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MEAR ONE / KOFIE / RETNA

MEAR ONE
Mear One, born 1971 as Kalen
Ockerman in Santa Cruz, CA, is
a Los Angeles-based fine artist,
famously known for his oftenpolitical
street graffiti art. Commonly
referred to as the ‘Michelangelo’
of Graffiti, Mear One is often
associated with CBS (Can’t Be
Stopped — City Bomb Squad) and
WCA (West Coast Artist) crews.
As a graphic designer, Mear One
has designed apparel for Conart,
Kaotic, as well as his own Reform
brand. Mear One has done album
covers for artists like Freestyle
Fellowship, Alien Nation, Limp
Bizkit, Busdriver and Daddy Kev.
In 2004, Mear One joined
artists Shepard Fairey and
Robbie Conal to create a series of
“anti-war, anti-Bush” posters for a
street art campaign called “Be the
Revolution” for the art collective
Post Gen.
As a famed L.A. street artist and
prolific graffiti writer for over 20
years his partners have included
Kofie, Skate One, Az Rock, Tren,
Item, Anger, Yem, and Cisco.
CURRICULUM VITAE

Born in Santa Cruz, California, 1971
Lives and works in Los Angeles, California

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2010
VOX HUMANA, Volta 6, L.A. Art Machine, Basel, Switzerland
SCOPE Basel Art Fair, Willem Kerseboom Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
Art Amsterdam, Willem Kerseboom Gallery, Amsterdam, ND
VOX HUMANA, American Association of Museums Conference, L.A Art Machine, L.A., CA
Contemporary Corruption, Mid-City Arts, Los Angeles, CA
VOX HUMANA, Coachella Music Festival, L.A. Art Machine, Indio, CA
VOX HUMANA, L.A. Art Show, L.A. Art Machine, Los Angeles, CA
Street Legal, Rivera & Rivera Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2009 Mear One Cosmic Creations Tattoo and Gallery, Lake Tahoe, California
2008 Mear One Strikes Back, 1 AM Gallery, San Francisco, California
Mearasma, 01 Gallery, Los Angeles, California
2007 Manifest Energy and Radiate, Upper Playground, Portland, Oregon
Mear One: Mental Paintdown, Venice Contemporary, Los Angeles, California
2006 Carnival, Submerged Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California
2005 Speaking in Tongues, 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, California
2004 Robert Roman Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona
Complacency Kills, Blackmarket LA, Los Angeles, California

District 3 Gallery, San Diego, California
New American Casuals, Portland, Oregon
2003 Graffitemotions, David Lawrence Gallery, Beverly Hills, California
2002 Destroying Normality, 33 1/3 Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1997 01 Gallery, Los Angeles, California

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2009
Beyond Eden, Barnsdall Art Park, Los Angeles, California
Culver City Invasion, Thinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Under the Influence: The Official Art Tribute to the Beastie Boys, Gallery 1988, Los Angeles, California
2008
Steinweiss: A Selection of Tribute Pieces to Alex Steinwiess, Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica, California
BLOC28 By Disney Artist Series, Los Angeles, California
Pacific Northfresh, Upper Playground, Seattle, Washington
LA Vs. War, The Firehouse, Los Angeles, California
2007
Languedocalifornia, Galerie Dominique Bagouet, Montpellier, France
Battle of the Year 2007, Le Zenith Sud, Montpellier, France
Rendition: An Exhibition of Los Angeles Visual Culture, Scion Space, Los Angeles, California
2006
Bergamot Invasion II, Copro Nason Gallery, Santa Monica, California
Picks of the Harvest: Batch Three, Thinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Picks of the Harvest: Batch Two, Thinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles, California
I am 8-Bit, Gallery 1988, Los Angeles, California
Conart, Crewest Gallery, Los Angeles, California
2005
Celebrate Mickey: 75 Inspirations, Sotheby’s, New York, New York
Picks of the Harvest: Batch One, Thinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles, California
2004 – 2005
Installation, Scion Space, Los Angeles, California
2004
Sphere Project, Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, California
Installation Art Auction, Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, California
Los Angeles Biennial, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles Biennial, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, California
100 Artists See Satan, Grand Central Station, Los Angeles, California
Under Deconstruction: Mear One and Marka27, Union 237, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
PostGen Be the Revolution National Tour, Collaborative Works by: Mear One, Shepard Fairey, and Robbie Conal
The Avalon, Hollywood
Zeitgeist Gallery, Boston, MA during DNC
Gallery Sovereign, Boulder, CO
Market LB, Long Beach, CA
Asterisk Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Sole Division Concert, San Francisco, CA
Arizona State University, ASU Museum
Downtown Art Center, Las Vegas, NV
UN World Forum, Barcelona, Spain
2003
RTEA Charity Group Exhibition, Don O’Melveny Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Yankee Doodle, Crewest Gallery, Alhambra, CA
Paintings on Canvas, Cal Poly Pomona Downtown Center, Pomona, CA
RTEA Facts For Kids, Inshallah Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Open All Windows, Let Out Your Fears, The New Sunset Building, Hollywood, CA
Elemental Journey: Your Style is Worth While, Inshallah Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2002
Juxtapoz 8th Anniversary Art Show, Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2001
Poster Renaissance, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA
Capital Art, Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Detours, Side Street Projects, Los Angeles, CA
¡Zalût!, Gallery at Avalon Island, Orlando, FL

