Doze Green (1964, New York City) is among the pioneers of the Graffiti and Urban Art movements.
Graffiti, breakdance and New York in the 1970s
Born and raised in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, the roots of the artist can be found in the culture developed in the Bronx of the 1970s: hip hop. Not only the music, but mostly the artistic disciplines of graffiti writing and break dancing. From graffiti created in the urban environment, his work has later evolved to fine art and public commissions, leading him to exhibit in important galleries all over the world.
Doze Green’s style
Versatile and interested in experimenting, Doze Green uses different techniques and materials such as acrylics, gesso and ink on canvas, paper and wood. His style is unique and easily recognisable, a combination of different influences and inspirations: writing, Japanese calligraphy, graphics, Cubism. Doze Green’s production is linked to the idea of art as a mirror of humanity, its condition, experiences and emotions. Complex characters in evolution emerge from the artist’s works, defined by clear and sinuous lines and by chromatic variations. These “biological entities”, as the artist calls them, are endless and variable representations of humanity’s past, present and future.
The roots of Doze Green’s art: magic, myths and symbols
Fascinated by metaphysical concepts and the world of magic and the irrational, Doze Green explores the human soul integrating in his artworks occult symbols, sacred geometry, myths and gods of ancient societies. In front of his pieces, the observer starts an intimate and imaginative journey, in a constant fluctuation of memories, suggestions and futuristic visions.
Most important exhibitions
Doze Green has exhibited in galleries and museums world-wide and participated in several festivals and art projects. Some of the artist’s participations which are worth remembering are: A Volta, Allouche Gallery (New York, USA, 2019), Cross the Streets, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma (Rome, Italy, 2017), Popism. Da Warhol a Banksy, Palazzo Corvaja (Taormina)/ Spazio LOC (Capo D’Orlando) (Emergence Festival, Italy, 2016), Printology Print Retrospective Exhibition, Fort Smith, (Arkansas, USA, 2015), Apocalypse Wow!, Museo d’arte Contemporanea di Roma (Rome, Italy, 2009), In the land of Retinal Delights: The Juxtapoz Factor, Laguna Art Museum (Laguna, Canada, 2008), The Bridges of Graffiti (collateral event of the 56th Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy, 2015). Doze Green also participated in Pow Wow Festival (Hawaii, USA, 2015) and Rise Above – Life is Beautiful Festival (Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, 2013). Among his recent group exhibitions are ‘Beyond the Streets’ at NYC, Gastman, Brooklyn and ‘ L’Avenir’ at Mirus Gallery, Denver which both took place in 2019. In 2018 Doze Green participated in the ‘Unexpected’ project painting walls of century old theatre in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Titled ‘The Divine Spark’ project, his installation was a combination of various techniques and media, that included music, dance, theatre, visual and spoken word encompassed via murals, neon lights, video projections, 3D animations, and quartet orchestras.