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Lady of the Leaf (2011), Courtesy of Woodward Gallery
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Sandra Fabara was raised in Queens. She started her graffiti writing career in 1979 following the loss of a boyfriend who had been sent to live in Puerto Rico after he had been arrested. She exorcised her grief by tagging her boyfriend's name across the city. Soon after she started tagging the name Lady Pink, derived from her love of historical romances, England, the Victorian period, and the aristocracy. Lady Pink studied at the High School of Art & Design in Manhattan. While a student there she was introduced to graffiti and began writing at age fifteen. Within a few years LADY PINK began running with TC5 (The Cool 5) and TPA (The Public Animals) crews. Lady Pink painted New York City Subway trains from 1979 to 1985. In 1980, she was included in the landmark New York show “GAS: Graffiti Art Success” at Fashion Moda, which traveled in a modified form downtown to The New Museum of Contemporary Art. Young, approachable, quick-witted, and one of the only female graffiti writers, Lady Pink became among the most photographed and interviewed graffiti artist of her time.[according to whom?]
In 1983, she starred in the lead role in the film Wild Style, and collaborated with Jenny Holzer on a poster series. Her first solo show, "Femmes-Fatales", was in 1984 at the Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia. She is married to another graffiti artist, SMITH, with whom she often collaborates on murals and commercial work.
Lady Pink's studio paintings often use themes of New York City Subway trains and POP-surrealist cityscapes. Some of her pieces are in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Brooklyn Museum and the Groningen Museum of the Netherlands.
- Boston Globe, "Lady Pink and the Graffiti Capers", by Christine Temin, ca. 1983
- The Rocket, February issue, 1984
- Rap Pages, February issue, Married with Style: Lady Pink and Smith Are a Couple in Control, Story by 1971, page 48, 1996
- Juxtapoz, Issue 130, Feature spread, LADY PINK: Inventing a Culture of the Pink Rebellion by Catherine Wagley, September issue, 2008 with full color illustrations Page 130-137
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