Donald Joseph White - Dondi White

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Nacimiento: 1961 en Nueva York, New York, Estados Unidos
Fallecimiento: 1998 en Nueva York, New York, Estados Unidos
Publicada el 16 may de 2018      Vista 33 veces

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DONDI White (real name: Donald Joseph White) was one of the most influential American graffiti artist writers in graffiti history. He started with subway graffiti and for years, he painted trains and subway walls. His personal style was bold and bright. Dondi always used clear and defined writing, because he wanted his work to be recognized and shared. After years of tagging, he successfully made a transition from street art to gallery art. On the streets he worked with his CIA and Soul Artist crew, but did most of his work solo. Many years after his death, he still influences and inspires many artists. Graffiti became a serious part of Dondi's life in the mid-1970s. He tagged using “NACO” and “DONDI”, and worked on refining his style, gradually moving from simple tagging to building more elaborate pieces. Using the name Dondi (a version of his own name) was considered very risky at the time, as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the New York Police Department (NYPD) were trying to crack down on writers. In 1979, Dondi officially adopted his name when he painted a giant piece on the roof of his house. He became a member of TOP crew (The Odd Partners) in 1977. In 1978, Dondi formed his own crew, named CIA (Crazy Inside Artists), which included other prominent artists such as his good friend DURO. For the next 20-odd years, Dondi became recognized as the stylistic standard, influencing generation's of graffiti writers. Dondi pioneered many of the styles and techniques still used by modern graffiti artists. Though he would often do wildstyle pieces for the benefit of other writers (like the famous 2MANY piece), he wanted the public to be able to read and enjoy his work, so he would focus on readable letters with intricate fills and characters. His most famous work was Children of the Grave Parts 1, 2 and 3—three whole cars on the New York City Subway in the years 1978 through 1980. The name of the piece was taken from a Black Sabbath song. Journalist Martha Cooper filmed the final piece from start to finish. On this last piece, Dondi adopted the cartoon characters from the late Vaughn Bode. He later painted a version of Children of the Grave 3 in a studio. He was the first graffiti artist to have a one-man show in the Netherlands and Germany, and his work is collected by European museums.


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