Born and bred in New York City, Eric Haze has made his impact felt in the worlds of graffiti, contemporary art and graphic design for over four decades.
Haze’s formative years were spent as a founding member of the influential New York City graffiti collective The Soul Artists, with fellow crewmembers Futura, Lee and Dondi. First exhibiting his work at an early age in 1974 with other members of their collective, Haze went on to exhibit paintings and drawings alongside close friends such as Keith Haring and Jean Michael Basquiat in the early 1980’s.
After making his initial mark as a pioneer of graffiti’s coming of age above ground, Haze has made a career out of continually pushing creative boundaries in a wide variety of mediums. After shifting his focus from galleries to the applied arts, Haze graduated with honors from the School of Visual Arts in NYC, after which he quickly emerged as one of the premier graphic designers of the exploding Hip-Hop movement. Throughout the next decade, Haze creating iconic logos, album covers and identities for the likes of the Beastie Boys, Tommy Boy, LL Cool J, MTV and many others. In 1991 he also founded his eponymous clothing and accessory brand, HAZE, which remains recognized as one of the original pioneers in the global street wear movement.
Along with his continued productivity in the worlds of design and product, the new millennium has also seen Haze make a serious commitment and return to painting and drawing again, once again achieving critical success and international exposure for his unique style. Over the last 10 years, Haze has presented solo exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Paris and Tokyo, including being featured in the 2011's “Art In The Streets” at MoCA Los Angeles.
Eric Haze currently lives and works out of Brooklyn, NY where he lives with his wife, actress Rosie Perez and their one eyed rescue cat Jack.
Then Plus Now
Eric Haze’s exhibition Then Plus Now represents the legacy and continuation of his iconic letter based paintings. Drawn to letterforms, repetition and the interplay of characters at an early age, Then Plus Now reinforces the notion that even the most personal iconography can have universal implications.
Allowing a measure of his design sensibilities to come through within his personal work, Haze pursues a natural evolution from his historical precedence, yet without the often labored and deliberate construction of the applied arts. Within his work today, we see the expanding confidence of line and the maturity of purpose. From the simplest gestures in black and white to the complex algorithms of his letterforms, the result is a bold and unique vision that is squarely rooted in both past and present, equally impacting both the public and private spaces it may inhabit.