Professional Cartoonist, Author and Art Teacher.
I have been drawing since the age of 2 when I could hold a crayola marker. In my teenage years, I discovered the world of Japanese manga, anime and art which inspired me to follow my dreams to become a great cartoonist!
My career as a teacher started in 2012, soon after I graduated from The School of Visual Arts. I taught manga, comics, animation and drawing in the After 3 @ Nest+m program in the LES, NYC. Since 2012, I have taught drawing and painting in many after school programs in NYC, Queens and Brooklyn.
Now I am a published Author, Comic Book Artist, Illustrator, Art Teacher and Founder of Start Shows, a company I run with my wife that creates Art Exhibitions for emerging artists in NYC galleries and coaches them to help them promote and sell their art. Since 2018 I have exhibited and curated 10 group art shows at One Art Space Gallery in TriBeCa, NYC
I have been featured in the Brooklyn 12 News, Creative Artists Magazine, Splashmags.com, The Staten Island Advance Newspaper, Boro Magazine, Cosmos 91.5 FM, You Me NYC magazine,
If you are interested in purchasing any of the art on this site, prints of a piece, or you would like some guidance and art classes for you or your kid, send me an email Sophotoons@gmail.com for more info and pricing.
Thank you for looking at my art, I hope it inspired you!
Founder / Curator
I founded Start Shows (@startshows on IG) with Thais Plokamakis in 2019 to create art events for emerging and seasoned artists to exhibit their art in NYC galleries, network with art collectors, curators and artists and sell their art while keeping 100% of the $ they earn through sales of their art.
I taught adults and kids and their mom in separate classes how to paint landscapes and an ocean scene step by step from photo reference. They followed along as I painted in the front of the class.
Jump Into The Light
I Live Ink Paint Musicians, Dancers and Performers at Jump into the Light’s events, I Illustrated the map of their space, I create Virtual Reality 3D paintings, I teach Tilt Brush VR painting classes and I host multimedia art exhibitions there.
I taught cartooning, comics and anime and manga classes to kids. I base my lessons around my students interests.
Sports and Arts Foundation
I taught at 2 schools for Sports and Arts, IS78Q in Long Island City (I taught anatomy and cartooning to middle school students) and 376k in Brooklyn, NY where I taught basic drawing, painting and sculpting to elementary school kids.
After 3 at NEST+M
I taught may classes which I created myself in Japanese Manga, Anime, Animation, Drawing, Yu-Gi-Oh! and Photoshop. I loved inspiring my students to create their own art!
BFA Cartooning 2011
School of Visual Arts
I studied comics, cartooning, illustration, painting, animation and film at SVA.
|2020||NY RISES (Group), One Art Space, Tribeca, NYC
47 pieces sold off the wall and 20+ prints off of tables! Most of the art was created during the quarantine.
|2020||Art Is the Cure (Group), One Art Space, Tribeca, NYC
A special exhibition where most of the art was created during the quarantine, curated by me and my wife the founders of Start Shows. 35 pieces sold off the wall
|2020||The New 20's Art Show (Group Exhibition), One Art Space Gallery, Tribeca, NYC
I curated the art in this 43 artist show, 40+ pieces sold and the artists kept 100% of the $ they earned from all sales.
|2019||Holy Art Exhibition (Group), Jump Into the Light, LES, NYC
I curated the art and exhibited art and Virtual Reality paintings in this group show.
|2019||New York Stories (Group Exhibition), One Art Space Gallery, Tribeca, NYC
I curated the art and exhibited art in this 35 artist exhibition. 25 pieces of art sold in this show and 100% of the $ earned was kept by the artists.
|2019||Jump into the Art (Group Exhibition), Jump into the Light, LES, NYC
I curated the art and exhibited art in this 20 artist show that also featured some of my Virtual Reality paintings.
|2019||Dream BIG! (Group Exhibition), One Art Space Gallery, Tribeca, NYC
I curated the art and exhibited and sold art in this exhibition! 14 pieces of art sold and 100% of the $ earned from sales of art was kept by the artists!
|2019||#Pr0file (Group), Foley Gallery, LES, NYC
I curated the show and exhibited my art in the Foley Gallery in the Lower East Side of NYC.
|2019||Tunnel Vision (Solo), Manhasset Senior High school Gallery of Fine Art, Manhasset, NY
This exhibition featured over 70 pieces of my Metro Manga (subway comics) artwork on canvas. It had art from 8 years of drawing in the NYC and Japanese Subway.
|2019||New York State of Mind (Group Exhibition), One Art Space gallery, Tribeca, NYC
A 2 day show, I curated the art and exhibited my art there as well.
|2019||Freedomfest (Group exhibition), One Art Space gallery, Tribeca, NYC
A 2 day group exhibition which I curated and exhibited my art
|2019||Dream Everstanding (Group exhibition), One Art Space gallery, Tribeca, NY
A 10 day exhibition created in celebration on Martin Luther King’s legacy. I curated the exhibition and exhibited art.
|2018||Decemberfest (Group Exhibition), One Art Space gallery, Tribeca, NYC
Over 1,000 people came to see the art including Havoc from Mobb Deep in this 3 hour exhibition. I curated the show and exhibited my art there.
|2018||Septemberfest (Group Exhibition), One Art Space gallery, tribeca,nyc
This was the first group exhibition which I curated as well as exhibited my artwork at One Art Space gallery.
|2018||V Art Show (Solo), Jump Into The Light, LES, NYC
This exhibition featured my Virtual Reality paintings of old school video games that guests could walk through with the headset as well as my subway art.
|2014||Metro Manga! (Solo Exhibition), Ouchi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
This was my first solo show featuring a retrospective of 3 years of my Metro Manga (Subway Comics) as well as the book release & signing of Subway Stories.
Alexandria Ocasio Cortez Frankie Edgar Renzo Gracie Beltkiss Sanborn Arisa Itami Apostolos Anagnostopoulos
Manga, Teaching, Cartooning, Drawing and Inking Comics, Character Design, Portraits, Curating
Photoshop, In design, Windows and Mac