Growing up on the South Side of Chicago, surrounded by urban art and public murals, Rahmaan Statik became inspired to be involved with the subculture of Street Art. A consequent arrest for “vandalism” put him on a mission to legitimize the production of aerosol murals. This became the main focus of my work: public murals that fuse the graffiti aesthetic with a classical training received from the American Academy of Art. As co-founder of R.K Design, a graphic arts and mural collective, Statik have produced over 400 murals, received mural commissions for corporate clients such as Coca Cola, Toyota, the village of Rosemont, Red Bull and a solo gallery show at the South Side Community Art Center . Statik have also produced illustrations, brand identity, print projects for Frank151 magazine, Argus brewery, and the Chicago Jazz Fair . Through the Chicago Public Art Group, as well as After School Matters, since 2004 to 2016 Statik have instructed children in mural painting techniques, as well as mentored young artists in their craft. Statik currently works out of his studio in the Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago, where in addition to his mural and teaching career Statik also create art for gallery exhibitions using oil, acrylic, graphite, pen & ink, pastels, mosaic tile, found objects, spray paint and digital media. Rahmaan Statik currently creating street art in cities across the world, creating art works for museum and gallery exhibitions.
Doctors save lives, police fight crime, and the Artist dictates what we know as Image, Icon, and Form. Rahmaan Statik lives a life-style of observation and creation. Statik believes that being well informed on the subject of your work and having an organized strategy produces a more intriguing work of art. Statik also believes that man has the right to choose his reality. In our reality Statik has chosen his own destiny; time and fate have confirmed that producing art is Rahmaan Statik's positive contribution to society. The work Statik produce both symbolizes and creates optimism for life in our industrialized society.