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Chris “DAZE” Ellis is an American graffiti artist known as one of the pioneers of the street-art movement. DAZE got his start writing graffiti on New York City subway cars in the mid-1970s, while he was a student at the High School of Art & Design.


DAZE (American, b.1962), also known as Chris Ellis, is a graffiti artist. DAZE began writing graffiti in the New York City subway in the mid-1970s, while he was a student at the High School of Art & Design. In 1981, his work was featured in the Mudd Club group exhibition Beyond Words, which also included the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. The following year, he had a solo show at Fashion Moda, in the Bronx, NY. He has gone on to exhibit at venues such as the Sidney Janis Gallery in New York (1983), the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen (1984), the Groninger Museum in Groningen, the Netherlands (1992), and the Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield, CT (1995). His work has been acquired by the Brooklyn Museum, the Groninger Museum, the Ludwig Museum in Aachen, Germany, the Museum of the City of New York, and New York’s Museum of Modern Art. He lives and works in New York.


DAZE (americano, n.1962), também conhecido como Chris Ellis, é um grafiteiro. DAZE começou a escrever graffiti nos metros de Nova York em meados da década de 1970, quando era estudante na “High School of Art & Design”. Em 1981, seu trabalho foi apresentado na exposição coletiva do Mudd Club, “Beyond Words”, que também incluiu o trabalho de Jean-Michel Basquiat e Keith Haring. No ano seguinte, fez mostra individual na Fashion Moda, no Bronx, em NY. Ele passou a expor em locais como a Galeria Sidney Janis em Nova York (1983), o Museu de Arte Moderna da Louisiana em Copenhague (1984), o Museu Groninger em Groningen, Holanda (1992) e o Museu Aldrich em Ridgefield, CT (1995). Seu trabalho foi adquirido pelo Museu do Brooklyn, pelo Museu Groninger, pelo Museu Ludwig em Aachen, Alemanha, pelo Museu da Cidade de Nova York e pelo Museu de Arte Moderna de Nova York. Ele mora e trabalha em Nova York.

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