Apexer is a street artist who creates colorful, spray-painted murals around the world. Using a visual foundation based in graffiti art and Chinese calligraphy, Apexer abstracts letterforms to create complex, dynamic compositions for his street art projects. Often creating artworks that communicate the vibe of the neighborhood where they are on view, Apexer’s painted gestures are accessible to a wide audience, and are constantly expanding upon the core element of his work: the letters of his nickname.

In these two videos from Art School, Apexer explains the concepts for his murals in San Francisco, then demonstrates the foundation of lettering and explains the connection between street art sketching and spray painting.

See more of Apexer’s work here: http://theapexer.com/

Bonus: Listen here to the story of Cave, an 11-year-old graffiti artist based in San Francisco who started creating lettering since before his hands were big enough to hold a spray can. Cave now interns for Apexer.


Jon Brown

Jon Brown makes videos for KQED's Art School! 


Kristin Farr

Kristin Farr is the creator and producer of KQED's Emmy Award-winning web video series, Art School, and she is also a contributing editor for Juxtapoz magazine. Her artwork has been exhibited at galleries around the Bay Area including YBCA, Fifty24SF, Anno Domini and The Bedford Gallery. Her FarrOut art app for iOS was released in 2013. She lives in the East Bay and her favorite color is all of them.

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