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 Angel Ortiz  (1967 - )

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: abstract painting, graffiti

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Untitled, 1984
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Angel Ortiz (b. 1967)

Angel Ortiz was born in New York.  Ortiz is also known as LAII, LA2 or LA Rock.  These names stand for “Little Angel” and are often seen as his tags.

At thirteen, he began his career when he met Keith Haring in 1980.  For a number of projects Ortiz collaborated with Haring from 1981 to 1984.  He continued to make his own artwork after his work with Haring ended.  However, Ortiz is often overshadowed by Haring’s fame.  He has been fighting to make his past and current work more well-known.  In 2008 he famously tagging his name in a restored Haring outdoor mural without permission. Ortiz still living in New York and continues to create graffiti art.

Selected Exhibitions:
1982 Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York City, with Keith Haring

1983 Fun Gallery, New York City, with Keith Haring?Galerie Watari, Tokyo, Japan, with Keith Haring?Robert Fraser Gallery, London, United Kingdom, with Keith Haring?Special Projects Paint Fiorucci, Milan, Italy, with Keith Haring?

1990 Future Primeval Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows ?Corona Park, New York with Keith Haring??

2001 Follin Gallery, New York City?

2002 Clayton Patterson Outlaw Museum, New York City?

2003 LA II & Keith Haring, Due amici a New York negli anni '80, Putignano Arte

2004 Scope Art Fair, Los Angeles, California

2005 Galleria Leonardo Galerie, Bolzano, Italy.

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