John Matos Crash

Born in 1961 - United States


Crash (John Matos) is a graffiti artist born in the Bronx on October 11, 1961. He is one of the major protagonists of the ?spray can (R)evolution?.

He starts to do graffiti while he is still very young, on the New York trains, before passing to canvas.

He joins the Sidney Janis Gallery in 1983. His works are acquired by the most important collections in the world, from the MoMA in New Yorks to the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.

The public gets to know him when he co-produces, with Keith Harring, the Peter Stuyvesant advertising campaign. In France, he achieves fame after taking part in the 5/5 Figuration Libre exhibition France-USA at the Musée d'art moderne de la Ville de Paris in 1984. This exhibition featured the work of artists such as Basquiat, Boisrond, Combas, Keith Harring, Tseng Kwong Chi, Di Rosa... and John Matos Crash.

His style is close to comics, he uses flamboyant colors that remind us of the world of advertising and his works assert themselves as pure producs of the contemporary world. He is following the Pop Art lineage perfectly and raises again the so-called subculture to the status of ?high art?.

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Yaki Kornblit Gallery, Amsterdam
51X Gallery, NYC

"Figuration Libre", 5/5 France U.S.A., Musee D'Art Moderne de la Villa de Paris France
Mural installation Collaborative Mural installation, Basel Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland
Mural installations, Bologna, Italy
Yaki Kornblit Gallery, Amsterdam
"CRASH & DAZE", Sidney Janis Gallery, NYC

Yaki Kornblit Gallery, Amsterdam
Collaborative Mural installation, ARCO'85, Madrid, Spain

"Mural Installations", Bronx Council on the Arts, Mural project, 4 sites, Bronx, NY
Sidney Janis Gallery, NYC
Jus de Pomme Gallery, NYC
Yaki Kornblit Gallery, Amsterdam

"CRASH!", Manhattan Borough President
David N. Dinkins Municipal Bldg., 1 Centre St., NYC

Outdoor Mural, CITIBANK, Castle Hill Ave., Bronx, NY
Sidney Janis Gallery, NYC

Tamara Bane Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Hokin Gallery, Bay Harbor Islands, FL
"CRASH", B5 Gallery, Monaco

Outdoor Mural, Montpellier, France
"CRASH & DAZE", Gallery Structure, Montpellier, France
Hokin Gallery, Bay Harbor Islands, FL
"CRASH & DAZE", Black and White in Color Gallery, Bronx, NY

Galerie Michel Gillet, Paris, France
"CRASH", Galerie Artcade, Nice, France

"New Paintings by CRASH", Sidney Janis Gallery, NYC
"John "CRASH" Matos: New Works", C'an Isidro, Ibiza, Spain
"CRASH Superheroes", Martin Lawrence Modern, NYC
Outdoor Mural, Casino de Ibiza, Ibiza, Spain
Body Painting performance, Martin Lawrence Modern, NYC

Performance installation, Club Atmosphere, Zottegem, Belgium
"CRASH", Through Express Part I, (Retrospective)
MEXI-CARTE Museum, Austin Texas, June 11-July 10
Taller Puertoriqueno, Philadelphia, PA, Oct. 15-Dec. 10
Hostos Arts Gallery, Eugenio Maris de Hostos Community, Bronx, NY
Gallery Cotthem, Zottegem, Belgium
CRASH & DAZE, Deux Peintres New Yorkais, Galerie de la Cathredrale, Monaco Villa

Outdoor Mural installation, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Wildlife Conservation Society, The Bronx Zoo, Bronx, NY
"CRASH, Works on Paper", The Hobbs Gallery, Boston, MA
"CRASH", Mary Anthony Fine Arts, New Hope, PA
"CRASH/DAZE, Recent Works", CUNY York College, Jamaica, Queens

Outdoor Mural, Gent, Belgium
Indoor Mural installation, Antwerp, Belgium
Indoor and Outdoor Mural installation project "Hannover-New York Express" metro Station SedanStrasse/Lister Meile, Hannover, Germany
Absolut Vodka Advertising design, NYC
"CRASH, The Villains", Mary Anthony Galleries, SOHO, NYC
Gallery Cotthem, Knokke-Zoutte, Belgium

Mural Installation, "Graffiti Hall of Fame", NYC
Design artwork, for Miami Beach Transportation Management Assoc., New electric shuttle buses "Electrowave", for South Beach, Miami Beach, FL
Dorothy Blau Gallery, Bay Harbor Islands, Fl

Mural Installation, Patterson, NJ Directorial debut
Animated video for T.D.F.'s song, "What She Wants"
Painted Mural installation, with DAZE, at Chiostro del Bramante, Rome, Italy
Bruce R. Lewin Gallery, SOHO, NYC
"CRASH", 2nd Floor Limited, New Orleans, LA
New York-New Works: John "CRASH" Matos, Galeria Las Palomas, Gaucin, Spain

Outdoor Mural Installation, New York City and The Bronx, NY
"CRASH / DAZE", Enrico Coveri, Florence, Italy
"CRASH, Verticals and Horizontals", Mary Anthony Galleries, NY
"CRASH", Vail/Giesler Contemporary Art, Des Moines, IW
"CRASH, The Exhibition", The Masterpiece Gallery, Birmingham, MI

Mural Installation, The Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY
Outdoor Mural Installation “Graffiti Hall of Fame”, NYC
Eric Clapton and Friends, to Benefit the Crossroads Centre, T-shirt design
CRASH and DAZE: On the Express Train 1977-1999, Palais Liechtenstein, Reldkirch, Austria
CRASH and DAZE: On the Express Train 1977-1999, GroBmarkthallen Munich, Germany
American Graffiti: CRASH & DAZE, Musee D’Art Moderne et D’Art Contemporian, Nice, France

