Graffiti means writings or drawings scribbled, scratched, or sprayed freely on a wall or other surface in a public place. Then, graffiti ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings, and it has existed since ancient times as a way of self-expression or social or political protest: for example, in Pompeii, we can see caricatures of politicians and in the walls of every Middle Aged prison, crosses together with other graffiti of sexual meanings.
Think about the 1970′s and how it was the time just after the ” Love Child” world of the ’60′s. Self expression and freedom with art , think music and literature took a different path, enter the Graffiti Artists.
Current graffiti art, is in relation with the World Wars, with the apotheosis of the urban life reflected in the building of subways and with the hip-hop culture. Frequently, graffiti is considered vandalism, since graffiti artists paint private or public properties without asking for permission.
Lee Quiñones: was born in Puerto Rico but raised in the Lower East Side section of New York City. He painted from his childhood but he started with Subway Graffiti in 1974 and by 1976, Lee was a legend.
Lee is known for outrageous graffiti art on over 100 cars. When journalists and art dealers became interested in him, several of his works appeared in one of the most famous books on Graffiti Art, called “Subway Art”.
His work was also featured in the award-winning documentary called “Style Wars’. He became an immediate influence for people worldwide and an already well-known icon in New York subways.