Yis “Nosego” Goodwin is a Philadelphia-based artist with a passion for illustration and media arts. He mixes fine art with a contemporary style to create eclectic and energetic work. His designs feature an assemblage of patterns, vibrant colors and characters derived from his imagination and whatever he is listening to, watching, reading or even conversations he just had.
With two artists for uncles — one a sculptor and the other a graphic designer — and a mother who experimented with all mediums, he was always immersed in the visual arts. Though it was only when he attended the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) that Nosego began developing an interest for graffiti art. Nosego’s work is mostly influenced by artists such as Jeff Soto, Dabs and Myla, AJ Fosik, Barry Mcgee, Scott Albrecht, Chris RWK, Royce Bannon and Steve Powers.
His mural and illustration compositions often stem from his childhood and the way he fashioned his toys in his toy box. The disordered toys at first glance gave the appearance of one piece rather than the multiple items it consisted of. Nosego’s work takes an ambidextrous approach to experimenting with different styles and putting them in one piece.
Nosego is best known for his fun, reputedly childlike style street art. His work is layered with childhood dreams and adult introspection. The moments in life when we experience new things and how we carry those lessons with us form the source for his creatures.