Yesterday on my Facebook fan page I asked:
“If you were to think of a famous artist, who do you think of first?”
The first answer I got was – “DONDI.”
First I thought, who is Dondi?
To defend myself, I studied Accounting and Spanish in college and felt like sleeping through art history class in high school.
Right after that, I thought “I’m glad no one said Picasso, Michaelangelo, Raphael, Monet, etc.” Not that they weren’t some of the most famous artists ever or anything, but c’mon, everybody knows them!
So I looked up Dondi. Here, my friends, is who Dondi White was:
- New York City graffiti legend
- Made ‘real art’ out of graffiti (no gang affiliations)
- The first graffiti artist to have a one man show in the Netherlands and Germany
- Born 1961, died in 1998 from AIDS
Now you know another famous artist!
Here is a website that has a fuller biography – http://www.dondiwhitefoundation.org/bio.htm
If art history classes included artists other than world-renowned European artists, maybe I would have been interested?