artist by Claude J. Easy May 18, 2018
The world around us is an infinite source of knowledge. Tons of people allow that knowledge to slip out of their hands. Can you grasp it?
Maybe, but even if you did, what would you do with that infinite source of knowledge? Waste it or use it to your best potential?
Self-taught digital pop artist, Eddie Santana White, a.k.a. Edo is grabbing the world’s vast knowledge by the horns and applying it to his artistry. Edo started creating art at a young age but truly fell in love with it at 19.
Since then Edo has “never looked back.”
I think at some point you’re going to have to make a choice | That choice will probably be the biggest decision of your life | Crazy part is not what that choice will do to you but what it will do to people you love | Some of them won’t understand the reason for the decision right away but if they stick around and wait it out it’ll all make more sense | No one goes into situations intending to hurt the people they care about but with life at times there’s decisions that HAVE to be made with no emotions involved | Choices…… Choices ➕➕
Almost a decade later at the age of 27, Edo has featured his work in the Hyatt International Corporation Business Diversity event twice in 2016.
To add, Pancakes & Booze featured his work in their show and Edo recently just had an exhibition in Harlem, NY called the “INFINITE STATE OF MIND.” The exhibition took place at the RAW SPACE gallery and displayed a year’s worth of his work. “INFINITE STATE OF MIND” is a part of a bigger two-year campaign, “Infinite Inception.”
Edo worked hard to make it into the Harlem gallery. Homie flew in from southside Chicago. It’s an unreal feeling for Edo’s art to make it into NYC, the mecca of culture. His focus truly proves that a focused energy emitted into the world “comes back 10 fold.”
Truly, an inspirational exhibit, Edo’s works bore dreamy titles that were to be read like a poem.
“The pain that leaves me. The list of things to do before I die. The blessings I’m allowed to see. The life I see beyond the sky. The fiend that loves me. The ex that hates me. The thoughts that free me. The life that awaits me. “
I think most of us want to be free… some of us just don’t know how | A piece from my new collection “Infinite State of Mind” titled: The List of Things To Do Before I Die | I’m revamping my site so you’ll have a more in depth look at the pieces | Ill also have pre orders for my new products (Puzzles, Phone cases, pillows, key chains etc) up as well | INFINITE ➕➕
I think New York was needed | Had a blast out there yo | Heading back to Gotham now with a new energy to go even harder | This is a piece from my new collection tiltled “The Life I See Beyond The Sky” | If any of you can find all 4 element stones from the movie “Fifth Element” i’ll bless you with a 11×17 art print | Infinite ➕➕
Trippy and mesmerizing. Edo creates a puzzle with a bunch of tiny images to create an even bigger picture. Each symbol and image evokes a certain emotion, “from pain to joy.”
Edo looks to make a connection with each viewer as every one of his pieces speaks to something he has dealt with. His art is an escape into a free world.
This is the reason why Edo creates, he can say whatever he’s feeling. What enables you to create? Edo told Kulture Hub,
“Art has always been my escape. I can say whatever I’m feeling. That, to me, is one of the reasons I still create. It’s freedom!”
Like all creations, Edo’s start with an idea. He allows his emotions to take control as he jots down a rough idea onto a pen pad or scribbles a drawing onto a piece of paper.
He relates his idea to a subject matter that represents his emotion and combines both to bring something unusual to the eye into existence.
Each individual section is then taken into consideration, carefully constructed to make every inch of his masterpiece a different degree of uniqueness.
I think you were the best president this country has ever seen | The first time I was eligible to vote was for you | My second time voting was also for you | You showed me that a kid from the south side of Chicago, who was in high school at the time, can dream BIG & fearlessly | I’m forever grateful for you | THANK YOU POTUS ➕➕
Because we all wanted to be like mike | This is one of my art pieces for tomorrow | I found my own identity in the art world | I call it ‘Inception Art’ | Everywhere you look there’s something different | Like one of bugs bunny ears on his right shoulder or the ‘Mikes Secret Stuff’ water bottle in his neck | The graphics are infinite | Make sure you guys come to my first art showcase tomorrow to check out more fresh designs like this one ➕➕
Edo doesn’t only create these fascinating pieces either. The Chitown artist is also a clothing designer.
He has worked with some of Chicago’s dopest urban clothing brands. Leaders 1354, Joe Fresh Goods, Treated Crew, and Fat Tiger are just the tip of the iceberg.
Chicago is a haven of new, fresh culture. Edo’s upbringing in the Chi definitely had an influence on his craftsmanship. Although he’s not big on the art scene there it taught him a new form of focus. He was able to create his own lane.
He doesn’t want his style to mimic anyone else’s. Edo said,
“Honestly, im not as big on the art scene in Chicago. I know of a few artists but I try to stay in my own lane and not focus on anybody else. Only because I don’t want anyone saying my style is like someone else’s. But, as far what I see in Chicago its super fresh. The graffiti scene is really fresh. I was more affected by artists outside of Chicago though. Keith Haring, Kaws, Ron English, and Matt Groening.”
Edo is a saint for real. When he has free time he mentors young men, teaching them basic graphic design. He pulls up to local high schools and churches. He feels that providing opportunities to those who want to create is a very important part of his passion.
Opening a technologically-advanced art school that helps inner-city youths is a big goal of his. His message for the youth dem,
“BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. DON’T EVER LET ANYTHING OR ANYONE GET IN YOUR WAY. PROTECT YOUR DREAMS, PROTECT YOUR HE(ART). DREAM INFINITELY.”
Don’t ever hold back, the sky is the limit, little homies. As Edo would say “To the Infinite.”