Besides being Rockstar Trekell Pro Team Artists, what do Greg “Craola” Simkins and Tony Curanaj have in common? GRAFFITI!
But how did these two artists with roots in graffiti go from street art to fine art?! Even more intriguing?? How did these two artists with such similar backgrounds end up making names for themselves in the fine art category in two completely different ways?!
Join us for a Trekell Pro Team Artist extravaganza! This FREE Live Discussion and Q & A with Trekell Pro Team Artists Greg "Craola" Simkins and Tony Curanaj will be moderated by Trekell Pro Team Artist Natalia Fabia on May 25th at 3PM PST.
Listen in as these two artists, with vastly different styles, discuss their journey from the world of graffiti into the world of fine art.
Not to mention, their techniques and favorite Trekell products!
GREG ‘CRAOLA’ SIMKINS
Greg ‘CRAOLA’ Simkins was born in 1975 in Torrance California, just south of Los Angeles. He began drawing at the early age of three and continued to progress to the age of 18, when he started doing graffiti under the name ‘CRAOLA’.
Graffiti art became his impetus for creating and gave him the confidence to paint large works. After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art from California State University of Long Beach in 1999, Simkins worked as an illustrator for various clothing companies, bands and video games all while attempting to paint with every free moment he had.
Simkins’ artwork has appeared in museums and galleries throughout the world. It is his careful weaving of pop culture, the old masters, nature, carnival kitsch, and (most importantly) his warped imagination, that makes Greg Simkins a sought-after surrealist painter today.
Born in New York in 1973, Tony’s fine art career began in the late 80’s as an innovator and legendary influence in the worldwide graffiti scene (known as “SUB”). After attending the School of Visual Arts in NYC, his ability to execute work of the highest quality landed him at Disney and MTV as a head designer and painter.
Always an admirer of the old masters, Tony became a member of the Water Street Atelier in 1999 - an institution founded on the ideals of academic realism - where he began to explore and develop his style as a fine artist. Tony’s work can be found in some of the most prestigious collections in the country.
Curanaj is always experimenting, always creating — when Tony is not painting in his studio or teaching the fundamentals of painting and picture-making with his students, you can find him spray-painting graffiti with the DF crew, creating large scale murals all over the world, drawing and talking about art with fellow artist Edward Minoff on their popular podcast, Suggested Donation Podcast.
Register today! This event is absolutely FREE, so snag your spot before it’s too late!! We hope to “see” you there!!!