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Urban Artist Justin Bua to Present at KU

October 24, 2013

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Internationally known artist Justin Bua will give a multimedia presentation that links his art to hip-hop culture, on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 6 p.m. in the McFarland Student Union Multipurpose Room.  The presentation is free and open to the public.

Bua's presentation will use PowerPoint to bring his drawings and paintings to life. Audiences will marvel at Bua's ability to transform himself into a large slice of New York City's multi-ethnic, multi-cultural population to share his experience growing up during Reaganomics and witnessing class disparities amidst the birth of hip-hop. His lecture melds narrative autobiography with social, cultural, and political history, drawing our attention to the power of art's ability to inspire and educate.

Born in 1968 in New York's untamed Upper West Side and raised between Manhattan and East Flatbush, Brooklyn, Bua was fascinated by the raw, visceral street life of the city. He attended the LaGuardia High School of Music and Performing Arts and complemented his education on the streets by writing graffiti and performing worldwide with break dancing crews. Bua went to the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif., where he earned a bachelor of fine arts in illustration.

Currently, Bua teaches figure drawing at the University of Southern California, while continuing to be a leading innovator in both the fine and commercial art worlds. His energetic and vocal worldwide fan base ranges from former presidents, actors, musicians, professional athletes, and dancers, to street kids and art connoisseurs.

For more information on Bua, please visit