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.