RasTerms aka James Monk is born and raised in Miami, with a Puerto Rican and Colombian background. In addition to living in the Bay Area for the last ten years, he has been traveling throughout the United States doing art, murals, exhibitions, and experiencing the vastness of life. He started art at a very young age, remembering how his mother gave him crayons to color to calm him down in his youth. He eventually started doing graffiti at 11 years old, writing his name everywhere around the streets of Miami.
Still practicing graffiti and street art today, RasTerms is known as the letter master and the ‘builder of letters’.
Ranging outside of graffiti, he’s also seen himself as a spiritual artist who has experimented with a variety of styles. Within his early work, he has served as a conduit to the creative powers, fusing his letter styles with art and fun, reminding people through visuals to maintain the codes of peace, unity, love and having fun.
Now older and living in the Bay Area, his work has taken a break from heavily influenced spiritualities and has matured on to more contemporary, abstract styles. He says “if you ask me about my work, I may say something about African Indian alchemy voodoo, or I may just point out something hilarious”. These days he is greatly inspired by a Steve Jobs quote saying, “Stay hungry, and stay foolish.” Spreading his mission all over the world, his work can be seen on everything from clothing and stickers, to large scale murals.
He embodies his craft entirely while living his life, believing that “the creative force is nonjudgemental and the only thing constant and true in life”. Today, his contemporary art is being recognized on a global scale. He currently continues traveling, visiting artists to collaborate with and painting the walls of cities across the nation.
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