orn in 1968 in NYC’s untamed Upper West Side and raised between Manhattan and East Flatbush, Brooklyn, groundbreaking artist Justin 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 in Illustration.
BUA’s work captures the underground urban world - its music, dance, politics, history, emotion, and cultural importance. Like Rembrandt and Goya’s depictions of both the aristocracy and the outcasts of society, BUA documents both the icons of his time and society’s marginalized, each,
with equal reverence.