NYC Twenty22 - Top 20 Male Artists to Keep Your Eye On

Updated: Jul 4


3:00 PM EST

New York, NY

By Angi Kim


Self-made, hungry, and ambitious… these guys are everywhere. From the big screen to small businesses (and everywhere in between), these twenty dudes know how to hustle. In one of the hardest cities to make it, these boys are doing it, and doing so with style.

Part 1 of 2

1 - Chris Moore

Model/ DJ/ Photographer

Chris wearing Todd Snyder @toddsnyderny.

Chris Moore is an American fashion model. Hailing from Raleigh, North Carolina, the model burst on the fashion scene by walking for Givenchy. Chris went on to front numerous campaigns and lookbooks for the Riccardo Tisci-helmed line. The American model's vast portfolio also includes campaign work for the likes of Perry Ellis and American Eagle. Magazines such as GQ Brasil, Fashion for Men, and GQ Italia contribute to Chris' editorial credits. Chris was always passionate about music from a very young age. Over the years he learned to play instruments like the piano, guitar, and clarinet. He also collected a broad catalog of music while he traveled through different countries for work. Chris saw DJing as an opportunity to finally utilize his large collection of music. In 2018, Chris had a pivotal summer with his music career. He began getting booked to play at upscale nightlife spots in Soho and Midtown like The Seville and The Dream Hotel. With modeling and DJing continuously in the works, Moore also continues his practice in photography as well as perfecting the development of his own brand No Requests: A surf-inspired streetwear for musicians, travelers, and fashion icons who aspire to reach their ultimate flow. Instagram @moorechrisplz.

2 - Matt Mooney

Musician/ Composer

Photo by Ward 8 Studios @ward8studios.

Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, Matt attended university at Bimm Dublin in 2013, obtaining a Bachelors of Arts in Commercial Modern Music. After graduating, Mooney moved to the states in December of 2017 to pursue his career in music production. Working closely with Texas born artist Tanner J. Royal, the duo have released a collection of collaborated singles and EP's over the last few years. Living and working out of New York, Matt's first solo EP, Cool on Paper, was released in 2021, exhibiting a mixture of different musical genres including rock, synth, classic country, and soundtrack music. Instagram @immattmooney.

3 - Alexis Sosa

Photographer/ Model

Photo by @alexthepoletwink.

Alexis Sosa is a Hispanic/Latino photographer based in the Bronx. The main focus of his photography has always been “capturing organic moments, that I know I won’t be able to have again”-- To show the world that actual beauty comes from vulnerability, rather than the fake standard our society has clouded us with. As far as new projects, Sosa is currently scouting and planning a photo series of individuals going about their morning routines. To photograph all the things different people do in the morning, from taking the first step out of bed to making that sweet morning coffee. Alexis believes there’s beauty in vulnerability, and wants to be able to capture and display it to the word. Instagram @sosaalex89.

4 - Keenan Haan x LZRD

DJ/ Music Producer

Photo by Dean Vernon @deanrvernon.

Originally a Virginia native, Keenan Haan is the mastermind behind the electronic music name LZRD, with which he has amassed over 170 million streams and counting. In his 7 years of production, LZRD has received rave reviews and features from the likes of Billboard Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Dancing Astronaut,, and more. His unparalleled work ethic and commitment to unique sound design has earned him praise from industry titans including The Chainsmokers, Kygo, and Tiesto, and afforded him official remix opportunities with the likes of Illenium, Gryffin, 3LAU, and Said the Sky. With festival performances in front of thousands at Lollapalooza and Moonrise (and support for several artists such as Illenium and Lost Kings), LZRD looks to 2022 with high hopes of reigniting his "Reptilian" movement with high-profile features and a refreshed 'pop-punk' style. Instagram @official_lzrd.

5 - Daniel Maidman

Fine Artist/ Illustrator

Photo by Marina Tychinina @artist_in_the_studio.

Daniel Maidman is best known for his vivid depiction of the figure. Maidman's drawings and paintings are included in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Long Beach Museum of Art. His art and writing on art have been featured in The Huffington Post, Whitehot, Poets/Artists, ARTnews, Forbes, W, and many others. He has been shown in solo shows in New York City and in group shows across the US and Europe. He is a repeat guest critic at the New York Academy of Art. His books, Daniel Madman: Nudes and Theseus: Vincent Desiderio on Art, are available from Griffith Moon Publishing. He works in Brooklyn, New York. Instagram @danielmaidman.

