Retna (Marquis Duriel Lewis) was born in 1979 in Los Angeles, California. He was introduced to L.A.'s graffiti/mural culture in 1986. At the age of fifteen, he started to paint on posted fashion advertisements and led one of the largest and most innovative graffiti art collectives the city has witnessed. He is well known for his unique text-based style, and layering intricate line work with an
incandescent color palette, while using paintbrushes mixed with the traditional spray can.

His pieces synthesize the line between fine art and graffiti, between power and opposition, between tradition and advancement, between the past and future. 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 graffiti artists in the contemporary art world.

RETNA has participated in numerous international exhibitions, countless public murals, and collaborations- including MOCA's "Art in the Streets" (2011), the West Hollywood Library Mural (2011), the Houston/Bowery wall in New York City (2012), the Louis Vuitton store in Miami, FL and the corresponding limited edition store (2012), "Keith Haring/RETNA" a pop-up exhibition during Art Basel Hong Kong (2013), and the mural connecting MOCA's "Urs Fischer" exhibition and their permanent collection (2013). His upcoming shows include an exhibition at MARTE Museum in El Salvador in 2014, a solo exhibition at the Dallas Contemporary Museum of Art, as well as various upcoming projects.

RETNA (Marquis Lewis)

B. 1979 in Los Angeles
Lives and works in Los Angeles

Select Exhibitions

2014 Exhibition, MARTE Museum, El Salvador 2013 Michael Kohn Gallery, Art Basel Miami Beach Mural, Petty Cash Restaurant, Los Angeles CA

Keith Haring/RETNA, Presented by Andy Valmorbia, exhibition during Art Basel Hong Kong 2013 Mural, in conjunction with the Urs Fischer Exhibition at MOCA, Los Angeles, CA

2012 New Paintings and Works on Paper, Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA A Conversation With A Great Friend, Houston/Bowery Wall, New York, NY The Boneyard Project: Return Trip, Pima Art and Space Museum, Tucson, AZ

2011 Art in The Streets, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA Brimstone, Wynwood District, Miami FL (mural)

The Hallelujah World Tour, Presented by Andy Valmorbida & Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld, NewYork and London

Ward of the State: Tony Ward Artists Muse, Curated by Robert Standish, Stephen Cohen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Nose Job, Curated by Carlo McCormick, Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton, NY 2010 Freedom, Known Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

DESATURATED, New Image Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

RETNA, Rivera & Rivera, Los Angeles, CA

The Lost Ones, Curated by Marsea Golberg, New Image Art Gallery, Mexico City,

VOX HUMANA, L.A. Art Machine, L.A. Art Show, Los Angeles

Of Our Youth, with El Mac, Culver City, CA (mural)

Skid Row Mural, with El Mac and Estevan Oriol, Los Angeles Skid Row, Los Angeles, CA (mural) 2010 Hollywood & Wilton, with El Mac, Los Angeles, CA (mural)

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JUSTICE, for Manifest Equality, with El Mac and Kofie, Los Angeles, CA (mural) Art For All, Malaga, Spain (mural/exhibit)
Ave Maria, with El Mac, Salt Lake City, UT (mural)

2009 Primary Flight III, Miami FL, Margulies Warehouse (mural)

Vagos Y Reinas, with El Mac, Robert Berman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2009 Follow the Line, The Don Gallery Milan Italy

RCVA Headquaters, with El Mac, Costa Mesa, CA (mural) Memento Mori, with El Mac, Los Angeles, CA (mural) The Knight, with El Mac, Los Angeles, CA (mural)

2008 Primary Flight II, Miami FL (mural)
Writing alla Ribalta, Milan, Italy (mural)
Low & Slow, Mesa Contemporary Arts, Mesa, AZ
Angeles Will Rise, Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2007 Letters First '07, Bread & Butter, Barcelona, Spain Primary Flight I, Art Basel-Miami, FL (mural)

From La With Love, Interior Installation, A+D Museum, Los Angeles, CA 2007 Dialect of the Scribes, UpperPlayGround, San Francisco, CA

All writes Reserved, PowerHouse Arena, Brooklyn, NY

2006 Day of the Dead, Mendenhall Sobieski Gallery, Pasadena, CA 2006 Iron Eye, Scion Installation, Culver City, CA

Casa De Tinta Negra, 222gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Wall Street Journals, White Walls Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2006 Sexta Feria del Libro en el Zócalo, Mexico City, Mexico (mural)

