New York City Street artist WhIsBe is noted for his whimsical iconography, juxtaposing innocuous and benign images within an edgier context. Mixed with self taught skills and an education from New York’s School of Visual Arts, the artist’s street work began to appear in 2011 across the US and Europe when his McDictator piece received worldwide media attention. The artist was speaking out by depicting Ronald McDonald as a malevolent dictator, as The Huffington Post put it, “the McDonaldization of America.” The use of this figure to expound political opinion in this familiar street theme has become popular among many other artists such as Banksy, also using the jovial mascot as a foil for sociological commentary.
Once on the scene, WhIsBe quickly rose from anonymity to acceptance within the international art community. A feature story on Art Net was soon followed by his art appearing on the cover of Wallpaper Magazine and a four page interview in Materialist Magazine. He was later asked to donate original pieces to the Art Works Charity Foundation, Charity Water and other charitable organizations. WhisBe also regularly works with the Red Bull Company to assist in the creation of art-themed promotional events. In June of 2014, he was invited to curate and produce the artwork presented at the Governors Ball music festival on Randall’s Island where he also debuted some of his latest works. Recently he was named “1 of 7 NYC street artists to keep on your radar” by the popular social website Guest of a Guest.
Most recently, the artist work was on view at Art Basel with Castle Fitzjohns Gallery, Art Southampton with the Keszler Gallery, and featured in HBOs documentary “Better Out Than In”—along with a collaboration with the New Museum to create a limited edition silkscreen print. Already being placed alongside numerous other successful artists such as Marco Glaviano, Russell Young and FAILE .