One of the legendary fathers of seventies graffiti, FUTURA (NYC), worked on a wall on Insurgentes Avenue, one of the longest avenues in the world, from April 16th-19th, 2013. Currently the wall is a part of the ALL CITY CANVAS Festival, which spans throughout downtown Mexico City.
Futura taught himself graffiti on Broadway’s 1 line of the NYC subway, making his way up the ladder to one of the city’s finest graffiti artists of his time. In 1982, he had a solo show at the Fun Gallery that sealed his reputation as one of the best contemporary artists of the eighties, on par with the likes of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. He soon came to be known as “The Wateau of the Spraycan.”
Futura held art exhibits in the US and Europe during the eighties, and began collaborating on commercial projects in the nineties. He helped bring graffiti to the masses and inspired new generations of urban artists. Futura was an inspiration to artists like Swoon and Neate, and his work helped to unite contemporary pop art with street graffiti.
For more info on Futura, visit his website. For more info on the All City Canvas Festival in Mexico City, visit this site.