Aroe is a renowned British graffiti artist born in 1970. Inspired by graffiti in South London in the early 80s, Aroe started tagging and became a member of MSK street art crew. He lives and works in Brighton, UK.
Prolific graffiti artist Aroe is widely considered one of the most influential and innovative names in the subculture of British urban art.
A master of his craft, Aroe’s large-scale murals are free-form, each one hand-painted without the use of stencils or projectors. Many of his limited edition print releases also feature hand-finished elements for a unique touch and a collectable appeal.
Inspired by Hip Hop culture – through Malcolm McLaren’s ‘Buffalo Girls’ video in 1990 – Aroe began creating graffiti at the age of 13. Before he had entered his twenties, Aroe had become a member of the world-famous graffiti crew MSK (Mad Society Kings); and, by the mid-2000s, had co-founded Heavy Artillery, one of the UK’s most notorious graffiti crews. Loved and hated in equal measure, Aroe’s contentious posse have divided the urban art scene like Marmite – and altered the face of the graffiti forever.