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ocal mixed-media-artist and Detroit-native Kobie Solomon is a predominant force in the metro-area art scene, specifically in his ability to transfigure and illuminate the exterior of buildings into their own sovereign worlds of boundless imagination. He is responsible for some of the most vibrant murals in the state of Michigan and has quickly established himself as a well-known name in the industry. Solomon’s most prominent installations range from the chimera on the Russell Industrial Center on Clay Street, Detroit; the tiger on Detroit’s HopCat along Woodward Avenue, Detroit; and the nostalgic tree house, rock’n’roll homage to Detroit musicians painted on The Morrie on South Main Street, Royal Oak. Solomon has also completed murals in Chicago, Florida, California, and Kent State University in Ohio. Even with all those accomplishments under his belt, Solomon is wary to classify himself as an artist with a single medium. “I am labeled as a graffiti artist and street artist— whatever that means—all the time. They don’t know I’m a classically trained illustrator,” Solomon said. “I have three degrees, I can mix pigments and powder,

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