Growing up within the cultural melting pot of Springvale and developing his craft in the back alleys of Melbourne, Mike Eleven has adapted his traditional upbringing to the western lifestyle.
Eleven stumbled into the art world late in life through graffiti. After a few years of running around in the dead of night scrawling his name obsessively on any surface that was willing, his direction began to shift in favour of more refined art practices. Backed by a need to prove to his unconvinced parents that a career in ‘messing around’ was a good idea, he continued to break both the rules and cultural stereotypes.
At a point in time, Eleven was the youngest artist signed to Just Another Agency as well as the youngest artist ever to compete in the London-born Secret Walls competition. With a plethora of exhibitions under his belt all across Australia, Eleven continued to paint both outdoors and indoors. His paintings can be seen next to David Bromley in the popular Red Spice Road, Burma Lane and the first ever hotel above a shopping mall in Victoria, Sage Hotel Melbourne.
Eleven has been published numerous times and was included in the Thames & Hudson publication, Melbourne Street Art Guide as one of the 40 most influential street artists in Melbourne. A suburban misfit from day dot, Eleven strives to prove you can come from nothing and still become the least expected version of yourself; even if that’s an artist.
Named one of the 40 most iconic artists in the Thames & Hudson published, 'Melbourne Street Art Guide'
Created a body of work, including feature murals for Sage Hotel, the first hotel above a shopping mall in Victoria.
One of the featured local artists for The Art of Banksy exhibition
Co-founded the world's first 100% recycled artist ink, Lousy Ink
Featured artist at Semi-Permanent 2016 and printed in the event booklet
Youngest artist ever to be part of the London-born, Secret Walls live art competition