2000
Last Thursday, Orlando Museum of Fine Art, Orlando, FL
Made In California, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Graffiti Art: The Auction, Guernsey’s, New York, NY
The Portrait Show, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA
The Definitive Retrospective, Copro/Nason Gallery, Culver City, CA
Detours, Side Street Projects, Los Angeles, CA
Contemporary Corruption II, 0-1 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1999 Contemporary Corruption, 0-1 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Poster Renaissance, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA
Roots, Rhyme and Rage: The Hip-Hop Story, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Inductee), Cleveland, OH
1998 Festival Attitude, Galerie Le Zoo, Montpellier, France
Calivera Kustom, Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1997 Wild West, ICU Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
ACME CUSTOM, Acme Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Dada Art Festival, Downtown Los Angeles, CA
1996 New Directions: CHAZ/MEAR, TWO MAN ART SHOW, 01 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Dada Art Festival, Downtown Los Angeles, CA
1995 Top Illin’, ICU Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1993 48 Hours in the Hole, Gallery X, Hollywood, CA
 
SELECTED MURAL INSTALLATIONS
2001 Life Imitating Art, Boys and Girls Club Center, Tucson, AZ
Untitled Group Installation, Yellowstone Building at Melrose and La Brea, Los Angeles, CA
2000 and prior Untitled, Yellowstone Building at Melrose and La Brea Avenues, Los Angeles, CA
Untitled Group Installation, Vacant Building at Pico and La Brea Avenues, Los Angeles, CA
Untitled, Belmont Tunnel Yard, Los Angeles, CA
Untitled Group Installation, CRLA Building, Los Angeles, CA
Untitled Group Installation, North Hollywood Thrift Shop, North Hollywood, CA
Untitled, Motor Yard, Culver City, CA
Untitled, Los Angeles River, Los Angeles, CA
Untitled, Venice Pit, Venice, CA
Untitled, The Bridge Building, South Bronx, NY
Untitled, Shibuya, JAPAN
Untitled, Shinjuku, JAPAN
Untitled, Wiesbaden, GERMANY
Untitled, Paris, FRANCE
Untitled, Montpellier, FRANCE
 
SELECTED REVIEWS

2001 Fridge Magazine, New York, NY
Urb Magazine, Los Angeles, CA (Total of 33 Different Issues)
SP Magazine, Los Angeles, CA
Cool Trans Magazine, JAPAN
Scrawl Too: More Dirt, London, ENGLAND

2000 and prior The New York Times, New York, NY
Urb Magazine, Los Angeles, CA
SP Magazine, Los Angeles, CA
Jordan Magazine, London, ENGLAND
The Source, New York, NY
Juice Magazine, GERMANY
Ollie Magazine, JAPAN
Juxtapoz, San Francisco, CA
The Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, CA
The LA Weekly, Los Angeles, CA
Rap Pages, Los Angeles, CA
Fine Magazine, JAPAN
Subculture, Los Angeles, CA

