As director of the AeroSoul organization I've been afforded the opportunity to serve in a leadership capacity that has international influence amongst spray can Artists of African descent. It is an honor paired with great responsibility meant to inspire creativity that transforms community visual landscapes. Here is a short documentary highlighting some of the work AeroSoul Artists do in struggling neighborhoods where we promote LOVE through Art.
Ok folks here it is... This is the project I've been grinding on with my mural team.
We're finally done with this Labor of Love.
200ft x 20ft of pure creativity. Please come out and celebrate the transformative change
we're bringing through Mural painting to heal Oakland. AeroSoul is on the move y'all!
Refa One Mural Unveiling
Wednesday March 5th 2014
Market St. between 35th and 36th Streets under the 580 freeway. Oakland, CA
AeroSoul's Director Refa One goes on Air with HipHop Journalist Davey D and also gives an in-depth interview with Minister of Information JR.
Tune in,Turn On and Get Hip.
KPFA (Morning Mix/Hard Knock Radio)
San Francisco Bayview Paper
Join the Pan African Diaspora Spray Can Arts movement in their effort to end youth Violence. See the masterpieces of some of the Best HipHop Calligraphers in the world. AeroSoul3 Features some the early Legendary New York Subway Writers as well as artists from the Bay Area,LA, Senegal West Africa and Europe. This Closing Reception event is designed to promote Unity and Community Solidarity through HipHop Culture.
Music,Art,Dance,The Word and Love
Family Friendly and FREE!
February 22,2013 6pm-12Mid
African American Art and Culture Complex 762 Fulton St. San Francisco CA
That’s right ‘chall… AeroSoul, the world’s most comprehensive body of work focusing on the African/Black experience in Spray Can Writing Culture is coming to SanFrancisco California this summer July 13th-15th. The Exhibit will break historical ground at the prestigious African American Art & Culture Complex in San Francisco’s Fillmore district. 2012 marks the 3rd year for this annual Pan-African Spray Can Art Festival. AeroSoul 3, “From Khemet to Aztlan” will feature a body of work accentuating the African presence in art from Ancient Africa to the early African presence in the western hemisphere through the style lens of HipHop Calligraphy and iconography. This collection work and artifacts will represent some of the worlds most skilled muralist and illustrators in the African Diaspora. Aerosoul3 will chart the historic evolution of Spray Can Writing Culture from it’s East Coast(New York City/Philadelphia) origins to it’s style successors world wide through the narrative of the African experience. Artist from across the United States, Europe and West Africa will converge for this annual festival to celebrate the African Legacy in Spray Can Writing Culture as well as joining together to paint a Mural in the tradition of the HipHop genre. The Gallery exhibit will run a full 6 month period from July 2012-February 2013. During the Opening weekend an Artist panel from around the globe as well as representatives from different dynastic periods will speak about the state of the art and their rich experience. This year AeroSoul 3 is proud present the Youth edition of the exhibit that will run congruently at the AAACC. The Youth show will highlight the young and upcoming masters of the craft that have been engaged in programs provided by AeroSoul Art instructors. The AeroSoul line up is very impressive this year with a cast of writers from NewYorks 1970’s & 80's era, Riff170, Slave TF5, Butch2,Tean TMT, Kade TMT,Chain3,Skeme, Shame125, Sak MBT, and Soon1 to name a few. Mark your calendars folks, this historic event to promote the legacy of writing culture and end youth violence through art is not to be missed. For more info go towww.AeroSoulArt.com and www.AAACC.org
Check out the promo trailer for AeroSoul 3...This will be Historic!
Last Fridays show at First Love gallery sent shock waves through Oakland's Art Murmur as the Truth 2 Power art collective made their maiden voyage as a Political voice. Discourse,Enlightenment,struggle and understanding resonated from the brilliant works that challenges topics ranging from U.S. foreign policy to Monsonto's bio engineered foods.
Take a look
Hip Hop is Running a Political Slate This Friday in Oakland at the First Love Gallery.
"Train of Thought"(extended election edition) is a collection of my latest illustrations and Paintings speaking to the Ominous state of political affairs in the world. Come out for the first Friday Oakland Art Murmur and engage the Art Work, witness the Political Debate for Presidency in the Visual Art Dimension. The Show features collaborations with Eesuu Orundide and Githinji Omiiroo. The Reception is also a west Oakland Community fundraiser to complete a MLK mural in progress at Martin Luther King Elementary School.
Refa One is a politically progressive artist bold enough to speak truth 2 power with his work and political commentary. Thoughts and Opinions expressed here are rarely found in contemporary HipHop culture, yet they are relevant to conditions facing justice loving people.