Lance de los Reyes, a graffiti artist known as RAMBO, has died in New York City. He was 44 years old.
De Los Reyes is known for his bubble-lettered street art, his upside-down crowns (in honor of Jean-Michel Basquiat), as well as for climbing to the top of BQE billboards where he wrote poetic phrases on unused (or half-used) backdrops. His obscure, sometimes cryptic text—which included lines such as, “Brothers and Sisters of the Impossible/Master Your Heart,” “Julian Schnabel/Only Know the Gods” and “Bless Yourselves That Light Carriers Are Reborn” were found on the sides of trucks, on the walls of tunnels and courthouses. Streets, and other city roofs.
“Rambo was a very enthusiastic bomber with an unusual hand style,” said Gothamist/WNYC resident graffiti expert Jake Dobkin. “He’s really dominated North Brooklyn and downtown for the past 15 years billboard reels Along the BQE and his bubble message Filling, his poetry, though difficult to understand at times, was at times evocative. His death is a real loss to the graffiti scene in New York.”
De Los Reyes, who was born in Texas and studied at the San Francisco Art Institute, came to New York City after working with Shepard Fairey in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
in an interview with Vice In 2014—where De Los Reyes treats RAMBO as a separate being from himself—he explained his feelings for the city: “Art is very important, especially in a place where there are so many beautiful hearts in one city. I consider the new York City the new Rome where all things The avant-garde is possible. It is the task of the performer not only to master his heart, but to do something beyond himself.
ferry greeting books to his “old friend and partner in crime” on his website, calling him “brutal and sweet”. He writes that when they first came to New York City together, “they did street art day and night for three days… they fell asleep for two hours and then started pounding again… Lance was the most fun, fearless and spontaneous bombardment partner ever.” .. Lance has been making his best artwork ever for the past two years, and I was so glad he looked healthy. I guess it didn’t last.”
De Los Reyes’ first solo exhibition, which includes much of his textual work, was at The Hole in the Bowery in 2014, titled Stand on the shoulders of giants. In recent years, he has entered into a more colorful and abstract phase of work, as we have seen in his work Latest Instagram Posts.
Curator invited Destinee Ross-Sutton, who organized a display of De Los Reyes this summer at the Ross-Sutton Gallery The present, the past, is the futureAnd He told the art newspaper That he was “a wonderful being on a very clear mission, he did not 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 6. The cause of death has not yet been released. You can read more greetings below.