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Al Diaz

 (20/21st century)
Al Diaz is active/lives in New York.  Al Diaz is known for Graffiti painting.

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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   ...  Displaying 750 of 876 characters.

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