From celebs to every fashionista and beyond that is part of the scene in every big city, King Saladeen seems to be the hippest artist of choice these days!!! From his Art Basel Show in Miami this past December at Lou La Vie, to A’s for Jay’s, to his solo show this month in Soho, Raheem Saladeen Johnson is making quite a splash with his fans and critics!!! One of his most talked about works of art is his over the top FIERCE Bugatti interior work and his flawless Rennen Rims commission, and his female clientele are going crazy for his Birkin and LV bag huge hits!!! King Saladeen has been quoted saying that his inspirations have always came from a place so deep within, that ART has been his one and only way to express it! Creativity is an amazing outlet to express oneself and it seems like its what made this self taught artist the man he is today!!!
Raheem Saladeen Johnson was born and raised in West Philly,where his passion for the arts began even before the age of 5! He would draw on whatever he could get his hands on especially any wall that came his way, and especially for his mother!As an inner city child the arts and activities were far and few between. B ball became another great love of King Saladeen’s .He shined in the sport like no other scoring 1000 points in high school and in his christian prep school.For the first time he was given the opportunity to travel across the country where he began playing for the elite AAU teams. Upon his travels he began daydreaming about color and design and the landscapes he viewed were another source of influence and inspiration!
Unfortunately, an auto accident at 15 put basketball on the sidelines for a bit, but fortunately his little hiatus from the sport re-ignited his spark for drawing!!!! Upon healing from the accident,he received a Div 1 scholarship for the NCAA,but within 2 years he realized the paint brush was his true love and he was now ready to put down the basketball and go full speed ahead!!! As he returned home to Philly, Raheem worked as design artist for a clothing company which later grew into a national success. After the company was sold he began doing work for a juvenile detention center for teens in Philly.While he was there he use to create paintings and sketches as a stress relief but it became a light in the dark for the teens and what they’ve been through and their current situations! I am sure he was a breathe of fresh air to the facility and what he brought to the table!
Luckily for King Saladeen his best friend ,John JP Thompson who always knew his talent and worth bought him his first set of professional art supplies.He influenced him to soley focus on the arts and to make it his life long career! He took his friends advice and the rest was history!!! In 2011 he began his venture at the Saladeen Art Group! Sadly a couple of years later, JP the man who motivated him to push forward and do what he does best past away of brain cancer! King Saladeen will never forget the friend was!!!
He began presenting art work in all of the hip cities and King Saladeen graced Hollywood with his first solo show and Miami there after!!! A huge buzz in the art community spread like wild fire and King Saladeen was onto gallery work,interiors for super high end auto collectors and the fabulous of fabulous fashion companies!!! I hear when he begins his all famous projects he paints based on his inspiration and vibe!!!
His love of art at such a young age never left him and carried him to his mind blowing career and journey which he is about to embark on!!!