ART-of-Motion Artist Biographies
Shawn Mitchell Perkins (@sptheplug) is a painter living and working in D.C., by way of Detroit. From canvases to large scale murals, his work can be found all throughout the DMV. He has been commissioned for artwork by Southwest Airlines, MGM National Harbor, RevoltTV and some of D.C.’s top restaurants and schools. He loves to work with both oil and acrylic paint as well as unique mixed media on wood panel and canvas.
Juan “CRI” Pineda is a D.C.-based visual artist, whose distinct style is characterized as urban-contemporary/street art. His connection to traditions resulted in unique mural work in the Washington area since the mid 90s. Pineda consults and volunteers with various causes that are related to art and culture. He works closely with non-profit organizations and is a member of UW LAW, one of the most talented graffiti crews in NYC.
Maria Miller was born in Silver Spring and lived overseas with her family while her father was in the military. Maria derives a lot her personal work’s inspiration from issues surrounding race and reproduction. Maria attended Savannah College of Art and Design (2011) and The Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C., to study advertising design and digital media. She currently lives in Northern Virginia and paints as an independent artist, as well as with Art Bloc DC.
Edward Joseph aka “Ed the Artist” grew up in Prince George’s County, playing sports and enjoying his favorite passion, art. “Ed the Artist” is an abstract visualizer that specializes in lines that seek influence using shapes, forms, colors and textures. Ed currently resides in Atlanta and continues to design custom clothing, canvases, murals, and his latest niche, body painting.
Blind Whino continues its mission to be an accessible arts environment with multiple experiential opportunities to enhance your cultural palette. Housed in the historic Friendship Baptist Church, built in 1886, the facade showcases an eclectic use of Victorian and Romanesque architectural styles combined with Gothic Revival and Queen Anne elements. In 2018, it will continue to serve as the city’s most hidden gem in the arts community, providing gallery space where the artist retains 100 percent of all sales.
Joseph Ramos Cruz is an emerging artist from the island of Puerto Rico, and he currently serves in U.S. military. He specializes in acrylics and black-and-white drawings. He attended a specialized art school in Puerto Rico, before earning a Business Administration degree at the University of Puerto Rico. He is currently developing his work in Northern Virginia and other areas in and around Washington. His oncoming projects will include automotive paints and military history themes.