Joshua Santos Rivera, better known as Bik Ismo, is a renowned international urban artist born and raised in Arecibo, Puerto Rico in 1981. Often referred to as "The Chrome Master", Joshua has worked as a graffiti artist for the last 22 years. Muralist, graffiti artist and community activist Bik Ismo's work is characterized by the logo of a toaster accompanied by the phrase "Seguimos Tostando" (let's keep toasting).
At 19 Bik Ismo was invited to join the FX group, considered to be the best group of international urban artists at the time. He also joined other prominent groups including The Nasty Boys (TNB) and Masters at Destruction (MAD). In 2002 Joshua organized the first exhibition of graffiti art on canvas in Puerto Rico titled "Virtuosos of Aerosol". In 2011 he was invited to participate in "Artists for Israel". During this project he painted the first toaster logo and created 15 murals in schools and communities.
It was in 2014 that Bik Ismo created a stunningly photorealistic mural of a chrome dog for the Raw Project at the Jose De Diego Middle School during Art Basel Miami. The piece took four days and was painted entirely with spray. The following year he participated in the "Life Is Beautiful Festival" in Las Vegas along with fifteen internationally acclaimed artists.
His work gas been shown in the United States, Japan, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Israel and Europe. Bik Ismo has been featured in numerous many international publications such as Street Art News, Widewalls and Colossal.
For the mural in downtown Gainesville, Bik Ismo chose to create a heavy metal Bull Gator to celebrate the University of Florida’s mascot.