SEEN, aka Richard Mirando (b.1961 Bronx, New York) is one of the most famous American graffiti artists. SEEN first started to paint on New York’s subway in 1973. For the next 16 years his work would spread across the city. Where others tagged on the subway and ran, Seen and his crew – United Artists – painted whole cars, which have since become iconic images of the time. His influence on graffiti is without precedent. Referred to as the ‘Godfather of Graffiti’, SEEN is recognized as a leader of the school of graffiti art and has become an icon of what was once considered an underground trend but has now become an international art movement. In 1981, SEEN’s works were exhibited along with the works by Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat in the New York / New Wave exhibition at P.S.1 in New York, a show which marked a turning point for the street art genre.


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