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Eastern's Akus Gallery to Present Urban Artist

 Written by Jack Meltzer

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 Willimantic, Conn. - The Akus Gallery at Eastern Connecticut State University will present "Project Detonate" by renowned graffiti and fantasy artist Yosiell Lorenzo.  His exhibition titled "Sweet Tooth" begins Jan. 28 and runs through March 11.   An opening reception takes place on Feb. 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the gallery.  The public is invited.  Admission is free.

"Sweet Tooth" is a combination of Lorenzo's older work including graffiti art, silk-screens and digital graphic paintings and his current retrospective work with oil paintings.  Lorenzo's art  incorporates unusual influences such as hip hop, graffiti, graphic novels and Japanese anime cartoons. 


PD. Mr. Angry Molar.jpgAlong with his exhibitions, Lorenzo is a master of self-promotion.  Once his artwork is complete, Lorenzo translates it into limited edition toys called Dunnys, Munnys, Droplets and Mutts which are then marketed by the toy company kidrobot ©.  The company turns his artwork into stickers, pins and toys.

Akus Gallery Director Elizabeth Peterson says, "Yosiell is a prolific painter and graphic designer who produces and markets everything he creates, and he makes it all look effortless."

            Lorenzo and "Project Detonate" have been involved in group art shows around the country including shows in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles.

            Lorenzo was born in Bridgeport and now lives in New Haven. He attended Paier College of Art where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. 


The Akus Gallery is located in the lower level of Shafer at the corner of Windham and Valley Streets in Willimantic.  Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 1 to 7 p.m. on Thursday and 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. For more information call (860) 465-4659 or visit




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