The most annoying part about being out here would be the noise pollution on 23rd st. You have trucks, busses, ambulances … and after a while that could be a little annoying; but that’s about it. For the most part, New Yorkers and tourists have been really welcoming to my art. – Teofilo Olivieri
The New Jersey native who sets up, paints and sells his art on the south side of 23rd Street and 6th Avenue in Manhattan, started to realize his creative potential as a child by sketching comic book superheroes.
Now, Teofilo has a style all his own in an array of mediums from digital prints to fabric, his signature Book Cover Art series and the trademark face which he embeds into his work. “The face is a character that came to me in a dream and it just happens to say my name, ‘T.O.’, when some people see it, they immediately say my name.”
While he would love to eventually see his pieces displayed galleries, Teofilo does not see it as a priority at the moment. For now, he enjoys interacting with people from all over the world by showing his art on the streets of New York.” I show my work every day outside so I don’t see the need for it to be indoors right now.” He says.
I’m just enjoying what I do and practicing to create better art.