October Artist of the Month – Michael De Feo
October 3rd, 2017
Michael De feo aka @theflowerguy tells it like it is. Or, at least paints it like it is. De Feo’s whimsical florals have been a fixture in major cities, particularly New York since the early 90’s. You have seen his work thousands of times on bus stops, billboards and posters. While De Feo has been changing the ideas of street art for almost three decades it was only a few years ago that his flower graffiti on major ad campaigns like Dior and J. Crew catapulted DeFeo to international recognition. But has it all been a bed of roses for the ‘flowerguy?”
Michael De Feo grew up in the NYC suburbs; and attended the School of Visual Arts, here in Manhattan. Michael is participating in a distinguished alumni exhibition for the School of Visual Arts’ Chelsea gallery. “I’m inspired by absolutely everything! Living in New York City, one is always surrounded by such amazing energy and vibrancy.” Vibrancy indeed. De Feo’s Violet Vogue covers and Dogwood Dior’s give levity to an industry much daunted by darkness and complexity. Like a literal and proverbial breath of spring, Michael’s work is clean, inviting, and impossibly prominent to the here and now. His happy images have even been noticed by creative directors of J.Crew who commissioned him to create a collection of womenswear pieces based off the very art that graffitied J.Crew’s ad campaigns. The collaborations don’t end there. De Feo has also created for Neiman Marcus, Christian Louboutin, Friends of the Highline and La Mer.
In New York, Michael is represented by another Skyframe favorite, James Danzinger, of Danzinger gallery and by The Garage, in Amsterdam. You can view his art on his website www.mdefeo.com, on Instagram @theflowerguy or on the streets of over 60 major cities in the world including New York, LA, Cabo San Lucas, London, Paris and Hong Kong.