Superiority Complex, Scion Installation, Gallery Culver City, CA 2005 Emerging From Aztlan, The dA Center for the Arts, Pomona, CA

Read the writing on our walls, Greystone, Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, CA Identity and Inspiration, Millard Sheets Gallery, Pamona, CA

Promise Land, Nike Exhibit, Union Station, Los Angeles, CA Urban Edge Show, Milan, Italy

L.A.: 814 North La Cienega | Los Angeles, CA 90069 Chicago: 43 East Oak Street | Suite B | Chicago, IL 60611

2004 Application, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts. Australia 2004 Incognito, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA 2003 Still Alive, Subject Matter Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA

2003 INRI, Subject Matter Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA
The Seventh Letter, E.S.P. Tokyo, Japan
Street Dream, Ghetto Gloss Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2002 Abstract Reality, I.C.U Art. Los Angeles, CA
2001 El Bago De La Calle, Zero One Gallery. Los Angeles, CA 2000 Graffiti Art: The Auction, Guernseys, New York, NY

Contemporary Corruption II Zero One Gallery. Los Angeles, CA 2000 Sarcastic, Tokyo, Japan. installation.

1999 East Meets West, Martinez Gallery. New York
Contemporary Corruption, Zero One Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1997 DADA, Los Angeles - Installation. Selected Articles / Publications

Select Bibliography

2013 Fresco Magazine, Cover and feature

2012 RETNA Paints The Bowery Graffiti Wall, Replacing Faile, Huffington Post 2012 Retna Mural on Bowery & Houston, NYC, Juxtapoz

2011 Art in the Streets sets record for MOCA, LA Times

Shepard Fairy, street artists brighten West Hollywood library, LA Times 2011 Graffiti Artist Retnas World of Words, Black Book

A Street Artists Fashion Week Debut, The Daily Beast
The Q & A: Retna, The Economist
Installation/Set-up – Hallelujah World Tour, Arrested Motion Wingspan by Retna and El Mac, Miami Herald

Man One and Retna at Folwer Musuem, LA Times

2010 Best Public Art of 2010, Miami New Times

2009 Graffiti artists make their Art Basel mark, Miami Herald (US) 2009 Winners & Losers, Biscayne Times (US)

L.A.: 814 North La Cienega | Los Angeles, CA 90069 Chicago: 43 East Oak Street | Suite B | Chicago, IL 60611

2009 Alianza: Retna & Mac, Upper Playground / Ginko Press (US) 2009 Status (US) issue 0 6 - Indiepreneur Issue

2008 Mynameis, (UK)
The Radar Art, Angeleno (US)
Bliss (US) Cover / feature
On These Gallery Walls Graffiti, LA Times (US) 2008 Tarot, Swindle (US) Feature Mural Art, Kiriakos Iosifidis, (Greece) Publikat

2007 Graffiti LA: Street Styles and Art, Steve Grody (US) 2007 The Rise of the Seventh Letter, LA Weekly (US) 2007 The Seventh Letter Issue, Juxtapoz (US)

Streetwise, LA Times (US) Feature

Catch Me if You Can Magazine (US)

2006 Greystone Home Collection, California Homes (US) 2006 Inner City Arts, California Home + Design (US) 2006 Freestyle, Rime (US) feature

2005 Retna, Warp Magazine (Japan) feature
2003 Dialect of the Scribes, Lit Magazine (US) cover / feature

Television and Video Commissions

2014 "What is it?" - /1 Anthem 2014, Dr. Pepper Commercial, Director: Michael Delahaut 2013 "Acclaimed Street Artist RETNA Reminisces On His Rise", REVOLT TV

2003 Love at first sight, Mary J Blige, Director: Chris Robinson

2003 Iʼm Good, Blaque. Director: Jake Nava

2002 Naughty Girl, Holly Vallance, Director: Jake Nava

2003 Red Blooded Woman, Kylie Mynogue, Director: Jake Nava 2001 Training Day Trailer

2004 Season 4: Episode 4, Made, MTV, Flutie Entertainment 2005 Season 3: Episode 2: Usher, Cribs, MTV

2005 Switch, Will Smith, Director: Paul Hunter
2003 AMA Awards, Metallica Live Painting
2005 Usher Live in Concert (JACKET), Puerto Rico
2005 Don't Cha PussyCat Dolls 2005 director Paul Hunter
2005 Donʼt Forget About Us, Mariah Carey, Director: Paul Hunter

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