Street Art Legends - Lee Quinones

Légendes du Street Art - Lee Quinones
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.

 Lee quinones 

Lee Quinones (1960) is an American artist of Puerto Rican origin who is one of the initiators of the New York graffiti movement.

Lee started tagging on subway cars in 1974, and by 1976 he was already well known in a community that included Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. Paradoxically, the paintings of Quinones - Ten Subway Cars were painted in 1976 with a range of colorful paints, for months setting a new benchmark in the small graffiti world of the time. Some of his graffiti has not been touched, or covered up, by other artists for years, although hundreds of street artists were making wholecars during this time.

In the mid-1980s, Lee began working on canvas and exhibiting his work in galleries. For many, Lee Quinones is considered the most influential artist in the historic New York graffiti movement.


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