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Caleb Neelon

Scroll down for my CV and a bio you can feel free to crib from for whatever…

Getting in touch:
Project ideas for murals, art, writing, press interviews, etc go to:
Available Artwork: For smaller works, check my bigcartel site. For bigger things, email me and I can point you in the right direction.
Student projects: I can’t usually do full interviews, but if you email me one or two questions I can try to answer. I try harder when your questions are well thought out, as specific as possible, and your deadline isn’t in two days.
Anything else: Feel free to reach out.
I always appreciate help in pairing me with walls in my home region – finding the budgets to do them is generally the easy part but many walls start with someone in a given community doing a bit of legwork to track down interested property owners and reaching out to me. Feel free to reach out with ideas.

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12 Oz Prophet Part One
12 Oz Prophet Part One and a Half
12 Oz Prophet Part Two
Boston Phoenix
Another Boston Phoenix
Bant Mag
PBS Newshour
My TEDxBoston talk


As a thirteen-year-old in February of 1990, Caleb Neelon visited family friends in small-town Germany with his mother and took a side trip to Berlin. For Neelon, the sight of the newly opened Berlin Wall, covered in graffiti and murals was a revelation. By the mid 1990s, Neelon was immersed in the global graffiti scene under the name SONIK. He traveled constantly and developed a vivid, homespun, and raw style of mixed media painting. He freely crossed boundaries between graffiti, murals, and what would soon be referred to as street art. At the same time, he wrote in-depth articles for graffiti fanzines. As years passed, these publications evolved into art and popular culture magazines, trade books, and feature films.

Caleb Neelon’s bright, folksy works, frequently incorporating nautical and quilting motifs, can be seen in gallery and museum exhibitions and on walls around the world. In addition to visiting artist talks and programs, Neelon’s work ranges from cultural diplomacy projects through the U.S. State Department; curatorial advisory work at museums, projects bringing artwork to hospitals, and public artwork projects in over thirty countries around the globe. Neelon has authored over a dozen books, among them the landmark 2011 HarperCollins release The History of American Graffiti, co-authored with Roger Gastman, and the 2014 AMMO Books retrospective Ed Emberley, co-authored with Todd Oldham. He lives and works in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Made By You, Orchard Extension Gallery, Allston, MA.
All Types of Characters, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY. Curated by The World’s Best Ever.
Mapping the City, Somerset House, London, UK. Curated by Rafael Schacter
Manifest Justice, pop up space in Los Angeles, CA. Curated by Yosi Sergeant and Jacquelyn Mason-Drayton.

Friends and Makers, Flatcolor Gallery, Seattle, WA. Curated by Ryan Bubnis.
Cruel Summer, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, NY. Curated by Roger Gastman.

Wider than a Postcard, Breeze Block Gallery, Portland, OR. Curated by Sven Davis.
These Friends 4, THIS Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA.
Walking with the Dutch Giant,, Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA.

Fear No Art 4, Fourth Wall, Boston, MA. Curated by Marka27.
Mojados y Polvosos, The Black Book Gallery, Denver, CO. (Two-man show with Raul Gonzalez)
Victory Garden, Heftler Gallery & Center for the Arts, Endicott College, Beverly, MA. (Solo)

Wall Works, deCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA. Curated by Lexi Lee Sullivan.
Nothing to Say, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

Plain Air, Cinders Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
International Mural Invitational Exhibition, Dafen Art Museum, Shenzhen, China
Signs and Symbols, lead artist, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Imagination Wall, Fourth Wall Projects, Boston, MA. (Solo)
Kids of All Ages, THIS Los Angeles

Waiting for Ararat, White Walls Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Two-man show with Mike Shine.

