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Rob Anderson

New York, NY

"Create, improvise, flow, connect with the community, and have fun!"
Since the third grade, drawing has been my spark of joy. I never imagined it to lead to an artist career, but along the way, I always carried a sketchbook and I loved creating for friends, family, and complete strangers. People are a huge part of why I like to create. I dropped out of college because I decided that I wanted to develop my craft further and explore creative opportunities. Meanwhile, I worked as a shoe salesman in the upper east side to support my dream. I found myself making extra business by painting on shoes and clothing for my customers. After work, I would go downtown to create live artwork at events and parties. This led to in-store art events with different brands, creating clothing for celebrities in magazine publications, and participating in art fairs in NYC and Miami. After completing a fundraiser event in my shoe store where I donated work for auction, I was inspired to start volunteering art classes with community centers. I experienced the power of art to educate, inspire, bond, and motivate communities, especially among the youth, and I feel like I had found my purpose, to use art as a tool to give strength to others and spread love. After six years of working in retail while honing my craft and building a business of my own, I was finally able to transition to art full time and support myself through creating commissioned murals around the city in partnership with realty development firms and the community. Recently, I was travelling around the country to host communal paint by numbers murals at art events. When COVID hit, my travel plans were cancelled, and shifted my focus back to painting public murals, aiming to spread the message of kindness, community, friendliness, and unity, concepts which I think are so very much needed in these chaotic times. In the future, I see myself as being known for the dedication I always shared to uplifting others with my colorful, bold, energetic, community-centric visual style.
Wescover creator since 2020

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