Daring, modern and creative, LouieBlaka is a rising street artist, master visionary, and virtuoso in the world of art. His innate gift to inspire is evident in his bold expression and creative approach to fine art.
Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, LouieBlaka is a Puerto Rican American who developed an artistic eye at an early age. As an adolescent, Louie was deeply influenced by his city roots, his cultural background, and nature’s organic beauty, all of which he has since managed to skillfully incorporate into his artwork. Louie pursued his love of art while attending Elizabeth High School in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and eventually earned a BaFA in studio painting from Montclair State University. Upon his college graduation, Louie embarked on a teaching career, and for the next five years, used his gifts and passion for art to teach painting at Perth Amboy High School. During that period, Louie discovered the importance of, not only honing his craft, but also inspiring others to nurture their own passions and love for the arts, no matter where they come from.
As time passed, Louie developed as an artist to create his own distinct style that vibrantly blends various styles of contemporary, impressionism and street art, creating provocative pieces that ingeniously integrates lines, dimensions, and colors. Louie’s artistic works showcase nature and lifestyle with unconventional color palettes, painting techniques and visual illusions. His work has since been featured in numerous exhibitions, dozens of art shows and multiple galleries in and around the NYC area. In 2018, Louie left his full-time teaching position to pursue his dreams as an independent artist.
By 2019, Louie was the recipient of the City of Perth Amboy & AARP’s Intergenerational Mural Grant, and later that year was named resident artist for the WATT Hotel in Rahway, New Jersey. He was also commissioned as the featured artist for the interior of the Stratford, Connecticut State Farm branch. To date, Louie’s work can be seen in collections across the United States, and the rising star has been featured in the New Jersey Star Ledger, Essence Magazine, and the New York Times Best Selling book, “Crushing It!” by Gary Vaynerchuk, for his work as an artist and entrepreneur.