Retna born 1979 in Los Angeles, California

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RETNA - Electrify the City
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session
November 2022
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 40.000 - 60.000 USD
Realised: 75.600 USD
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Retna - Untitled (Bebe Bus Stop Series)
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Trespassing
July 2022
Christies, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 25.000 - 35.000 USD
Realised: not available
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Retna - These are the Days
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Prints and Multiples
June 2022
Bonhams, London
Est.: 5.000 - 7.000 GBP
Realised: 19.125 GBP
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RETNA - Sorcery of My Style
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New Now
April 2022
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 25.000 - 35.000 GBP
Realised: 100.800 GBP
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Retna - Nino Perdido - 2009
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April 2022
Artcurial, Paris
Est.: 1.500 - 2.000 EUR
Realised: 1.837 EUR
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Retna - Sacred Solicitations II
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Contemporary Art | London
August 2021
Sothebys, London
Est.: 15.000 - 20.000 GBP
Realised: 75.600 GBP
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Retna - Resurrect the Life of a Scribe
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Trespassing
July 2021
Christies, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 25.000 - 35.000 USD
Realised: 68.750 USD
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Retna - Say My Name, So You Can See Me - 2017
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Urban & Pop Contemporary
July 2021
Artcurial, Paris
Est.: 18.000 - 25.000 EUR
Realised: 22.100 EUR
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Retna - Blackstone Camo, 2011
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Post-War & Contemporary Art
February 2021
Bonhams, Los Angeles
Est.: 70.000 - 90.000 USD
Realised: 87.813 USD
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Retna - Untitled
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First Open: Post-War & Contemporary Art Online
October 2020
Christies, London (Online Auction)
Est.: 25.000 - 35.000 GBP
Realised: 30.000 GBP
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RETNA - Unitled
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New Now
September 2020
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 30.000 - 50.000 USD
Realised: 56.250 USD
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Retna - Agua Sucia II
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Contemporary Art Asia
September 2020
Christies, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 800 - 1.200 USD
Realised: 1.375 USD
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The artist Retna

  • Contemporary US street artist based in L.A.
  • Is known for his self-developed constructed typeface and the use of typographic forms.
  • In addition to graffiti, he also produces paintings.

RETNA, real name Marquis Lewis, was born on 24 March 1979 in Los Angeles, California, and is a US street artist. His career began in the early 1990s as a member of the Los Angeles muralist scene. It was here that his typography-based style emerged. He developed a constructed font that he still uses in many of his artworks. This font combines elements of broken scripts, Native American typography, Egyptian hieroglyphics, Arabic and Hebrew calligraphy, as well as elements of more traditional types of so-called street graffiti.

The typeface in his work communicates personal messages and poetics, which is not always directly apparent or decipherable to the audience. In addition to street art, RETNA also paints on canvas, primarily using acrylic, enamel, oil paints and spray cans. He cites many artistic influences for his art, including illuminated manuscripts, Renaissance imagery and Art Nouveau,

as well as concrete artists such as Edgar Degas, Gustav Klimt, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including by the L. A. Art Machine (Los Angeles), Don Gallery (Milan), Art for All (Malaga) and Yves Laroche Galerie D'Art (Montreal), as well as in institutions and galleries in Miami, New York, London and Hong Kong. RETNA has also carried out advertising commissions for brands such as Louis Vuitton and Nike.

Apart from his work, the artist has also repeatedly been in the headlines due to violent crimes. Among other things, he vandalised the Los Angeles gallery and was accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend. To date, RETNA lives and works in his birth town of Los Angeles.

Der Künstler Retna

  • Zeitgenössischer US-amerikanischer Street-Art-Künstler mit Wohnsitz in L.A.
  • Für seine konstruierte Schriftart und die Verwendung typografischer Formen bekannt.
  • Neben Graffiti fertigt er auch Gemälde.

