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Dondi White - Black is Beautiful 14

Dondi White, born in 1961 hailed from Brooklyn, New York City-the planet as they used to call it. Dondi was one of many early pioneers in the beginnings of Graffiti writing on trains in New York City. He started writing in the early 70's and had many aliases such as Noc, Slave, or Mickey. He founded the crew CIA-Crazy Insides Artists. It was in the late 70s that his work was being photographed by the likes of Martha Cooper, who shot his iconic "Children of the grave" car in the book Subway Art. Dondi painted complex, simple, wild, so many styles. I guess thats why they named him "Style-Master General". His work like that of Skeme stood out to me because of the style and colors. He should be counted among the greats in African American and U.S. Art history and he is missed. For further reading, check out Zephyr's obituary in Art crimes.
http://www.graffiti.org/dondi/zeph.html

2 comments:

Unknown said...

check out flickr luca917 photo stream thank you for honoring my brother and his work

Robert Trujillo/Tres said...

Thanks so much for the words, and the link. Much respect to you! Your brother means a lot to me as an artist and still inspires me today.
-Rob