Krave

ABOUT THE FRESH MONKEY

"I would rather be hungry in the jungle than fed up in the zoo."
#elmonofresco

Biography

Daniel Fila, also known as Krave, is a multifaceted artist whose work ranges from mural installations, to sculptural reliefs, and paintings using a wide range of mediums, and techniques. He creates functional illustrations with various aesthetics. A full time Artist for nearly twenty years, he is best known for his character, El Mono Fresco, which he incorporates into most of his work, and "The Wynwood Silos". Developers, and Hotel owners have commissioned him fill entire buildings with original canvases, framed limited editions prints, art installations, and urban murals. He contracts dozens of local Artists per year.
Fila was born in Miami, Florida, and began pouring himself into sketches as a child. He attended Design and Architecture Senior High (DASH), where he was first exposed to urban culture and street art. The danger, intrigue, and urgency associated with graffiti would become one of the central themes in his development. Throughout his formal schooling, he spent alot of time in dilapidated buildings making his mark. Fila attended Columbus College of Art and Design, one of the oldest and largest private art and design colleges in the U.S. and graduated with a B.F.A. 
After, he returned to Miami where he freelanced as an illustrator, and painted during his free time.
It was "Erin", a 13-foot, posterior-view nude painted in the Miami Design District that helped catapult his notoriety when an anonymous passersby protested the sight of the half-naked woman on busy Biscayne Boulevard by buffing it.
Since then, Fila has developed an extensive client base consisting of major brands, and collectors of all types. Michael Bay, the filmmaker, featured "The Sunbather" in, Pain & Gain, starring Mark Wahlberg. Although much of Fila's art is throughout Wynwood, his project space, "El Fresco" where he currently works is in Little Havana.