Doze Green

Doze Green was born and raised in the upper west side of Manhattan, New York City and was one of the pioneers of the Hip-Hop culture. He first started writing graffiti in 1974, and started painting subway trains in 1976. The following year he joined the Rock Steady Crew who were pioneers of a new style of dance known as breakdancing or B-Boying. The crew began dancing at art exhibitions and galleries of Soho and the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

During this time Doze Green was also attending the High School of Art and Design, where several of the most talented and well-respected graffiti artists originated from – such as Lady Pink, Daze, Ernie Valdez, Seen TC5, Mr. Wiggles, Mare 139 and numerous others.

In 1982 Doze Green showed his artwork in a well-known group show at the Fun Gallery, New York City. At this same time after appearances in major movies such as Flashdance, Style Wars, and Wildstyle, the Rock Steady Crew was launched and went on to become a graffiti legend.

From B-boy to graffiti artist, Doze Green has gone to tagging the hallways of South Bronx projects to designing for clothing lines like Kikwear and Ecko. In the process, he’s become a proponent of the avant-garde “fusionistic” art movement. Best known for his characters, Doze Green has begun to concentrate on canvases that blend wildstyle techniques with metaphysical concepts. Doze Green is also known for his live painting performances. Doze Green’s work is in many public and private collections throughout the United States, Japan, Europe, and Australia. His works have been published in BlackBook, Anthem, Juxtapoz, Tokion, and Vibe and reviewed on CNN.


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