Andrew Witten

Andrew "Zephyr" Witten, is a graffiti artist, lecturer and author from New York City. He began writing graffiti in 1975 and first signed using the name "Zephyr" in 1977. Much of Zephyr's original work was graffiti applied on New York City Subway rolling stock. From 1977 to 1981, Zephyr was a key member of graffiti crews including The Rebels (TR) and Rolling Thunder Writers (RTW), composed largely of artists affiliated with a scene of teenagers spending time in Central Park.

Zephyr was part of the first wave of graffiti artists to make the transition to galleries, collectors and commercial work. In the early 80s, he showed at New York City galleries specializing in graffiti, such as the FUN Gallery and 51X. His art was part of a five-man show including Fab Five Freddy, Dominique Philbert, Futura 2000 and Dondi White that toured Japan in 1983. In 2005, he was included in the "East Village USA" show held at The New Museum.

His works can be seen in the hip-hop culture documentary Style Wars and he was featured as himself in the landmark hip-hop motion picture Wild Style.

In Groups: The Rebels (TR), Rolling Thunder Writers (RTW), The Death Squad (TDS)


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