Zephyr is a graffiti artist, lecturer, and author from New York City.
Going by the street alias of Zephyr, Andrew Witten is a fantastic example of how old school graffiti painting is still making a tremendous impact on urban art. Like many of his contemporary peers, Zephyr mostly concentrated on tagging his pseudonym all over walls and subway trains of New York City. He is furthermore credited with several innovations that really altered the course street art was headed during the 1970s and 1980s. Besides being a successful graffiti genius, Witten is also a renowned lecturer and author of diverse books concerning many aspects of street painting and how seasoned urban artists used to do things in their own time.
Born Andrew Witten, Zephyr began his art career in 1977, painting his Zephyr moniker on subway cars. He was part of the first wave of graffiti artists to make the transition to galleries, collectors, and commercial work. In 1982 he was part of the original group of artists to form the FUN Gallery in Greenwich Village, New York, which at the time also included such art icons as Futura 2000, Kenny Scharf, Keith Haring, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. In 1983, his art was part of an exhibition that toured Japan which also included Fab Five Freddy, Dominique Philbert, Futura 2000, and Dondi White. That same year, Zephyr was hired by Director Charlie Ahearn to design and art direct the title sequence for the first hip-hop film, Wild Style, in which he was also featured.
He is co-author of the 2001 biography Dondi White Style Master General: The Life of Graffiti Artist Dondi White and in 2005, he was included in the East Village USA show held at The New Museum. He has been featured in the films Style Wars, The Art of Storytelling, and Bomb It.
Zephyr começou sua carreira artística em 1977, pintando seu apelido “Zephyr” em vagões do metro. Ele fez parte da primeira onda de grafiteiros a fazer a transição para galerias, colecionadores e trabalhos comerciais. Em 1982 ele fez parte do grupo original de artistas da FUN Gallery em Greenwich Village, Nova York, que na época também incluía ícones da arte como Futura 2000, Kenny Scharf, Keith Haring e Jean-Michel Basquiat. Em 1983, sua arte fez parte de uma exposição que percorreu o Japão, que também incluiu Fab Five Freddy, Dominique Philbert, Futura 2000 e Dondi White. No mesmo ano, Zephyr foi contratado pelo diretor Charlie Ahearn para projetar e dirigir a arte do primeiro filme de hip-hop da sequência “Wild Style”, no qual também participou como artista.
Ele é co-autor da biografia de Dondi White, “Style Master General: The Life of Graffiti Artist Dondi White” de 2001 e em 2005, foi incluído no show “East Village USA” realizado no The New Museum. Ele participou dos filmes “Style Wars”, “The Art of Storytelling” e “Bomb It”.
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