street art

Bill Blast /   William Cordero

United States 1964

Street Art, Graffiti, Murals

Bill Blast
William Cordero
United States
March 13, 2015

William Cordero aka Bill Blast is an American artist, one of the greatest New York Graffiti writers of the 1980’s period.

A New York City native, Cordero was born in 1964, and grew up in Harlem. In the early 80’s he was part of a group of subway writers that made the shift to the gallery scene. Bill Blast mainly painted baseball courts walls in New York and has in fact very few trains to his credit. In 1981, he entered the High School of Art and Design. After having been a consultant for the film Beat Street from 1984 directed by Stan Lathan, he joined the Parsons School of Design and starts to paint on canvas.

In 1982, in what should commonly be known as Rock Steady Park, Bill Blast painted two masterpieces on opposite sides of the handball court. The first was entitled Sky’s the Limit, referencing the lyrics in Keep On by the group D-Train. The painting consisted of several prominent New York City landmarks, creating an urban backdrop for an empowering message to the local community. On the other side of the wall stood a piece called Eye of the Tiger. Today, the murals are long gone and this tiny plot of land on West 99th Street and Amsterdam Avenue in Manhattan, which was a popular practice grounds for the b-boy’ing legends Rock Steady Crew, has been refurbished and the handball courts torn down.

As his talent and skill as a professional muralist developed, William was commissioned to produce large scale murals for WCVB-TV, the ABC Network Affiliate in Boston, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and Art Train, a traveling museum currently located in Detroit.

He began his career as an artist in the graffiti style painting commissioned outdoor projects in New York, Boston, and Detroit. Fascinated by Egyptian hieroglyphics, he studied it and introduced it into his work. Finding it difficult to be recognized in the art world in the United States, he shows his works on canvas in Europe where his style becomes very successful.

William Cordero has been exhibiting his artwork internationally since the age of nineteen. William has exhibited his work at the Galerie Yaki Kornbilt in Amsterdam, Holland, at Museum Boymans in Rotterdam, Holland, at Gallozzi La Placa and Fun Gallery in New York City, and at Boston University in Boston, MA.

Bill Blast Cordero is currently living in New York, where he is still active as an artist.