Art Brokerage: Little Angel American Artist: b. 1966. Angel Ortiz (born Manhattan, 1966) grew up on the Lower East Side. As a teenager, he met the artist Keith Haring, who showed interest in his tagging style. The two became fast friends, and sensing an artistic compatibility, they began painting together. LAII's unique intertwining lines intermingled with Haring's markings to create a dense and kinetic surface. Early in their collaboration, LAII (short for "Little Angel") and Haring had joint exhibitions at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery (1982) and Fun Gallery (1983). For almost a decade they worked together on artistic projects, including wall murals, sculptures, canvases, and other painted objects. Their collaborations are still shown in museums worldwide. Following Haring's death in 1990 LAII continued his own artistic pursuits; to this day he makes work utilizing his distinctive tag and a trademark style of inky curving squiggles. Listings wanted.
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