Self-taught graffiti artist Deyaa Rambo has visited some of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world that embrace urban art and culture. Equipped with his spray cans and favorite caps, he has ventured into a fruitful career path and journey of pride, recognition and creativity. Known for his tag Deyaa One, he proudly represents his country Saudi Arabia and exhibits in numerous events and competitions his mastery of graffiti through character developing skills, curve-shaped letters and creative murals.
Influenced by the breath-taking works of graffiti masters such as El Seed (Tunisia), Dater (Germany) and Nilko White (France), Deyaa channels his once raw skills into heavy-weight challenges showcasing his developed professionalism. It is safe to say that he is one of the most prominent graffiti artists in Saudi Arabia.
Some of Deyaa One’s career highlights include his work with gallery owner Mehdi Ben Cheikh in Tour Paris 13, commissioned projects with Aramco, and being recognized as an international graffiti artist.
The element of surprise is always amplified when people and fellow artists realize that Deyaa represents Saudi Arabia, and that he is one of many graffiti artists and creative individuals there. Contributing to the Saudi community is another side to this success story, as in 2013 Deyaa was one of the founders of the first graffiti store in Saudi Arabia. The store is wittily named DHAD, which is a letter phonetically exclusive to the Arabic language. A fierce graffiti-style bear logo represents a space where graffiti equipment is provided and where skillful and creative individuals can gather. Deyaa seeks to improve the skills of all new and potential urban artists in Saudi Arabia and says: “The idea is to show society what real graffiti art is and to work hard in order to ensure that murals on exhibition are recognized as works of art.”
His creative calling has given him the opportunity to showcase his work worldwide. He was also recently in Dubai, partaking in the world’s largest graffiti wall where over 100 artists were invited to help set a new Guinness record.