SEEN (Opera Gallery Geneva)

SEEN (Opera Gallery Geneva)

Wednesday, April 24, 2013Saturday, May 11, 2013


Geneva, Switzerland

Born in 1961 in the Bronx, Richard Mirando, a.k.a SEEN, began his career in the midseventies. At the age of 11, he started to customize cars with spray paint in his uncle’s garage and went on painting whole cars in the New York subway, becoming more and more well-known in the city. At the time, the street art movement was emerging, and SEEN is often considered as a pioneer of graffiti, referred to as “The Godfather of Graffiti”. He picked the name “SEEN” because he liked the double “E” sequence and the meaning of the word was a perfect fit for his art. The significance of SEEN’s work goes beyond the subways of New York and in 1981 it took a seat alongside the work of Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Basquiat in the exhibition “New York / New Wave” at P.S.1. Since then, his work has been exhibited around the world and is part of prestigious public and private collections. SEEN shares his time between New York and Paris.