Carlos "Mare" 139
A NYC based sculptor/painter who in 1985 pioneered a novel version of urban grafﬁti as modern sculpture. Throughout his 28 year career as a sculptor, Mare139 has consistently brought innovation to the genreʼs aesthetic and vocabulary.
His work are a modern physical graffiti employing constructed metal sculpture forms that become a dynamic assault to static architectural space. He calls these 'structural interventions' and unlike the visual interventions of modern graffiti these works are about constructed relations to space rather than art painted on walls.
Carlos Mare139 Rodriguez began his creative career during the formative years of NYC subway painting of 1975-1985 (the Golden Era), he was among an elite group of artists who paved the way for the transition off subways and into the gallery world. His peers include, Dondi White, Jeffrey 'Case2' Brown, Juan 'Crash' Matos, Randy 'Kel First' Rodriguez among others who left an indelible and influential legacy on modern urban art.
Exhibiting and lecturing throughout the US and Europe he lends voice to importance of arts advocacy and art literacy to ensure and promote the rich cultural legacy of urban arts. His works have been exhibited at The Grand Palis in Paris, Whitney Museum at Philip Morris, Brighton University of Art -England, The Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art- MoCA and El Museo del Barrio in NYC.
Carlos Mare139 Rodriguez is a 2011-12 New York University Steinhardt Hip Hop Education Center Scholar in Residence at where he is also a teaching artist.
Mare 139 was the Curator of Visual Arts for Hi-ARTS 2015-2017