Retna  (American, active 1979) 

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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.

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Retna, Violators Will Be Removed from the Premises

 

Retna
Violators Will Be Removed from the Premises
2011

Guy Hepner
Retna, A Toda Madre or Un Desmadre

 

Retna
A Toda Madre or Un Desmadre
2013

Guy Hepner
Retna, Sacrament of Life

 

Retna
Sacrament of Life
2011

Guy Hepner
Retna, Salvame

 

Retna
Salvame
2013

Gregg Shienbaum Fine Art
Retna, Grey & Gold (EASTERN REALM)

 

Retna
Grey & Gold (EASTERN REALM)
2014

Robert Fontaine Gallery
Retna, Untitled (White and Blue)

 

Retna
Untitled (White and Blue)
2011

Guy Hepner
Retna, The legacy is more important than instant gratification

 

Retna
The legacy is more important than instant gratification
2013

Kohn Gallery
Retna, That Was One of the Best Pieces of Ass

 

Retna
That Was One of the Best Pieces of Ass
2013

Kohn Gallery
Retna, What The Fuck Were You Thinking

 

Retna
What The Fuck Were You Thinking
2013

Samuel Owen Gallery
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Retna, Young Blood

 

Retna
Young Blood, 2012
screenprint, enamel on paper

 

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Retna, Study of Lexicon

 

Retna
Study of Lexicon, 2012
acrylic, enamel, crystalline on canvas

 

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Retna, Untitled II

 

Retna
Untitled II, 2012
works on paper (drawings, watercolors etc.), watercolor

 

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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
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