AVone /   Anthony Vasquez

United States 1979

Street Art, Graffiti, Prints, Murals


Anthony Vasquez
United States
October 3, 2017
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

One of the leading figures in contemporary Pop Art, AVone, aka Anthony Vasquez, is a widely acclaimed American street artist. Quite versatile, he is more than capable of working in various different media, including collage, graffiti, murals, and prints. Inspired by his own natural drive to express himself, the artist is actually telling his personal visual story. With an idea that his work is an extension of himself, AVone is able to observe all the subtle transformations that occur along the way – for example, if he is sad, he will make sad art, if he’s feeling lazy, it will show in the pieces. Humble as he is, Vasquez realizes that his art is still growing and admits there is a long way ahead of him.

AVone – American Graffiti (Left) / Beloved (Right)

Avone – Childhood in New York City-Brooklyn, Beginnings and Artistic Influences

Born in 1979, Vasquez grew up in Crown Heights and Fort Greene in Brooklyn in rather difficult circumstances and as a half-orphan. Despite having to face the social imbalance of his hometown, gang crimes, drug dealing and violence, he used to spend most of his early years exploring the city freely, taking the subway to every borough. AVone began drawing at a young age, his first subjects being his friends, toys, and cartoons. As he was getting older, he began expressing his creativity through what is widely considered as vandalism, tagging facades and walls. In his 20s, the artist experimented a bit, adding screen printing and collaging on canvases to the list of techniques he’s capable of executing. AVone’s work is deeply influenced by the city of New York, as well as by the work of trendsetting artists including abstract expressionist Franz Kline and Land-Art pioneer Andy Goldsworthy, whose pieces has inspired the Fragmenting of his writing and self-developed textural surfaces. He was also enthusiastic about the work of one of the most prominent artists in history Vincent van Gogh, and one of a leading figure of pop art movement Andy Warhol. In his Art Works series, AVone also extracted elements from comics and Hip-Hop culture.

AVone - Read More Books - Image courtesy of 30works Gallery
AVone – Read More Books

Avone’s Art, and collaborations with Evan Roth

In the early 2000s, AVone tags could be seen everywhere throughout New York. This not only furthered his name but also called the anti-graffiti forces of NYC. Considered by some to be number one of the most wanted graffiti writers of New York, AVone was arrested several times. On February 23, 2007, he faced a long prison sentence. Evan Roth, an American Digital-Art activist and conceptual artist, liked AVone’s work, bailed him out and took Vasquez under his patronage. Their collaborative piece was shown at the Museum of Modern Art in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, and soon after, a colossal version of AVone’s tag was projected by Roth on the Brooklyn Bridge.

Vasquez’s pieces are based on his life, as he documents his surroundings, interests and feelings. Described as the quintessential New York artist, AVone’s art expresses both the growth and decay of the modern urban environment. He is one of the most established American contemporary pop artists known for his signature eye-catching photorealistic style. AVone’s patinated, ripped and stained multi-layer artworks are stenciled or screen-printed with iconic New York City landmarks like The Empire State, the Word Trade Center and the Brooklyn Bridge. In his practice, AVone uses a combination of techniques such as silkscreen, paint, markers, spray cans, collaging and oxidation to complete his astonishing works made on canvas, wood, copper, acryl, varnish, metal, vinyl, or grime. His repetitive use of images composes a distinctive and gritty vision of urban decay.

AVone is an artist whose work is based on his life

AVone gave his fans the general access to his home page in 2015
AVone – Batshit (Left) / March 9th (Right)

Destroy & Rebuild, soSIC and It’s Gotta Be the Shoes

During his career, Anthony Vasquez has often collaborated with other street artists. In late 2005, AVone founded the artist collective “Destroy & Rebuild” after a stint in jail. The three-man Brooklyn-based artist collective, “Destroy & Rebuild” was composed of Anthony Vasquez, Mike Baca (aka 2esae) and Fernando Romero (aka Ski). All the artists got their start doing illegal graffiti on the streets and subways of New York City. In the summer of 2007 AVone and TMNK (aka Nobody) founded “soSIC” (“Soho street ink collective”) consisted of TMNK, AVone, Ski, 2esae, and P.Wayne. AVone’s bold artworks have quickly attracted collectors from around the world, as well as a following of young artists inspired by his creativity. He has worked on a number of major projects over the course of his career, including works commissioned by global cable television network, ESPN, as well as the men’s professional basketball league, the NBA. In 2013 the Brooklyn Nets and NBA TV’s “The Association” commissioned him to create a large installation in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Soon after, ESPN hired the artist to create an artwork for Michael Jordan’s 50th birthday. AVone’s gigantic Jumpman canvas was 10-ft high x 7.5-ft wide painting, entitled It’s Gotta Be the Shoes. AVone’s work has been included in many individual and group exhibitions in the USA and abroad including at Lot F Gallery, Boston, MA (2013; 2011; 2010); The Gallery Inn, Old San Juan, PR (2013); Hamsun Gallery, Tranoy, Norway (2012); Pulsmacher GmbH, Ludwigsburg, Germany (2012); Gallery89, New York, NY (2012; 2011); Versus Gallery, Brisbane, Australia (2009); Inoperable Gallery, Vienna, Austria (2009); and Muse Gallery, New London, CT (2008), to name a few.

He is represented by 30works Gallery.

