ABOUT THE ARTIST
Raised in Cleveland, Ohio, by a family of non-traditional artists, Van’s creative spirit was nurtured at an early age, as he was encouraged to celebrate his self-expression through art. In 2003, he began revitalizing the scuffed and worn-out sneakers of his football teammates by adding fresh new colors and personalized hand-painted designs to them. Van has become a well-known talent in painting traditional canvas, murals, clothing, accessories and of course continuing to customize sneakers and footwear.
Van's artwork was nationally recognized and added to the Smithsonian Museum's collection and also featured in the Manifest Hope Gallery. He has created artwork for President Barack Obama, Spike Lee, Will.I.Am, Hugh Jackman, Charles Barkley, Queen Latifah, Nicki Minaj, Drake, Jennifer Lopez and countless other celebrities.
Van worked with 20th Century Fox in promoting the movie Wolverine and the popular animated feature Ice Age 4. Van's adept leadership ability was celebrated by his community through his induction into Cleveland's prestigious 40-40 club.