Mural Installation, “From East to West”, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Courtesy AZ/NY Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
“CRASH, The Timetable”, Galerie BLU, Pontiac, MI
“Graffiti Indoors”, AZ/NY Contemporary, Scottsdale, AZ
VIPS International, Rotterdam, Holland

Installation, with TATS CRU and DAZE, Bronx, NY
Installation, with DAZE and Juxtaposition Arts, “Another one from the Lab”, Minneapolis, MN
Custom Automobile Installation, CPOP Gallery, Detroit, MI
CRASH, Fine Arts and Artists, Washington, D.C.
“Breaking Curfew”, CPOP Gallery, Detroit, MI
“Installation”, PROSPER, NY
INT./EXT. Eastwick Gallery, Chicago, IL
“Collaborations: CRASHE ONE”, TRIIAD, Paris, France
“Post-Graffiti New York”, CRASH-Toxic, Veranneman Foundation, Kruishoutem, Belgium

“The Power of CRASH”, Art Link International, West Palm Beach, FL
“CRASH, Notes from the Westside”, Galerie Speerstra, Paris, France
KAWS & CRASH, MADEgallery, Vancouver, BC
CRASH, “The Train Paintings”, Galerie Speerstra, Paris, France
CRASH, “BARRIOS”, Hostos Art Gallery, Hostos Community College/CUNY, Bronx, NY
Installation, with TATS CRU and DAZE, Bronx, NY

Installation, with SHE ONE, the LAB101, Los Angeles, CA
Installation, with Man One, SHE ONE, Venice Beach, CA
Installation, with TATS CRU and DAZE, Bronx, NY
100 Small Paintings, RECON @ San Francisco, CA
CRASH, “BARRIOS”, ArtLink International, Lake Worth, FL
CRASH, “BARRIOS”, Karolyn Sherwood Gallery, Des Moines, Iowa
“Protocol, CRASHE ONE”, the LAB101, Los Angeles, CA

Installation, at CARRHART, Mural installation, Kyoto, Japan
“POP, BOOM, CRASH”, Animation and Fine Arts Gallery, NC
“CRASH, Recent Paintings”, PROSPER, Tokyo, Japan
CRASH/HERVE DiROSA, “Collaborations”, Galerie Speerstra, Paris
CRASH, Fender Stratocaster 50th Anniversary, Fender Museum, Corona, CA

Commission for LUCKY STRIKE Brand Cigarette, “Collision I and II “, with Jahan Loh, The Esplanade, Singapore
“Second Skin”, New paintings by CRASH, Wooster Projects, NY
“Second Skin”, Paintings by CRASH, Sponsored by STUSSY, Tokyo, Japan

Mural Installation, with TATS CRU and DAZE, Bronx, NY
“The Lucky Strike Diaries”, Speestra Gallery, Paris, France
“Collision I and II “, with Jahan Loh,The Esplanade, Singapore
“CRASH”, Lehmann/Leskiw Fine Arts, Toronto, Canada

Mural Installation, with TATS CRU and DAZE, Bronx, NY
“Kaleidoscope”, Wooster Projects, NY
CRASH, Galerie Onega, Paris, France
CRASH, Art Link International, West palm Beach, FL
DCC “Crashes” MOCAD, Museum of Contemporary Art-Detroit, Detroit, MI

“CRASH”, Lafayette College, Williams Art Gallery, Easton, PA
“CRASH, The Art of the Line”, Speerstra Gallery, Bursins, Switzerland
“CRASH & Sharp”, Galerie Onega, Paris, France

“Unfinished Business”, Joshua Liner Gallery, NY
“CRASH, Betances 1973-82”, Addict Galerie, Paris, France
“CRASH”, Los Angeles Art Show, FADA, Los Angeles, CA
“CRASH/DAZE”, AdHoc Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
“CRASH by CRASH”, La Galerie Helenbeck, Nice, France
“Whole in the Wall”, La Galerie Helenbeck, New York, NY

“From the 4 Train to Fenders: A Retrospective”, Walsh Art Gallery, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT
“Tin Machines”, Addict Galerie, Paris, France
Mural Installation, with TATS CRU and DAZE, Bronx, NY

“The Street Art Show”, Opera Gallery, London, UK
“Paintings With a Hidden Agenda”, Addict Galerie, Paris, FR
Mural Installation, with TATS CRU and DAZE, Bronx, NY

“Remnant Memories”, Toy Tokyo Underground, New York, NY
Mural Installation, with TATS CRU and DAZE, Bronx, NY
Mural Installation, Le M.U.R., Paris, FR
“Crash, A Study in Watercolors”, Addict Galerie, Paris, FR
“Crash, Misdemeanors to Masterpieces”, Long-Sharp/Curis Modern and Contemporary Fine Art, Detroit, MI
“The True Essence…”, Speerstra Gallery, Bursins, CH
“The Real Crash”, Galerie Brugier-Rigail, Paris, FR
“Crash, Letting Ink Dry”, Wallworks Gallery, Paris, FR
“Back on the Block”, Antiquorum Galleries, New York, NY

“Pop Eye”, Galerie Brugier-Rigail, Paris FR
“Hide N Seek”, Southport Galleries, Southport, CT
“Pop Art and Graffiti”, Galerie Raison d’Art, Lille, FR
“CRASH”, Taipei Art Fait, M.A.D. Gallery, Taipei, TW
“John ‘CRASH’ Matos”, Art Élysées, Velvet Galerie, Paris, FR

“Flow”, Dorian Grey Gallery, New York, NY with Remi Rough
“Crash, Back to Metal”, Speerstra Gallery, Bursins, CH
“Crash”, ArtPalmBeach, Palm Beach, FL

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