Meet the people who run Dragon School's artistic direction & program strategy. Some of them paint and design, some run the business affairs and outreach and some do all three. They all contribute a tremendous amount to the success of DS99.
Luke Dragon (林路漫) founded Dragon School and he taught the Oakland Chinatown community how to paint 99 dragons. Luke is both a teacher and a life-long student. Luke immigrated from Guangdong and he likes to freestyle-rap in Cantonese and Mandarin. He has lived in many places including Vancouver, Riverside, Berkeley, Chicago, Florida and in several Chinatowns across America. Luke has produced highly visible works that can be seen in Los Angeles, San Francisco and in Oakland.
Andy is the Art Director and lead artist at Dragon School and a founding member. He organizes the participants on painting new murals and he maintains the ones already painted. When Andy is not painting with Dragon School, he is a graphic designer and artist. He is the most serene of the Dragon School team. Andy is an Oakland native.
Sage is a curator and producer of contemporary urban art and is the Executive Director of Dragon School. Sage supports many local initiatives that include non-profit companies and programs focused around adolescents and teens using art as a means of expression. When he's not breathing fire at Dragon School, he consults with businesses on marketing strategy and creative implementation via his creative agency. Sage also founded and runs FGP Creative.
Michelle (EKKE) is originally from Los Angeles but calls the Bay Area home now. Her art captures a mixture of colorful, whimsical characters with heavy influence from both the LA graffiti art scene and Asian-American pop culture. She is passionate about community and empowering the youth through art. EKKE has experience both with non-profit volunteer work and leading youth-centric activities.
John is the Sponsorship Director at Dragon School, and he helps facilitate partnerships with local businesses and other organizations. John has a career as a financial adviser so is well-equipped in helping Dragon School stay fiscally responsible.
Lauren works on a variety of things from social media, organizing Dragon School speaking engagements, and marketing communications. She was born and raised in the Bay Area, moved to Southern California for school, developed a huge interest in street art and graffiti (often painted at Venice Beach) and designing stickers to trade. Lauren lives in Oakland and freelances doing social media and photography for local businesses in Oakland and San Francisco.
Anthony “Mogli” Maureal was born on the island of Cebu, in the Philippines. When he was 10 years old, his family immigrated to San Jose, California, where he discovered his passion for extreme sports and a wide array of music. Mogli majored in Sound Arts at Ex’pression College for Digital Arts. Since graduating, he has been working all over the Bay Area and now internationally as a visual artist, sound artist, composer, and musician. In addition, Mogli is a drummer/founding member of the Oakland based band MAD NOISE, as well as the music producer and photographer for the award winning theater, music and film squad RADIX Troupe.
Kayleen Dejesus, also known as "Kayleendaa" is an Oakland based illustrator originally from Bronx, New York. Kayleendaa came to California in 2012 to study textiles and graphic design with a focus on screen printing. After earning her BFA in textiles from the California College of the Arts, she decided to take a different approach. Having always had a passion for drawing since her childhood, she switched her focus onto the fine line work paintings.
Simon Tran aka Ghost Ghost Teeth is an artist and educator that focuses on painting, drawing, and installation. He was born in Long Beach, CA and just moved to San Jose.He received a BA in Art Practice from U.C. Berkeley. He has exhibited at Berkeley Art Museum and Oakland Museum of California. He has also shown with multiple galleries in Oakland, Berkeley, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Seattle, Portland, Tuscaloosa, and Denver. His work is collected by the Capital One Collection. His art references the human figure, topography, and cultural hybridity.