Al Diaz is active/lives in New York. Al Diaz is known for Graffiti painting.
Biography Al Diaz
Al Diaz discovered graffiti in the 1970's. He was among the first to import this energy-driven art form underground to the subway systems around Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
When he was in high school, Diaz met Jean-Michel Basquiat. Basquiat introduced him to the world of graffiti, and they conceptualized the now (in)famous SAMO tag together as a pseudo-religious concept and exercise in hype.
Within two years, SAMO was so ubiquitous around lower Manhattan, that The Village Voice wrote a piece on the duo and their phrase-based messages. Today, Diaz continues to work within the subversive, observational vein of SAMO.
Liberating actual subway signs and cutting out letters to articulate his ideas, Diaz
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