Shepard Fairey (1970-), aka Obey Giant. Between 1989 and 1992, he studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, majoring in illustration. In this period he started making stickers of the French wrestler André Roussimoff (a.k.a Andre the Giant), always bearing an epigraph : “Andre the Giant Has a Posse”. He pasted so many stickers and posters that he was threatened with criminal prosecution.
Later, he launched his brand OBEY Giant and sold clothing, accessories, stickers, serigraphs, gaining a huge success.
In 2003 he opened an art gallery in Los Anegeles: Subliminal Projects. In 2008 he acquired an international reputation by making the “Hope” poster for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, which appeared on the cover of Time Magazine. In 2011 his work was featured for a second time on the cover of Time Magazine, which is an exceptional accomplishment for an artist.