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Lives in
Brooklyn

Works in
Brooklyn

Website

Tags
figurative, graffiti/street-art, surrealism, Manga pop, fantasy, comic, superhero, street art, murals, pop-surrealism, illustration mixed-media

Statement

ARTIST STATEMENT

Situated at the intersection of pop surrealism and fantasy art, though defying limitations, LICHIBAN’s work explores the concept of “shapeshifting” as a symbolic representation of the human potential to transform into other entities through the use of the imagination. Visionary and subversive, playful and esoteric, her body of work creates a new hybrid taxonomy that merges human with animal, man with machine, terrestial with outerspace creatures. Her works convey a sense of longing and magnetism intended to invite the spectators to experience themselves as imaginary characters in a world of galactic feline superheroes, time-traveling samurais and tribal warriors, gods and goddesses, nature spirits, shapeshifting mystics, tricksters, outsiders, galactic explorers or iconic pop figures.

Her subjects are the architects of a larger mythological universe she aims to manifest through the use of various media ranging from her signature studio work on wood, murals, prints, videos or animations. She has taken on the challenge to create a unique visual language that is iconic and charged with metaphysical meaning drawing inspiration from dream memories, elements of tribal & religious art & writings, comics & animations, symbolism, surrealism, erotic illustration and street art. Her passion for music, erotica and the mystical sciences reflects vividly in her work.

She has exhibited her work in New York, Washington D.C., San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, Minneapolis, and in Wilmington and has been leaving her traces around at various live art events in New York City. She has been featured in Younity’s HEART & SOUL Book, Brooklyn Community Access TV, CLAM Magazine, TRACE Magazine blog, Liberating Style Magazine, PEP! Magazine blog, Readconvention, Limite Magazine, Leisure LAB, Wishtank, Dope Swan, and Boys & Clothes Magazine, among others. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

SOLO EXHIBITS

• GALAKTIKAT: The Return Of The Feline Tribe
Lotus Gallery, NY (August-September, 2010)

• BLING THY INNER WEALTH 
Red Bamboo, NY (April 2009-April 2010)

• THE SECRET LIVES OF SAMURAIS FROM THE LAND OF ETERNAL LOVE 
YUME Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (December 13, 2008-January13, 2009)

SELECT GROUP SHOWS

2011

“ART NOIR: THE PARISIAN EMBRACE” group show
Vivant Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (April-May 2011)

2010

STREET TEXT: Art From the Coasts & The Populist Phenomenon group show with Chaz Bojorquez, Henry Chalfant, Shepard Fairey, Swoon, Gaia, Jaque Fragua, Thomas C. Haag, Lady Pink, among others
516 Arts, Albuquerque, New Mexico (October 2010)

CREATE, COLLABORATE, INSPIRE, WHITE TRAIN group show 
Space On White, NY (August, 2010)

ACROSS THE BOARD: Artists For Autism Awareness group show
Soapstone Gallery (August 2010)

WHITE TRAIN launch group show
Chacala, NY (June 2010)

SUPERFRIENDS group show with Concep, Pesu & Fernando Mora
Gallery Bar, NY (February 2010)

2009

LIVE TO CHANGE SOMETHING THROUGH ART " Coup D’Etat Art show 
Skylight Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (November 2009-Janury 2010)

  • FRESHER all-female art show of YOUNITY collective 
    LES, New York, (October-November, 2009)

BE GIRL BE, International Female Artists group show
Minneapolis (August-October 2009)

  • MANIFEST HOPE, Shepard Fairey and MoveOn.org Inaugural Art Show
    Washington D.C. February 2009

2008

  • HEART & SOUL all-female art show of YOUNITY collective 
    Alphabeta Gallery, Brooklyn, (NYC October 14,-Nov 17, 2008)

“Politricks“ 5th annual HUSTLENOMICS group show 
(NYC November 14, 2008)

GPS SUPREME, album release party & art show w/ Yah
SUPREME TRADING Gallery (NYC October 1-4)

GIRLS DREAM IN COLOR all-female underground art show: BABY, LET ME SHOW YOU WHAT LOVE IS (I curated this show)
Harriets Alter Ego Gallery (NYC October 5-30, 2008)

  • EYE CANDY 
    Crewest Gallery (Los Angeles, August 14-31, 2008 )
  • THE WORLD AT LARGE // LOVE WITHOUT BORDERS, A Benefit for the International Humanity Foundation 
    (Limbo Gallery, May 11-June 1, 2008 San Diego, CA)

FUTURE ARTS Urban Art Show 
(Roxy, April 18th 2008)

LEGENDS OF STYLE 2008 
(Boston Center For the Arts, April 18th, 2008)

Benefit Art Show for Liberian Women Educational Fund 
(Boston, April 19-May1 2008)

THE ART OF HIP-HOP (End of the Weak International MC challenge, 
(NYC, February 2008)

2007

  • WORD OF MOUTH group art show (Diet Gallery, ART BASEL, Miami, FL December 6, 2007)
  • COLLABRO group exhibit featuring Futura, SEEN, Tristan Eaton, James Naccarato, etc (The Showroom NYC, New York, NY June 9-16, 2007)

HIT THE DECK skatedeck group art show 
(Rebel, NYC October 2007)

HIT THE DECK skatedeck group art show 
(The Estate, Boston November 2007)

SNEAK ATTACK, Custom Sneaker Art Battle 
(Good Life, Boston, September 2007)

777 Universal Street Kulture Fashion and Art Show 
(Villa Victoria, Boston, MA July7, 2007)

Solo display (Urban Outfitters Window Gallery, June 25-July 2 , Cambridge, MA)

  • Maverix Benefit Auction/Sketchcrawl for Emergency USA, 
    May 20, 2007 (Maverix Studios, San Francisco, CA )
  • LEGENDS OF STYLE, Surreal City April 20, 2007 (Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA)

SELECT LIVE ART gigs

2010
AFROPUNK , June 2010

BROOKLYN HIP-HOP FESTIVAL, July 2010

LEVI’S CURVE ID August 2010

Recent Exhibits

Lichiban participated in these exhibits:

Jan, 2014 Raise Up Philippines: An Art Benefit for Typhoon Haiyan
Bunnycutlet Gallery
 
Oct, 2012 PURPLE
Causey Contemporary
 
Aug, 2010 GALAKTIKAT:The Return of The Feline Tribe
Lotus Temple of Visions Gallery
 
Feb, 2010 THE SUPERFRIENDS SHOW
Gallery Bar
 
Jan, 2010 BUSTED IN 2 CITIES
Gallery Bar
 
Nov, 2009 Live To Change Something Through Art
Skylight Gallery, Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation
 
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