"The Bronx is a true microcosm of the world as well as our nation as a whole. People from many cultures the world over are here living together. The members of this vast population are sharing their various beliefs and practices, and incorporating them into the borough."-Mike
Artist Mike Surf grew up in the Bronx, New York, the northernmost borough of New York City, the largest, most culturally diverse, and most creative city in the world. A city home to not only dreamers but to doers. Growing up in a place often surrounded by negative stigmas-arguably one of the poorest, shabbiest, most drug-infested and violent neighborhoods out there-Mike also grew up in a time of urban revival for the Bronx. Creatively, art of various types flourished in the borough throughout the late twentieth century; from graffiti to hip hop, change was taking place.
Mike used his experiences and surroundings in the Bronx as inspirations for his art and continues this practice to this day. The Bronx has, in various ways, been both the cause and effect, inspiration and product, behind Mike's artwork. More importantly, he has used his ability to create such unique artwork as an escape and a sort of therapy as the years have gone on.
Through this site we discover an insight into Mike's experiences in the Bronx and are transcended into an experience of our own through his art...