Rasterstache (conceived in ’87 but born later) is a contemporary pop artist that emerged in the wake of the influence of Iwao Takamoto, KAWS, and Takashi Murakami. Inspirations beyond that are eclectic – robots in a boxy ‘60s style, cartoons of the ‘80s and ‘90s, and street art and luxury lifestyle aesthetics still in vogue today. Rasterstache’s art aims to be simultaneously contemporary and retro, made manifest in a palette of mixed nostalgia that cuts across generations and identities.
Whether working in canvas or sculpture, Rasterstache playfully tiptoes the line between reverence and parody, iconoclasm and idolatry, sending up beloved pop culture imagery and status worship even as Rasterstache tips a hat to them.
The mission of Rasterstache’s art is to send a message; that message, ultimately, is in the eye of the beholder, be they young or old, a technorati or design buff or nostalgist or anything in between. The story of Rasterstache’s artwork may begin with the artist’s process, but considers them truly complete when viewed through other's eyes, the tinted filter of a unique experience.
Rasterstache’s work can be found in an ever-growing coterie of public and private art collections both in the United States and abroad, and has been showcased in numerous galleries in America, along with shows in Canada and Mexico. The artist is currently based in San Francisco and working in both San Francisco and Los Angeles.
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