Russian born American artist Alex Melamid in 2008 debuted his first solo exhibition HOLY HIP HOP. Holy Hip-Hop!marks the first-ever solo show for Melamid, who is world-famous for his collaborative partnership with fellow Russian-born artist Vitaly Komar. Melamid himself has made news as the outspoken artist who once had his work dismantled and bulldozed by the Soviet government. Introduced to hip hop by his son. Melamid has created portraits of some of hip hop music most influential. That list includes Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Common, Kanye West, Reverend Run, Duke, Lil Jon, Don “Magic” Juan, Whoo Kid, Marc Ecko and Russell Simmons.