Shai Dahan (born 1979) is an American Contemporary painter and street artist who works with paintings, drawings, murals, illustrations and sculptures.
Raised in the city of Los Angeles, Shai was introduced to the Street-Art culture at a young age. Inspired by the graffiti and skateboard culture, Shai picked up his first spaycan at the age of 14. From there, his public art and gallery work will evolve into large scale murals, gallery paintings and even bronze sculptures.
In 2007, Shai moved to New York City where he took part in large Street-Art project such as the Underbelly Project, Mom&Pop-izm and multiple New York City Ad Takeover projects which Shai used his artwork to replace advertisements in locations across New York City phonebooths and bus stops.
After moving to Sweden, Shai pursued his paintings and murals full-time.
He continued to exhibit internationally, as well as in Scandinavia including solo exhibitions in Gothenburg and Stockholm and most notably, a solo exhibit at the Modern Art Museum in Borås, Sweden. This was the first time the museum invited an artist from a graffiti/street-art background.
He has also painted the world famous United Buddy Bear in 2012 and had his Buddy Bear sculpture permanently installed in the city of Borås.
He founded and curated No Limit Street-Art festival in 2014 which is one of the largest and most notable Street-Art festivals in Sweden.
He has also been a keynote speaker at TEDx, painted in London, Miami, Paris, Germany, Poland, Los Angeles and even Palestine.
Dahan has worked alongside Princess Sofia Hellqvist of Sweden at Project Playground Charity in South Africa. There, he spent 10 days painting a mural for Project Playground and teaching art classes to the township kids. He has continued to support Project Playground by donating paintings and even had a solo exhibition in Stockholm in 2014 where all of the proceeds went to Project Playground.
Some of his clients include: H&M, Clarion Hotel, Vinga of Sweden, Superstudio, Swedebank, and many more. He has been featured on SVT, Barnkanallen, BBC TV in London, The New York Times, Dagens Industri, Residence Magazine to name a few.
Shai now lives in the city of Borås where he paints full-time and continues to create large scale paintings, murals and sculptures.