I, Steven Cedre Jr., was born on August 6th, 1974 in Lynn, Ma. I was the oldest son of Rosa and Steven Cedre’s three boys (Oscar and Shaun) and brother to Desiree. My parents were Puerto Rican and lived in Lynn and the South Bronx. I still claim the Bronx as home.
I discovered my talent for art at a very young age. I would remember drawing Charlie Brown and all of the other 80’s cartoons in class. I believe I took a real interest in the fourth grade.
I lost my parents when I was real young 11 and 13. So this meant I grew up quickly. Other kids would be planning out vacations and family outings…not me. I planned funerals. So naturally to cope with my issues, one of my escapes was to draw.
After a brief childhood and teenage years I decided I will go to college. I attended California State University of Long Beach. There I studied art. They had a great program, wonderful faculty and even better colleagues. I entered the Fine Arts program and finally graduated with Bachelors in Fine Arts with a specialization in Drawing and Painting.
After college I did what every other art student did…I got a “real” job to pay off my loans and become a productive part of society. While working, I stumbled into a gallery and presented my work to them and now can be seen at Gallery 33 East in Long Beach, CA.
Then I bounced around a few different jobs. One day I came home from my “suit and tie” job and I decided to play with my son in his room, but being tired from work I laid on the floor while he jumped on his bed. He then fell out of bed and landed on my head! After a long painful process of Emergency Room visit and doctor appointments…it turned out I had two bulging discs in my neck. I was almost paralyzed for 2 months. I couldn’t lift my neck off of my chest.
While I was down my brothers told me about some guys in Harlem painting/ customizing shoes. They said that these guys were not that good and they made a couple of bucks doing this. So they challenged me to try to paint some shoes. I did some research for a month or two and gave it a try. My first pair came out OK and then they challenged me to post them online. I did and have had a great response since. This came to the point where I focused on perfecting techniques and used my art background to come out with some strong designs. I have always loved the sneaker culture, but because my beyond modest background we couldn’t afford all the great kicks that were out when I was younger. So now I make them!
Now I try to use all my influences to design and paint works of art that can be worn and redefine sneaker culture. I use my Latin heritage, my love for Hip Hop and Music, the use of color, imagery, and imagination to make statements as well as challenge aesthetics.
This is the same approach I take to my canvas paintings and all my art. It should spark a reaction. Whether negative or positive, evoke a thought and challenge the viewer to respond.
Throughout history American landscape painting has had a major impact in the art world, from the mysterious paintings of Albert Pinkham Ryder, to the abstractions of Marsden Hartley and Bierstadt. Viewing nature is its own discipline. It teaches the observer modesty, and insists on an attention to the subtle shifting of light and the fragility of form. My process is my connection to this phenomenon. It allows me to escape from daily customs and revert back to what comforts me. My imagery bridges the gaps between the absence of my past and the adaptation to my present. I connect the world and my environment through the act of making paintings.
Exhibits and Publications:
Concrete Walls Group Show‘02
Irvine Valley College Group Show ‘03
CSULB BFA Group Show ‘03
CSULB Senior Group Show ‘03
Gallery 33 East Tandem Show ‘04
IVC Press ‘03
Grunion Gazette.com ‘04
Long Beach Magazine December ‘05
Bounce Magazine (New York) Winter ’06 Issue #9
Brownpride.com Feb ‘07
WSA Today Sept ‘07
Xpoz Magazine June ’07 Issue#4.5
Footwear News July ’07 Vol#63 Issue#29
Vapors Magazine Sept ’07 Issue #43
Acclaim Magazine Oct ‘07 (Australia and New Zealand)
URB Magazine Feb ‘08
Riviera Magazine Feb ‘08
Kickz Magazine….coming soon! (Germany only.)
Collectors of Paintings:
Private, available upon request.
Collectors/ Commisions of Footwear:
Ms. Yancey, mother of Jay Dilla aka Jay Dee
Bizarre of D12
Con Artist of D12
DJ Young Prince
Skillz of Play n Skillz
Big John Mosley
Kelvin Sanchez aka KSanz
DJ Tito of Wu Latino
Love Bug Starski
Todd Bertuzzi (NHL, Anaheim Ducks)