ArtX is a private artists’ members club located in a former nightclub in Manhattan's Meatpacking district. In collaboration with a global roster of artists, ArtX presents an immersive programme of residencies and exhibitions.
Laolu Senbanjo otherwise known as “Laolu NYC,” is a Nigerian bred, Brooklyn based performance and visual artist, singer, songwriter, musician, human rights lawyer, and activist. Having started his career in law, Laolu has always sought out to help others reveal their truth. To do this, he navigates in the way that comes most natural to him: through never ending depths of his artwork. After practicing law for 3 years in Nigeria, he moved to New York City where he has devoted his time to being a full time artist ever since.
Laolu is guided by the idea that all things; be it paper, walls, people, buildings, cars, you name it — are his canvas. By placing his artwork on just about any and everything he can get his hands on, Laolu seeks to leave a part of his art and Yoruba heritage wherever he goes through one canvas at time.
Laolu has worked with those such as Taraji P. Henson, Lupita Nyongo, Alicia Keys, Swizz Beats, Danielle Brooks, and has had his Sacred Art of the Ori body ritual featured on Beyoncé’s 2016 Grammy award winning “Lemonade”. Laolu has graced the covers of The New York Times alongside having features in The Fader, Vogue, Vice, CNN, BBC, and more. His ever growing list of collaborations currently include those such as Kenneth Cole, Nike, Equinox Fitness, Starbucks, Belvedere, Bvlgari, TED, and many more.
A photographer by trade, Phoenix Eisenberg is a New York native who developed a connection to the city’s growing street art community and, at 21, began photographing local artists, specifically in the 5 Pointz area. In 2011, Phoenix initiated the Save 5 Pointz group to bring the case to public attention, which in turn led to a lawsuit and a multi-million dollar settlement in favour of the artists. Before establishing ArtX, Phoenix ran his own cultural space across from the Whitney Museum called Redbird Gallery, showing some of the biggest names in the international street art community, from South Africa to Nigeria to Brazil.
Stephen Stapleton is an artist and founding director of Edge of Arabia, The Crossway Foundation, and CULTURUNNERS. After an artist’s journey across the Middle East in 2003, he founded Edge of Arabia as a first-of-its-kind contemporary art platform for cultural exchange between the Arab and Western world. He has produced over 50 landmark international exhibitions including at Museums and Biennales in London, New York, Venice, Istanbul, Berlin, Dubai, Riyadh, Jeddah, Miami, Aspen, Houston, Oslo, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Detroit, Memphis, Lewiston, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles.