Eric Haze

United States 1961

Urban Art, Street Art, Graffiti, Pop Art, Painting, Design, Drawing

Eric Haze
Eric Haze
United States
April 22, 2015
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.

Eric Haze is a graffiti artist and designer born in New York City in 1961. Working on a variety of mediums for over three decades, Haze is best known for designs that span the art, graphic design and fashion arenas.

Haze’s Beginnings

Haze started out as a graffiti writer in 1972 on the streets of Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Tagging the walls and subways of New York City he was using the name “SE3”, before adopting the identity of “Haze”. Collaborating with crews such as RTW and Soul Artists, Haze established his name at New York scene and developed unique letter forms as well as an extremely distinguished hand style.

Hip Hop Art Director

After graffiti bombing the streets of NYC in the 70’s, Haze spent the early 80’s observing and exhibiting alongside iconic artists such as Andy Warhol, Robert Mapplethorpe, Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Though Haze experienced success in the gallery scene, he opted for something for which he held more passion – graphic design. In the mid 80′s, Haze studied design at the School of Visual Arts and opened his own studio in 1986, becoming one of the first visual artists to define the look and graphic language of Hip Hop during its golden years. Some of his most classic works include designs for Tommy Boy Records, Cold Chillin and EPMD in addition to LP sleeves for Public Enemy, The Beastie Boys, LL Cool J and many others.


In 1990 Eric Haze moved from New York City to Los Angeles, California. Three years later, he founded the company Hyperformance Inc. which designs an internationally distributed clothing line, jewelry and furniture. The “HAZE” tag he refined on New York’s subways now adorns many of the company’s products. Haze’s clothing remains recognized worldwide as one of the original brands that helped create the blueprint for street wear and urban products. He has his own limited edition versions of G-Shock, Nike, and New Balance shoes.

Eric Haze - installation for Stussy Tokyo, Japan, 2010, photo credits - artist
Eric Haze – installation for Stussy Tokyo, Japan, 2010, photo credits – artist

DJ Premier ‎and Haze Presents: New York Reality Check

In 1997, HAZE collaborated with DJ Premier on New York Reality Check, a compilation reflecting the state of New York underground Hip Hop. The CD is arranged and presented by Haze and mixed by DJ Premier. DJ and record producer, Premier is best known for being one half of the rap duo Gang Starr. Haze’s roots as a subway artist and his eagerness to explore new ground have proven to be an excellent combination for success.

Full Circle Exhibition at MoCA

In 2008, Haze returned to the fine art world with a solo exhibition titled Full Circle at the MoCA, Hong Kong. In Full Circle, artist transformed the gallery into a bold environment of his signature hand styles and letterforms, and a display of free associative approach to shape and color. The exhibition included 15 drawings on paper, 15 large-scale hand-painted acrylic canvases, 10 archival silkscreen prints on canvas, plus several standalone one-off pieces created in both paint and ink.

Eric Haze Full Circle 2013 store collection
Eric Haze, Full Circle exhibition, installation view, MoCA China, Hong Kong, 2008

Since Full Circle exhibition, Eric Haze has re-emerged cementing his place in the fine arts with several solo and group exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Amsterdam and Hong Kong. His work has been featured in notable galleries and museums including MoMA, Fun Gallery and Known Gallery.
Present day, Haze continues to direct his brand, art and a wide range of design work, as well as to collaborate with industry leaders such as Nike, Casio, Honda, G-Shock, and Stussy.
Haze also appeared in the seminal documentary Style Wars and photos of his work appeared in the book Subway Art.
He has a Haze Brand store in the Harajuku neighborhood of Tokyo, Japan.

Eric Haze and Rosie Perez

Eric Haze married artist and talk show host Rosie Perez on September 15, 2013 in Las Vegas. The couple decided to get married the night before while attending the Floyd Mayweather vs. Saúl Álvarez boxing match.

Eric Haze and Rosie Peres, 2011, New Mathematics Exhibition, Known Gallery, photo credits - The Hundreds
Eric Haze and Rosie Peres – New Mathematics Exhibition, Known Gallery, 2011, photo credits – The Hundreds

Eric Haze currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York City.

YearName of the exhibitionMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2014Cruel SummerJonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2012Andy Kessler Fondation Benefit Art ShowPicture Farm Gallery, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2011New MathematicsKnown Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
2011Eric Haze x Greg LamarcheKnown Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
20112feet12inches presents: Paths of RythmFUSE Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2011HuelessMallick Williams & Co., New York, NYGroup
2010FreedomKnown Gallery, Los Angeles, CA Group
2010Haze x StussyKnown Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2008Nov York CityAlife Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
2008Full CircleMuseum of Modern Art, Hong Kong, ChinaSolo
2008Pop Up Shop, Delay No Mall, Painting InstallationHaze, Hong Kong, ChinaSolo
2007CalligraffitiAmsterdam, Holland, NetherlandsGroup
2007Brave ArtOntario, CanadaGroup
2004Beautiful LosersYBCA, San Francisco, CAGroup
2004IntersticesSolway Jones Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2001Neo-Graffiti 2001Agnes B Gallery, New York, NYGroup
1999UnknownZero One Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
1995IconograffitiTokyo, JapanGroup
1995IconograffitiLondon, UKGroup
1993UnknownAlleged Gallery, NYCGroup