Samuel E Vazquez was born in Puerto Rico, grew up in NYC and got a graphic design degree from Herron School of Art and Design. He became a graffiti artist living in the Bronx in the 80's when graffiti was still new. As street art is becoming more accepted and even sought, Vazquez remembers why graffiti started.
"Vazquez distinguishes between street art by trained artists who have chosen to use the street as a canvas and than those who painted on subways and urban buildings because they had nowhere else to turn. 'The city's landscape is harsh with stark brick tenements, steel, concrete, rust, rubble, and grey sky,' he says. 'Graffiti was our way to bring beauty to otherwise decaying and depressing-looking neighborhoods.'"
Today, Vazquez still pulls out the spray paint every once in awhile, but he is focusing on new abstract impressionism work. Get the full story here.