"When he was younger, and I was younger, I knew Wven, an art director living in New York City, where he, a Latin kid from New Jersey, had gone to art school and gotten a job in one of the city’s biggest advertising agencies. I worked there too. He was different from everyone else in the creative department, physically distinct in the way he dressed, unique because of his long hair and tattoos. But he was mentally different too, more expressive, his ideas more transgressive, and probably more attuned to the world which existed in those years before 9/11."
Peter Moore Smith
Amami Japanese Bar/Restaurant
Bklyn House Hotel
Lenox Hill Hospital
Wven’s love of art was evident even as a small child. One formative day, in fact, his father leaned over and took a pencil from Wven’s hand and drew a small duck. Wven watched as the duck magically appeared from the pencil’s tip. Amazed, the boy was hooked. Naturally, his first artistic experiences came from his surroundings. The neighborhoods Wven grew up in were riddled with graffiti, and he found this art form inspiring. He started with markers on paper and eventually graduated to spray-painting walls.
His avid interest progressed through high school where, in his junior and senior years, he was fortunate to attend a half-day school studying commercial art. The first member of his family to achieve a higher education, Wven put himself through community college, continuing his studies in commercial art. He took figure drawing, art history, sculpting, and graphic design, among other courses. The curriculum also included an introductory photography class. Notably, it was the last class he took before graduating, because he was afraid of handling a manual camera.
But from fear comes fascination. And Wven quickly came to love the manual camera as well as the look of B&W photography. His photographs for the class scored him an A — and he has not stopped shooting since. Preferring natural light, Wven prefers little to no retouching.
Upon graduating, he went on to finish up his studies in New York at The School Of Visual Arts, where he studied advertising and graphic design. He doubled majored until his senior year were he concentrated on advertising, ultimately graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art. After graduating, he got his foot in the door in the New York office of BBDO Worldwide Advertising, where he worked on a number of big accounts over the next five and half years, producing TV commercials, print ads, and radio spots.
After working for a variety of agencies in advertising for several years and freelancing as a graphic designer, Wven went rouge and started to work independently trying his hand at various creative aspects. Everything from working as a DJ, learning silkscreen printing and woodworking. Presently Wven spends his time painting and building. He focuses on his writing, photography, numerous art projects and his book concept, “My Friends My Sins”.
1999-2004 BBDO: ART DIRECTOR
2004-2005 BURNER APPAREL: CREATIVE DIRECTOR/DESIGNER/PRINTER
2005 WENNER MEDIA: FREELANCE ART DIRECTOR
2005 JOHN DEWARS AND SONS: FREELANCE PHOTOGRAPHER/ART DIRECTOR
2006 DINOTO: FREELANCE ART DIRECTOR
2006 YOUNG AND RUBICAM: FREELANCE ART DIRECTOR
2007 OMD MEDIA: FREELANCE ART DIRECTOR
2007 DEAD AS WE KNOW IT: FREELANCE ART DIRECTOR
2007 MCCANN ERICKSON: FREELANCE ART DIRECTOR
2008 HILL HOLIDAY: FREELANCE ART DIRECTOR
2008-2009 UNIWORLD: CREATIVE DIRECTOR
2010 GLOBAL HUE: FREELANCE ART DIRECTOR
2011 REVOLUCION: FREELANCE ART DIRECTOR
2013 PRESENT: MANO-A-MANO ARTIST/CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Long John Silver
NYC Department of Education
Peoples Choice Awards
Sprout Network/ Space Racers
Time Warner Cable
TJ Martell Foundation
William Grant & Sons