1964 (age 54–55)
|Residence||New York City, New York, U.S.|
|Known for||painter, muralist, graffiti writer|
Lady Pink born Sandra Fabara (1964), is an Ecuadorian-American graffiti and mural artist. She has focused her career on empowering women, using graffiti and murals as acts of rebellion and self-expression. As Lady Pink says, "It's not just a boys club. We have a sisterhood thing going." She was nicknamed the "first lady of graffiti" because she was one of the first women active in the early 1980s New York City subway graffiti subculture.
In 1980, she created the all-female graffiti crew Ladies of the Arts (LOTA). Within a few years, Lady Pink began running with the graffiti crews TC5 (The Cool 5) and TPA (The Public Animals). From 1979 to 1985, Lady Pink painted New York City Subway trains. She took a short hiatus in 1987 from painting outdoors. Then in 1993 to 1997 she worked on freight trains with her husband, Smith.
Fabara was born in Ambato, Ecuador, in 1964 and moved to the Astoria neighborhood of Queens, New York when she was seven years old. She grew up wanting to be an architect like her father. She started her graffiti writing career in 1979 following the loss of a boyfriend. She exorcised her grief by tagging her boyfriend's name across New York City. 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.[self-published source?]
Lady Pink was first given her name “Pink” by Seen TC5. The name was chosen for aesthetics because the name Pink is feminine and because she wanted other writers to know that she was a girl. Lady Pink also said that the letters appealed to her; the way the "K" kicked out and how the "I" was cute and could be dotted with a heart. She started calling herself Lady Pink because of her love of historical romances, England, the Victorian period, and the aristocracy. She titled herself like royalty. She never wanted to tag her full name because she did not want to be associated with the Pink Lady, a woman in the club scene who sold pink cocaine.
Lady Pink’s Career as an artist started to take off after the 1980s, following the Graffiti Art Success for America show which invited graffiti artists to paint on the walls of the gallery. In 1983, she played the leading role in the film Wild Style,and was involved with a book entitled Subway Art by Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant. During this time, she collaborated with Jenny Holzer several times for an exhibition at Fashion MODA. Her first solo show, "Femmes-Fatales," was in 1984, when she was 21, at the Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia.
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, and the Brooklyn Museum in New York City, as well as the Groningen Museum in the Netherlands.
Lady Pink is now 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. Each year she does a mural project with the students of Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens.
List of works
- The Black Dude (1983) - spray enamel on canvas, in private collection.
- China, One Child Only (1992) - spray enamel on canvas, in a private collection.
- Brick Lady in Spray (1993) - spray enamel on canvas, in a private collection.
- Queen Matilda (2007) - acrylic on canvas, in private collection.
- Urban Decay (2008) - acrylic on canvas, in private collection.
- Brick Woman - located in Braddock, Pennsylvania.
- 9/11 Tribute (2001) - Painted one month after September 11th as a tribute to the heroes involved, located in Queens, New York.
- Lady Liberty (2016) - located in Queens, New York.
- John Lennon (1981) - The first half of the Subway train painted by Lady Pink and Iz the Wiz as a tribute for John Lennon.
- The Beatles (1981) - The second half of the Subway train painted by Lady Pink and Iz the Wiz as a tribute for The Beatles.
- Welcome to Heaven (1982) - A tribute for Caine1, a graffiti artist who was killed by a neighbor that mistook him for a burglar.
- "Graffiti Queen Lady Pink Still Reigns Supreme". Creators. Retrieved 2017-04-20.
- Metz, Cara (2013-12-19). "Noteworthy graduates: Lady Pink, graffiti & fine artist". United Federation of Teachers. Retrieved 2015-06-01.
- Thompson, Margo (2009). American Graffiti. Parkstone International. ISBN 9781844845613.
- 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.
- "Lady Pink - Biography". rogallery.com. Retrieved 2019-04-14.
- Nicholas., Ganz, (2006). Graffiti women : street art from five continents. New York: Abrams. ISBN 0810957477. OCLC 68624123.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
- Spampinato, Francesco (May 2013). "Fashion Moda: A South Bronx Story". Waxpoetics (55).
- Maes, Nancy (September 20, 1993). "LADY PINK WAS HERE". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2019-04-14.
- "Lady Pink (Sandra Fabara) Bio" (PDF). Woodward Gallery. 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-11-10. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
- 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.
- Chalfant, Henry; Jenkins, Sacha (2014). Training days : the subway artists then and now. New York, New York: Thames & Hudson Ltd. ISBN 9780500239216. OCLC 881214341.
- Darzin, Diana (February 1984). "Wild Style" (PDF). The Rocket. p. 18. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-04-25. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
- Lewisohn, Cedar. (2008). Street art : the graffiti revolution. New York: Abrams. ISBN 9780810983205. OCLC 218188132.
- 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.
- Park, Michelle (2011). "Queens Person Of The Week: Art Students Look To "Lady Pink" For Inspiration". Spectrum News 1 NY. Time Warner Cable. Archived from the original on 2017-04-20. Retrieved 2017-04-20.
- Mu'min, Nijila (2013-07-31). "This Is Not a Game: An Interview With Lady Pink". Jon Reiss. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
- "Collection: The Black Dude". Brooklyn Museum. Retrieved 2019-04-14.
- "China one child only by Lady Pink". www.artnet.com. Retrieved 2019-04-14.
- "Brick Lady in Spray Paint by Lady Pink on artnet Auctions". www.artnet.com. Retrieved 2019-04-14.
- Larkin, Daniel (April 10, 2008). "Brick Ladies at Ad Hoc Art, Lady Pink and Aiko: Brick Ladies of NYC". ArtCat Zine. Retrieved 2019-04-14.
- Lizarondo, Leah (2014-11-04). "7 best places to see street art in Pittsburgh". NEXTpittsburgh. Retrieved 2019-06-06.
Make sure you veer off Braddock Ave. to check out Lady Pink’s Brick Woman under the bridge on Library St.
- Cotter, Holland (2002-02-01). "ART REVIEW; Amid the Ashes, Creativity". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-06-06.
- "Who is LADY PINK?". Kiersten Utegg | copywriter. Retrieved 2019-04-14.
- "Exploring the Latino Metropolis: "Lady Liberty is Bush's whore" by Lady Pink". Exploring the Latino Metropolis: A Brief Urban Cultural History of US Latinos. Retrieved 2019-04-14.
- "Man, 24, Dies After He Is Shot In Robbery Attempt in Queens". The New York Times. 1982-03-15. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-04-14.
- Lady Pink website (current)
- Lady Pink website (archived)
- Lady Pink's Smithsonian artist file
- The Lady Pink collection at the Brooklyn Museum
- "Lady Pink and the Evolution of Street Art" from the NEA Arts Magazine (2013)
- 'Graffiti' Glitters at the Brooklyn Museum on All Things Considered, NPR (2006)
- Lady Pink in the collection of The Museum of Modern Art