Photo by Andrew Wilkinson
My art is a fusion of life and imagination. I take graffiti and morph it with fine art ,combine it with an underlying message. This allows me to reach a wide variety of people. The image relates more to youth, the message to adults. My design pulls them together bringing them to the middle ground to which they relate.
I am about my message. My art is my voice, my protest , agreement, whisper, shout, and cry. “To see my artwork is to see me to understand my artwork is to think about the message it conveys. This is my life”..
Leon Rainbow is an artist in Trenton NJ who creatively combines graffiti, street art and other artistic forms into innovative projects and events. He reaches out to wide audience, from galleries to the walls of inner cities. As Debra Miller of [...] points out, “Despite his tribal descent, he embraces the city and its cosmopolitan population in a contemporary style.”
Leon learned how to do simple and block letters from an early age and has been drawing and creating art ever since. Leon built on this foundation and exaggerated the letters into elaborate forms and styles and drafted a strong connection to hip-hop culture.
Maturing spiritually and artistically, Leon realizes that his art is a channel for deeper expression. He applies fine arts composition and principles to his work which allows him to react and visually educate on social issues and current events. He uses styles that his young audience can relate to and designs his visual media with a powerful spiritual message. Leon believes that his approach allows him to reach a wide variety of people: “Anyone who looks at my art sees something beautiful – it might just be color, shape or form – or they can tune into the narrative. My goal is to make art that resonates on several levels.”
Currently, Leon also serves as an Executive Director of Albus Cavus, a non-profit organization based in D.C., that utilizes the power of public art for community development and revitalization of public spaces.
Annually, Leon curates two art festivals in New Jersey for area painters and the community as well as dedicating his civic duty to teaching several workshops for the Trenton After-School Program.
Leon continues to evolve his art by taking lettering into dimensional media, as well as fashion. His knowledge of Graffiti Art History remixed with new materials and styles alter the perception of this art form to present a positive message.