Local Street Artist Makes Forbes’ 30 Under 30 List

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Photo by M. Holden Warren, via Vandalog.com
Photo by M. Holden Warren, via Vandalog.com

Chances are, if you live in Baltimore, you’ve seen Gaia’s work. That Egyptian headdress on Old York Road? That’s him. The black-and-white bird on North Avenue? Gaia again. That arabber mural? You guessed it.

Gaia began creating street art in Baltimore while he was a student at MICA. His distinctive work–black and white faces, or human/animal hybrids plastered across the fronts of abandoned buildings–soon brought him a following. In recent years, he’s been commissioned to create murals from Detroit to Vienna (yes, Vienna Austria); his work has been shown in the Baltimore Museum of Art and featured in the New York Times.

This week, the 26-year-old artist was named to Forbes’ 30 under 30 list of exciting, intimidating young people. Other people making the list include Hollywood stars, White House officials, tech millionaires — oh, and some sports guy named Joe Flacco.



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