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FIFTY24 LA presents new works by NYC artist Maria “TOOFLY” Castillo
November 11 through January 4, 2009 // OPENING RECEPTION: November 11, 2009 7-9:30 P.M.
FIFTY24LA Gallery // 125 East 6 St. // Los Angeles, Ca 90014// 415.252.9144


For Immediate Release

Contact Info:
Gabriella Davi-Khorasanee, 415.252.0144×118

Upper Playground and Fifty24LA Gallery Present “Brave Souls Illuminate”

A Collection of New Works by Maria “Toofly” Castillo

Maria “Toofly” Castillo is a painter and illustrator from New York.  Growing up Queens, Toofly immersed herself in graffiti culture and developed her own knack for handstyles and unique “around the way girl” characters.

“Brave Souls Illuminate” is a re-mix of new, and existing works that showcase Toofly’s growth as young woman drawing and writing on the walls to a mature well respected fine artist, designer, and visual arts producer.

Her existing works takes you on a journey of a self proclaimed, “around the way girl” using hard and fluid lines, handstyles, and self confidence to declare a spot in NYC’s graffiti subculture dominated by men, and fierce attitude.

Her new works re-introduce the shades of grey that originally helped her pull in the raw emotions she grew up with, and surfaces new and improved. As she travels to reconnect time and space, the new pieces not only feel and look more mature, yet bring you back to the core of her spirit:  “A brave being who looks to shine bright unapologetic from the inside out!”

”Brave Souls Illuminate” features new works and an installation on display at FIFTY24LA Gallery from November 11 – January 4, 2009.

About Upper Playground:

Based in San Francisco, CA, Upper Playground is the leader in today’s progressive art movement with its innovative apparel and accessories line and art galleries.  Since 1999, Upper Playground has been recognized as a catalyst for the fusion of fashion with fine art.  UP apparel and accessories are designed by local and international artists including Sam Flores, Jeremy Fish, Estevan Oriol, David Choe, and Alex Pardee.  The Upper Playground collection is sold in over 300 boutiques worldwide and online.  In addition, Upper Playground has stores and galleries in San Francisco, Berkeley, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, New York, Mexico and London.

About Toofly

Toofly is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts where she applied her artistic skills to illustration and graphic design coursework.  Her signature “around the way girl” character is instantly recognizable from print to public street art projects.  She and her partner Alice Mizrachi founded Younity, a female urban arts collective, in which they produce art exhibitions, books and mentorship art programs for young women in the arts.  Toofly’s art and design work have appeared in books, video and magazines including Graffiti Women, Burning New York, Current TV, MTV Tr3, Trace, Mass Appeal, Juxtapoz, URB and Honey.

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