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RETNA is perhaps best known for appropriating fashion advertisements that he then layers and complicates with intricate line work, text, and an incandescent color palette. 'Untitled' from the “Provocateurs Print” series published by Art Alliance, features text-like signs. While they do not signify a specific meaning or relate to a specific language, they suggest universal comprehensibility by virtue of their forms’ familiarity.
Published by Art Alliance, Chicago
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RETNA, born Marquis Lewis, (American, b. 1978) was introduced to Los Angeles's mural culture at a very early age. While still in high school, he led one of the largest and most innovative graffiti art collectives the city has known. As an integral part of the Los Angeles art scene since the mid-1990s, RETNA has participated in over thirty international exhibitions and has contributed to countless public murals including the Houston/Bowery wall in New York City (2012). Yielding an unmistakable aesthetic that integrates appropriated contemporary photography, graffiti, traditional painting, and a unique glyphic style, he has emerged as one of the most prolific graffiti artists in the contemporary art world.