Anthony Vasquez lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Featured image: AVone – portrait – image courtesy of the artist
All other images courtesy of 30works Gallery

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2017The Way Back Home30works, Cologne, GermanySolo
2016Last Exit to BrooklynRath Gallery, Berlin, GermanySolo
2016STROKE MunichMunichGroup
2014The New Yorker30works, Cologne, GermanySolo
2013RIPAVONELot F Gallery, Boston, MASolo
2013It was all a dreamPulsmacher GmbH, Ludwigsburg, GermanySolo
2013UntitledVevo, Austin, TXSolo
2013MJ50ESPN, Bristol, CTSolo
2013Mi BrooklynThe Gallery Inn, Old San Juan, PRGroup
2012AVONESanctuary Hotel, New York, NYSolo
2012Bastards of the streetsHamsun Gallery, Tranoy, NorwayGroup
2012Exploitation of mistakesPulsmacher GmbH, Ludwigsburg, GermanyGroup
2012AVONE TECHNODROMEGallery89, New York, NYSolo
2011Under the InfluencePowerhouse Arena, Brooklyn,NYGroup
2011BoxhockeyPandemic Gallery, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2011American GraffitiGallery89, New York, NYGroup
2011QuotablesLot F Gallery, Boston, MAGroup
2011The Future is now323 East Gallery, Detroit, MIGroup
2011ArtWalkNySkyLight Studio, New York, NYGroup
2011AVONEVilla Pacri, New York, NYSolo
2010End the Planet, with KATSUPowerhouse Arena, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2010Art BasilMiami, FLGroup
2010Idle ConstructionLot F Gallery, Boston, MAGroup
2010BQEThe Fort, Brisbane, AustraliaGroup
2010IconographyMighty Tanaka, New York, NYGroup
2010Back to SchoolMighty Tanaka, New York, NYGroup
2010Across the BoardSoapstone Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2010Support the Fort #2The Fort, Brisbane, AustraliaGroup
2010Show & ProveLaunch Pad, New York, NYGroup
2010PIECELot F Gallery, Boston, MAGroup
2010Street Dreams, Collective Graffiti Art ShowSpun Turtle, Cambridge, ON, CanadaGroup
2010Excess and EnvironmentAE Studios, New York, NYGroup
2010Joakim Von Ditmar, Private EventSheraton Hotel, Stockholm, SwedenGroup
2010Perspectives on NYCCameo Gallery, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2010Cambridge Arts FestivalCambridge, ONGroup
2009The Red ShowCheryl Hazaan, New York, NYGroup
2009PlayStation, Promotion GraphicsSONY, New York, NYGroup
2009From the streets of BrooklynThinkSpace Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2009LAVA Collective, City ScapesDray Walk Gallery, London, United KingdomGroup
2009Lebron James, NIKE, More Than a Game, Event InteriorNew York, NYSolo
2009AvoneVersus Gallery, Brisbane, Australia Solo
2009Martha Cooper, Going PostalAdHoc, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2009UnknownInoperable Gallery, Vienna, AustriaGroup
2009Art BaselMiami, FLGroup
2009Fall-Winter CollectionAppaman Clothing Co., New York, NYGroup
2009Work To DoThe Combine, New York, NYGroup
2009Interior and Custom worksFTW Surf Shop, Queens, NYGroup
2009HeadlinesUrban Code, Venice, ItalySolo
2009The Great OutdoorsArt Break Gallery, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2009AvoneFresh Esthetics Gallery, Brooklyn, NYSolo
2009Shoe Shine BoxBrooklynite Gallery, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2009BustArt and Soul Studio, Allentown, PAGroup
2009AvoneDestination Art Space, New York, NYSolo
2009Magazine Cover Art and Subsequent Solo ShowINSITE Magazine, Brooklyn, NYSolo
2009HybridismMighty Tanaka Gallery, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2008Art BaselMiami, FLGroup
2008Des-Cours Arts & Technology Festival New Orleans, LAGroup
2008MEDIUMSThe Print Factory, New York, NYGroup
2008Night Club interiorImperial, New York, NYGroup
2008Who wants to work for Diddy?VH1, New York, NYGroup
2008How to make it in NYHBO, New York, NYGroup
2008Like Oh (Music Video) Busta Rhymes, New York, NYGroup
2008Dual ExhibitionDestination Art Space, New York, NYGroup
2008AvoneMuse Gallery, New London, CTSolo
2008Bombin’ MagazineLott Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2008GRL, the First Season, Sundance Film FestivalPark City, UTGroup
2008Earth day Recycle and Re-use eventAveda, New York, NYGroup
2008AvonePapa B Studio, New York, NYSolo
2008AvoneVlada Lounge, New York, NYSolo
2008UnknownFusion Gallery, Collinswood, NJGroup
2008Collaborative Works with Matt Siren and DarkCloudsWoodward Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2008Private Event and Associated ExhibitionMuseum of Modern Art, New York, NYGroup
2008Exhibition and Clothing CollaborationVon Dutch, New York, NYSolo
2008LiveVisual Entertainment, Jam Master Jay AwardsHammerstein Ballroom, New York, NYGroup
2007GRL, Laser Tag & Drip SessionsEyeBeam Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2007AvoneGallery Bar, New York, NYSolo
2007UnknownBob’s Lounge, New York, NYGroup
2006Mural & SignageRikers Island, Queens, NYSolo