Five is a South Florida native who has been painting graffiti since 1995. In those formative years, he found himself painting on boxcars, in abandoned buildings, and along roadways. During his exploration of those various public canvases, Five manipulated letters into abstract forms through color, line, and composition.
In 2010, he shifted his focus to primarily painting large-scale figurative work on boxcars. The thought of his art having the ability to reach all corners of the North American continent, by way of the rails, reignited his passion for painting. Since then, he has painted more than 400 train cars. These steel canvases are currently rolling throughout the continent; thus, allowing him to bring his art to those least likely to enter upon art galleries or museums.
Kemo was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He is a multi-faceted artist whose work began in graffiti in 1988. Kemo was a pioneer in freight train graffiti, having painted his first boxcar in 1992. Since that time, he has added color and life to over 2,000 rail cars.
During the years between 1992 and 1998, Kemo produced, “Drip”, one of the early color graffiti magazines of that time. Seven issues and thousands of copies were sold worldwide. Throughout these early years, Kemo also studied art at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.
Since Art Basel’s Miami debut, Kemo has helped to blanket the walls of Wynwood (Miami’s art district). He has primed complex backgrounds for international artists, which has earned him the name, Buff Daddy. In addition to being the Buff Daddy, he is a freelance artist, sign painter, and third generation commercial union painter. At this time, Kemo continues to make a mark on the streets and walls of South Florida, as well as on the rails of North America.
Kemo, MSG FUA BNA