Each week, HIYA Gallery looks back on the history of art and more precisely on the history of street art and its associated movements. We try to highlight the pioneers of this movement who have become legends, the mythical works that have left their mark in the history of street art, as well as important cultural events concerning the development of street art and graffiti, such as books rare or cult, exhibitions making reference in the history of the movement, films and other events.
We believe that in order to understand and feel the art of our time, we must constantly learn where it came from and what its roots are. That is why, alongside the representation and promotion of artists, we want to share with you knowledge about the history of street art.
Barry McGee (1966) is a contemporary American artist from San Francisco best known for his drawings, paintings and mixed installations inspired by urban culture. McGee has also been known in the graffiti movement since the 1980s, when he started tagging under the blaze of "Twist".
Barry McGee is considered the pioneer of The Mission School, an art movement primarily influenced by urban realism, graffiti, and American folk art, with an emphasis on social activism.
The artist's popularity and recognition grew more and more after his inclusion at the Venice Biennale in 2001, after which many other major exhibitions followed.