May 30, 2012
As an artist in the 1980s, RISK pushed the limits of graffiti and gained notoriety not only for his unique style, but for being one of the first writers in Southern California to paint freight trains and freeway overpasses. RISK was responsible for importing New York’s Wild Style of graffiti to Los Angeles and combining it with his own aesthetic of lettering to create something entirely new. At the peak of his career he took graffiti from the streets into the galleries and recently played a major role in MOCA’s groundbreaking Art in the Streets exhibition, which brought mainstream recognition to graffiti as a serious art medium. With a career spanning more than 30 years, RISK is continually evolving and pushing his personal limits as an artist. His story is a true testament that all artists must strive to break boundaries, and that anything can be accomplished if you are willing to take a risk.