Regime Contemporary @ The Mayfair Hotel LA

Artist - SEEN



Richard "Richie" Mirando, known as Seen UA, born 1961 in the Bronx, is one of the most well- known graffiti artists in the world and is even referred to as the “Godfather of Graffiti”. Seen first started to paint on the NYC Subway system in 1973. In the early 1980s, Seen started producing work on canvas, to be shown by galleries and bought by museums and private collectors across the globe. These included not only solo exhibitions, but also group shows with artists such as Keith Haring, Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Despite the high demand for his work in Europe and constant world travel, Seen continued to hit the New York subway trains until 1989, after increased pressure from the MTA stopped many from doing so. He was also featured prominently in the iconic 1983 PBS documentary Style Wars. “When I was asked to hang some pieces in The Mayfair Hotel, the curator asked me to think about Los Angeles and the correlation between the hotel and the city. The first thing that came to my mind was Felix Chevrolet, as that was the first image of Downtown L.A. etched into my brain. I was always a car guy and comic book/cartoon character fanatic. My mind started running wild with images of Felix partying throughout the hotel, so that’s what I painted. I did a series called Party Felix! PleaSE ENjoy!” – SEEN


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