By Sanoizm • • 6 Jun 2013
sanoizmreflect                 The SANOizm, (SimplArtNiceOutlinez, SunnyAndNiceOutside, etc...), born  and raised in Cleveland, Ohio began tagging in 1983 after a trip to Japan and seeing a graffiti piece that read "Hiphop don't Stop". By 1987 enduring a domestically turbulent childhood resulting in the loss of both parents, Sano would channel all his healing energy thru community arts programs. After graduating high-school in 1989 Sano began working in a screen printing shop while doing layout and graphics on Cleveland’s first hip-hop magazine called “It’s A Rap” produced by the northcoast legend DJ Johnny O. With media access to hip-hop events, Sano connected with Terminator X of Public Enemy and MC Serch of 3rd Bass and would provide custom airbrushed jackets and freelance design work. A logo designed for Serchlite Music would find its way to the liner notes of Nas’ Illmatic Album one of the greatest hiphop albums ever. Around the same time Sano also created  Thieveland:216 a boutique conscious microbrand featuring clothing, urban art and hiphop merchandise. In 97 and 98 Sano received several awards in the International Graffiti Art Competition held in Los Angeles, CA. Sano also maintained a 5 year Artist-In-Residency in the Photography Department of Cleveland School of the Arts. In 99 Sano became an advisor to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s hip-hop programs and helped the educational department in constructing one of the largest conferences on hip-hop culture. Upon relocating to Los Angeles in 2002, Sano was instrumental in assembling Cleveland’s first Aerosol Art festival called CityXpressions - a three day family oriented aerosol art festival. Sano would connect with ICU art "In Creative Unity" in L.A. and work on painting local and national commercial ad-mural campaigns. In 2006 Sano helped create Plutonium G spray paint in Detroit, MI. handling graphic and plastic design, component selection, research and development, and Haz-mat certified shipping to 200 retail locations nationwide. In 2008 Sano taught an aerosol art class for a urban arts summercamp called Hip-hop island in Philadelphia, PA. In 2009 and 2010 Sano facilitated aerosol art summercamps for LA Mayor Villagairosa’s Gang Reduction and Youth Development program called Summer Night Lights. In 2011 Sano received a grant for Artist in Residence from L.A. Dept of Cultural Affairs. During 2008-2011 Sano also maintained the weekly aerosol art program at JUICE - a 501c3 non-profit community hip-hop practice space in Los Angeles. In 2012, Sano was part of the "Art in the Streets" street art exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. In 2014 Sano collaborated with Rocking The Nations Crew in "Scratch" an exhibition of L.A. graffiti art legends, curated by the Getty Research Institute, Highlighting the Libor Amoricum "book of friends" at the Getty rare books archive. In 2018 Sano was selected for a hip-hop diplomacy and cultural exchange program called Next Level USA, sponsored by the US State Department Bureau of Culture and Education, and spent two weeks in Phnom Penh Cambodia as an ambassador of aerosol art. Sano currently maintains a freelance prototype graphic design and print production studio in the heart of Chinatown, near downtown Los Angeles.   Professionally Available for… - Murals exterior/interior, commercial or residential - Illustration and Graphic Design services   illustrator, photoshop, quarkxpress  - Screen Printing Service short/long runs up to 4 color textile - Lectures/Workshops   private or group sessions. all ages/skill levels   Meetings are by appointment only. Follow me on instagram @sanoizm Please feel free to contact via email: