LA2 / LAROC – LA standing for Little Angel – is the artistic pseudonym of Angel Ortiz, a graffiti artist from the Lower East Side of NYC. His tags can be found all around the city, and are the characteristic style that gained him recognition. In his early teens, Ortiz was befriended by the universally acknowledged artist Keith Haring, resulting in their collaboration on number of works in the early 1980s.
They met in a schoolyard and became friends over the mutual love for graffiti. From 1981 to 1984, together they painted walls, sculptures, objects, rooms, and trains. LA2 would complete the spaces between Keith’s lines with his unique tag writing. Out of the increasingly recognised NYC graffiti scene, Haring felt that Ortiz displayed the most impressive and promising tag “writing”that was an homage to the ancient eastern calligraphy.
After Haring died, LA2 continued exhibiting his work in New York galleries and all around the world, collaborating with such accomplished artists as Andy Warhol, Basquiat, Kenny Scharf, Richard Hambleton and Alexander Calder. To this day, LA2 makes a career producing impressive auction records across the globe. He is also giving free lectures in New York to art students of all backgrounds, hoping to inspire the new generation with the stories about from incredible experience gathered throughout the years.
“Keith taught me that art wasn’t for the gallery. Art should be on the streets. Art is for everyone.” – nerve.com
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