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

2007 Graffiti LA: Street Styles and Art, Steve Grody, New York, New York
2005 The History of Los Angeles Graffiti Art, Volume 1, 1983-1988, Robert “Wisk” Alva and Robert “Relax” Reiling
Celebrate Mickey: 75 Inspirations, Sotheby’s, New York, New York
2004 100 Artists See Satan, Exhibition Catalogue, Los Angeles, California
2002 URBAN DISCIPLINE 2002 Graffiti-Art, Gerrit Peters, Heiko Zahlman, Mirko Reisser
BROKEN WINDOWS Graffiti NYC, James Murray and Karla Murray, Gingko Press
2001 Scrawl Too: More Dirt, Liz Farrelly, David Recchia, Mike Dorrian, Ric Blackshaw, Booth-Clibborn Editions
2000 Exhibizion 2000, Akademie Der Kunste
Graffiti Art: The Auction, Guernsey’s, Exhibition Catalogue, New York, NY
1997 Painting the Towns; Murals of California, Robin J. Dunitz & James Prigoff, RJD Enterprises

 

 

 

 

KOFIE
Augustine Kofie is a long-time
Los Angeles street artist, graphic
designer, clothing designer and fine
artist recognized for his unique
architectural, geometric, mixedmedia
style that he refers to as
“Vintage Futurism.” This brand of
artwork has appeared throughout
the streets of LA as well as on fine
furniture, CDs, and clothing. Kofie
has exhibited widely and has
been involved with the TPS Crew,
UTI Crew, RF Crew, VT Crew and
WCA Crew in Los Angeles. His
work reflects a patient artist
interested in the subtleties of
line color and composition while
carrying forward elements of recent
art history and contemporary
urban aesthetics.
CURRICULUM VITAE
Group & Solo Exhibitions/ Charity Benefits/ Commissions/ Installations

