The Vandal

Urban artist Enem was born in 1971 in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. At the age of 13, Enem began as a self-taught artist by absorbing himself in the free art of Philadelphia’s storied graffiti world. Later in his teens, Enem traveled to the west coast and was influenced by another world of urban art in the Bay Area of California. While traveling the U.S. painting free murals with other urban artists in found locations, he enjoyed being mentored by legendary artists in the esoteric community known as graffiti. Enem has worked as Director of Art for Union 237 Gallery in Olde City, Philadelphia, curating and producing 27 shows in urban art. Enem recently exhibited at Leftside Gallery in Denver, Colorado (June 2022), and is currently working on graphic design and fashion apparel for urban shops and an online store.

The Vandal chooses to destroy what others work hard to build and beautify. Their acts of deviance display not only disrespect for public property but also for the community of people that take pride and ownership in the place they call Home. The Vandal often leaves their mark of blight on neighborhoods where they dwell but often feel disconnected or rejected from and can sometimes destroy as an act of protest.