Easton Awesome Miller
Easton Awesome Miller is an artist, curator, writer, and Renaissance man. He received the presidential scholarship from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2004, and completed his BFA in 2008 with a double major in Fine Arts and Art History. Shortly after graduating he built and ran Thrones Gallery for the next year. He has been actively showing his work nationally and internationally since 2008. He currently lives in Los Angeles where he enjoys working in his studio, hanging out with his two dogs, and eating pizza.
Tess Lecklitner is a 21-year-old writer based in Los Angeles, where she will earn her B.A. in English from UCLA in the Spring. When she isn’t churning out articles and essays or pouring over a Norton Anthology, you can often find her in a jewelry studio with a torch in hand or darting around the wardrobe department of an editorial shoot or movie set while wearing impractical shoes.
Brittany Zagoria is a painter residing in Chicago. She received her BFA in painting and drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011, where she was awarded their merit scholarship and accepted into their upper division painting program. For the past several years, the focus she has taken in her work is to create emotive and grotesque portraits that unravel the psychology of her subject. She uses traditional oil painting techniques alongside modern subject matter to deliver an unsettling view on humankind. Her subjects range from politicians, celebrities, and heinous criminals to personal enemies and past lovers. She is influenced by reality TV, national parks, politics, tropical sunsets, film stills, color relationships, social media, and birds. Her work has been exhibited in The Gene Siskel Film Center, Betty Rymer Gallery, Sullivan Gallery, and the Fine Arts Building in Chicago, and featured in the Capitol building in Washington, D.C.. She continues to apply for opportunities to exhibit her work and regularly engage with the arts community.
Bill Donovan, a writer, artist and educator in New York City, completed his MFA in 2006 at the University of Iowa and will complete his MA in Art History and Criticism at Stony Brook University in 2013. Donovan teaches drawing at Adelphi University and Nassau Community College. He has been actively showing his paintings nationally and internationally since 2005. Donovan especially loves creating studio visits for Beautiful/Decay’s website, and also contributes to the printed Beautiful/Decay book series.
Michael Olivo (pictured at his brother’s wedding, bearing little to no resemblance, with a strangely shaped head) was born in 1988 in Wayne, New Jersey in a brick house. Michael Olivo went to school in Philadelphia, and then moved to Oakland, California (on MLK Jr. Way). He is seriously interested in dating sequential art, comix, ultimate, and NFL football (#34). Normally interested in video games and lamb’s ears. Mildly interested in toppings. He has a tortoiseshell kitten named Al Ghul (used to be a cat called Man). Michael Olivo currently draws with markers and pens, but has in the past created video art, sculpture, performance, bookmaking and printmaking (He started life drawing, and now is still drawing, so maybe those other mediums were just roadblocks that helped). Michael Olivo listens to passport.MIDI, TED talks, Radiolab, Alan Watts, and Joe Rogan’s podcast (if this one guy he knows keeps putting it on). He wants to start a publishing/design/pizza business because he cannot find a pleasant job. Help gotten from Yokoyama, Kirby, Payton, Sagmeister, Hester, and heaps of wonderful people.
Megan Lee Ramirez
Megan Lee Ramirez is a student at Vanderbilt University, where this spring she plans to earn a BA in Anthropology with a minor in Art History. When she isn’t rattling around the osteology lab or sticking her nose in a book about the Inka Empire, she contributes to Beautiful/Decay, as well as to The Rayograph, her personal blog where she features art, design, and architecture which have caught her eye. Megan is also a published author, writing science fiction short stories and flash fiction whenever inspiration strikes. She likes watching obscure bands play at sketchy venues, reading anything by China Miéville, and adventuring – in fact, she’ll be living and working in Peru this summer. Once, she toured a medical cadaver lab, and it was awesome. Currently, she can be found stumbling around/causing trouble in Music City, USA.
Matthew Manos is interested in the intersection of business, design, and authorship. He is an alumni of UCLA’s Design Media Arts program where, upon graduating, he was selected for the Chancellor’s Service Award for his devotion to the use of design as a method of community service. In 2009, Matthew founded the first internationally operating social graphic design enterprise, a verynice design studio, and has since built the organization to be home to over 60 volunteers across the globe, and has provided pro bono services to over 125 organizations. Matthew has served as the Creative Director and manager of over 250 accounts including The United Nations, Facebook, Human Rights Campaign, Amnesty International, UCLA, MTV Networks, and Disney / PIXAR.
