Avenue 50 Studio, Inc.
131 No. Avenue 50
Los Angeles, CA 90042
They were between exhibitions so I didn’t bother them,
but I later wrote and inquired about their mural.
That mural was painted, maybe around 2015, by 'Defer' with help from Juan Carlos Munoz Hernandez.
Juan Carlos is in the same crew that Defer is part of.
Juan had it painted for the exhibit he was in. It was all volunteer painted. They were so good to us."
He is well known for his expertise in rendering beautifully complex letter-forms.
Alex Kizu’s work stems from his culture and connection to graffiti and the urban landscape, representing a profound artistic language which distorts the lines between street art and fine art. Kizu, aka Defer, was one of the pioneer members of the first generation of Los Angeles graffiti writers, and he has distilled the hand-style developed since his youth into abstract pieces that incorporate not only typographic but also cultural motifs, and complex patterning.
Kizu’s paintings are highly detailed examinations of line and color – frenetic structures that flow organically with multi-layered abstractions creating a borderless visual depth and complexity.
Interviews and work by Kizu have been included in a number of esteemed compendiums of graffiti art – a testament to Alex Kizu’s artistic stature in the realm of Los Angeles street art.
Whether it’s the LA-centric graffiti book,
“Graffiti LA” by Steve Grody,
or the national scope covered in the recently released
“The History of American Graffiti” by Roger Gastman and Caleb Neelon,
Kizu’s influence on the visual language found in the
City of Angels cannot be overlooked."
-Fabien Castanier Gallery
Currently Defer creates paintings that incorporate Japanese images with his handstyle resulting in exquisite art."
- Brandy Shea Sweeney
JUAN CARLOS MUÑOZ HERNANDEZ
American Sculptor and Painter
Born in 1969, Juan Carlos Muñoz Hernandez was raised in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles where he was exposed to art at an early age, in the form of graffiti art and aerosol based mural paintings.
After being commissioned for his first public mural, his career progressed with further commissions and he was eventually selected, through a rigorous interview process,
by world-renowned sculptor Robert Graham to join the Museum of Contemporary Art’s “Torso Project” in 1992.
Muñoz Hernandez continues to work at the esteemed
Robert Graham Studio today, and has worked on several internationally acclaimed public works including
the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial in Washington D.C.,
Duke Ellington in New York, Charlie Parker in Kansas City,
and Our Lady of Angels Cathedral doors in Los Angeles, California.
Muñoz Hernandez’s works range in materials from acrylic, ink, pigment on paper, wood, and canvas, to multi-dimensional cast and fabricated bronze, with patina and powder-coat.
His work has been included in numerous museum and gallery shows over the past twenty years such as
The Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art,
The Pasadena Museum of California Art
PMCA, OTIS Ben Maltz Gallery,
and The Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH).
His work was also included in
The Getty Graffiti Black Book in 2013,
which featured the work of more than 150 of LA’s most influential graffiti artists, and was inspired by 16th century manuscripts held by the Getty Research Institute
called “Liber Amicorum” or “Book of Friends.”
The Getty Graffiti Black Book was on display at
the El Segundo Museum of Art (ESMoA).
In 2018, he held his first solo show at
Simard Bilodeau Contemporary.