Shepard Fairey (1970) is a contemporary American street artist, activist and graphic designer whose prints are known for their social and political satire. His first artistic success came in the early 1980's creating images to be printed on skateboards and t-shirts. In 1992 he earned his Bachelors degree from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).
He is perhaps best known to many for his 2008 "Hope" poster for Barack Obama. His work is included in the collections at The Smithsonian, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.