LA2

LA II (Angel Ortiz) was born in 1967 in the Lower East Side of New York. Also known for the artistic names of LA II, LA2 or LA Rock which stands for “Little Angel” are often seen as tags in his artwork. Ortiz started tagging at 10 years old. His career took off after Haring spotted his “Little Angel” tag upon moving to New York and asked to meet the teenage artist. Throughout the 1980s, Haring and Ortiz combined their signatures to create murals, sculptures, train paintings, and other objects. Ortiz’s style and technique are thought to have exerted influence on Haring’s solo practice from then on. 

Being one of the most recognizable Graffiti artists from the Lower East Side in the 1980’s Ortiz collaborated side by side with Keith Haring for a number of projects. Having dropped out of High School in Manhattan, New York in 1983, he traveled around the world working with Keith Haring until 1985. LA II is for Haring what Jean-Michel Basquiat was for Andy Warhol. Today LA II is considered an iconic graffiti artist, being unearthed from the massive power of Keith Haring’s body of work. 

LA II’s role in Haring’s artistic development is clearly delineated by the unique and original look of their co-produced works. Fortunately, LA II is still alive, and his career is in its prime. LA II has a very collaborative nature. He seeks out to work with other artists giving characterization of his unique calligraphic patterns and lines to each piece. He has worked with dozens of artists in the art market today. Some of these names include Richard Hamilton, a number of street artists from the LES, Delta 2, Ero, and Cindy Shaoul.

 
 
 
 
Untitled (Mask), circa 2000  Acrylic Paint Pen on Wooden Mask  36.5” h x 11.5” w x 8” d

Untitled (Mask), circa 2000

Acrylic Paint Pen on Wooden Mask

36.5” h x 11.5” w x 8” d

 

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