Matthew’s work and ideas have been published in over 100 print and online venues internationally including The Huffington Post, GOOD, and Wired Magazine. He has presented for institutions and organizations across the nation including the Social Enterprise Alliance in Chicago, UCLA, Pepperdine, Art Center, Western Kentucky University on topics including social entrepreneurship, social design, and disruptive innovation. Matthew is currently an MFA Candidate in the Art Center College of Design’s Media Design Program.
John Malta was born in East Cleveland, Ohio and is currently living and working in New York City where he is completing an MFA at the School of Visual Arts. His work has been commissioned by the New York Times, Blood is the New Black, the Seattle Stranger, Land’s End Canvas, Surfing Magazine, Willamette Week, and others. He has exhibited his work in Taiwan, New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, and Vancouver; and has been self-publishing zines of his drawings for as long as he can remember. Malta transforms the simplicities of his daily life and past memories of murky Ohio creeks, house punk shows, and pet lizards into Super Nintendo nightmares: the wildly colorful yet dingy expressions of another reality.
Jacqueline Bos is an illustrator living and working in Portland, Oregon. Her work combines a mix of collage, pen and ink, and mixed media to create narrative scenes once described as “full of..wildlife tenderly fed by semi fashionable stickfigured teenage nomads”. She has self published 5 mini books with subjects ranging from Inuit mythology, to the Golden Girls and is currently working on the 6th. Her work has appeared in various magazines and books around the world, most recently IdN’s the New Twenties, Soul Pancake, ReadyMade Magazine, BUST, and YEN Magazine.
Dimitri Karakostas is a Toronto-based photo-video-taker, word-writer-on-whatever, creative-director-slash-publisher-or-curator-rather-editor-or-everything, stressed-out-always-sort of guy. In between operating Blood of the Young Zine (http://bloodoftheyoungzine.com) and constantly taking photographs (http://tobehonestiexpectedmore.com), he can be found riding his bike too fast or making apple cider for his lovely wife.
Sometimes artist. Sometimes strategist. Never bored.
Daniel Rolnik is an accidental writer. It all started when he handed a flyer for his old band to a girl named Pocahontas – who for no particular reason invited him to write for the weekly music magazine LA Record. Luckily, no one knew he was only 15 at the time, so he was published regularly until he finally left to go to college up in the freezing arctic known as Northern California. It was there that he began being drawn to art more so than ever before, particularly after starting his college’s first ever magazine named PRESS. Upon graduating he was recruited by Argot&Ochre to run their blog and now continues to interview some of the raddest artists in the world for sites like Beautiful/Decay, FecalFace, Hi Fructose, ReserveResult, and Bulkka. If you ever hear “Hi, I’m Daniel” at an art opening, then he’s probably near!
Born in the UK, 20-year-old Daniel is currently a student of History of Art and English Literature at Edinburgh University, specializing in post-war art movements. As well as his contributing for Beautiful Decay, Daniel joined BITE Magazine in 2011 – a nascent online publication and blog featuring creative work from youths around the globe – as both an Assistant Editor and writer for art and menswear fashion. He hopes to help develop the project further in the upcoming months and pursue a career in creative arts publishing after graduation. He enjoys traveling and regularly visiting art galleries. More of his taste in art, fashion and all visual culture can be found on his personal blog.
Bennett Faber lives and writes in Shanghai. Besides Beautiful/Decay, his writing has appeared on The Switch, a news portal for Chinese youth trends, and in the magazines 6 and Lime, at the latter of which he also works as assistant editor. Chances are he would love to write for you, too, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aaron Berger survived the majority of his New York City high school years by cutting class and riding the “A” line down to the Chelsea gallery district. It was there that he first began to form a taste in the visual arts, kicking around the environs of Printed Matter and, further south, Deitch Projects. He was attracted to Beautiful Decay both out of an appreciation for similar aesthetics and out of a desire to continue the current boost from stagnancy that contemporary art is experiencing. Aaron values technique and style in art, but views creative intent as the defining factor in any medium. He can also be found on the internet in his contemporary music column for PS Tracks.