As an Elizabeth, New Jersey native, LouieBlaka has been influenced deeply by his city roots. With a BFA in studio painting, he considers his art to be a fusion of contemporary with an edge of street art. Louie has also been active within the street art community creating murals that can be seen throughout cities in New Jersey, Miami, Brazil, and Croatia. His work has been featured in various galleries, exhibitions and publications including the New York Times Best Seller “Crushing It!” by Gary Vaynerchuk.
"Growing up in the inner city, you see and experience things you wouldn't normally come across living anywhere else. I use those experiences to express the voice of those who can't."
"The purpose of my art is to INSPIRE. I want to encourage young artists growing up in the inner city to perfect their craft and pursue a career in art. But most of all, to be proud of their gift. Growing up I didn't have anyone to identify within the art world, so I assumed a career in art was unattainable. Unlike artists, professions like doctors or athletes were glorified and highly sought after. I'm determined to show younger artists otherwise."
WATT Hotel Artist in Residency, Rahway, NJ
Warburton Gallery, Yonkers, NY
“Dulce” Equal Space Gallery, Newark, NJ
“Zones Vol. 1” BX Space Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
"Between Us" Group Exhibit
Perth Amboy Art Gallery "Red 6"
3rd Annual Miracle Art Show
“With Your Permission” NYC Solo Exhibit
2nd Annual Miracle Art Show
Perth Amboy Art Gallery "Red 5"
"Wake Up and Smell the Roses" Exhibit
Perth Amboy Art Gallery "Red 4"
Miracle Art Show
New York City's Coffee Art Festival Art Showcase (2nd Place Overall)
"Fire & Ice" Artist Showcase
The Musae presents: "Manifest"
FAMNOW NYC Artist Showcase
Joe Canal's presents: "Wine & Art Showcase"
Conception Gallery's "NYC Emerging Artists" Showcase
Conception Gallery's "Woman Up" Exhibit
Perth Amboy Art Gallery's "Red 3" Exhibit
NJ Drug Enforcement Agency/Gateway Center Gallery's Heroin Art Exhibit
LouieBlaka presents: "Paint It Forward" Exhibit
Hota'te presents: "WE R'TIST" Exhibit
Sigma Lambda Upsilon's "Arte De Expresion" Exhibit
"Maid in America" Exhibit
Perth Amboy Art Gallery's "Red 2" Exhibit
WATT Hotel- 2019 Artist in Residency
Featured in 2018 New York Times Best Selling book “Crushing It!” by Gary Vaynerchuck
New Jersey Stay Ledger- 2016 NJ Drug Enforcement Agency’s Heroin Art Exhibit