Retna returns for Primary Flight’s fourth consecutive year, this time, kicking-off the collective’s home-base with a solo exhibit of paintings, drawings, an installation and an entirely new body of work specific to this occasion.
Since making his debut in the mid-1990s, RETNA has participated in over 30 international exhibitions with countless works in the public realm. Yielding an unmistakable aesthetic that integrates appropriated contemporary photography, graffiti, traditional painting and a unique glyphic style; he has emerged as one of the most prolific street artists in the contemporary art world.
An integral fixture in the Los Angeles art scene since an early age, the transcendent nature of RETNA’s work has allowed him to seamlessly transverse from the unregulated urban landscape to institution galleries across the globe. Merging couture with street culture, the spiritual with the sensual, and fluidity with grit, his paintings provide an exceptional lens through which we view contemporary culture.
Recent projects have included a solo exhibition, “Silver Lining”, during Art Basel Miami Beach as part of Primary Flight, the World’s Largest Street Level Mural Installation (2010); a solo exhibition, “Desaturated”, at New Image At Gallery in Los Angeles (2010); a mural for the Margulies Collection at the Warehouse in Miami, FL (2009); and a solo exhibition, “Breaking Bread”, presented in an exhibition space in SOHO, New York (2011), as part of “The Hallelujah World Tour.” A series of expansive exhibitions (London & Hong Kong 2011) presented by Andrew Valmorbida and Vladimir Restoin Roitfield.
Upcoming museum shows include, Art in the Streets, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (2011), Street Cred: Graffiti Art from Concrete to Canvas, Pasadena Museum of California Art (2011), and Art in the Streets.
Photos by Peter Vahan