Alec Monopoly is the alias of an internationally renowned, unidentified graffiti artist whose work has been spotted in the cities of New York, Los Angeles and Miami as well as in Europe and Asia. Originally hailing from New York City, the artist moved to Los Angeles in 2006. Incorporating a number of different materials, including stencils, spray paint, epoxies, varnishes and newspaper, he combines elements of the board game Monopoly with images of iconic pop culture figures. His works focus on exposing (and at times, exploiting) issues of luxury, wealth and excess. The artist’s work is recognizable for its incorporation of mascot, Mr. Monopoly, from the legendary game, through which the artist criticizes the billion-dollar bailouts associated with major banks, or so he says.

Conscious not to vandalize property, the safe street artist paints on abandoned buildings and warehouses, avoiding government and corporate buildings as well as highways. The high-profile Monopoly has been featured in a number of publications including the Wall Street JournalLondon TimesNew York Post and Rolling Stone to name just a few. Capitalizing on his easily consumable imagery, Monopoly has also collaborated with The W Hotel, Madonna, and Vitamin Water.

In addition, the artist teamed up with electronic superstar AVICII in 2013, in a collaboration titled “Avicii x Alec Monopoly” that was shown at Sundance, The Grammy’s, Las Vegas MAGIC Conference and Ultra Music Festival in Miami.  In the same year, he also created a limited edition artwork for the MTV European Music Awards, which was then shown in the homes of Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, Snoop Dogg and Iggy Azalea.

In the interview above with Kat De La Fuente of the Youtube series World Wide Kat, Alec divulges how he chooses his easily referable iconic imagery, the techniques he’s appropriated from other renowned graffiti artists, and why he chooses to paint the streets.