Alex Kizu, better known by his artist name DEFER, is a Los Angeles-based artist and graffiti writer who has gained widespread recognition for his unique style and striking visual language. DEFER's artistic journey began in the early 1980s when he first encountered the graffiti subculture that was flourishing in his hometown of Los Angeles. He was drawn to the energy and rebellious spirit of graffiti, which allowed him to express himself freely and to claim his place in the public sphere. Over the years, DEFER honed his craft and developed a distinctive style that blends graffiti, street art, and fine art influences. His work often features bold, blocky lettering, intricate patterns, and vibrant colors, which he uses to create layered, textured compositions that blur the lines between words and images. DEFER's art is deeply rooted in the history and culture of Los Angeles, and he draws inspiration from the city's rich mix of people, places, and traditions. His work often reflects the challenges and contradictions of urban life, as well as the resilience and creativity of those who call the city home. In addition to his public art projects and gallery shows, DEFER has also worked on a range of commercial projects, including album covers, clothing designs, and advertising campaigns. He is highly respected within the street art and graffiti communities and has collaborated with many of the most prominent artists and writers in these fields. Overall, DEFER's art is a testament to the power of creative self-expression and the enduring appeal of the graffiti and street art movements. Through his work, he continues to push the boundaries of what is possible in these forms and to inspire new generations of artists and art lovers around the world.
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Purchase Def Syntax 1-Color Hand-Pulled Limited Edition Silkscreen Print on Fine Art Paper by Defer Rare Street Art Famous Pop Artwork Artist. DEFER Def Syntax, 2022 Hand-Pulled Screen Print 22 x 30 inches (55.88 x 76.2 cms) Edition of 75 Signed and Numbered by the Artist Embossed by BEYOND THE STREET. DEFER's stylized lettering echoes the language and traditions of his Boyle Heights, Los Angeles neighborhood.