Pulling Back the Curtain on Andrew Urbine

Pulling Back the Curtain on Andrew Urbine

Photographing Philadelphia, PA’s graffiti art scene

A veteran of property rehabilitation in many Philadelphia neighborhoods, Andrew Urbine often blends aesthetics that are commonly considered "blighted" with those considered essential to the essence and character of neighborhood. When he's not out and about taking photos of street art, Andrew works with a Philadelphia, PA housing rehabilitation initiative. While renovating properties and speaking with neighbors, he started to notice pockets of the city where graffiti artists (or vandals, depending on your perspective) had seeming carte blanche to express themselves in public spaces.

Andrew has always been interested in the juxtaposition of urban decay and urban renewal. Recently, Andrew has broadened his scope to include the study of the art/blight juxtaposition in public spaces throughout the world. Thus, the Golden Boy Graffiti Art Project was born.

Andrew lives in historic Old City Philadelphia with his wife Jacqueline and their four children. Call today to speak with the artist about your next conversation piece.