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Art Whino: Showcasing muralist and low-brow art

Shane Pomajambo is an avid avid art collector who opened his own gallery, called Art Whino, in 2007 with the intention of showcasing so-called “low-brow” art such as comics, cartoons and likewise illustrations. To date, Art Whino has arrange over 126 curated exhibitions, making it one of the top-ranking galleries for low-brow art that continuously strives to increase recognition and appreciation of this style of art.

Art Whino is also the creator of the Richmond Mural Project which has played an integral role in gaining momentum for mural artists in the United States. With over 102 murals created in a span of five years the project is the only city-wide mural project in the world and it has created an economic boost through tourism to the city of Richmond, Virginia. The company is also behind “Art Whino Mag” and the “Newbrow: 50 Contemporary Artists” books that help to showcase art to the public at large. In 2016, Shane Pomajambo released the “Art of the Mural” which is a four-part book where each edition focuses on fifty of the top muralists worldwide. With 200 muralists in the series overall, it will be the all-encompassing book focusing on murals. It even includes a special foreword and four-part essay by the critically acclaimed New York Art Critic Carlo McCormick.

Shane Pomajambo also created a non-profit organization titled “Blind Whino SW Arts Club” in 2013. This organization aimed to inspire and motivate people throughout the DC area to create art. In fact, the efforts of the organization resulted in the first and only building wrap in the Nation’s Capitol. Shane has also spoken about murals in places such as the Museum of Women in Arts and given a keynote speech for the National Art Teacher conference. Mural activation spans outside of the DC area with murals projects created in Atlanta, Richmond, Austin, Miami and New York.

picshanecccHaving grown up in Queens, New York, during the birth of hip-hop and graffiti, Shane feels that the pop-culture themed art he represents is very personal. Over the years he has represented thousands of artists and is openly seeking submissions on his website. “I’m always happy to work with amazing artists,” Shane Pomajambo declared. “That’s the highlight of my job.” At present, Shane is preparing for a number of shows in 2017 including attending Art Basel in Miami, Florida, and partaking in Richmond Mural Projects and DC for District Walls Mural Project.

To learn more about Art Whino visit its official website and Facebook. They can also be followed on social media via @ArtWhino

Meagan Meehan

Meagan J. Meehan is a published author, poet, cartoonist and produced playwright. She pens columns for the Great South Bay Magazine, Examiner and AXS. She is also a stop motion animator and an award-winning abstract artist. Meagan holds a Bachelors in English Literature and a Masters of Communication. She is an animal advocate and a fledging toy and game designer.
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