The Birth of BUA
BUA takes his classic images and urban mashups and loads it into the cyber universe. The Birth of BUA is the creation of life from static to digital dynamic. The collection of The Birth of BUA includes Starry Serenade, DJ Mona Lisa, Trumpet Man, Piano Man, and The Block. They are the stories of the streets and BUA is the people’s historian.The legacy of the legend continues.
Justin Bua’s lyrical vision of urban culture has been at the forefront of evolving graffiti as a fine art form.
Bua cements his vision of the urban landscape by being continually reflective of the rhythms of modern life seen through his unique prism.
Literally and figuratively expanding on his own work, Bua’s NFTs are a fresh look at the narrative visual style he has created.
Godfather of Urban Art
Justin BUA is an award-winning artist, author, speaker, and entrepreneur.
Groundbreaking in his field, BUA is internationally known for his best-selling collection of fine art posters—The DJ being one of the most popular prints of all time.
Born in 1968 in NYC's untamed Upper West Side and raised between Manhattan and East Flatbush, Brooklyn, BUA was fascinated by the raw, visceral street life of the city. He attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Performing Arts and complemented his education on the streets by writing graffiti and performing worldwide with breakdancing crews. BUA went on to the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California where he earned a B.F.A. and taught figure drawing at the University of Southern California for ten years.
Starting in the world of commercial art, BUA designed and illustrated myriad projects, from skateboards and CD covers to advertising campaigns. He developed the look and feel of the opening sequence for MTV's Lyricist Lounge Show, EA Sports video games NBA Street and NFL Street, and the world of Slum Village's award winning music video “Tainted.”
BUA's line of apparel and a limited edition shoe line with PF Flyers sold out completely. BUA went on to create his own animated series Urbania and was the host of the Ovation TV series American Revolutionaries, later directing his own Ovation documentary on the legendary DMC, entitled Walk This Way. In 2012, BUA accepted an NAACP Image Award and a Telly Award for his art direction in Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s documentary film On the Shoulders of Giants.
BUA exhibits throughout the United States and internationally—including recent shows at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Pop International Gallery, New York. His energetic and vocal worldwide fan base ranges from former presidents, actors, musicians, professional athletes and dancers, to street kids and art connoisseurs.