AL DIAZ “SAMO” ART WORKSHOPS
PRESENTED BY COLLECT WITH LULU & SILVERTUNA STUDIOS
New York, NY on Sunday February 18th, join us at Tribeca Synagogue for a special day of art with Al Diaz “SAMO” for the kids, friends, and family. Ticketed attendees will have the opportunity to participate in two separate classes. Art & books will be available for purchase and to be signed and dedicated by the artist.
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 18th, 2024
LOCATION: 49 White St, New York, NY 10013
KIDS GRAFFITI COLORING CLASS WITH AL DIAZ “SAMO”
AGES: 4-10 years
Meet the artist and have good times coloring custom illustrations created by Al Diaz. Give your children a head start learning NY art history by meeting a legend. Kids 4+ are welcome!
GRAFFITI STYLE DESIGN WITH AL DIAZ “SAMO”
AGES: 12+ years
Get to know Al Diaz “SAMO”, artist and author of City of Kings: A History of NYC Graffiti and SAMO©...SINCE 1978 for an intimate art class and talk at Tribeca Synagogue. All attendees will have the opportunity to create their own canvas with the guidance of Al Diaz a cultural art icon. The artist will show his version of a graffiti alphabet and have participants render their own piece in their individual style. Paint markers and canvas will be provided.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Al Díaz’s career spans five decades. Born and raised Puerto Rican in New York City, by age 15 he was an influential first-generation subway graffiti artist known as “BOMB-ONE.” His friendship and artistic collaboration with high school schoolmate Jean-Michel Basquiat on SAMO©, (a late 70s Avant-garde graffiti tag project) has been noted often in contemporary art history. Díaz later contributed percussion to numerous musical recordings and performances, including Basquiat’s historic 1983 record, “Beat Bop,” (considered to be one of the earliest hip-hop albums). Díaz is sought-after as an expert of New York City counterculture art. He appears often in publications, as a highlighted speaker for a variety of panel discussions at universities and museums (including the Brooklyn Museum, Smithsonian Institution, The New School and Christie’s Education), and has been featured in several films, including Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat, BBC’s American Masters — Basquiat: Rage to Riches and Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child. Díaz’ current creative practice in Brooklyn includes gathering the standard “WET PAINT” signage used throughout the NYC MTA, and reconstructing them to create clever, poignant anagrams in various mixed media and public art formats. His work is shown and privately collected internationally. Díaz currently resides in Brooklyn. He has authored multiple books including SAMO©...SINCE 1978 and CITY OF KINGS: A History of NYC Graffiti chronicling the history of graffiti’s genesis in New York from its late 1960s origin to the present, as seen through the lens of writers who started the movement.
Phone: (646) 753-2712
Follow the artist: @albert_diaz1