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Lee Quinones

Brooklyn, NY

Lee Quinones is considered the single most influential artist to emerge from the New York City subway art movement. He is a celebrated figure in both the contemporary art world and in popular culture circles, faithfully producing work that is ripe with provocative socio-political content and intricate composition. Lee’s paintings are housed in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of Art, the Museum of the City New York, the Groninger Museum (Groningen, Netherlands) and the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (Rotterdam, Netherlands, and have been exhibited at the New Museum Of Contemporary Art (New York City), the Museum of National Monuments (Paris, France) and the Staatliche Museum (Germany). Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico in 1960, Quinones was raised in New York’s Lower East Side in a family that kept close ties to their cultural heritage surrounded by a predominantly Nuyorican community. By age 5, Lee showed a penchant for drawing, instinctively drawn to the colorful characters of his neighborhood and the more fantastical realm of Japanese post-war science fiction monster films, particularly the Godzilla series and animation series such as Speed Racer and Kimba the White Lion. Film scores of the day composed by Lalo Schifrin resonated with Lee, who regularly attended screenings with his mother, and televised images of the Vietnam battlefields left a stirring impression about the nature of warfare.