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Eddie Colla

American, b. 1969

Eddie attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and graduated from the California College of Arts with a BFA in photography/interdisciplinary fine arts in 1991. He began his artistic career as a photographer, working first for the New York Times and later countless magazines, record labels and ad agencies. 15 years later he has morphed into one who counters the all-pervasive nature of commercialism in public spaces.

Since 2005, his wheat-pastes and stencils can be found throughout public spaces in the Bay Area, Los Angeles and Miami.  Eddie's work first began to garner national recognition when his street art began incorporating images of Barak Obama throughout the 2008 Presidential election.

His growing popularity landed him attention on internet blogs, features in five published books, and participation in the "Manifest Hope Art Gallery" shows at the 2008 Democratic National Convention and at the Presidential Inauguration in Washington D.C. His designs have been transformed many times over, from stickers, album and magazine covers, and even on t-shirts notably worn by star, Spike Lee during a CNN interview.

Of his work Eddie states, “Some people view what I do as vandalism. I assume that their objection is that I alter the landscape without permission. Advertising perpetually alters our environment without the permission of its inhabitants. The only difference is that advertisers pay for the privilege to do so and I don’t. So if you’re going to call me anything, it is more accurate to call me a thief.”

In 2013 his work was featured alongside Hush, and Blek Le Rat in the Indoor Mural show at 941 Geary in San Francisco and at the Arts Fund Expo at Art Basel Miami. In August of 2011, Eddie completed an 80 ft mural in Little Saigon, San Francisco chronicling the Vietnamese Diaspora. His work has also been featured recently in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Huffington Post and the Chicago Tribune.