One of the most influential street artists to emerge from Brooklyn, New York, DAIN combines the visual language of graffiti with collaged portraits of Hollywood stars and fashion models. Crossing genres and often working single pieces back and forth between the street and studio, DAIN combines wheat pasting, silk-screening, spray paint, collage, and acrylic. His process begins with a black-and-white photo that he layers with old advertisements, printed fragments, logos, and miscellaneous smaller images. He then begins adding paint; his unmistakable trademark is the “circle and drip” around the eye of his subjects. DAIN views his work as a confrontation between the destructive gestures of graffiti and the femininity of his glamorous subjects.
DAIN’s works have been exhibited in collectives and solo shows in Paris, Berlin, Rome, Miami and New York City. His work is included in the permanent collection of the Urban Nation Museum for Urban Contemporary Art in Berlin, alongside artists such as Banksy and Invader. In recent years, DAIN was commissioned for public mural projects in New York City by fashion, apparel, and entertainment companies including Coach, Puma, and Netflix, respectively.