Hometown: London, U.K.
Years active: 1987 - Present
Ben Eine paints letters. Lots and lots of letters. He is known in particular for painting shop shutters in London's Shoreditch neighborhood, London's street art hub, and helping to spark the mentality of shop owners in the area who encourage street artists to paint their property. Eine found commercial success while being represented by Banksy's Pictures On Walls print company, and his popularity peaked when David Cameron, the British Prime Minister, gave President Barack Obama a painting by Eine entitled Twenty First Century City. 95% of what Eine does is just paint letters and individual works, but he's still an iconic and inspirational figure in street art. He took lettering from graffiti and made it something that could fit into the genre of street art.