Rtystk works prolifically and spontaneously with acrylic, aerosol and mixed media on canvas, wood, textiles, and t-shirts. The canvases, many self-stretched, are splashed with energetic, vibrant colors, upbeat with African cultural references of struggle and resilience. He calls it “Hierofiti”, conveying a system of creative discourse for the community. By borrowing and incorporating elements of creative discourse he is bridging the gap between visual art and urban communication.
Audio from the artist providing insight into the work:
Artist, Rtystk lives and works in Oakland CA where his signature “Kiss My Black Arts” message has quickly become an icon. Confronting the most private request through the most public of platforms, Rtystk’s manifesto-like campaign offers an open-ended proclamation for the viewer to decipher it as demand or appriciation. Inviting and enticing the public, though ultimately, presenting an experience for the individual through conversation. Since 2013, “Kiss My Black Arts” has jumped from sticker campaigns, street murals to social justice workshops, clothing, large-scale canvas, limited edition prints & music.
About The Ramp Gallery
The Ramp Gallery accepts exhibition proposals on a continual basis. Submission Guidelines can be found here. To purchase work on display or for more information email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can visit The Ramp gallery any time SOMArts Cultural Center is open.
Pictured Above, Kiss My Black Arts, Mixed media on canvas. 2015