VAN MONROE Customizer
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Through the richness of his life experiences and artistry, Van Taylor Monroe has devoted his existence to encouraging people throughout the world to pursue the dreams that are hidden within their hearts. Raised in Cleveland, Ohio, by a family of non-traditional artists, Van’s creative spirit was nurtured at an early age, as he was encouraged to celebrate his self-expression through art. In 2003, he began revitalizing the scuffed and worn-out sneakers of his football teammates by adding fresh new colors and personalized hand-painted designs to them. Van has become a well-known talent in painting traditional canvas, murals, clothing, accessories and of course continuing to customize sneakers and footwear. Van's artwork was nationally recognized and added to the Smithsonian Museum's collection and also featured in the Manifest Hope Gallery. He has created artwork for President Barack Obama, Spike Lee, Will.I.Am, Kirk Franklin, Hugh Jackman, Charles Barkley, Carmelo and LaLa Anthony, Hill Harper, Fat Joe, Queen Latifah, Nicki Minaj, Wanda Sykes, Drake, Ray Romano, Jennifer Lopez, John Leguizamo, Josh Hutcherson and countless other celebrities. Van worked with 20th Century Fox in promoting their summer blockbuster movie Wolverine with his sneaker designs. Van recently collaborated with Fox again to promote the final installment to their popular animated feature Ice Age 4: Continental Drift. Van's adept leadership ability was celebrated by his community through his induction into Cleveland's prestigious 40-40 club.