Peter "Paid" Levine, a Brooklyn, New York born-and-raised artist, with deep roots in hand-lettering, sign painting, 1980’s subway graffiti and DJing.
While attending New York City’s prestigious High School of Art & Design at the height of the subway graffiti era, Paid was immersed in 80’s underground culture, and the early stages of cultivating his craft began.
With over thirty five years of experience in the art world. From writing graffiti, album cover design, logo creation, owning and operating a commercial sign shop in Brooklyn, New York, to working as a letterer for the NYC Department of Transportation. While at DOT, Paid designed and fabricated highway signs and street signs, for the five boroughs, and for a decade, hand-painted world renowned iconic murals for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and the New York Knicks "Go NY Go" playoff run.
In 2018 Peter Paid has transitioned his own unique style into a focused studio practice. Intent on blurring the lines between commercial sign painting and fine art, 2019 saw Paid hit the ground running. With an assiduous start to the year, including his first solo exhibit taking place at Bier Wax in Brooklyn, New York. Immediately following that up with an exhibit at the 2nd annual Moniker Art Fair. The summer of 2019, was no different than the first half, as Paid was a featured guest artist at the highly anticipated New York installment of Beyond the Streets, curated by Roger Gastman.
Capping the summer off with another solo show, and anniversary group show in August and September at the East Village's 212 Arts, as well as multiple group shows, including Buried in Time at Artel Brooklyn, and Midnight Marauders at Artfront Galleries, Newark.
In 2020, Peter Paid was a selected artist commissioned to take part in the TATS Cru curated Black Lives Matter mural, painted in front of New York's Supreme Court building, at Foley Square. As well as a contributing artist for New York Magazine's "I Am A Voter" campaign. With his "I Voted" artwork featured on the magazine's cover for the October, 26th 2020 issue, and stickers distributed at polling sites throughout New York.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, planned exhibitions for the first-half of 2020 delayed a month-long solo exhibit at Wall Works NY, which was re-scheduled and took place in September.
Throughout 2021 Peter Paid participated in multiple group shows. New York events with 212 Arts and Outlaw Arts, as well as Denver, Colorado gallery; Mirus Gallery.
Peter painted a “Stop Asian Hate” mural - curated by The L.I.S.A. Project - which was painted early in the summer after a rash of Asian hate crimes. His mural was reproduced in Los Angeles by local Asian muralist Geraldine Poon, in a joint effort with Colossal Media.
A worldwide promotional collaboration campaign with Germany based spray paint company, Montana Cans, where Peter created promotional artwork for all Montana Cans retail outlets.
The year ended with Peter Paid being part of the Beyond the Streets/NTWRK app based two day virtual art fair.
2021 Started off with Paid in a collboration with Coors Light for their Future Mart sustainable pop-up in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Designing exterior window signage and wild postings for the highly anticipated event.