Fernando Carlo a.k.a COPE2 was born in 1968 in the South Bronx. COPE2 started painting in 1978, influenced by his cousin Chris. In 1982, he created his own crew, the “Kids Destroyer” which later became “King’s Destroyer”. Very active in the 1980-90s, Cope2 painted in all New York subway lines, which is how he earned his fame. But the New York authorities started chasing graffiti artists and severely punishing them.

During his long and legendary career as a street artist, Fernando Carlo has started collaborations with prestigious and recognized brands including Time Magazine, Converse and Adidas, even appearing in famous video games such as Getting up and Grand Theft Auto IV.
Cope2’s artworks, characterized by an energetic and colorful painting, have been exhibited all over the world: United States, Paris, Italy, Japan, Morocco, Russia, Switzerland, Turkey, Germany, Spain, China, France and United Kingdom.

Cope2 currently lives and works in New York, NY, and he still paints legally in the streets and collaborates with other artists such as Shepard Fairey, Retna, Kenny Scharf, etc.

Cope2, No Title (particular), 2021
Mixed media on canvas, 102,5 × 106,5 cm

Cope2, No Title (particular), 2021
Mixed media on canvas, 102,5 × 106,5 cm

Fernando Carlo a.k.a COPE2 was born in 1968 in the South Bronx. COPE2 started painting in 1978, influenced by his cousin Chris. In 1982, he created his own crew, the “Kids Destroyer” which later became “King’s Destroyer”. Very active in the 1980-90s, Cope2 painted in all New York subway lines, which is how he earned his fame. But the New York authorities started chasing graffiti artists and severely punishing them.

During his long and legendary career as a street artist, Fernando Carlo has started collaborations with prestigious and recognized brands including Time Magazine, Converse and Adidas, even appearing in famous video games such as Getting up and Grand Theft Auto IV.
Cope2’s artworks, characterized by an energetic and colorful painting, have been exhibited all over the world: United States, Paris, Italy, Japan, Morocco, Russia, Switzerland, Turkey, Germany, Spain, China, France and United Kingdom.

Cope2 currently lives and works in New York, NY, and he still paints legally in the streets and collaborates with other artists such as Shepard Fairey, Retna, Kenny Scharf, etc.

cope2 Works

The most famous works of art by the American street artist Fernando Carlo – a.k.a. Cope2 – are made through the use of mixed techniques (mainly spray paint and acrylics) on canvas. The artist’s paintings, with their unmistakable abstract expressionist style, are “bombarded” by words and tags through which Fernando Carlo combines the world of art with street culture.

The artworks below represent a selection of works created by the American artist Cope2 and available in the Gallery.

 

Cope2, Bubbles Bubbles, 2022

Cope2

Bubbles Bubbles, 2022

Color screenprint on paper

49,7 x 66,5 cm | 19,56 x 26,18 in

Edition on 50

Cope2, No title, 2021

Cope2

No title, 2021

Mixed media on canvas

104,5 x 104,5 cm

Cope2, No title, 2021

Cope2

No title, 2021

Mixed media on canvas

95 x 93 cm

Cope2, No title, 2021

Cope2

No title, 2021

Mixed media on canvas

93 x 99 cm

Cope2, No title, 2021

Cope2

No title, 2021

Mixed media on canvas

102,5 x 106,5 cm

Cope2, No title, 2020

Cope2

No title, 2020

Mixed media on canvas

70 x 67,5 cm

Cope2, Bubbles, 2022

Cope2

Bubbles, 2022

Mixed media on canvas

76 x 101 cm

Cope2, No Title, 2020

Cope2

No title, 2020

Mixed media on canvas

50 × 40 cm

Cope2 “No title 2”

Cope2

No title, 2020

Mixed media on canvas

50 × 40 cm

cope2 News

Cope2

More and more famous and desired, Cope2’s works of art are sold in the best auctions around the world. Sotheby’s recently awarded a work on canvas for more than $ 10,000.

From the Bronx to Sotheby’s, after a long career as street artist Fernando Carlo Jr – a.k.a. Cope2 – is today one of the most popular street artists in the world.

Cope2

Street Art was born in New York in the 70s, a period in which the economic and social crisis fueled dissent and crime. In response to this chaos, some young people, many of them of Latin American and African American descent, mostly living in the working-class neighborhoods of Washington Heights, Bronx and Brooklyn, spontaneously began to spray paint the wagons, walls and rails of some subway lines.

Cope2

Although very different from each other, the world of fashion and graffiti have always had many points of contact.

Street artists, in fact, have always distinguished themselves from the beginning not only for their creativity, but also for their style of clothing, mainly inspired by hip-hop culture.

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