Mikael Carriau, aka Ankh One, started doing graffiti at the beginning of the 1990s on the walls of his beautiful native city of Grenoble, nestled at the foot of the Alps. It is this mode of expression that led him to the benches of a graphic school, the École Superieure d’Art Appliqué in Troyes. Exposed to new institutional techniques, he gradually transposed his pictorial and graphic work to painting, without ever breaking the link to the graffiti culture that motivated this progression. In 2001 he joined the reputed Parisian collective, 9e Concept, and later on worked as an event coordinator for Orange Telecom. He has also been the art director for Graff-It magazine as well as for the fragrance brand Confinluxe. Well versed in graphic design, illustration and painting, Ankh uses all these mediums to represent what he calls “poetry in motion.”
A street artist, lettering addict and graphic designer. Marc Sirus is a creative professional based out of Ottawa. Originating from the nation's capital, Marc developed his passion for lettering through graffiti at an early age. He has honed his skills as an artist and designer. From working on large-scale mural commissions to designing T-shirts for top tier professional athletes, Marc continues to explore the different avenues of his craft.
Alex Lazich, otherwise known as Alex Bacon, started his art career after winning an art contest in 1991 that landed him a trip to Paris, where he trained in classical art. By 1992 he had started working with spray paint, and has been actively painting large-scale murals ever since. Alex has worked in animation, graphic design and illustration for many years, all of which are integrated into his muralism. He has also worked as a commercial artist on projects such as the 1999-2000 Sydney Olympic Games as well as on music video sets for artists such as Lauryn Hill and Fabolous.
David Brunning – TheKidBelo – is a growing presence in the Calgary art world and beyond, with his work on display in public spaces across North America. Known best for his graffiti art and abstract work, David’s work is inspirational and raw, full of movement and emotion. David seeks to engage audiences with his work, asking people to take another look at an art form that has sometimes been dismissed, and to influence the public perception of graffiti art. Deeply connected to his city, his neighbourhood and his community, David is constantly creating and collaborating with other artists across a wide range of mediums. Having built relationships with the University of Calgary, ACAD, FFCA, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary and various other schools, institutions and community centres, David believes in following passions, pursuing dreams and anchoring his experience in the lives of others.
Lacey & Layla
Hailing from the wild west of Canada, Lacey Jane and Layla Folkmann are an explosive combination of vibrant colors and enthusiasm. As brush specialists for mural company A’shop, their edgy take on oils and acrylics is all about daring concepts cleverly repackaged in a traditional fine arts envelope. With training in classical arts but firm roots in the chaotic playfulness of counter-culture, Lacey and Layla are here to shake things up with their work. Fast and efficient, their dynamic energy is a catalyst that transforms any live-painting performance into an unforgettable party.
Naks & Akos
Meet British Columbia’s Aime Milot and Corey Bulpitt, also known as Naks and Akos. Aime, a well-respected graffiti artist from Vancouver, is self-taught in the craft of aerosol paint and precise line work. Corey, who hails from Prince Rupert, has followed in the artistic footsteps of his great-great grandparents, the famed carvers Charles Edenshaw and Louis Collison. He is an avid painter, jeweller, and argillite carver who enjoys exploring different mediums such as spray paint and traditional totem pole carving. Corey and Aime first met around 2007, when they were both artist mentors for community youth workshops. With Aime mentoring Corey on graffiti line work and Corey sharing his knowledge of traditional Haida art, they began painting graffiti and Haida-inspired pieces as a team, both in galleries and on the street. And the rest is history.