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|Born||1968 (age 44–45)|
|Field||Figure drawing, graffiti and illustration|
|Training||Art Center College of Design|
Early life, education and career
Bua was fascinated by the raw, visceral street life of the city. He attended Manhattan's Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Performing Arts and complemented his education on the streets by writing graffiti and performing worldwide with breakdancing crews. Bua went on to the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, where he earned a B.F.A in illustration. His work is also heavily influenced by Ernie Barnes, the former NFL player and creator of the "Sugar Shack" painting featured in the opening credits of the television sitcom Good Times (1974–1979) and Marvin Gaye's album I Want You (1976). The style is recognized for elongated limbs that represent rhythmic movement.
Starting in the world of commercial art, Bua designed and illustrated myriad projects from skateboards and CD covers to advertising campaigns. He developed the look and feel of the opening sequence for MTV's sketch-comedy television series The Lyricist Lounge Show (2000–2001), EA Sports video games NBA Street (2001) and NFL Street (2004), and the world of Slum Village's award-winning music video Tainted among others. He designed the Bua line of apparel and a limited-edition shoe line with PF Flyers that sold out completely.
Currently,[when?] he teaches figure drawing at the University of Southern California, while continuing to be a leading innovator in both the fine and commercial art worlds. Bua's energetic and vocal worldwide fan base ranges from former presidents, actors, musicians, professional athletes, and dancers, to street kids and art connoisseurs.
Justin Bua’s artwork portrays the beauty and struggle of life. All of his art was compiled together into one book, The Beat of Urban Art.
- Bua, Justin (2007). The Beat of Urban Art – The Art of Justin Bua. New York City: Collins Design. OCLC 474259359.
- List of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School alumni
- List of people from Brooklyn, New York
- List of street artists
- List of University of Southern California people
- Chideya,Farai, "Justin Bua Chronicles 'Beat Of Urban Art", NPR Books,September 19, 2008