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Bio

I was born in Port Hueneme, California, in Southern California. I grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida, and graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, with a fine arts degree, where I majored in drawing.

“I aim to express the inner through the rugged exterior”

While attending college I designed and created custom men’s swimwear, which was sold under my brand, JustinsWear. After graduation I moved to Brooklyn, New York, where i taught myself to paint.

Since moving to Brooklyn, I have exhibited my paintings around the country, in shows in Atlanta, Manhattan, and Miami, during Art Basel 2013.

I’m currently attending the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in NYC, studying fashion design with a focus on leather apparel. I’m a working artist/painter and I’ve also been creating my own clothing samples, as well as those of other fashion designers, with the goal of mass production.

My ultimate mission in fashion is to create custom streetwear that will help others “stand out.”

I relate my design aesthetic to my paintings, in the sense that I use bold lines in my pattern-making, and I incorporate high contrast fabrics in order to set one apart from the crowd.

My style can be best described as a transcending “masculine mix of homoerotic pop-art.”

Exhibitions

  • If That’s What You’re Into: University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, April 2012.
  • NYC in ATL: Inherent Design Lab, Atlanta, Georgia. April 2013.
  • B&M Fine Arts at Pier 17: Manhattan, New York, August 2013.
  • B&M Fine Arts on Grand St: Manhattan, New York, November 2013.
  • Art on The Water at Jackson’s: Tampa, Florida, November 2013
  • Art Basel Miami Beach: Pop up art shows around Miami Beach, Florida, December 2013.
  • Circa Something Gallery: Long Island, New York, June 2014.
  • Solo show: 44 Stewart Avenue, Bushwick, New York, November 2014.
  • Raul Carrasco Showrooms: East Hampton and New York City, 2014-present.
  • Tom of Finland Emerging Artist Competition: Awarded 3rd place, December 2014.
  • Bushwick Open Studios: 44 Stewart Avenue, Bushwick, New York, June 2015.
  • Greenpoint Gallery Juried Show: Greenpoint, New York, June 2015.
  • Where The Bears Are: "Chad" painting featured in this web series. August. 2015
  • Solo show at Ty's Bar on Christopher Street, Manhattan, May 2016-present.