Alex “Defer” Kizu began his career in the Los Angeles street art scene in the 80’s. He draws influences from the urban landscape of LA’s underground culture to intertwine into his art projects. Spending his youth in Boyle Heights, he uses his experience with street art to create murals, prints and canvases.
DEFER’s unique typographic work, also known as a handstyle, pays homage to the original Los Angeles graffiti crews. Kizu’s art serves as a bridge between the underground graffiti scene and a larger, diverse audience in the art world.
Kizu often paints Japanese images and symbols to accompany his signature beautiful handstyle of lettering in his artwork. His work remains reminiscent to the indigenous nature of Los Angeles “plasco” style graffiti crews.