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Harif Guzman, born March 23, 1975, in Venezuela, spent much of his childhood surrounded by his mother and sisters and was influenced strongly by his father (a printer and typesetter). As a little boy in 1980, Guzman came to New York City. Guzman calls New York not only home but his canvas and inspiration. The inspiration of his work derives from mechanical reproduction and a unique technique that refuses the deadening effects of iconographical conformity. Further inspiration is the result of Guzman’s earliest experiences of image making and the honest craft that he encountered working in his father’s print shop as a boy. The subsequent trajectory of his path from shop worker turned street-smart skate punk, to a worldwide, well respected contemporary artist, involves an alchemical shift as humble cast-offs evolve into fine art in his studio.
Born in Venezuela on March 23, 1975, Harif Guzman later moved to New York as a child, a place he credits as his inspiration and canvas. His early encounters with art happened during the time he spent at his father’s print shop, absorbing the production of image making. The mechanical aspect of the print shop stuck with him, as he incorporates the techniques he observed into his art. Gaining recognition first in New York City for his street art, Guzman’s work has been exhibited at numerous galleries internationally.
Guzman’s work is about transformation; his art inhabits and extends tradition that was laid out in 1920’s Weimar Republic while still focused on contemporaryAmerican art via predecessors Jean-Michel Basquiat, Robert Rauschenberg and the gritty Pop Art aesthetic of Mike Kelley.