John CRASH Matos

John Matos, aka CRASH, was born in 1961 in New York and is an American Graffiti Artist.

 

Inspired by artists such as Roy Lichtenstein and James Rosenquist, CRASH artworks can be described as a blend of pop culture influences with Graffiti such as: bright shiny colors and comic imagery mixed with abstract lettering and graffiti symbols. Other distinctive features of CRASH's artwork are close-ups, recurring symbols such as eyes („a window to someone's soul“) or clocks (as kind of a vanitas motiv) and traditional graffiti elements and skills.

 

Already at the age of ten, CRASH was fascinated by New York's subway trains. In 1974, his early teens, he started writing and painting murals. Only a few years later, in 1976 CRASH painted his first train.

 

As one of the first subway writers, CRASH started painting canvases and showing his work in galleries. He became a pioneer of the graffiti art movement exhibiting alongside famous artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
In 1980, CRASH also curated the first graffiti show at Fashion Moda's, a hip exhibition and performance space in South Bronx; the place to be in the New Yorker Art Scene at that time.

 

CRASH established his place in the international gallery scene and art market showing his spray- painted canvases regularly in America, Europe, and Asia. His works can be found in numerous private and public collections all over the world.
In 2006, he exhibited with the Brooklyn Museum of Art in a show called „Graffiti“. Five years later, CRASH took part in „Art in the Streets“ at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles - which was the first major U.S. museum exhibition of graffiti and street art.

 

In 2013, CRASH painted an impressive and colorful mural in Houston, Texas, USA. The centerpiece of the Pop Art inspired composition is the iconic spinach eating cartoon character Popeye. 

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