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Eddie Colla

New York, NY

Eddie is a muralist, curator, and artist who’s works are characterized as being political and emotive. Since 2005, his wheat-pastes and stencils have been discovered throughout public spaces in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, and Miami. Of his work, Eddie states, “Some people view what I do as vandalism. I assume that their objection is that I alter the landscape without permission. Advertising perpetually alters our environment without the permission of its inhabitants. The only difference is that advertisers pay for the privilege to do so and I don’t. So if you’re going to call me anything, it is more accurate to call me a thief.”

Eddie attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and graduated from the California College of Arts with a BFA in photography/interdisciplinary fine arts in 1991. He began his artistic career as a photographer, working first for the New York Times and later countless magazines, record labels and ad agencies. 15 years later he has morphed into one who counters the all-pervasive nature of commercialism in public spaces.
Eddie's work first began to garner national recognition when his street art began incorporating images of Barack Obama throughout the 2008 Presidential election. His growing popularity landed him attention on internet blogs, features in six published books, and participation in the "Manifest Hope Art Gallery" shows at the 2008 Democratic National Convention and at the Presidential Inauguration in Washington D.C. His designs have been transformed many times over, from stickers, album and magazine covers.

Eddie has taken on professional roles as a curator at lOAKal gallery in Oakland, a collaborator at the D Young, curator at the Ian Ross Gallery in San Francisco, and many more. His work has also been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Huffington Post and the Chicago Tribune.