Joel Bergner

Joel Bergner’s street paintings can be spotted across the globe, from the U.S. to Brazil, Cuba, Kenya, Poland, Mexico, Mozambique, El Salvador, Cape Verde and in the Middle East, where he facilitated projects in a Syrians in a refugee camp in Jordan and with Israeli and Palestinian youth in Jerusalem. Joel’s murals and canvases feature his trademark eclectic mix of vibrant colors and intense imagery, exploring social topics and presenting the stories of those who are marginalized by society. He organizes public art initiatives with youth and communities around the world battling a variety of challenging life situations including incarceration, armed conflict, mental and physical disabilities, homelessness and social exclusion. Participants learn valuable life skills and form healthy bonds with the wider community, creating public art that gives them voice in a society that ignores or rejects them.