Born: Richmond, VA 1979
Education: BFA Pratt Institute ’02. MA Central St Martin’s ’04.
Listed as one of the â€œ60 Innovators Shaping Our Creative Futureâ€ by Thames & Hudson, Leon Reid IV has been on the edge of public art for over 18 years. He grew up as a traditional graffiti writer (a.k.a VERBS) and quickly developed a knack for unconventional practices such as painting street signs and installing them during daylight disguised as a construction worker. His experiments in graffiti lead him to move beyond the genre and pursue site-specific installations under the pen-name Darius Jones. Reid is one of the few artists responsible for introducing sculpture into the language of street-art, his techniques of installation combined with his humorous and romantic themes have made a sizable impact on urban artists of his generation. He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.