6 - Ben Halbrook

Writer/ Filmmaker

Self-portrait by Ben Holbrook.

Ben Holbrook is a Brooklyn-based (originally from NC) playwright, filmmaker, and creator of digital and live experiences whose works have been produced, developed, or commissioned by: Fundamental Theater Project, Ruddy Productions, The New York International Fringe Festival, The Memphis Fringe Festival, The Motor Company, Wildwind Performance Lab, Voices of the South (TN), Ugly Rhino (LA), Seoul Players (SK), Holiday House, Find the Light (LA), The Irish Arts Council, 45th Street Block Association, and Paper Lantern Theatre Company (NC). His films have been seen at the Big Apple Film Festival, The Imaginarium Convention, The Comedy of Horrors Festival, The Sickest Short Films Festival, and The Films Open Mic Festival. Also a budding futurist, Ben Holbrook enjoys exploring our futures from a mythological perspective in his writing, but has also worked with Extrapolation Factory, a design based research studio for participatory futures studies, to create pieces for The Ford Motor Company, Walker Art Center, and (currently) IKEA’s Space 10. Ben is the co-owner of Full Metal Workshop, an LLC that creates web based experiences, both original and for clients. Instagram @baholbrook.


Model/ Creative Director

Photo by Zenith Richards @zenithrichards , Hair by Quenton Barnette @quentonjay.

Born outside Chicago, Farquis moved to New York in 2013 to study design and begin a career in fashion. A fashion model and creative director, Farquis has worked with some of the most reputable designers, photographers, and fashion icons in NYC. His portfolio includes work under the likes of Stephen Gan at V Magazine, Julie-Anne Quay at VFILES, style assisting Mel Ottenberg for Rihanna, amongst others. He freelance modeled before being signed to RED and ultimately walking New York fashion weeks since 2016. While working in fashion, he simultaneously branched into interiors, gallery-directing a prestigious antique lighting and furniture dealer in Manhattan. His first solo exhibition, In Your Face, explored mixed media including moving image projection and integrated audience-reflective elements. Instagram @bigjustbig.

8 - Sylle Struck

Composer/ Producer

Photo by @joiizzygraphy.

Sylle Struck has spent the last decade touring the world with Danish artist MØ as a live musician and DJ. On countless tour buses and hotel rooms, Sylle Struck has collected sketches and made tracks and collabs in various studios and in sessions around the world. All these demos have been gathered in an ambitious concept album, which unites his extensive visual world with the music. His first release in both Denmark and the U.S. is the single Lucid Dreams feat. Yekesa. The track balances restlessness and boredom over a minimalist global beat. Instagram @sylle0ne.

9 - Maxwell Brown


Photo by Trè @treybabee.

Born and raised on the Upper West Side, Max is the son of his mother, a school teacher and his father, an acupuncturist and long-time stagehand for New York's Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. Graduating Bronxville High School in 2010, Max continued his education at Messiah College in Pennsylvania, obtaining his degree in Communications and Broadcast Studies in 2014. Currently residing in Astoria, Queens, Max pursues his career in photography as a full-time freelance fashion and entertainment photographer. Some of Brown's most recent publications include the cover of UGNY Magazine's 2021 Autumn Issue No. 1 and the cover of MOB Journal’s January 2022 Issue. Instagram @maxwellpicswell.

10 - Jonathan Boo

Builder/ Designer

Living and working in Brooklyn, NY, Jonathan currently creates custom work and installations for local businesses and residents. Receiving his degree in Technology Education with a deep focus on product design and small structures, Jonathan started his path in custom work with housing restoration in his early 20’s. For the last 7 years in NYC, he started and currently runs a Design, Engineering and Technology department at an all girls catholic high school in Midtown East, Manhattan. After that endeavor gained some autonomy, Jonathan started to reinvestigate his roots in design by focusing on developing his shop space and body of work in the local area including work for places like Abe’s Pagoda, Easy Lover, Mister Paradise, The Land of Barbers, The Great Eros, Tiger Lily Kitchen, Baby Cobra Yoga Studio and numerous private residences. Jonathan plans to shift gears further into higher end, custom furniture while maintaining a healthy balance with local small businesses. Instagram @jonboo_design.

Credits: Digital Cover by Mathis Askebjerg Schmidt @mathisaskebjerg / Head of Konkylie Label in Copenhagen @konkylie__ , featuring August Hoffmann and Oskar Schade @ultrapumps , in association with UGNY Magazine #ugnymag


Stay tuned for Part 2 - Coming Soon

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