Johny Dar is an artist, designer, musician and director pioneering original forms of artistic expression through fine art, fashion, music and multimedia. His groundbreaking creative work is at the vanguard of artistic innovation today, and has been hailed as a budding new renaissance within the entertainment industry, attracting international acclaim across a wide range of industries and media.
Dar was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1978. Growing up, he nurtured dreams of becoming a filmmaker, convinced from an early age that he had a vision to share. Discovering his talent for design, he moved from New York to Los Angeles in 1997 to study fashion, launched his first label in 1999, and immediately captivated the fashion scene with his avant-garde collections, which were stocked in top retailers before he finished fashion school. Finding himself a rapidly rising star at a young age, Johny put his inevitable success on hold by leaving Los Angeles to travel the world, seeking to break away from the known and nurture his talent in new ways.
During this quest, Dar discovered an organic intelligence which is not traceable in any existing or preceding forms of art. Consequently his hand-drawn art, which informs his designs in every medium he engages, features groundbreaking aesthetic, geometric and mathematical properties. It is this unique style of expression, and his unwavering passion for originality, which forms the bedrock of all Johny Dar’s creations. Upon returning to the industry, he founded the Johny Dar brand as a true lifestyle brand, offering a global audience original artistic experiences across a wide range of mediums, including fine art, fashion, music, photography, body art, multimedia and publishing.
Johny Dar has collaborated with a wide range of celebrities including Emma Watson, Jessie J, Pedro Almovodar, Florence Welch, Sir Elton John, Carla Bruni, Bryan Adams, Julio Iglesias, Tom Waits, Dannii Minogue, Harry Styles, Marianne Faithful, Victoria Beckham, Melanie C and Sam Smith, and his work has been featured in publications including Vogue, Marie Claire, Elle, Le Monde, Die Zeit, New York Times, Harpers Bazaar, Fault, Hunger, Kaltblut, Aesthetica, Tatler, and Flair, among others. His creations have been featured at London’s Saatchi Gallery, on the catwalks of New York and Berlin, at the MOCA in Beijing, and in numerous countries and locations worldwide.