Seen’s style, creativity and tenacity marks him out. Born and bred in the Bronx, he started to paint the subway in the seventies. A pitched battle developed between his crew and the “Vandal Squad”. Historically artists have suffered for their art, but never before had it included car chases and police crackdowns.
Each challenge heightened Seen’s ambition, which extended to include tagging the Hollywood sign in LA. Seeing the sign has been a symbol for many a bright young thing that they have ‘arrived’. Only Seen would give it his autograph.
The significance of Seen’s work goes beyond the subways. In 1981 he exhibited alongside Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Basquiat in “New York/New Wave” at P.S.1. A genre that began as a form of subversive public communication was becoming legitimate, and Seen was at the forefront. Years later, Seen’s pieces hang in galleries in Europe and the US and corporations commission his work. His influence on graffiti is without precedent.