2010 VOX HUMANA, Volta 6, L.A. Art Machine, Basel, Switzerland
SCOPE Art Fair, Willem Kerseboom Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
Art Amsterdam, Willem Kerseboom Gallery, Amsterdam, ND
Contemporary Corruption, Mid-City Arts & L.A Art Machine, Los Angeles, CA
VOX HUMANA, L.A. Art Show, L.A. Art Machine, Los Angeles, CA
Street Legal, Rivera & Rivera Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2009 A Progress Report, Solo Exhibition, Report Lounge, Portland, OR
2009 Fall To Pieces, Solo Installation, Noni Boutique, Los Angeles, CA
2009 VINTAGE FUTURISM, Solo Exhibition, Zero1 Gallery, Curator_Christina Ochoa, Los Angeles, CA
2009 HUGO BOSS, Window Installation for NYC store, New York, NY
2009 Juxtapoz Magazine/ the Big payback Show, Group Benefit Auction, Los Angeles, CA
2009 SCION Installation 5. Traveling Group Art Exhibition & Benefit, NY, CA, MI, FL, AZ, MN, PA, OR
2009 NOT FOR SALE, Group Print Show, Solid Gallery One, Los Angeles, CA
2009 METALLUM, 2-man show, The Ronin Gallery, Echo Park CA
2009 Octo Pusses, Group Show, Collaboration Piece with Cat Cult, New Image Art Gallery, Hollywood, CA
2009 Cat Cult installation, Riverside Art Museum, Collaboration piece on display, Riverside, CA
2009 Fear No Art, Group Exhibition, Boston, MA
2009 Slow Burning, Group Show, A. Okay Official Gallery, Chicago, IL
2009 Climb In The Back Window, Group Show, Mural Installation & Install, Curator_Io Wright, Philadelphia, PA
2009 Sunset Blvd Mural Installation, Curator_Cache, Los Angeles, CA
2009 Dublab Studio, Mural Comission, Los Angeles, CA
2009 Manuel Arts High School, Mural Installation, Los Angeles, CA
2009 Parvus Gallery, Mural Installation with El Mac, Phoenix, AZ
2009 De La Berracuda, Large Exterior, Mural Installation for Lionel Deluy, Los Angeles, CA
2009 Green Earth Collective, Interior/ Exterior Mural Installations, Highland Park, CA
2009 MANIFEST HOPE:DC, Group Art Show for Barack Obama, Washington, DC
2009 Delicious Vinyl, Illustration Comission for The Pharcyde CD
2008 Engine Theatre, Seating Installation & Large scale mural, Curator_Burk Roberts, Hollywood, CA
2008 Regent Theatre, Mural installation, Curator_Gillmore & Associates, Downtown, LA
2008 Primary Flight, 'Triangulation's of KOF' Mural Installation, Miami, FL
2008 Oro Universal, Group Show, Space gallery, San Francisco, CA
2008 Kofie & El Mac, 2-Man show, Red Letter 1 Gallery, Tampa, FL
2008 Dumbo Incense Japan, Live Art showcase with Dragon 73, Kobe, JP
2008 MUNKY KING, In-store Mural Installation, Hollywood, CA
2008 I Am 8-BITT Group Show, World of Wonder, Hollywood, CA
2008 LA STYLE 2, Group Art Show, LA Contemporary, Culver City, CA
2008 Mural Installation with Retna, Werc & Vyal. East Los Angeles, CA
2008 Obama Mural Installation, Kim Light Gallery, Culver City, CA
2008 Agenda Offices, Mural Installation with Axis Ventura, Hollywood, CA
2008 Hit & Run Studio Mural, Downtown Los Angeles, CA
2008 Playstation2,  Comission Illustration
2008
2008 Rockstar Games, Illustration Comission
2008 Trade Bloc, BLVD Gallery, Seattle, WA
2007 THANKS With Frowhawk Two-Feathers, Unitard gallery, Los Angeles CA
2007 Kofie Vs SURU, Solo Show, SURU Store, Los Angeles,  CA
2007 SCION Installation 4. Traveling Group Art Exhibition & Benefit, NY, CA, TX, FL, MA, MN, PA, WA.
2007 The Art Of Deception, The Progression Gallery, Pomona, CA
2007 Barack Obama Los Angeles Campaign Office Mural Comission, Curator_ Yosi Sergant, Los Angeles, CA
2007 One Is The Magic Number, Lost Souls Cafe/Gallery, Downtown Los Angeles, CA
2007 Jigsaw Paws, Group Show,  Mama Buzz, Oakland CA
