Artist Willie Condry Jr. — popularly known as KASSO was born and raised in Trenton, NJ. KASSO grew up quickly understanding what he wanted from life. He started creating art at age five. Art was a creative outlet that manifested itself early on.
Influences began to appear. At age 7, he first noticed graffiti art from New York City graffiti artists creating murals for local businesses in Trenton. Inspiration erupted years later. At age 11, he watched the legendary battle between LA graffiti writers HEX and SLICK on television — he realized what he was destined to do.
“That battle really opened my eyes to another world. I had never seen anything like that before. I remember it like it was yesterday. I immediately started drawing outlines and graffiti inspired characters and never stopped.”
KASSO went on to study Fine Arts and Illustration. At the College of New Jersey, he excelled in painting, drawing and ceramic sculpture. He furthered his education under the tutelage of legendary graffiti artist, teacher and mentor Daniel “POSE 2” Hopkins. KASSO mastered the fine art of aerosol painting.
Today, KASSO is primarily known for his unique portraits and vivid aerosol based murals. He is a pioneering force in the Trenton art scene, working with numerous nonprofit organizations: One Simple Wish, Albus Cavus, NJTL(National Junior Tennis League), Home Front, City Without Walls, Isles Youth Build and The Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.
KASSO is the founder of the S.A.G.E.(Styles Advancing Graffiti’s Evolution) Coalition, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization composed of a diverse group of visual artists, engineers, fabricators, musicians and teachers who are dedicated to initiating, planning and establishing inner city beautification projects. With a focus on cultivating a new and unique focus on urban renewal, SAGE Coalition’s goal is to remind those in economically depressed neighborhoods that unity and pride can thrive through creative problem solving and civic engagement.
He is also the co-founder of the Vicious Styles Crew; Trenton, NJ first organized graffiti art production crew. With each organization, he has produced dozens of murals throughout the city of Trenton and along the east and west coast. He has also produce work internationally; within Tijuana, Mexico and London, England. Numerous celebrities and avid art collectors have commissioned him to produce fine art and collect his work. His goal is to keep producing art by any means and to keep pushing the limits of what art can conceive and achieve.