Groundbreaking artist Justin BUA is internationally known for his best-selling collection of fine
art posters--The DJ being one of the most popular prints of all time. Born in 1968 in NYC's untamed
Upper West Side and raised between Manhattan and East Flatbush, Brooklyn, BUA was fascinated by the
raw, visceral street life of the city. He attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and
Performing Arts and complemented his education on the streets by writing graffiti and performing
worldwide with breakdancing crews. BUA went on to the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena,
California where he earned a B.F.A. and taught figure drawing at the University of Southern California
for ten years.
Starting in the world of commercial art, BUA designed and illustrated myriad projects, from skateboards and CD covers to advertising campaigns. He developed the look and feel of the opening sequence for MTV's Lyricist Lounge Show, EA Sports video games NBA Street and NFL Street, and the world of Slum Village's award winning music video “Tainted” among others. He designed the BUA line of apparel and a limited edition shoe line with PF Flyers that sold out completely. BUA went on to create his own animated series Urbania, which was picked up by Comedy Central and was the host of the Ovation TV series American Revolutionaries.
In his first book, The Beat of Urban Art, BUA lays out his unique vision, melding urban rhythms, graffiti, and classical art training. This visually arresting book is about his life, his work, and the birth of Hip-Hop. As we follow BUA through his turbulent youth, navigating the streets and underground worlds of the urban jungle, we recognize the powerful evolution of BUA's distinct style—“New Urban Realism.” Following in the footsteps of the great masters, BUA represents the lives of both the revered and the marginalized, the heroes and the underdogs of his time—New York City during the 1970s and '80s. In BUA's second book The Legends of Hip Hop, featuring a forward from Chuck D. of Public Enemy and due out November 8, 2011, BUA delves deeper into the history of hip hop and pays homage to 50 of hip hop's greatest names, using portraiture to celebrate each individual's revolutionary contribution.
Currently, BUA speaks on the topics of art and the Hip Hop movement at college campuses and events worldwide, while continuing to be a leading innovator in both the fine and commercial art worlds. He continues to exhibit throughout the United States and internationally; recent shows include BUA's Urban Art Studio at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and BUA NY SEE at Pop International Gallery, New York. BUA's energetic and vocal worldwide fan base ranges from former presidents, actors, musicians, professional athletes, and dancers, to street kids and art connoisseurs.