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    Art Brokerage: RETNA American Graffiti Artist: b. 1979. RETNA (born Marquis Lewis 1979) is a contemporary artist, primarily recognized for graffiti art. He was born and raised in Los Angeles, and started his career in the early 1990s. He developed a distinctive constructed script which is derived from Blackletter, Egyptian Hieroglyphics, Arabic, and Hebrew calligraphy, as well as more traditional types of street-based graffiti. In addition to exhibiting at institutions and galleries in Los Angeles, Miami, London, New York and Hong Kong, Retna has done advertising work for brands such as VistaJet, Louis Vuitton, and Nike. Retna cites eclectic artistic influences, such as illuminated manuscripts, Renaissance imagery, and contemporary text-based art. Religious architecture and décor have long been a focus of his. He has mentioned Degas, Klimt, Basquiat, Haring and the Art Nouveau movement as historical references. Particular to his graffiti writing, Saber and David Choe are cited as influences, among others. Retna has developed a constructed script which he uses in much of his work. Each block of text is a system of hieroglyphs, calligraphy and illuminated script that has been influenced by Arabic calligraphy, Egyptian hieroglyphs, Hebrew, Blackletter, and Native American typographies. Retna's script communicates personal messages and poetry which are not immediately decipherable to a pedestrian audience. Retna contributed to the overall graphic and visual arts elements for the re-opening of a Nike store in Las Vegas. Listings wanted.

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Untitled Abstract Painting 2006 36x31 - Early Original Painting - RETNA


Untitled Abstract Painting 2006 36x31 - Early

Original Painting: Acrylic on Plywood, Not Signed

Size: 31x36 in  | 79x91 cm
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Ludavico & Ludovico (Turquoise and Pink) 2018 - Huge Limited Edition Print - RETNA


Ludavico & Ludovico (Turquoise and Pink) 2018 - Huge

Limited Edition Print: Lithograph, Hand Signed, From the Edition of 6

Size: 46x38 in  | 117x95 cm
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Ludavico & Ludovico (Blue & Pink) Limited Edition Print - RETNA


Ludavico & Ludovico (Blue & Pink)

Limited Edition Print: Stone Lithograph, Hand Signed, From the Edition of 33

Size: 46x31 in  | 117x79 cm
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Untitled Early Painting 2000 96x51 Huge - Mural Size Original Painting - RETNA


Untitled Early Painting 2000 96x51 Huge - Mural Size

Original Painting: Multi-Media, Spray Paint And Other Metallic Paints on Board, Not Signed

Size: 96x51 in  | 244x130 cm
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Retna X BTS Skate Deck 4 Sculpture - RETNA


Retna X BTS Skate Deck 4

Sculpture: Skate Deck, Hand Signed, Not numbered, from the edition of 100

Size: 32x8 in  | 80x20 cm
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