Lady Pink

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Lady Pink
Lady Pink
Sandra Fabara

1964 (age 54–55)
Known forpainter, muralist, graffiti writer

Lady Pink (born Sandra Fabara, 1964) is a graffiti and mural artist based in New York City.[1] She has focused her career on empowering women, using graffiti and murals as acts of rebellion and self-expression.[2] As Lady Pink says, "It's not just a boys club. We have a sisterhood thing going." [3] She was nicknamed the "first lady of graffiti" because she was one of the first women active in the early 1980s subway graffiti subculture.[4]


Fabara was born in Ambato, Ecuador, in 1964 and raised in Astoria, Queens.[2] She started her graffiti writing career in 1979 following the loss of a boyfriend who had been arrested and sent to live in Puerto Rico. She exorcised her grief by tagging her boyfriend's name across New York City.[citation needed] 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. As a student there, she was introduced to graffiti and began writing at age fifteen.[5] In 1980, she created the all-female graffiti crew Ladies of the Arts (LOTA).[6] Within a few years, Lady Pink began running with the graffiti crews TC5 (The Cool 5) and TPA (The Public Animals). Also, from 1979 to 1985, Lady Pink painted New York City Subway trains.[7] 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.

In 1983, she played the leading role in the film Wild Style,[8] 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 (Roger Smith formally of the graffiti duo Sane Smith), with whom she often collaborates on murals and commercial work.[9]

Lady Pink is also dedicated to the community and mentoring teens. She visits schools to teach students about the power of art and how it can serve as a medium for self-expression and community engagement.[10]

Lady Pink's studio paintings often use themes of New York City Subway trains and POP-surrealist cityscapes.[11] Some of her pieces are in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Brooklyn Museum in New York City, as well as the Groningen Museum in the Netherlands.[5]


  1. ^ Bachor, Kenneth (20 April 2017). "Preserving New York's History of Graffiti Art". Time. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
  2. ^ a b widewalls. "Lady Pink". WideWalls. Retrieved 2017-04-20.
  3. ^ "Graffiti Queen Lady Pink Still Reigns Supreme". Creators. Retrieved 2017-04-20.
  4. ^ Metz, Cara (2013-12-19). "Noteworthy graduates: Lady Pink, graffiti & fine artist". United Federation of Teachers. Retrieved 2015-06-01.
  5. ^ a b "Lady Pink (Sandra Fabara) Bio" (PDF). Woodward Gallery. 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-11-10. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  6. ^ Thompson, Margo (2009). American Graffiti. Parkstone International. ISBN 9781844845613.
  7. ^ Temin, Christine (1983). "Lady Pink and the Graffiti Capers" (PDF). Boston Globe. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-04-25. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  8. ^ Darzin, Diana (February 1984). "Wild Style" (PDF). The Rocket. p. 18. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-04-25. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  9. ^ Posey, Carl (February 1996). "Married with Style: Lady Pink and Smith Are a Couple in Control, Story by 1971" (PDF). Rap Pages. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 April 2012. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  10. ^ "Search Results". TWC News. Archived from the original on 2017-04-20. Retrieved 2017-04-20.
  11. ^ Wagley, Catherine (September 2008). "Lady Pink: Inventing a Culture of the Pink Rebellion" (PDF). Juxtapoz Magazine (130). pp. 130–137. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-04-25. Retrieved 5 April 2015.

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