Brooklyn-based artist Bast has been an intricate part of the street art scene for the past 10 years throughout New York and Europe, where his wheat-pasted images are prominently displayed across the urban landscape. Interestingly the artist himself has remained an elusive character that has rarely been seen in public and whose very existence has been debated. Little is known of his work outside of what the public sees throughout New York's urban environment, but fortunately, more has become known as Bast's images have evolved to gallery-exhibition status in recent years.
Since 2003 his work has been in numerous group shows from Japan to LA, to Colorado, New York, London and Berlin, with his exposure quickly increasing. 2005 saw his first New York solo exhibition at the Transplant Gallery, which also celebrated the release of his limited edition book, REVOLUTION DE PAPEL. From a gallery perspective Bast's works on canvas appear to be a complete departure from what he presents on the street: they are aggressive and bold, offering a fresh take on Punk art and appropriated imagery from all media.
Bast is credited with influencing the collective artist group FAILE, with whom he has collaborated with on numerous occasions. Such collaborations have been displayed on the streets as well as in joint exhibitions, namely Galerie Neurotitan Berlin in 2003, and New Image Art in Los Angeles in 2005.
In August 2007, Bast returned to New Image Art for a solo exhibition, and is slated for another New York gallery appearance in Jonathan Levine Gallery's Project Room this coming September.