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Elizabeth A.Sackler Center for Feminist Art

Lady Pink

New York City,
United States

Lady Pink was born in Ecuador, but raised in NYC. In 1979 she started writing graffiti and soon was well known as the only female capable of competing with the boys in the graffiti subculture. Pink painted subway trains from the years 1979-1985. She is considered a cult figure in the hip-hop subculture since the release of the motion picture “Wild Style” in 1982, in which she had a starring role. While still in high school she was already exhibiting paintings in art galleries, and at the age of 21 had her first solo show at the Moore College of Art. As a leading participant in the rise of graffiti-based art, Lady Pink’s canvases have entered important art collections such as those of the Whitney Museum, the MET in New York City, the Brooklyn Museum and the Groningen Museum of Holland. She has established herself in the fine arts world, and her paintings are highly prized by collectors. Lady Pink continues to mature as an artist, producing ambitious murals commissioned for businesses and creating new paintings on canvas that express her unique personal vision. Today she runs a small mural company with her artist husband Smith, creating massive works around New York City, constituting one of the few professional teams to originate from the graffiti subculture. Pink has mobilized artists into donating public art in culturally neglected communities. She also shares her 20 years of experience by holding mural workshops with kids and actively lecturing college students throughout the Northeast.

Feminist Artist Statement

When I first started, women were still trying to prove themselves,
through the 70’s, that women could do everything guys could do. The feminist movement was growing very strong and as a teenager I think it affected me without me realizing that I was a young feminist. The more guys said “you can’t do that”, the more I had to prove them wrong. I had to hold it up for all my sisters who looked up to me to be brave and courageous and to prove that I could do what guys could do.

We defend our artworks with our fists and our crazy courage. When you have guys that disrespect you you’re gonna have to teach them a lesson, otherwise they are going to keep walking all over you. I’m sorry, but that’s the way it is out there, it’s not easy. But it also reflects what the art world in general is: 80% white males. So you have to fight tooth and nail, bitch and scream, be loud and be large to get respect.

<p>Pink on a CC train</p>

Pink on a CC train

Lady Pink’s section of a Demo Pink whole car on the CC line. Painted in the Grant layup and photographed by the artist running out to the Rockaways. Lady Pink got her start painting the subways throughout the city and picked up her painting skills and tough attitude under extreme conditions such as dimly lit tunnels, tight spaces, the threat of incarceration and the machismo attitude from her fellow painters.

Pink on a CC train

Lady Pink’s section of a Demo Pink whole car on the CC line. Painted in the Grant layup and photographed by the artist running out to the Rockaways. Lady Pink got her start painting the subways throughout the city and picked up her painting skills and tough attitude under extreme conditions such as dimly lit tunnels, tight spaces, the threat of incarceration and the machismo attitude from her fellow painters.

Civilization:The Cancer On Mother Earth

Lady Pink’s painting of a Mother Earth figure shouldering a city background with crisscrossing highways. In a private collection in Milan, Italy.

The Venus and The Penis

Lady Pink’s painting of an early version of a Venus growing in a garden of Penises. He reaction to being the only female in the male dominated sub-culture of graffiti.

Lady Skater

Lady Pink’s mural of a futuristic female, graffiti writing, skateboarding outlaw. She is running from the law after defacing some of their piggie trains. Mural was sponsored by Altoids, part of their Wall of Fame project in 2004. Collaboration with her husband, Smith.

Faith in Women

Lady Pink’s mural depicting anti-war symbolism and the horrors of war experienced by the innocent. Painted for the 2005 B-Girl summit at Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis, MN.

The She Temple

Lady Pink’s painting of brick lady as a temple.

Lady Liberty is Bush’s Whore

Lady Pink’s mural of a fat, pink, lady liberty figure wearing the American flag in flames and holding a tray of fast food being led by a chain. Holding the chain is a figure resembling President Bush as a monkey. It is her reaction to watching our civil liberties being eroded by our government. It was painted at 5Pointz in Queens, NY for the cover of the Sept 6, 2006 issue of Time Out NY magazine.

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