RETNA, mit bürgerlichem Namen Marquis Lewis, wurde am 24.03.1979 in Los Angeles (Kalifornien) geboren und ist ein amerikanischer Street-Art-Künstler. Seine Künstlerkarriere begann in den frühen 1990er Jahren als Mitglied der Wandmaler-Szene in Los Angeles. Hier entstand sein auf Typografie basierender Stil. So entwickelte er eine konstruierte Schriftart, die er bis heute in vielen seiner Werke nutzt. Diese Schriftart vereint in sich Elemente von gebrochenen Schriften, Typografien der Native Americans, ägyptischen Hieroglyphen, arabischer und hebräischer Kalligrafie sowie Elemente von traditionelleren Arten des sogenannten Straßengraffiti.

Die Schriftart in seinen Werken kommuniziert persönliche Nachrichten und Poetik, was dem Publikum nicht immer direkt erkennbar oder dechiffrierbar ist. Neben der Street-Art malt RETNA auch auf Leinwand und nutzt dabei vornehmlich Acryl, Emaille, Ölfarben und Sprühdosen.

Für seine Kunst gibt RETNA selbst vielerlei künstlerische Einflüsse an, darunter Bilderhandschriften, die Bilderwelt der Renaissance und den Jugendstil ebenso wie konkrete Künstler wie etwa Edgar Degas, Gustav Klimt, Jean-Michel Basquiat und Keith Haring. Seine Arbeiten wurden national und international ausgestellt, unter anderem von der L. A. Art Machine (Los Angeles), der Don Galerie (Mailand), vom Art for All (Malaga) und der Yves Laroche Galerie D’Art (Montreal) sowie in Institutionen und Galerien in Miami, New York, London und Hongkong. Darüber hinaus hat RETNA Werbeaufträge für Marken wie Louis Vuitton und Nike ausgeführt.

Abgesehen von seiner Arbeit war der Künstler zudem wiederholt aufgrund von Gewaltdelikten in den Schlagzeilen. So hat er u. a. in der Los Angeles Galerie Vandalismus betrieben und wurde beschuldigt, seine Ex-Freundin tätlich angegangen zu sein. Bis dato lebt und arbeitet RETNA in seiner Geburtsstadt Los Angeles.

RETNA - Yo Soy La Corazone Del la Linea Blanca
Auction
20th c. & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session
July 2020
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 30.000 - 50.000 USD
Realised: 68.750 USD
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Retna - Esoteric Existence (White)
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Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples
November 2019
Bonhams, New York
Est.: -1 - -1 USD
Realised: 10.700 USD
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Retna - Sonia I - 2010
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Urban & Pop Contemporary
May 2019
Artcurial, Paris
Est.: 10.000 - 15.000 EUR
Realised: 13.000 EUR
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Retna - Mariposa I- 2010
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Urban & Pop Contemporary
May 2019
Artcurial, Paris
Est.: 10.000 - 15.000 EUR
Realised: 10.625 EUR
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Retna - These Are The Days
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Prints and Multiples
December 2018
Bonhams, London
Est.: -1 - -1 GBP
Realised: 9.062 GBP
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Retna - Untitled (Art Alliance Provocateurs Edition), 2014
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Search & Stop
October 2018
Artcurial, Paris
Est.: 2.000 - 3.000 EUR
Realised: 2.600 EUR
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Retna - Shut Up Listen & Learn
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First Open Online: Post-War and Contemporary Art
July 2018
Christies, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 20.000 - 30.000 USD
Realised: 35.000 USD
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RETNA - Quiero Mis Amigos De Regresso
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale
November 2016
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 25.000 - 35.000 USD
Realised: 43.750 USD
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RETNA - Untitled (Rockin it sucker)
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New Now
September 2016
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 15.000 - 20.000 USD
Realised: 27.500 USD
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RETNA - That Was One of the Best Pieces of Ass
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New Now
April 2016
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 15.000 - 20.000 GBP
Realised: 32.500 GBP
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Retna - Esta Bien Chiflado Ese Guey
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FIRST OPEN | Post-War and Contemporary Art
March 2016
Christies, New York
Est.: 20.000 - 30.000 USD
Realised: 30.000 USD
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RETNA - Untitled
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New Now
December 2015
Phillips, London Auction
Est.: 15.000 - 20.000 GBP
Realised: 25.000 GBP
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