2007 The Exquisite Bicycle, Group Show, Berdhouse Gallery, Echo Park, CA
2007 LA STYLE, Group Show, LA Contemporary, Culver City, CA
2007 Collabro 2, Group Show, The Showroom, New York City, NY
2007 Karak Karon, Meltdown Gallery,  Los Angeles, CA
2007 The Sonic Entrance: An Art Exhibition Of P-Funk, Hip-Hop & Jazz, Melt Gallery,  Hollywood, CA
2007 Soul Melt, Meltdown Gallery/Comics, Los Angeles, CA
2007 Brave Art Whistler, Group Exhibition, BC, Canada
2007 Square Foot, Group Show, Think Space Gallery, Curator_Blane Fontana,  Los Angeles, CA
2007 THE GRIND: Charity Show, Foundation One Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2007 The Greenhouse Effect: Surf rider Foundation Benefit , Venice Contemporary, Venice, CA
2007 TEMPT: Represent, Represent, Benefit Show, URB Gallery, Culver City, CA
2007 GET: ART, Benefit Show,Bonhams & Butterfields, Hollywood, Ca
2007 Redbull Records Office Comission, Santa Monica CA
2007 Pegasus Bookstore Mural Comission, Oakland CA
2007 Parco Gallery, Live Art Exhibition, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo Japan
2007 From La With Love, Interior corner Installation, A+D Museum, Los Angeles, Ca
2007 The GREEN, The Sundance Channel, Live Art Exhibition, Curator_Rabin Rodgers, Los Angeles ,CA
2007 Gompers Middle School, Mural, Compton, CA
2006 Electric Avenue, Solo Show, Bent Gallery, Pasadena,  CA
2006 SCION Installation 3. Traveling Group Art Exhibition & Benefit, NY, CA, FL, WA, TX, PA, IL, GA
2006 Drafted Soundcheck, Solo Show, Upon Shop, Silverlake, CA
2006 SS+K Offices, Office Installation, Santa Monica, CA
2006 Hands On, Transport Gallery, Solo Show, Downtown Los Angeles  CA
2006 SQUARE FOOT: Curated by Blaine Fontana, Thinkspace Gallery. Los Angeles, CA
2006 The Dolo Harvest, Group Show, Sol Sounds Record Shop,  Downtown Los Angeles, CA
2006 Collabros, Subject Matter Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA
2006 SOUL SIGNIFICANCE, Crewest Gallery, Downtown Los Angeles, CA
2006 MOVEMENT: Hip-Hop in L.A. - 1980's to present, Department Of Cultural Affairs, KGB Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2006 LACER: 11th Annual Silent Auction, Henry Fonda Theater, Hollywood, CA
2006 TARGET: Revolution Short Film, Live Art Installation, Tronic Studios, New York, NY
2006 STUFF Magazine Awards, Live Art Exhibition, Curator_ Rabin Rodgers, Archlight Theater, Hollywood, CA
2006 The Singles Table, Mural Installation for NBC Show,  Commissioned by Production Designer Charisse Cardenas, Los Angeles,CA
2006 Unitard Gallery Mural Installation, Downtown Los Angeles/Lil Tokyo, CA
2005 Greg Craola Simkins & Kofie One, FIFTY24SF Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2005 SCION Installation 2. Traveling Group Art Exhibition & Benefit,Track 16 Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA
2005 6875 Gallery/Showroom. Installation, Shibuya Ku, Tokyo
2005 6785 Gallery, Live Art Exhibition, Cafe La Boheme. Aoyama, Tokyo JP
2005 Level Boutique, Mural Installation, Hiroshima JP
2005 Blow Your Head Tour With Stones Throw & Dj Muro, Club Air, Tokyo & Osaka, Japan
2005 Claska Gallery, Mive Art Installation,  Meguro-Ku, Tokyo Japan
2005 Gravillis Inc. Mural Installation, Los Angeles, CA
2005 El Mercado, Exterior Mural, Mid City Los Angeles, CA
2005 KEEP A BREAST:  Boarding For Breast Cancer Benefit, Lab 101 Gallery, Culver City, CA
2005 Recent Works, Solo Exhibition, Still Life Gallery, New York City, NY
2004 Drafting Borough, BackWoods Store Live Art & Installation Exhibition, Backwoods Borough. Shibuya Ku, Tokyo JP
