Ben Eine was born in London in 1970. As a teenager he worked for Lloyds of London and began painting walls as vandalism. Eine was arrested 14 times for vandalism and classified as an artistic refugee at a young age. He interestingly argues that there is a clear difference between graffiti and street art that says graffiti makes the street ugly while street art beautifies it. After a while, he devoted all his attention to decorating the streets. Over time, Ben Eine became a master graffiti artist and in recent years founded a studio called Pictures on Walls. It became famous for his most iconic works.
Before he started flirting with commercial graffiti, Ben Eine was a very famous artist in the London graffiti scene. He was known for his unusual style, which aimed to stand out from the usual tags. After a while, he began to go more commercial in a workshop on Leonard Street, London. At that time the artist contributed to sticker graffiti and was very successful in East London with his neon black and black EINE stickers (several EINE names). In addition to developing his career, his screen printing skills have helped produce some of the most sought-after prints.
In the beginning, the artist felt that the existing graffiti artists were creating designs that were too similar. Eine was prone to something else and since he was always interested in letters and how they could change shape when combined into words. He decided to dedicate himself entirely to this task. That’s why he focused entirely on producing huge letters on the shop front. His bright, colorful letters have changed the streets of cities around the world, from LA to Mexico City. Interestingly, in recent years, his commercial work has produced numerous styles, including Shutter, Circus and Neon to name a few.
Over the years, the artist has developed authentic works and has left his mark all over the world. From single letters to complex and skew statements. In 2011, Ben Eine was also included in the largest ever Street Art in the Streets exhibition at MOCA in Los Angeles. In the same year, he was invited by Amnesty International to design her 50th anniversary poster. The shapes of the stunning words and letters are appealing and can be placed on shop fronts and walls as well as in museums and galleries. Inspired by old typographies or letter woodcuts carved, cracked and carried by hand, Ben created a simple but well thought-out marker that made streets and public spaces look better and more pleasant.