Art Battle® was born in New York City in 2001

Sean Bono and Max Bode wanted to bring the spirit and community of rap battles to the art world, the first battles were live alley and junkyard competitions between artists, with artists voting to declare the winner. The artists and audience loved it, and Art Battle was born!

As Art Battle grew in popularity, the competitions became performances, and the live event series began to attract notable art and culture seekers in New York and beyond. These early events allowed Champions to emerge, and took the best of the best on an exhibition tour of global cities. Many of these global tour cities grew Art Battle event series and communities of their own, allowing a true tournament of live painting to evolve.

Today Art Battle International produces the global tournament with more than 200 events each year in the US and Canada, and in more than 60 global cities around the world. From Toronto to Tokyo, Sydney to San Francisco, and Beijing to Bangladesh – Art Battle is the world’s live art tournament.

Artists are welcome to apply to compete. Local arts connected groups and individuals can apply to launch an Art Battle series in their city. Brands, agencies, companies and charities are welcome to contact us to book Champion Artists for partnerships and bespoke performances.


Art Battle Tournament from Art Battles on Vimeo.

Intro to Art Battle by Bill Higginson and Opus Art Supplies

Art Battle National Champion – Yared Nigussu

My City Lives: Art Battle in Toronto

From Studio to Stadium, recap of the 2014 National Championship at Maple Leaf Gardens!

2013 National Championship event at the Art Gallery of Ontario.