2004 STREETWISE 3,  4 Man Show, Lab 101 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2004 GENART, Benefit Exhibition, Henry Fonda Theater, Hollywood, CA
2004 GRA(FF)ITE, Crewest Gallery, Alhambra, CA
2004 AGNEDA Showroom, Mural Install, Fashion Mart Building, Downtown Los Angeles, CA
2004 SLICK, JACK-IT! :Tag Teams on Denim, Group Exhibition, The Levi's Store,  Santa Monica, CA
2004 Spiewak/ Rock The Vote/ Vapors,  Benefit Show, New York, NY
2004 SCION Installation 2. Traveling Group Art Exhibition & Benefit, CA, GA, TX, MA, IL, OH, CO, FL, NY, PA, WA.
2004 Hot Joint & Sound Eater Records,Interior & Exterior Mural Installation, Kiryu, Gunma, JP
2004 Corin Boutique, Interior & Exterior Mural, Kushiro City, Hokkaido, JP
2004 Stussy/Alife/Wu-Tang/Frank 151, Live Art, Shibuya Ku, Tokyo JP
2004 Silverlake Film Festival, Mural Installation, Arclight Cinema, Hollywood, CA
2004 Six Degrees. Live Art, Curator_Lab 101, Los Angeles, CA
2003 LA LA LA: Design By Design And Not By Design. LA Architecture, Mural Installations, Curated by Perlof/Webster, Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, CA
2003 Street Dreams, Group Show, Ghetto Gloss Gallery, Curator_The Seventh Letter, Silverlake, CA
2003 Beyond GRAFFITI, Headquarters Gallery, In conjunction with Amnesty International. Hollywood, CA
2003 AYER...Still Alive, Benefit Show, Subject Matter Gallery, Curator_The Seventh Letter, Costa Mesa, CA
2003 ASSEMBLAGE With Tony Kiem, Indigo Flower, Santa Monica, CA
2003 TD.5 Show. Group Show, Indigo Flower, Santa Monica, CA
2003 Evil Genius Office. Installation, Gardena, CA
2003 STUSSY, Comissioned design for LA themed skateboard
2003 STUSSY, Commissioned design for T-shirt series
2002 Rock Fresh Renaissance: The Art of RF/TD.5 Designs & Kofie'one. Noni Gallery. Los Angeles,CA
2002 HotsyDunk: The Produce Department Gallery, Downtown Los Angeles, CA
2002 Bulletin Board Show. Indigo Flower. Santa Monica, CA
2002 Abstract Reality. Group Art Show, ICU Gallery. Los Angeles, CA
2002 T-Fense. Benefit Show,Grey One. Pasadena, CA
2002 Canceptual. Crewest Gallery. Alhambra, CA
2002 Crenshaw Wall, Black History Month Mural, Los Angeles, CA
2002 5.1 Entertainment Office, Marvin Gaye Mural, West Los Angeles, CA
2002 Stone Throw Records, Remixed logo for Japan tour
2001 MOBILIZATION. Solo Exhibition, 33 1/3 Gallery, Silver Lake CA
2001 Program 12. Group Exhibition, Downtown Los Angeles, CA
2001 AMP showroom, Kareem Abdul Jabbar Mural.  Shibuya-ku, Japan
2001 Coachella Valley Music Festival . Live Mural painting. ICU Arts. Palm Springs, CA 
2001 One World Access, Commissioned Hendrix Mural Installation, Malibu, CA
2000 Charizmatik Flagship Store/ The Treehouse Endeavor. Large Exterior Mural. East Hollywood, CA
2000 CAPITAL ART. Group Art Exhibition, Track 16, Bergamot Station. Santa Monica, CA
2000 Exhibition One. Group Art Show, Indigo Flower. Santa Monica, CA
2000 SPIT AND POLISH: Political art show with Robbie Conal, Axis. Art Place Gallery. West Los Angeles, CA
2000 EXPN Winter X Games, Live Painting. Mount Snow, West Dover, Vermont
2000 MALATHION, Commissioned illustrations for promotional flyers
1999 MILLENNIUM. Bergamot Station. Santa Monica, CA
1999 Unite To Inscribe, Mural Installation, Tijuana, Mexico
1999 Police Brutality Exhibit, Live Art, Old County Jail, Los Angeles, CA
1998 DJ Hier, Illustration Commissions
1998 JUSTICE? JUST US Concert. Curated by Robbie Conal. UCLA Wadswourth Theater. Westwood, CA
1998 ARTSPEAKS: A concept against police brutality. Vision Theater, Leimert Park. Los Angeles, CA
1997 WILD WILD WEST. ICU Art Gallery. Los Angeles, CA
1997 Studio Nine: Recording Studios, Exterior Mural. Hollywood, CA

