Inspired by American comic books and early Japanese anime, Crash says, “graffiti was the missing component that helped me put it all together.” By the 80s, he moved his works from subway trails to galleries elevating graffiti to the realm of high art. His approach of curating art of complexity but yet subtle is what captures the attention of many.
About the Artist
Born John Matos in 1961, CRASH was raised in the Bronx, New York. At the age of 13, he began following the older teens from his neighborhood to the train yards and began bombing. Taking the name “CRASH” after he accidentally crashed the computer in his school, his name began appearing on trains circulating all throughout New York City. By 1980, he began transitioning from train yards to galleries, he curated the ground-breaking "Graffiti Art Success for America" at Fashion MODA, launching the graffiti movement that has remained very active through today.