Lance De Los Reyes, the prolific NYC-based graffiti artist referred to as RAMBO, has died. He was 44.
De Los Reyes was recognized for his bubble lettering road artwork, his signature upside-down crowns (an homage to Jean-Michel Basquiat), in addition to for climbing to the highest of billboards on the BQE the place he scrawled poetic phrases onto unused (or semi-used) backgrounds. His mysterious, typically cryptic textual content—which included strains like, “MM BROTHERS AND SISTERS DUE THE IMPOSSIBLE / MASTER YOUR HEART,” “JULIAN SCHNABEL / KNOW GODS JUST WORK” and “BLESS YOURSELF THE LIGHT BEARERS ARE BEING REBORN”—is also discovered on the perimeters of vehicles, on the partitions of underpasses and road courts, and different surfaces of the town.
“RAMBO was a very enthusiastic bomber with an unusual hand style,” stated Gothamist/WNYC’s resident graffiti skilled Jake Dobkin. “He really dominated northern Brooklyn and downtown over the last fifteen years. I particularly liked his billboard rollers along the BQE and his bubble letter fill-ins, and his poetry, while sometimes hard to understand, was occasionally quite evocative. His death is a real loss for the New York graffiti scene.”
De Los Reyes, who was born in Texas and studied on the San Francisco Artwork Institute, got here to NYC after working with Shepard Fairey within the late ’90s and early ’00s.
In an interview with Vice in 2014—by which De Los Reyes handled RAMBO as a separate being from himself—he defined his emotions on the town: “Art is so important, especially in a place where you have so many beautiful hearts all in one city. I consider New York City the new Rome where all avant garde things are possible. It is the performer’s job not only to master his own heart, but to do something that is beyond himself.”
Fairey wrote a tribute to his “long-time friend and partner in crime” on his web site, calling him “both feral and sweet.” He writes that once they first got here to NYC collectively, they “did street art night and day for three days…napped for two hours and then started bombing again…Lance was the most fun, fearless and spontaneous bombing partner ever…Lance had been making his best art ever over the last couple of years, and I was very happy that he seemed to be in a healthy groove. I guess it didn’t last.”
De Los Reyes’ first solo exhibition, that includes a lot of his text-based work, was at The Gap within the Bowery in 2014, titled Standing on the Shoulders of Giants. In recent times, he had entered a extra colourful, summary section of labor, as seen in his newest Instagram posts.
Curator Destinee Ross-Sutton, who organized a present for De Los Reyes this summer time on the Ross-Sutton Gallery known as Previous Current is Future, informed The Artwork Newspaper that he was “a most remarkable being on a very clear mission, who didn’t make art for money and saw himself as a messenger trying to tell us something—to open our eyes.”
She added that he died on November sixth; no reason behind dying has been launched but. You’ll be able to learn a number of extra tributes under.