 

RETNA
Retna was born in Los Angeles, California in 1979. Since first creating a name for himself in the early 1990s, Retna has become an "eternal broadcaster" of sorts, shining a light to the kinetic urban soul of Los Angeles. The name RETNA itself evokes the timeless power, movement and visual vibrancy behind the artist's acclaimed work. His work merges photography with graffiti style and paint, time with color, couture with street culture, the spiritual with the sensual, and fluidity with grit. Whether his paintings hang in a gallery or wall on the streets of Los Angeles, they serve as a retina through which we view the urban journal of contemporary art.

At an early age, Retna was introduced to L.A.'s mural culture. While still in high school, he led one of the largest and most innovative graffiti art collectives the city has witnessed. He is perhaps best known for appropriating fashion advertisements and amplifying them with his unique layering, intricate line work, text-based style and incandescent color palette reflecting an eclectic artistic tradition. RETNA became just as notorious for his ornate painting technique as his timeless style: he used paintbrushes mixed with the traditional spray can. Many of his pieces synthesize the line between fine art and graffiti, between power and opposition, between tradition and advancement. 

Today, Retna traverses between the galleries and streets with ease. Retna is a member of the Art Work Rebels and Mad Society Kings Art Groups.  In December 2007, he contributed to a large-scale mural project with El Mac and Reyes called "La Reina del Sur" at Miami's Primary Flight during Art Basel. His most recent projects include an exhibition titled "Vagos Y Reinas" at Robert Berman Gallery and a mural called "Seeing Signs" at the Margulies Warehouse for Primary Flight.

 

 

CURRICULUM VITAE

Marquis Lewis (aka Retna)
Born in Los Angeles / Lives and works in Los Angeles.

 

2010   “VOX HUMANA,” L.A. Art Machine, L.A. Art Show, Los Angeles, CA
2010     “Street Legal,” Rivera & Rivera Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2010  “Art For All” Malaga, Spain (mural/exhibit)
2009 "Primary Flight" Miami Fl. Margulies Warehouse (mural)
2009  "Vagos Y Reinas". Robert Berman Gallery Los Angeles 
2009  "Follow the Line". The Don Gallery Milan Italy  
2008  "Primary Flight". Miami FL (mural)
2007  "Letters First '07" Bread & Butter, Barcelona, Spain
2007  “Primary Flight” Art Basel-Miami, FL (mural)
2006 "Sexta Feria del Libro en el Zócalo" Mexico City, Mexico (mural)
2005  "Wall Street Journals". White Walls Gallery San Francisco
2005  "Superiority Complex". Scion Installation Gallery Culver City
2005  "Read the writing on our walls" - Greystone Pacific Design Center 
2005  "Identity and Inspiration"  Millard Sheets Gallery Pamona 
2005  "Urban Edge Show". Milan, Italy 
2004  "Application".  Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts. Australia
2003  "The Seventh Letter" E.S.P. Tokyo, Japan. 
2003  "Street Dreams" Ghetto Gloss Gallery. Los Angeles
2000  "Graffiti Art Auction". Guernseys New York
2000  "Contemporary Corruption II" Zero One Gallery. Los Angeles. 
2000  "Sarcastic". Tokyo, Japan. installation.
1999  "East Meets West" Martinez Gallery. New York
1999  "Contemporary Corruption" Zero One Gallery. Los Angeles 
1997  "DADA". Los Angeles - Installation.

 

 

VOLTA6 2010



Street artists work on the fly and in the open to create works of art that change the way we see, feel, and interact with our urban environments. The VOX HUMANA happening will provide an opportunity for VOLTA patrons to witness how street artists work and watch the live unfolding of “pieces” within the context of an international fine art fair.

For the five-day run of the fair, these four artists will create large-scale (up to 3.5 meters x 7 meters) pieces in their signature styles using acrylic and aerosol paints.

This project is of unique art-historical value, as it represents a major shift in not only contemporary aesthetics, but in the public perception of street art generally. These artists, who grew up on the streets of one of the toughest cities in the world, carved a name for themselves as artists through dangerous illegal activity. Over 25 years, however, they have gone from being criminalized by their community to being celebrated for creating one of the most challenging and sophisticated contemporary art forms.

KOFIE

Zirkulation eines Anti-Horizontes, 2010

350 x 350 cm , created during VOLTA 6 in Basel, Switzerland. It documents a major milestone in the career of the artist

 

 

 

 

MEAR ONE

The Katharsis, 2010

 

350x350 cm ,created during VOLTA 6 in Basel, Switzerland. It documents a major milestone in the career of the artist

 

 

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