RAHMAAN STATK

Artist Bio:

 

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.  

 

artist statement 

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.

Education

American Academy of Art 2005

BFA Multimedia web design , minor in oil painting 

 

Chronology

Garretts popcorn. Chicago IL. 2012-current

Resident mural artist

 

Chicago public art group. Chicago IL. 2003 - current

Resident mural artist, community organizer, mural instructor.

 

Upart Studio. Houston TX. 2013-current 

Resident mural artist, community organizer, mural instructor.

 

After School Matters Chicago IL. 2004- 2017

Resident mural artist, community organizer, mural instructor, 

student recruitment, project management  .

 

Department of cultural affairs and special events / City of Chicago 

2016- Current. Resident / recurring  public art contracts

 

Musume of Public Art. Baton Rouge Louisiana 2012-2015

Resident mural artist, community organizer, mural instructor

 

Village of Rosemont. Rosemont IL. 2014-2019 

Resident mural artist, community organizer, mural instructor, 

student recruitment, project management  .

 

Dusable Museum. Chicago IL. 2011-2014

Resident mural artist, mural instructor, Resident Illustrator

 

Burrell Communications. Chicago IL. Los angeles CA  2014-2015

Featured artist for the Toyota Corolla campaign 

 

Coca cola. Chicago /2002-2003

Resident mural artist

 

South west Youth Collaborate 2000-2002. Chicago IL 

Resident mural artist, community organizer, mural instructor, 

student recruitment, project management  .

 

David Boykin Expanse 2007- 2015

Resident Illustrator Band promotion and album cover illustrations 

 

Jazz Institute 2014-2016

Resident Illustrator Chicago Jazz Fair tee shirt illustrations 

 

Good Life organization 2010-2016

Resident Illustrator, brand identity development .  

 

Current affiliations 

Chicago Public Art group. Core artist member  

Up Art studio. Resident artist/ partner 

RK Design collective. Group president. 

Elephant Room Gallery. Featured artist. 

The Bridgeport art Center. Resident artist. 

Chi Rock nation Non profit. Resident artist. 

 

Subject matter Knowledge

public and private sector

Creative placemaking

collaborative projects amongst artist

Community engagement and organizing 

Creating brand identity and marketing strategy 

Mural Art instruction 

Creative direction and  problem solving 

 

Placemaking, Place keeping and art Key experience 

Village of Rosemont: Rosemont mural initiative: duties and task.   Student recruitment , student job placement, project budget management, curriculum development, art teaching. mural painting. employed 60 students. created 32 murals 2014 - 2019

 

After School Matters: duties and task.   Student recruitment , student job placement, project budget management, curriculum development, art teaching. mural painting of various high schools in the City of Chicago and O'hare international airport . employed 550 students. created community / student murals 30 murals 2004-2017

 

Garrett's Popcorn: created 6 murals. Chicago loop, neighborhood and Detroit Michigan locations. murals involving student engagement and corporate brand identity incorporated into a community based mural project. duties and task.   Student recruitment , student job placement, project budget management, curriculum development, art teaching. mural painting

2013-2019

 

Up Art Studio LLC. Community based  Murals produced in Houston TX, NYC, Miami FL, Detroit Michigan .  Grant collaboration, curriculum development, student mural workshop, and mural implementation. developed 12 murals  

2013-current 

 

Chicago Public Art Group: duties and task.   Student recruitment , student job placement, project budget management, curriculum development, art teaching, mural painting, mosaic mural production. Focused on production of community based public art projects . produced 12 mural projects . 2003 - current.

 

Program and project management

Key Set skills

Creative direction, problem solving, and execution 

Project, budget, schedule, and quality management 

Art instruction

Presentations, PR, public information and engagement 

Illustration and graphic design

Recruitment

Fundraising 

 

Highlights 

Created 450 murals national / international 

15 years art instructor/ teaching exp

employed 500 inner city High school students through A.S.M mural art job program

 

Skills 

Mural artist, painting with oil, acrylic, and spray paints

Illustrator: proficient with Adobe illustrator, photoshop and procreate .  

Creative problem solving 

Marketing direction and communication

Research

Job trainer

Recruitment

 

Awards

South Side Community art center. emerging artist award 2018

Dcase Mural Achievement award 2017 

Chicago Artist month 2010 and 2013

 

Guest speaker and panelist

Dusable museum 2019

Chicago cultural center 2014

School of the art institute Chicago 2008

Iowa State university 2005

Granell College 2004

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