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Ori Carino was born in a Houston Street loft in downtown Manhattan, NYC (Dec, 1982). He was raised within the Lower East Side art-movement of the 80s, living in a functioning gallery on Houston street until he was seven, (the gallery was run by Carino’s step-father Toyo Tsuchiya, who hosted appearances by Techen Shieh, Kwok Mang Ho, and Monty Cantsin, among others.) As well as frequenting Rivington School and No Se No as a young boy, (Also founded and run by Tsuchiya). When he was five, Carino had a chance meeting with Keith Haring who had Carino paint a sun on his local mural. Carino attributes his very early beginnings in street art to those early years and began his own career as a Graffiti artist and muralist in the Lower East Side right around age 12. That year, his work was chosen as cover art for the book, Creative Ability Development (by Alice Knack). Later he attended summer programs at Parsons and Cooper Union before going to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) in Boston. He received the prestigious NYC Studio program grant award along with two special grants from the office of the Dean (SMFA). Carino used the funding to complete 'Block 421 Project' with Toyo Tsuchiya, which included Carino's first major Brick Sculpture. During this time he painted numerous public and private murals, paintings and commissions. His Murals on Mars Bar series continued for 9 years until the building was taken down in 2010. Carino has exhibited in group shows and art fairs in NYC, Miami, Dallas, Palm Beach, San Francisco, LA, Boston, Hamptons, and Holland. His work is in private collections in the US, Europe and Asia. In 2008, four of Carino's paintings were included in the book, THE KING OF DHARMA, (a first-time publication of an important set of Tibetan paintings from the 18th century written by the two best selling authors Geshe Michael Roach and Christie Mcnally.) In 2011, after several years of discussion and collaborative assistance by artist/architect Benjamin Armas, the two began an active collaborative body of work, which has steadily increased in scope from its inception. Carino maintains a full time studio in Brooklyn, and has dedicated his focus to executing and evolving both his collaboration with Armas and individual works.