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.