- 165 Color and Black & White Plates.
- Essays by Peter Frank.
- Interview by Amanda Erlanson.
- Designed by Kirk Pedersen
- Published by Zero+ Publishing
Legendary artist Chaz Bojorquez
is a student of the world and an American treasure all at once. In this stunning monograph, Bojorquez’s artistic progression is revealed one decade at a time, beginning in the 1970s. His early interest in Los Angeles’s native ‘Cholo’ style graffiti writing was later tempered by his work in Asian calligraphy and his studies at Chouinard Art Institute. As the book unfolds through the decades, the diversity and range of Bojorquez’s work becomes evident: street graffiti, paintings, logos, type intensive graphic design work and forays into cinema and fashion are all executed to the highest level. The illustrations are accompanied by fascinating stories about how Chaz started as an artist and includes an in-depth interview with Amanda Erlanson. Los Angeles art critic Peter Frank also contributes an essay in the telling of this artist’s fascinating life story.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
believes that true self-expression comes from the soul. At an early age, in the 1950’s he experienced the graffiti tradition of the East Los Angeles Mexican-Americans. Los Angeles ‘Cholo’ style graffiti was dictated by an honored code of writing. Allegiance to that code of traditional writing brought you respect. In 1968, out of high school with a liberal arts/mathematics diploma, and one year of state college, Chaz enrolled into Chouinard art school (known today as Cal Arts). He also studied Asian calligraphy from Master Yun Chung Chiang (Master Chiang studied under Pu Ju, brother of the last Emperor of China). From all of these experiences, in 1969 he combined the tradition and honor from Cholo gang graffiti and the educational knowledge from art school, and with the spiritual skills of Asian calligraphy. Chaz was one of the first graffiti writers from Los Angeles, with his own style. After more than a decade of tagging in the streets in the 1970’s and early 1980’s, came a deeper need to understand, why do we do graffiti? In 1975 Italian photographer Gusmano Cesaretti interviewed Chaz for Street Writers, a transcribed audio tour of East Los Angeles graffiti in the early 1970’s. A pioneer book in the Chicano and Graffiti culture.
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