Originally from New York City, Alec Monopoly is the alias for an unidentified graffiti artist. He is known for his renditions of the “Mr. Monopoly” character from the board game Monopoly. His adoption of the board game character is symbolic of the stockbroker Bernie Madoff and is intended as a critical commentary of the billon-dollar bailouts and deregulation afforded to major banks. He draws on his experiences of the Miami, Beverly Hills and New York urban environments as well as European and Asian culture to produce his signature graffiti style of art. He utilizes varied materials including spray paint, newspaper, stencils, epoxies and varnishes to depict iconic characters in popular culture.
Alec credits his mother, an artist, for his artistic origins. He pursued an individual methodology of creating after deciding traditional academically driven art training was not for him.
Monopoly and his brand have been covered The Wall Street Journal, London Times,New York Post, Rolling Stone, Playboy Magazine, Billboard Magazine, Vibe, The Huffington Post, Complex Magazine, Juxtapoz and The Dirt Floor in addition to a myriad of art + lifestyle blogs. Paramount Pictures commissioned Alec Monopoly to design the logo for their production company, INSURGE.
Monopoly is set apart from other street artists in his decision to not vandalize government buildings and properties, instead using abandoned warehouses and buildings as his graffiti canvas. Alec’s collaboration with juggernauts such as the WHotel, Tag Heuer, Vitamin water, Avicii, CoverGirl and Phillipp Plein have acquired him a massive following. He most recently collaborated with the Beverly Hills Hotel in designing a limited edition Mr. Monopoly toy figurine.