in the INSIDE section of the site. Included are numerous works from my new series of paintings on pages from fashion magazines.
Also be sure to check out the new photos posted in the OUTSIDE section of the site. These chronicle some of my fun in the streets during my recent travels. Also included are images from 2015 takeovers of the ad spaces in NYC bus shelters.
Recently, I had the great pleasure of being interviewed by London's premier florist, McQueens. Known around the world, McQueens is the go-to florist for A-list clients, luxury hotels, the Academy Awards and more. Please visit their blog to read the interview. Many thanks to Duncan and the team at McQueens!
Many big thanks to my pals Zach Weiss and Donald Robertson for this article on me in the New York Observer featuring my new fashion painting project!
Many thanks to Saskia Weigel at Germany's TEASER magazine for her write up on my work!
If you speak German, have a look at Kulter: INSTAGRAM PORTRAIT: MICHAEL DE FEO.
Many thanks to Annarita Schioppa for the coverage of my new paintings in NSS Magazine!
Recently Maisie Skidmore of AnOther Magazine had this to say about my Instagram feed and new fashion advert paintings: "Michael De Feo's Instagram feed is a feat of floriculture (and a brushstroke of genius)".
Thanks for the kind and generous article, Maisie!
You can have a look at the entire piece here: In Bloom: The Flower Guy at AnOther Magazine.
Last winter I had the great pleasure of hosting fellow artist, Isabella Huffington, for a visit to my West Village studio. Check out the article she wrote at QUIETREV.com where she and I investigate the dual roles artists often need to take on. Many thanks to Isabella, Susan Cain and the entire team at Quiet Revolution!
I'm happy to announce a new series of works created in the medium of neon. These sculptures are based on my hand drawn flowers.
For compete details and photographs of the new works take a look at the Neon Project PDF.
Recently I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Noelle Bodick of Artspace.
Artpace regularly interviews artists, curators, collectors and more and I'm honored to be included in their talented roster.
The complete interview, Street Artist Michael De Feo on His Blossoming Interventions, and Being "the Flower Guy" can be found on the Arspace web site.
Big thanks to my buddy, Gavin Thomas, who shot the cover feature for the new issue of INKED Magazine with the lovely Radeo Suicide.
Visit the INKED Magazine website to check out the feature.
I'm very pleased to report my collaboration with the rebranding of one of my favorite non-profit groups, FreeArtsNYC and their partner with the project, Red Peak Branding. It's called the A to Z Project, an original alphabet created via the collaboration of 45 artists, illustrators, and designers. The resulting typeface serves as the foundation of their rebranding. Each of the 45 participants were assigned a single letter, number or punctuation mark. I was given the letter "K" (my solution can be seen in the image to the left).
I'm honored to be among the invited collaborators, a list which includes such talents as Diane von Furstenberg, George Lois, Cynthia Rowley, Michael Arad, Joe Mimran, Tony DiSpigna, James Nares, Eric Haze, Fabien Baron, James Nares and many more.
Many thanks to FreeArtsNYC and Red Peak Branding for including me in this exciting project and for their tireless work and dedication to kids and families in need.
To learn more about the project and its participants, please visit the A to Z Project website.