Contemporary Graffiti artist Retna (American, b.1979) was introduced to the Los Angeles mural scene at an early age, and has lead one of the largest Graffiti Art collectives in the city since he was in high school. Through the appropriation of fashion advertisements, Retna reinvents them with intricate line work, complex layering, and a powerful range of color. Incorporating elements of Fine Art and graffiti into his varied compositions, Retna combines visual linguistics, urban poetics, and a timeless, unique power, exploring an eclectic range of media, including graffiti, photography, and painting. The artist has exhibited at venues throughout the world, with shows at L.A. Art Machine in Los Angeles, CA; Don Gallery in Milan, Italy; Yves Laroche Galerie d’Art in Montreal, Canada; and Art for All in Malaga, Spain; among others.

Timeline

1979
Born in Los Angeles, CA
1990
Began work as a Graffiti artist
Currently, member of Art Work Rebels, Mad Society Kings, and The Seventh Letter artist collective

Exhibitions

2013
Cash, Cans & Candy / Gallery Hilger NEXT, Vienna, Austria
2013
Urban Art Biennale 2013 - Urban Art Biennale, Völklingen
2012
California Photography Now - New Image Art Gallery, West Hollywood, CA
Juxtapoz Turns 18 - Copro Nason Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Retna - New Paintings And Works On Paper - Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2011
“West End Rebellion” - Scream London, London (England)
Street Cred: Graffiti Art from Concrete to Canvas - Pasadena Museum of California Art- PMCA, Pasadena, CA
Art in the Streets - The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles, CA
Street - Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2010
Vox Humana, L.A. Art Machine, L.A. Art Show, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Desaturated, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA, USA (solo)
Installation, Rivera and Rivera, Los Angeles, CA, USA
The Lost Ones, FIFTY24MX, Condesa, Mexico
Will Rise, Yves Laroche Galerie d’art, Montreal, QC, Canada
VOX HUMANA, L.A. Art Machine, L.A. Art Show, Los Angeles, USA
Street Legal, Rivera & Rivera Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Art For All Malaga, Spain
2009
Primary Flight III, Margulies Warehouse, Miami, FL, USA
Follow the Line, The Don Gallery, Milan, Italy
"Vagos y Reinas" Gallery C2, Robert Berman Gallery, CA ( September 26-October 18 2009)
2008
Writing alla Ribalta, Milan, Italy
Low & Slow, Mesa Contemporary Arts, Mesa, AZ, USA
Primary Flight II, Art Basel, Miami, FL, USA
2007
Letters First '07, Bread & Butter, Barcelona, Spain
From L.A. With Love, Interior Installation, A+D Museum, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Primary Flight I, Art Basel, Miami, FL, USA
He contributed to a large-scale mural project with El Mac and Reyes called "La Reina del Sur" at Miami's Art Basel.
2006
Mendenhall Sobieski Gallery, Pasadena, CA
Sexta Feria del Libro en el Zócalo, Mexico City, Mexico
2005
Wall Street Journals, White Walls Gallery San Francisco, USA
Superiority Complex, Scion Installation Gallery Culver City, USA
Read the writing on our walls, Greystone Pacific Design Center, USA
Identity and Inspiration, Millard Sheets Gallery Pamona
Urban Edge Show, Milan, Italy
2004
Application, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts. Australia
2003
The Seventh Letter, E.S.P. Tokyo, Japan
Street Dreams, Ghetto Gloss Gallery. Los Angeles, USA
2000
Graffiti Art Auction, Guernseys New York, USA
Sarcastic, Tokyo, Japan
Contemporary Corruption Show at 01 Gallery in Los Angeles.
1999
East Meets West, Martinez Gallery. New York, USA
Contemporary Corruption, Zero One Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
1997
DADA, Los Angeles, USA