"Renaissance Man", Profile of a New York City Sidewalk Artist Savant

If you've ever walked Manhattan streets and seen a man hunched over on his knees smoothing chalk into the cold pavement, then you've seen Hani Shihada at work. Hani learned his trade in Perugia, Italy where this type of drawing is a very old tradition. He draws copies of Michelangelo and other Renaissance masters which usually take him several days to complete. Hani's sidewalk pieces are his calling card so it's not surprising that he has found a successful career doing commercial gigs which take him all over the country.

Christopher Ming Ryan

Christopher Ming Ryan

Contributing Writer

Chris is the worst selfie-taker in North America. In addition, he's the co-founder of Wheelhouse Communications, a video marketing agency. His passions are his family, pizza and a New York City that is disappearing before our eyes. Sounds like a good film.

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