In the Land of Retinal Delights, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA. Curated by Meg Linton.
Drawn Together, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark. Curated by Husk Mit Navn.
Caleb Neelon is Working On It, Carmichael Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (Solo)

Behind the Seen, Ad Hoc Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. Curated by Michael deFeo.
Drawn Together, Artboks, Aarhus, Denmark. Curated by Husk Mit Navn.
Neelon/Suss/Williams/Lukas, Limited Addiction Gallery, Denver, CO
Child’s Prey, White Walls Gallery, San Francisco, CA.  Two-man show with Ben Woodward.
Hang M’ High, Sundance Film Festival, Chester’s Blacksmith, Park City, UT

Caleb Neelon’s Unrelenting Optimism, LES Gallery, Vancouver, Canada (Solo)
Collections, Scion Installation Space, Los Angeles, CA (catalog) Curated by Roger Gastman and Shepard Fairey.
Motivational Baggage, Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA..  Two-man show with Andrew Schoultz.
Spothunters, New Art Center, Newton, MA, (curator & catalog)Caleb Neelon’s Unrealistic Expectations, Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA (Solo)

Not Especially Helpful, Installations @ EMF, Cambridge, MA (Solo)
Reclaiming Space, Space 538, Portland, ME
Move 13, Clementine Gallery, New York City, NY. Curated by Rich Jacobs.
Flaneur, Punch Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Curated by Andrew Schoultz.


Zajedno Postizemo Vise, three murals in Sarajevo, East Sarajevo, and Mostar, Bosnia. Initiated by the United States Embassy in Sarajevo, Bosnia.

The Block Player, mural at the Denholm Building, Worcester, MA. Project of the City of Worcester and Public Art Working Group.
That Was Fun – Let’s Do More, mural in downtown Fitchburg, MA. Project of the City of Fitchburg and Fitchburg Art Museum, National Endowment for the Arts, Our Town.
Maurice J. Tobin School, exterior mural with Katie Yamasaki.
Cockeysville, MD state agricultural park barn mural with Bill Dunlap, project of the University of Maryland.

Pump Me Up: Washington DC Subculture in the 1980s, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. Assistant Curator. Catalog.
The Legend of Cool “Disco” Dan, documentary film. Producer.

Caleb Neelon, mural project in Istanbul and Antakya, Turkey, initiated by the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey.
Ed Emberley and Friends, too! Boston Children’s Hospital.

Pforzheimer House, Harvard University. Artist residency.
Awesome Foundation grant
Wedding Walls mural invitational project, Wedding neighborhood of Berlin, Germany.

Arte Para Todos mural invitational project, Poligono San Pablo, Seville, Spain.  (Catalog)
Ed Emberley and Friends, Scion Los Angeles.  Conceived and curated gallery project pairing six artists with Ed Emberley, author of legendary drawing books, with resulting artworks and proceeds donated to children’s hospitals.  (Catalog)

Maurice J. Tobin School, public elementary school in Mission Hill, Boston, pair of outdoor murals.
Imagination Wall, pair of murals created on-site at Children’s Hospital Boston, main lobby, now permanently installed in cardiac ICU.
The Commonwealth Award Art Object, created a set of painted wooded bowls as awards given by the Massachusetts Cultural Council to honorees.

The Pigeon Mumbler, short documentary film about rooftop pigeon keepers, Scion Easy 10 productions.  Associate Producer.
Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship, sculpture and installation.
Somerville Arts Council Artist Fellowship

Making a Difference / Mass General Hospital MICU project.  Lead artist and curator for a project to paint the 2′x2′ ceiling tiles above patient beds in the Medical ICU ward at Mass. General Hospital.

Art for All, Tegucigalpa, Honduras.  Special commission of the First Lady of Honduras, the United Nations Development Project, and the United States Embassy.  (Catalog)


American Magazines and Newspapers:
The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Reason, HuffingtonPost, Paper, PBS NewsHour, City Journal, Artlog, Life, The Economist, Wall Street Journal, Juxtapoz, Print, Art New England, The Boston Globe, Harvard Magazine, Ed. Magazine, Tokion, Boston Magazine, The Boston Phoenix, NPR’s All Things Considered, etc

International Magazines and Newspapers:
Berliner Zeitung (Berlin), Wonderland (London), Nusign (Paris), Trendsetters (Istanbul), Contemporary (London), Clark (Paris), The Guardian (London), Bant (Istanbul), Radikal (Istanbul), O Tempo (Brazil), Folha de Sao Paulo (Brazil), Vogue Girl (Seoul), Underground Productions (Stockholm), Brain Damage (Warsaw), WorldSign (Paris), and some in China that I couldn’t read.

