: About

Anyone under the age of 30 has never seen a city in this country without writing on the walls. To them it's now natural to have people's voices on the walls.

Estria is an internationally recognized muralist and the co-founder and Creative Director of The Estria Foundation (TEF), a nonprofit organization using art in public to transform communities and bring attention to important local issues. TEF creates innovative public art projects and education programs using art in public as a catalyst for community engagement.

Along with numerous mural commissions, Estria’s recent focus has been creating the WaterWrites international mural series and directing Estria Battle, the premier US urban art competition. His latest project, MeleMurals, is a series of 20 murals across the Hawaiian Islands that connects stories, places, people, and ancestors.

Estria began painting in Hawaii in 1984 and has completed nearly 1,000 murals worldwide. He was an influential leader of the "Golden Age" of Writing (1980s) in San Francisco, pioneered painting techniques, and was instrumental in the development of the stencil tip.

He has served the community through his cultural work for over 25 years.

Selected Clients
• Adidas
• Alameda County
• Chabot Space & Science Museum
• City of Oakland
• City of San Francisco
• Gansevoort Hotel
• GM Goodwrench
• Governor Abercrombie
• Heineken
• Honolulu Museum of Art
• Kona Brewing Co.
• Levi Strauss Inc.
• Macyʻs
• McDonald’s
• McKesson
• Mills Corporation
• Nokia
• Oakland Museum
• President Bill Clinton
• Redbull
• Sega
• Sony
• Toyota
• Vodafone
• Zeum

B.F.A. in Illustration; University of San Francisco, 1992
B.F.A. in Illustration; Academy of Art College, 1992

Career Timeline
2013 Launched the Mele Murals program in Hawai‘i
2010 Presented the first Tedx talk on muralism
2010 Co-founded “The Estria Foundation” and launched the Water Writes initiative
2008 Began volunteering with 808 Urban in Honolulu
2007 Co-founded “Estria Battle,” a nationwide urban art competition
2007 Founded “Samurai Graphix” screen-printing company in San Leandro, CA
2002 Founded “Tumis Design” in Oakland, CA to serve non-profits and foundations
2000 Co-founded “Visual Element”, the EastSide Arts Alliance’s youth mural
1994 Began teaching Precita Eyesʻ Urban Arts Program in San Francisco, CA
1994 Arrested for graffiti, appeared on CNN, National Enquirer, and SF Chronicle
1993 Founded first urban art class at an SF high school. Class had 100% attendance
1993 Began writing, teaching, & lecturing on style writing
1988 Joined TWS crew
1986 Moved to San Francisco, began developing new spray paint techniques
1984 Began spray painting in Honolulu

Awards & Honors
• Best Mural; Miami New Times, 2013
• Team Artist; MTN Colors, 2010-2013
• Best Graffiti Landmark; Honolulu Weekly, 2012
• Certificate of Honor; City and County of San Francisco, 2012
• Certificate of Congressional Recognition; Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, 2012
• Cultural Warrior Award; Precita Eyes Mural Arts Center, 2012
• Certificate of Special Recognition; Hawaii State Senate, 2011
• Best Graffiti Artist; East Bay Express, 2009

Selected Public Commissions
• Heineken Mural Project; Miami, FL 2012
• Vodafone; private murals, Redwood City, CA 2012
Four Guardians; City of Oakland commission, 2009
• Oakland Museum; entry way mural for exhibit, Oakland, CA 2008
• Juvenile Justice Center, 3 housing pod murals, Alameda County, CA 2006
• Oakland Individual Artist Grant; mural projects, Oakland, CA 2005 & 2006
• City & County of SF; 2 murals, San Francisco, CA 1995
• Concord Mills Mall; interior murals, Charlotte, NC 1999

Gallery Shows
• Punahou Carnival; Honolulu, HI 2014
• 1xRun; group show, Honolulu, HI 2013, 2014
• Estria Battle; group shows San Francisco and Oakland 2009-2013
• Pow Wow Hawaii; group show, Honolulu 2013
• Fifty Shades of Art; group show, Miami 2012
• Leave the Beef on the BBQ; group show, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco 2012
• Urban Legends; street art retrospective, Los Angeles 2012
• Art in the Streets; Survey of Graffiti and Street Art, MOCA, Los Angeles, CA 2011
• Scope Art Fair; White Walls Gallery group show, Miami 2011
• The Classics group show; 1:AM SF Gallery, San Francisco 2010
• Rough Sketch group show; Pueblo Nuevo Gallery, Berkeley 2010
• Don’t Sweat the Technique; group show, 1:AM SF Gallery, San Francisco 2009
• Adidas Shoe Auction; Shoe Biz, San Francisco 2009
• Heavy Hitterz; group art show, San Francisco 2007-08
• Life, Death & Rebirth; group show, Sol Collective Sacramento 2008
• Revolutionary Graphics; group show, Pro Arts, Oakland 2007
• Yo! What Happened to Peace?; group show, Tokyo 2005
• Trashed!; national group art show, San Diego 2005
• Global Aerosol Domination; group show, Oakland 2004
• Asian Resource Gallery; group show, Oakland 2003
• Concrete Frontier; group show, Culture Cache Gallery, San Francisco 2000

Books and Movies
Eight Arms of Inspiration; art book, 10 pages, 2013
Monokrome; art book, 10 pages, 2012
Getting Up The Tempt One Story; documentary film, 2012
History of American Graffiti; book, photos & interview, 2011
Street Art San Francisco; mural book, 2009
Reproduce & Revolt; art book, 17 illustrations, 2008
Yo! What Happened to Peace; art book, 2007
Piece By Piece; graffiti documentary film, 2006
El Corazon de la Muerte; Oakland Museum, book, 2005
Painting The Towns; mural book, 1997
Graffito; mural book, 1996

Youth Educational Work
• Pow! Wow! Hawaii; workshops, Honolulu 2012
• Mele Murals; Honolulu, Hawaii, 2013-present
• 808 Urban; advisor and instructor, 2007-current
• EastSide Arts Alliance; founder of Visual Element Mural Workshop, 2000-04
• June Jordan School; mural workshop, San Francisco 2007
• Urban Promise Academy; Graffiti Canvas workshop, 2001
• Waldorf School; lead artist of 375’ long mural project, 1999
• Creative Work Fund Project; lead artist for 25 exterior murals with youth, 1998-99
• Precita Eyes Mural Center; Urban Youth Arts class, 1994-98
• Mark Twain High School; Spray Can Art, only class with 100% attendance, 1993-94
• YMCA Kaimuki; youth leadership, swim instructor, summer leader, 1981-86

Selected Community Participation Projects
• Youth Empowerment School; 25 walls, 2011-2013
• Elmhurst Community Prep; over 20 exterior murals 2009-13
• Massacre Mural; San Pedro Sulas, Honduras 2007
• Mexico City, Mexico; 6 community murals, 2005-06
• Fremont High School, exterior mural, 2005
• Excelsior Boys & Girls Club; cultural heroes mural, 2004
• East Oakland Boxing; exterior mural, 2004
• Youth Employment Partnership; anti-tobacco mural, 2004
• Youth Uprising; 3 mural projects at new site, 2004
• Oakland Museum; mural canvas for Dia de los Muertos altar, 2004
• Art & Soul; live painting, 2003
• Lima, Peru; 6 community murals, 2003-05
• Rome, Italy; community mural, 2003
• The Point, Bronx, NYC; community mural, 2003
• University of San Francisco; Cesar Chavez Day of Service, 10 murals, 2003
• Malcolm X Jazz Arts Festival; 30 canvases, 2002-07
• Roosevelt Middle School; 2 exterior murals, 2002