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Private collection, CA

About RETNA

The street and studio artist Retna, born Marquis Lewis, picked his moniker from the lyrics of a Wu Tang song that resonated with him in his youth. Retna explains that he was inspired to pursue art after seeing graffiti on the freeway, and his practice now includes street art and painting on canvas. Retna has become known for his long and geometric script, which he developed while looking towards Egyptian and Native American traditional symbols. Though his marks resemble the calligraphy of multiple cultures (and he maintains that he composes his works in English and Spanish), the writing does not belong to a particular language. Retna explains, “I want my text to feel universal. I want people from different cultures to all find some similarity in it—whether they can read it or not.”

American, b. 1978, Los Angeles, California, based in Los Angeles, California

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
RETNA | S P E A K E A S Y, Casterline | Goodman Gallery, Aspen
2015

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
Retrospective, Maddox Gallery, London
2016
2016
Mix: Summer Group Show, Lawrence Alkin Gallery, London
2016
Figurative Abstractions, HG Contemporary, New York City
2015
Manifesto, FIFTY24MX, Mexico City