Faile are a New York based collective of artists who are one of the most popular and recognizable international producers of street-displayed artwork.

They formed in the late 1990’s from three founding members Patrick McNeil, Patrick Miller, and Aiko Nakagawa. Their first projects on the street had the title A Life, of which their name Faile was an anagram. The name was also an acknowledgement of the inevitable process of deterioration that an artwork suffered when exposed to the elements.

Faile take their inspiration from the detritus of city walls, using the decay of advertising and flyposting to provide a platform to present their own take on the world of found imagery.

From initially wheatpasting screen printed posters on the streets of New York and major world cities, they progressed to the more permanent medium of stencil graffiti. Their instantly recognisable pop culture images in posters and stencils have allowed Faile to diversify into other areas encompassing fine art, sculpture, design, fashion, music, and housewares. Despite this, the core of their work remains printmaking, stencilling, and painting.

In May 2008 they were invited to produce work for the exterior of London's Tate Modern gallery as part of their Street Art exhibition. In 2007 their shows in London and New York sold out instantly.


Solo exhibitions
Faile Where Wild Won't Break, Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, TX
Les Ballets de Faile, New York City Ballet Art Series, David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, New York, NY (2013)
The Wolf Within, Commissioned Public Sculpture by Mongolian Arts Council, UlaanBaatar, MN (2012)
104 N. 7th Mural, Brooklyn, NY (2012)
Fragments Of Faile, Lazarides Gallery, London, UK (2011)
Faile: “A Decade of Prints and Originals”, Post No Bills, Venice Beach, CA (2011)
Bedtime Stories, Perry Rubenstein Gallery, New York, NY (2010)
Lost in Glimmering Shadows, Lilian Baylis School-Lazarides Gallery, London, UK (2008)
From Brooklyn with Love, Lazarides Gallery, London, UK (2007)
Nothing Lasts Forever, 201 Chrystie Street, New York, NY (2007)
Faile Prints, Fifty24, Portland, OR (2006)
The Room NYC, New York, NY (2005)

Selected group exhibition history


Ten Years of Wooster Collective, Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York, NY
Cash, Cans & Candy, Galerie Ernst Hilger, Vienna, AU


Damien Hirst's Murderme Private Collection, Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli, Turin, IT
The Boneyard Project, Pima Air and Space Museum, Tucson, AZ
Sotheby’s Sick Children’s Trust Benefit Sale, London, UK
Tonight We Won’t Be Bored, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, DE


Underbelly Show, Art Basel Miami, Miami, FL
On Every Street, Samuel Owen Gallery, Greenwich, CT
T&J Artwalk for Human Rights Watch, Oslo, NO
RE:DEFINE MTV's Staying Alive Foundation Art Benefit, Dallas, TX
Art Mère / Art Père Auction LIVESTRONG Benefit, Los Angeles, CA


FAILE & BÄST, Deluxx Fluxx Arcade, Allen Street, New York, NY; Greek Street, London, UK
Temple, Portugal Arte 10, Lisbon, PT
Meet Me Inside, Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Viva La Revolucion: A Dialogue With The Urban Landscape, Museum Of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
Underbelly Project, Brooklyn, NY


Poster Resistance 2, New Image Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Street Art, Tate Modern, London, UK
Outsiders, The New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall, UK; Houston and Bowery, Lazarides, New York, NY


The Burning House (Faile, Dave Ellis, and Swoon), Museum Hetdomein, Sittard, ND; New Image Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


Spank the Monkey, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts, Newcastle-Gateshead, UK
Tiger Translate, Shanghai Sculpture Space, Shanghai, CN
Animalia, Irvine Contemporary, Washington, DC
Mural Commission, Weiden+Kennedy, Portland, OR
Wall Snatchers, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC
Swish, Lazarides Gallery, London, UK


Untitled, Fifty24SF, San Francisco, CA
Ridiculousnessofitallshow, New Image Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Design Edge, IdN, Singapore, SG
Denver Show, Andenken Gallery, Denver, CO
The Pony Show, New York, NY
ROJO Golden, Stay Gold Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Urbis Artium Gallery, San Francisco, CA
The First LA Weekly Biennial, Track 16 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Supreme Trading N8 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY


Weiden + Kennedy, Amsterdam, ND
Espai Pupu, Barcelona, SP
Lab 101, Los Angeles, CA
Break Beat Science Showroom, Tokyo, JP
X-Girl, New York, NY
Les Complices, Zurich, CH
One Eye Space, Los Angeles, CA
Lavender, Transplant Gallery, New York, NY
Mural, Diesel Store, Austin, TX
Pictures on Walls, Diesel Denim Gallery, New York, NY


Battle Graphics, McCaig-Welles, New York, NY
Secret Party, Bob's, New York, NY
Hasta Pronto, Centre Cultural Es Jonquet, Majorca, SP
Back Jumps Live Issue, Bethanien Kreuzberg, Berlin, DE
Jungle LP Show, Rocket Gallery, Tokyo, JP
Broken Sunshine (curated by FAILE), Firehouse 87 Lafayette Street, New York, NY
Fancy Faile and Bast, Neurotitam Haus Schwarzenberg, Berlin, DE
Transplant Gallery, New York, NY
M3projects, New York, NY


The Big Group Show, M3Projects, New York, NY
Faile Presents Boredom Project, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, DE
Surface 2 Air, Paris, FR
Dragon Bar, London, UK
Max Fish Gallery, New York, NY
Gas Experiment, Tokyo, JP
Supersonic & Alien, Galleria S.A.L.E.S., Rome, IT

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