Tewz1 is a visual artist & multi-instrumentalist from Chicago, ILL.
He was a contestant on season 2 of the Bravo TV show; Work of Art the Next Great Artist. He is known internationally for his graffiti and street art. His work has been showcased on the streets and gallery walls of New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Prague, Sao Paulo, Tokyo, Berlin, Paris & Reykjavik. He has created & exhibited artwork for Burger King, Adidas, Juxtapoz, Lollapalooza, & North Coast Music Festival. In 2012, he released a limited edition die-cut picture disc titled “Helix” on Illektrik Recordings. In 2013, he released two 7″ 45′s for Swedish label Luana & Chicago/ Michigan label HearDrums.
Tewz Helix Die-cut Picture Vinyl – Limited to 500
Tewz Flexi 7″ On Blast Off/Ancient Astronauts
Tewz Split Luana 7″ Medicine Man
As a child, he played clarinet (first chair) from ages 8-13. In 1993, he began taking classes as part of the School of the Art Institutes Early College Program (ECP). It was during this time that he started writing graffiti / running tracks along the rooftops and tunnels of the CTA train lines. He also participated in Chicago’s Gallery 37 program. In 1998, he received a full scholarship to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for Biophysics, but withdrew one year later to pursue music.
In 2000, he joined the independent Chicago Hip Hop record label Frontline. From 2000 – 2002 he recorded, created album artwork, produced, and performed with several artists including J.U.I.C.E., Slug (Atmosphere), Twista, Black Sheep, One Be Lo (Binary Star), & Qwazaar (Typical Cats). Tewz briefly appears in the HBO documentary FREESTYLE: The Art of Rhyme. In 2003 he moved to San Francisco to work on a new music project with Flesh O.N.E. & A.M. Overtone from the Audio8 label. That material was never commercially released.
In 2007, Tewz received the Presidential Merit Scholarship to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). There he studied visual communications, printmaking, & film; in addition to taking classes in holography and DIY Radio. Tewz is the winner of the Cut & Paste Digital Design Tournament (Chicago, 2007), and the Mary Koga Award (Japan America Society of Chicago, 2010), He has taught art to youth at Walter Peyton College Prep, South Chicago Art Center, Boys & Girls Club, University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, and Marwen.