DANIEL GALLEGOS was born in 1972 in the U.S. state of California. He began doing graffiti at age thirteen. In high school, he was awarded honors in art and earned commissions for several murals. After graduation, he became actively involved in the graffiti art movement in the San Francisco Bay Area. He exhibited his work at various sites, including the Atelier Art Gallery, Richmond Art Center and San Jose Museum of Art. Daniel was also one of the co-editors of “A Hole in the Ozone,” a San Francisco-based magazine on the subcultures of graffiti, hip-hop and punk-rock.
One of the foundational principles of Daniel’s creative work is an emphasis on collaboration. Most recently, he worked on a joint project that combined art and anthropology, as part of an international collective “Artpologist.” The project explored daily lives and working spaces of artists in the changing urban-scape of Almaty, Kazakhstan. The newest project that Daniel is working on as part of the Artpologist collective explores the notion of “peripheries” in three international locations: Kazakhstan, France and the United States.
Daniel draws inspiration from everyday minutae, mundane and routine objects that are often taken for granted. He finds beauty in a curb on a street, sees the poetics of tiling in a crumbling train station, and marvels at a house on the corner that you pass on the way to work. Daniel’s recent exhibition at the Industrielle Gallery in Oakland explores details of apartment buildings. He also participated in an art project that combined food, art and politics at the “18 Reasons Gallery” in San Francisco.
Daniel lives and works in Oakland, California.
JAMES REITANO was raised in Santa Cruz and imersed in the hip hop and punk scene. He got his start engaging in various forms of public art, until he was hired first as a printer, and then as a graphic artist for Santa Cruz Skateboards. Eventually getting hired on at Digital Entertainment Network as a graphic artist and animator, and then moving to animation duties at FOX.com. James has written and produced several other music videos for The Dickies, Biz Markie, and Masters of Illusion.
James was the guitarist for Buddy’s Riot.
James is the founder of TFU Studios, a design/animation shop based in Los Angeles.
DAVON RAMOS is a writer, director and photographer born and raised in Los Angeles and has been deeply entrenched in it’s underground music and art scene. His art constantly examines and re-examines the nature of human relationship in the modern, consumer world.
After earning his undergraduate degree in Creative Writing with Honors at the University of Southern California, Davon Ramos founded his own production company and has worked with artists from around the world such as DJ Shadow, Jurassic 5, Willie Nelson, Nostalgia 77 (UK), Tetsuya Komuro (Japan) and the Archytypes (South Africa).
After several successful years of independently producing and directing music videos, commercials and documentaries, Davon went back to school in 2004 when he was accepted to the Graduate Production Program at the esteemed School of Cinematic Arts at USC. After graduate school he headed the original production arm of IFILM.com, an MTV Networks company, as a director/producer before returning to his roots as an independent creative director. He now operates as The Good Media Company. Davon is also published in several magazines and is the Editor and Creative Director of the online music journal www.mixtapemixtape.com.