Once upon a time, Stephen J. Powers (born 1968) was a New York/Philadelphia graffiti artist more famous under the name ESPO (Exterior Surface Painting Outreach). Ten years ago, he exchanged the streets for a studio and his work has since then been shown at several prestigious shows all over the world.
He has also been editor and author of several publications – such as the graffiti magazine On the Go and a book on graffiti’s history: The Art of Getting Over.
This is Steve Powers’ first work for ABSOLUT VODKA.
Japanese pop artist Chiho Aoshima (born 1974) had no formal art training – she actually is trained in economics – but she began working in Takashi Murakami’s factory. Tokyo-based Aoshima is a member of Murakami’s Kaikai Kiki collective. Her work often involves surreal scenes and dreamscapes, including ghosts, demons, nature and young women.
Her resumé includes a collaboration with Issey Miyake, art on the walls of the New York City Transit, as well as a large number of exhibitions. She recently revealed her largest image yet, measuring 32.5 meters in length and 4.8 meters in height.
This is Chiho Aoshima’s first work for ABSOLUT VODKA.