Angel Ortiz aka LA2/LAROC
LA2/LAROC is the tag of a graffiti extraordinaire from the Lower East Side of New York City. His tags can be found all around the city and are always a part of his creations.
In his early teens, LA2 befriended up- and- coming artist, Keith Haring, who was attending The School of Visual Arts in NYC, but he was not a graffiti artist himself.
In the 80's, there were many popular graffiti artist from coast coast. However, Haring felt that LA2 displayed the most impressive and promising of tags. Interpreting his thick intermingling contours as completely original homage to ancient eastern calligraphy, Haring was determined to find the person behind the tag. So he did, and it was as if they had known each other for years. After meeting LA2, Haring's career took off. With his characters and LA2's styles, graffiti was now accepted in galleries and museums around the world. LA2 collaborated constantly with Haring for over six years a nd were Influential to each other. They created on found objects such as, canvases, sculptures, vases and walls. LA2 has also collaborated with other accomplished artists such as, Richard Hambleton, Alexander Calder, Kenny Scharf, Stik, and Mark Kostabi. He was also friends with Andy Warhol, Jean Michel-Basquiat.
LA2 continues to exhibit his work around the world and lives in NYC where he has his gallery.
1982 - Tony Shafrazi Gallery, NYC, with Keith Haring
1983 - Fun Gallery, NYC, with Keith Haring
Gallery Watari, Tokyo, Japan, with Keith Haring.
Robert Fraser Gallery London, United Kingdom, with Keith Haring.
Painted showroom , Fiorucci, Milan, Italy, with Keith Haring.
Painted at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. With Keith Haring
1984 - Salvatore Ala Gallery, Milan, Italy, with Keith Haring
1990 - Future Primeval Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows. With Keith Haring
University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal Illinois, with Keith Haring.
Tampa Museum of The Arts, with Keith Haring
Rolling Gallery, NYC
Jeffrey Deitch, NYC, traveling exhibition with Keith Haring
2002 - Pino Pascali Museum, Polignano A Mare, Italy.
Outlaw Museum - group show
Ketting Factory, Los Angeles
2003 -LA2 and Keith Haring, Deu Amici.
2004 - Scope Art Fair, Los Angeles, CA
2005 - Galleria Leonardo Gallery, Bolzano, Italy
2006 - Tony Shafrazi Gallery, with Keith Haring.
Kunstart of Arte Bolzano, Italy
Art Verona of Verona Italy
Arti Padona o6, Padova Italy Bresvia, Italy
Contemporanea - Fiera di Forii, Forili, Italy.
Galleria D' Arte Quadreria San Dona di Piave
2007 - Kunstart 07, Bolzano Italy
Bergamo Arte Fiera, Italy
2008 - SWAB Barcelona Int. Contemporary Art Fair
Bergamo Arte Fiera, Italy.
2009 - Folling Gallery, NYC
Woodward Gallery, NYC
Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2011 - Dorian Gray Gallery, NYC
Gallery 69, NYC
The Beirut International Graffiti Art Show.
Art Basel, Miami Beach Fl.
2012 - Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation - Motorcycle exhibit with Keith Haring
The MOCA - California Graffiti Group Show.
Dorian Gray Gallery, group show
Sacred Gallery - group show
Woodward Gallery, group show with Andy Warhol, Jean Michel Basquiat, Alexander Calder, Richard Hambleton
Sacred Gallery - group show
2012 - 2013 - Time Capsule, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
2013 - Lawrence Fine Arts - solo
Leila Heller Gallery - Calligraffiti 1984-2013 - group show
Leila Heller Gallery - solo show
2014 - The Martin Wong Collection "City as Canvas" Museum of the city of New York, traveling group show.
Les Musee Di Villa de Paris, with Keith Haring. "The Political Line" Traveling show
Art Basel - Dorian Gray
2015 - "The Political Line" Fine Art Museum of San Fransisco
2015 - Boston Art Fair
Marriott's Corporate Offices guess speaker.
2016 - Banksy and Company - "City as Canvas" traveling group show