|Phetus is a New York artist with roots in the graffiti and street art movement. Originally from Long Island, now based in Manhattan. "Phetus" has been creating artwork under his "Phat Phace" icon since 1988.|
"PHETUS" has developed his talents in various studio spaces, indulging in a wide variety of mediums. Throughout the years, this has expanded the artists body of work across all genres of artistic and creative endeavors.
~Well traveled artist that has shared his "street art" talents in many foreign countries. London, Japan, Spain and Peru...just to name a few.
~Showcased and SOLD artwork in galleries throughout The United States, most notably -The Doyle Auction NYC and Art Basel Miami and RIPE Art Gallery.
~Invented and developed the "Graffiti Spraycan" application, with a success rate of over 11 million downloads on itunes.
~Since 1988 the infamous "Phat Phace" icon has been a distinctive mark, WHICH IS THE SIGNATURE SYMBOL THAT REPRESENTS THE ARTIST KNOWN AS "PHETUS".
Over a span of the past 25 years, this iconic image has transcended from the subculture of the graffiti / street art movement, into the realms of main stream popular culture within art, fashion and digital technology.
Growing up on Long Island in the 1980s, during the golden era of the hip-hop scene, Phetus gained the attention of artists like Public Enemy. When Flavor Flav opened a barber shop in Freeport, he recruited Phetus to do airbrushing on shirts, jackets and other apparel. Flavor Flav wore an airbrushed piece by Phetus on The Arsenio Hall Show in an episode about the controversy of Public Enemy. Phetus went on to paint the backdrop for Public Enemy's performance with U2 at the "Stop Sellafield" concert.
Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, Phetus continued to create custom clothing pieces for hip-hop artists such as LL Cool J, Ludacris and Game.
In 2002 Phetus opened up Concrete Vibes in Long Island. Following the path of stores in New York like The Scrapyard, the store was the first on Long Island to sell graffiti supplies like aerosol paint and markers, independent designer clothing, designer toys and other lifestyle products. In 2005 Phetus relocated his studio and worked with graffiti artist Richie SEEN. He set up shop in the back of "Tattoo SEEN" in the Throgs Neck section in the Bronx. While working alongside SEEN, Phetus designed the packaging for Planet6, SEEN's designer toy brand, along with the character development for the Phony Baloney designer toy line.
Phetus created a comic series called Concrete Immortalz, and has been featured at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week creating custom artwork the Calvin Klein showroom. He was the founding member of the creative multimedia studio Elite Gudz. As the inventor and creator, Phetus along with the Elite Gudz staff released the "Graffiti Spraycan" application on iTunes, with a success rate of over 11 million downloads on itunes.. Phetus and Toshio Yori launched the clothing brand "Smiles&Cries" in 2014.