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United States 1964

Street Art

Doze Green
United States
October 26, 2015
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Doze Green is an American street artist. He was born in New York City in 1964 to a family which consisted of musicians and artists. He is one of the pioneers of street art movement and a b-boy member of the legendary Rock Steady Crew, which popularized breakdancing. The artist is also interested in sculpture, ceramics and animation. He has performed live painting shows.


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Doze Green – Annunaki A (left) Annunaki B (right)

Early Career

In the 1970s he started painting subway cars with the Rock Steady Crew, the hip hop pioneers who spent their time breakdancing and tagging graffiti. Doze Green frequently participated in breakdance performances and graffiti writing actions. From urban art and b-boying, the artist shifted to studio work, and public and private mural commissions, such as a large-scale mural in Brazil, painted during Sao Paulo fashion week, and a public mural in Las Vegas, Nevada, which measures 20×80 feet. His murals can be found in the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom and Brazil. His street art background is still visible in his work. His early mentors included Rammellzee, renowned hip-hop and visual artist. Doze Green’s distinctive style was shaped by a variety of influences, such as H.P. Lovecraft and theories about space and time, and his interest in experimenting.


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Doze Green – Siddhartha


Transitioning from the walls of New York to canvas, the artist started creating paintings which are inspired by the art of the Edo Period in Japan. Green uses black gesso and sumi ink, letter forms and chaotic, intuitive brushstrokes in order to create unique and distinctive abstract narrative. The legendary b-boy creates new worlds of fantasy, which stem from the kinetic flow of action painting. His works blend figurative abstraction, fluid line work and organic cubism. The narrative of his works is always changing, presenting illusion of time and immortality.They are based on his graffiti culture roots and metaphysical ideologies. Cubism in his work stems from repetitive, concentric lines and ascending and descending planes, mixed with calligraphy and graffiti. His fragmented characters symbolize his life and his experiences, the people he engaged with in his life time. For Out of Knowhere exhibition, the fifth solo exhibition at the gallery, the artist used brightly colored canvases and applied different degrees of layers, ranging from structurally loose to highly-detailed. The show also included his monochromatic pieces on paper, which portrayed Doze’s mentors and friends, the pioneers of street art culture.

Luminous Series

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Doze Green – Luminous Series A (left) Luminous Series B (right)


Doze Green exhibited his works in many solo and group exhibitions around the world. The venues where he had solo exhibitions include Webbs Gallery in Auckland, New Zealand; Carlos Irizarry Gallery in San Juan, Puerto Rico; 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco, Space Time Light Gallery in New York, and Jonathan Levine Gallery in New York (which hosted five of his solo exhibitions).

His work is featured in numerous private and public collections locally and internationally, in Japan, Australia and Europe. You could see his art in Juxtapoz, Tokon, Anthem, BlackBook, Vibe and on CNN.

He is represented by Jonathan Levine Gallery in Chelsea, New York.

Doze Green currently lives and works in California.

All images courtesy of the artist and Jonathan Levine Gallery

YearExhibition TitleGallery/VenueSolo/Group
2012Luminosity in the Dark RiftJonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2010New WorksJonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2010Graffiti MastersMonaco Yacht Club, Monaco, FranceGroup
2010Street Smart, Curated by Heidi LeeAffirmation Arts. New York, NYGroup
2010Five Year AnniversaryJonathan LeVine Gallery. New York, NYGroup
2009Chimera. Curated by David HuntScope-Miami International Art Fair. Miami, FLGroup
2008N.O.O.N.Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2008In The Land of Retinal Delights: The Juxtapoz FactorLaguna Art Museum. Laguna, CAGroup
2008Troubles Never Come AloneThe Don Gallery, Milan, ItalyGroup
2008Omega Bridge (Collaboration with Fefe Talavera) K-Space. Amsterdam, NetherlandsGroup
2008War Pen (2 Person show with Rostarr)Leonard Street Gallery. London, UKGroup
2007GasPaper Shadow Gallery, Melbourne, AustraliaSolo
2007The Left Hand PathWebbs Gallery. Auckland, New ZealandSolo
2007Rubicon Sun (Collaboration with David Ellis)Fifty24SF Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2006The Left Hand PathJonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2006Wall Street JournalsWhite Walls, San Francisco, CAGroup
2006BMG Artists AnnualBLK/ MRKT Gallery, Culver City, CAGroup
2005Sometimes I Just Want a HugJonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2005Pop PluralismJonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2004Greymatter111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2004Compost. (2 Person show with David Ellis)Studio One Gallery, Los Angeles, CADuo
2004The Dunny ShowKidRobot, New York, NYGroup
2004The Dunny ShowVisionaire Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2004Juxtapoz Group Show111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2004Miami Vices – in conjunction with Art Basel MiamiMiami, FLGroup
2003Streetwise IIBerlin, Germany.Group
2002Tour: Sight and Sound111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2002Mother Mural, attached to WW Book ProjectLondon, UKGroup
2002Streetwise ILondon, UKGroup
2002Veltan Fusion SpaceMarseille, FranceGroup
2002Decipher ShowNew York, NYGroup
2002Juxtapoz Group ShowTrack 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, CAGroup
2001Discordia111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2001Novo DeusLocus Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2001Novo Deus111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA.Solo
2001Group ShowHouston Gallery, Seattle, WAGroup
2000Urban ScribesMACLA, San Jose, CAGroup
2000SketchJuice Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2000Group ShowSt. Lucy’s Art Space, Jersey City, NJGroup
2000Out of LineGaleria de la Raza, San Francisco, CAGroup
1999Abraxas111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
1999EvelucuionBalazo Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
1998Sentinels111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
1998cMuerto’s CollaborationYerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CAGroup
1997Alchemist111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
1996Doze GreenLa Perla Cultural Center, Berkley, CASolo
1992Doze GreenImani Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
1991Doze GreenKarl Knapp, Los Angeles, CASolo
1990Group ShowKarl Knapp Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
1986Surrealismo (including works by Warhol and Clemente)Barbara Brathen Gallery, New York, NYGroup
1983Graffiti LiveTony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NYGroup
1983Three man show with Futura 2000 and ZephyrSeibu Gallery, Tokyo, JapanGroup
1982Group ShowFashion Moda Gallery, New York, NYGroup
1982Group ShowOK Harris Gallery, New York, NYGroup
1981Graffiti RokCommon Ground Gallery, New York, NYGroup