Bill Blast / william Cordero
Blast was born in 1964 in New York.
"Graffiti took me completely. I was fascinated by seeing these huge mural paintings entering subway stations, and that crossed it by making a loud noise. It was incredible."
At that time, writers were no toying others works, it was an implicit code of respect. The works could take longer, pushing graffiti writers to exceed themselves. Bill Blast mainly painted baseball courts walls in New York and has in fact very few trains to his credit.
In 1981, he entered the High School of Art and Design. After having been a consultant for the film Beat Street from 1984 directed by Stan Lathan, he joined the Parsons School of Design and starts to paint on canvas. After having worked in the emergency, he discoveres another way to work.
Fascinated by Egyptian hieroglyphics, he studied it and introduced it into his work. Finding it difficult to be recognized in the art world in the United States, he shows his works on canvas in Europe where his style becomes very successfull. Blast is one of the greatest New York Graffiti writers of the 1970's period.
© J.Eugène / Speerstra Gallery 2010