Growing up in the 60s as a pop art child, John “Crash” Matos began his career at the age of 13 bombing the New York City subway system.
Inspired by American comic books and early Japanese anime, Crash says, “graffiti was the missing component that helped me put it all together.” By the 80s, he moved his works from subway trails to galleries elevating graffiti to the realm of high art. His approach of curating art of complexity but yet subtle is what captures the attention of many. Crash is known for his bright lively colorful art seen explosively on the street or hung on canvas in museums. He remains busy with commissions and collaborations, claiming that his future holds “more work, more painting, more walls, more lobsters, more steaks…in other words more living to do.”