Selected Books:
Schacter, Rafael.  World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti, Yale University Press 2013.
Caleb Neelon’s Book of Awesome, Gingko Press 2009
Iosifides, Kiriakos.  Mural Art, Publikat 2008
Ganz, Nicholas.  Graffiti World, Abrams / Thames and Hudson 2004
Gastman, Roger. Supreme Quality, R77 Press 2004
Manco, Tristan.  Street Logos, Thames and Hudson. 2004
di Suvero, Mark, and Publicime.  La Vie des Formes:  Fifteen Years of Artistic Adventures at the International Yard for Experimental Creation, L’Exemplaire. 2003


Ed Emberley with Todd Oldham, AMMO Books 2014.
Alex Gross: Discrepancies (Essay)  Gingko Press, 2014.
Blade: King of Graffiti (Foreword) Schiffer Books, 2014.
Revok: Made in Detroit (Essay)  Gingko Press, 2013.
Pump Me Up: Washington DC Subculture in the 1980s 320-page catalog accompanying Corcoran Gallery of Art show. R77 Press/Corcoran Gallery of Art, 2013.
Delusional: The Story of the Jonathan LeVine Gallery.  Gingko Press, 2012.
The History of American Graffiti, with Roger Gastman.  HarperCollins, 2011.
Art in the Streets, (various contributions). Catalog accompanying Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art show of the same name. Rizzoli, 2011.
Caleb Neelon’s Book of Awesome, artist monograph, Gingko Press, 2009.
The Whimsical Works of David Weidman (and also some serious ones) (essay) Gingko Press, 2008.
Street World, Thames and Hudson (UK), Abrams (USA), Oceano (Spain), Pyramyd (France) and National Geographic (Germany).  Editor and Author, with Roger Gastman and Anthony Smyrski. 2007.
Mad Society: Saber (editor and the ‘as told to’) Gingko Press, 2007 & updated edition, 2010.
Ulysses:  Departures, Journeys, and Returns:  The Art of Andrew Schoultz. (essay) Paper Museum Press, 2007.
I Was Just Leaving:  The Art of Richard Colman (essay) Gingko Press, 2007.
Million Dollar Vandal, editor, AKA Projects, 2006.
Graffiti Brasil, Co-author, with Tristan Manco and Lost Art. Thames and Hudson, 2005.
Also Known As, Twelve Ounce Prophet, 2005.
Swindle Magazine, Editor-at-Large 2004-2008.
Lilman Makes a Name for Himself, Author and illustrator. Cantab Publishing, 2004.
Twelve Ounce Prophet (the Vapors; AKANYC) along with Allen Benedikt and Cody Hudson. 1996-2006.


1996 – Present
Istanbul and Antakya, Turkey; São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Belo Horizonte, Brazil; Santa Elena, Costa Rica; Bermuda; Guatemala City, Guatemala; Managua, Nicaragua; Tegucigalpa, Honduras; Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, and Perth, Australia; Reykjavik, Iceland; Stockholm, Sweden; Copenhagen and Roskilde, Denmark; Helsinki, Finland; Munich, Berlin, Mannheim, and Wiesbaden, Germany; Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Eindhoven, Holland; Chalon, France; Seville, Spain; Prague, Czech Republic; Innsbruck and Vienna, Austria; Warsaw, Poland; Rome and Florence, Italy; Cork, Ireland; Sarajevo, East Sarajevo, and Mostar, Bosnia; Kathmandu, Nepal; Delhi and Calcutta, India; Shenzhen, China; Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Houston, Chicago, Austin, Santa Fe, Los Angeles, San Francisco, &c, United States.


Ed.M., Harvard Graduate School of Education

A.B., Brown University