Comedy producer/manager Wayne Rada, an art collector and enthusiast, created the Art of Comedy. A mural art project that expanded the comedy experience through humorous art for the 2012 New York Comedy Festival. For the project we needed a location. Little Italy a historic neighborhood, which couldn't put up advertising on their walls, but they could put up mural art, was perfect! Working with street artists GILF!, Hanksy and the master Ron English, creating 7 murals. The Art of Comedy came to life, but with one very big unexpected guest, Hurricane Sandy.
Lower Manhattan was devastated, slowly coming back to life. The Little Italy merchants noticed an overwhelming interest in the art. Seeing the power of the murals, Wayne asked to coordinate more. One lead to another, and realizing he had created something very special, he applied structure, focus and gave the art program direction. Giving it a name with a nod to its roots on Mulberry Street the Little Italy Street Art Project NYC was born, but we use L.I.S.A. for short. Since then in under two years L.I.S.A. Project NYC has produced over 40 murals through out Downtown, and in doing so creating Manhattan's only mural district. With ambition to create more opportunities for artists in different mediums, he's working tirelessly to create the Lower Manhattan Arts Festival. New York City, specifically Lower Manhattan is the nexus of the universe for the arts, it deserves a visual arts festival worthy of that distinction.
Lead Graphic Design
ZeroProductivity who also goes by the name "Z" is a Brooklyn based street artist whose work focuses on graphic design, illustration, photography and digital art. His work has appeared in exhibitions and events at notable establishments such as the Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Museum Shop, City Reliquary, The High Line, the Museum of Modern Art Design Store and myplasticheart. He also represent the company Boundless Brooklyn as a featured artist at company events and live demos. One of his digital artworks is also permanently featured on Microsoft's Xbox One video game console worldwide as a selectable gamerpic.
He is known for his pigeon cartoon characters. His pigeon character came from his love for birds. One day he thought about creating a character that would represent himself as an individual so he went online to do some research and with gray being my favorite color, "Z" looked up animals that had mostly gray pigmentation and found dogs, cats, elephants, rhinos, koalas, wolves, seals and sharks. He then narrowed it down to animals most closely associated with NYC and pigeons, rats, squirrels, and mice popped up. From there "Z" automatically went with pigeons because they are often overlooked, seen as a pest and give off the underdog status. This was before he knew about Jeff Staple. When "Z" found out about his design, he thought “oh shit”, what am he's going to do now? Going off the cuff, "Z" made his pigeon design cartoony that can display a wide range different facial expressions and poses, significantly differentiating from JS’s realistic-looking pigeon design.
Luke Williams grew up in Olympia, Washington in a family with folk art hobbyists, but is the first to have made the leap into a creative career. Though always an art enthusiast, he worked blue-collar jobs including being a deck hand on fishing boats to being maintenance man until he decided to go back to school in his late 20s to pursue a path in his passion – design. He now lives in Queens, designs full time for a company in 1 World Trade and takes freelance projects in his off hours. You can check out his work and contact him on lukewilliams.co