Artist, Father, Surviver.
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About The Artist

Disciplined. Committed. Skillful. Creative.

Will “Kasso” Condry has been an artist his entire life. Growing up in the inner-city of Trenton, NJ, Will’s only escape from the negative images that plagued his community was through his art. Painting and drawing became Will’s loyal friend at a time when many of his peers fell victim to the streets. For Will, self-expression empowered him to create in a variety of media while avoiding the conflicts that surrounded him.

Finding his inner “Kasso”, short for “Pikasso”, Will’s work began to be more introspective as his talents matured. Now KASSO, his environment drove him to become one of the state’s most respected artists as he:
pro-actively brought beauty to entire neighborhoods
opened an urban arts gallery
developed a community arts program
taught art to children and adults
increased arts awareness to the community

Today, Kasso’s private work is inspired by his heritage and his family, focusing primarily on the important women and children in his life. Kasso’s past enables him to create pieces that are inspired and inspiring. For Kasso, his art reflects the world he lives in while continuing to keep an eye on the future.

BIO:

Artist Willie Condry Jr. — popularly known as KASSO was born and raised in Trenton, NJ. KASSO grew up quickly understanding what he wanted from life. He started creating art at age five. Art was a creative outlet that manifested itself early on.

Influences began to appear. At age 7, he first noticed graffiti art from New York City graffiti artists creating murals for local businesses in Trenton. Inspiration erupted years later. At age 11, he watched the legendary battle between LA graffiti writers HEX and SLICK on television — he realized what he was destined to do.

"That battle really opened my eyes to another world. I had never seen anything like that before. I remember it like it was yesterday. I immediately started drawing outlines and graffiti inspired characters and never stopped."

KASSO went on to study Fine Arts and Illustration. At the College of New Jersey, he excelled in painting, drawing and ceramic sculpture. He furthered his education under the tutelage of legendary graffiti artist, teacher and mentor Daniel "POSE 2" Hopkins. KASSO mastered the fine art of aerosol painting.

Today, KASSO is primarily known for his unique portraits and vivid aerosol based murals. He is a pioneering force in the Trenton art scene, working with numerous nonprofit organizations: One Simple Wish, Albus Cavus, NJTL(National Junior Tennis League), Home Front, City Without Walls, Isles Youth Build and The Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.

KASSO is the founder of the S.A.G.E.(Styles Advancing Graffiti's Evolution) Coalition, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization composed of a diverse group of visual artists, engineers, fabricators, musicians and teachers who are dedicated to initiating, planning and establishing inner city beautification projects. With a focus on cultivating a new and unique focus on urban renewal, SAGE Coalition's goal is to remind those in economically depressed neighborhoods that unity and pride can thrive through creative problem solving and civic engagement.

He is also the co-founder of the Vicious Styles Crew; Trenton, NJ first organized graffiti art production crew. With each organization, he has produced dozens of murals throughout the city of Trenton and along the east and west coast. He has also produce work internationally; within Tijuana, Mexico and London, England. Numerous celebrities and avid art collectors have commissioned him to produce fine art and collect his work. His goal is to keep producing art by any means and to keep pushing the limits of what art can conceive and achieve.

CV:

Solo & Group, Selected EXHIBITIONS

2015 American, Through Artists Eyes, NJ State Museum, Trenton, NJ
2014 The Nothing (Solo), Gallery 219, Trenton, NJ
2013 The Art of Wu (Curator), Gallery 219, Trenton, NJ
2012 Presume the Unpredictable (Solo), 219 Gallery, Trenton, NJ
2011 Illustrious, One Gallery, Newark, NJ
2011 Soul of the Message (Curator), 219 Gallery, Trenton, NJ
2010 4 Elements (Curator), 125 Gallery, Trenton, NJ
2009 Urban Art (Group), Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts, Millville, NJ
2008 Concrete Alchemy, Art Whino Gallery, National Harbor, MD
2006 Exhibitions of Sketches & Paintings, Students of Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program
2005 Drawing for It 2, Spector Gallery, Philadelphia, PA


Corporate & Private, Selected COMMISSIONS

2016 No One Else, video production graphic, Malka Media Group, Hoboken, NJ
2015 Customer Service Mural, Firmenich Inc. Princeton, NJ
2014 Underground Railroad Mural, Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton, NJ
2012 Be the Change, The Gandhi Garden, SAGE Coalition, Trenton, NJ
2011 Liquitex Freestyle, Col Arts WorldWide, London, England
2010 Arthur Ashe Mural, National Junior Tennis League, Trenton, NJ
2009 Portrait of Dr. Betty Shabazz, The Black Cotton Foundation, Harlem, NY
2008 Youth World Mural, Greater World Ministries Church, Trenton, NJ
2007 Children’s Musical Mural, The Boys and Girls Club of Mercer County, Trenton, NJ
2005 Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial Mural, City of Trenton, Trenton, NJ


Articles & Publications: PRESS

2015 Street Art Goes Mainstream, Trenton Times
2014 Underground Railroad Mural Story, Princeton Town and Topic
2013 From Vacant Lot to Gandhi Garden, Trenton Times
2012 Three-day Art Festival’s Displays, Trenton Times
2010 Leaving the Streets Behind, New York Times
2009 Bigger Stage for Graffiti Artists, The Trenton Times
2008 Welcome Graffiti Writers, The Philadelphia Inquire
2007 Art meets civics as city harnesses graffiti’s power, The Star-Ledger
2006 Mural is a new vibe for art students, The Trenton Times
2005 Tribute fit for a king, The Trentonian
Presentations, Lectures & Teaching: EXPERIENCE

Styles Advancing Graffiti’s Evolution - The College Of New Jersey, 2014
Student Painting Workshop - Middlebury College, Vermont, 2012
Artist in Residence - Bear Tavern School, New Jersey, 2011
Graffiti and Urban Murals - Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, 2011
Parachute Cloth Demonstration - City Without Walls Mural Program, New Jersey, 2010
Graffiti Rules. But is it Art? - Rider University, New Jersey, 2009

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    bearklektor says:

    "This guy is a great artist as you can tell, but also a great instructor and a super nice guy. I had the good fortune of him agreeing to give me an airbrush lesson, and boy did I enjoy it and learn a lot. I plan to practice the drills he gave me and down the road pick his brain some more for airbrush tips/lessons. He was very patient with me -the newbie."

    June 18th, 2009

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    eL hue V says:

    "most def 1 talented dude. kasso kills its it yo! walls glow crazy vibrations around his characters. inspiring. uplifting. right?!"

    December 3rd, 2008

Name:
WILL KASSO
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