Theo Mighty

Born in 1990 in Queens New York, Theo was born in the height of Hip Hop's development. A huge influence for his artwork comes from the never ending growth of the genre, especially the heavy use of sampling, which caught his attention at an early age. Also, being fascinated by various cartoon illustrations he grew as an artist by recreating his favorite characters. This love for recreating characters was elevated from the process of sketching, drawing and blending with a pencil to recreate portraits of popular entertainers at age 12. 

To be accepted into High School of Art & Design, a competitive artist portfolio was necessary, including still life drawings and original work. Painting was introduced in the first year, but Theo decided to major in Cartoon and Animation. Graduating with this major was not rewarding, as the tedious drawing became an unwanted labor. In 2008, a summer program at Pratt Institute reintroduced his passion for art through painting. The ability to mix colors and manipulate values opened his eyes to the art of painting, while the history of art showed him all of the possibilities. 

Influenced by Salvador Dali and Rene Magritte, Theo began to experiment with watercolor, acrylic paint and oil paint to create original images featuring portraits of various Black entertainers. With an appreciation for paintings with powerful blends and depth in value, Theo chose the medium of oil paint to create the desired outcome. Both Hip Hop and Art have become reoccurring subjects, as Theo developed his own style and idea of blending the two. First group exhibition of work came in 2012, through a monthly event, Paint & Poetry. With a constant creation of new pieces and the opportunity to show the work, a personal style began to emerge. "Appropriation Art" became a part of Theo's oeuvre in 2013, as he began blending visuals of past art with his most current theories, winning the Elena Borstein scholarship for two appropriated pieces that same year. 

Through his art, Theo sees that using his history as a platform gives him a Mighty foundation to stand on. This foundation allows him to stand tall on his thoughts and gained knowledge.