Main Wall Graffiti Mural
on display at Madrone Art Bar
Cave is a 12-year-old graffiti artist in San Francisco. He wants to keep his identity secret, just like the graffiti masters.
Interest in Cave's work first garnered the attention of KQED... "11-Year-Old Graffiti Artist's Passion Starts with Street Signs... Cave's passion for graffiti started early. It began with signs. "I actually learned how to read through traffic signs, because I used to know what they said by heart, like stop, one way and stuff." When Cave saw lettering he liked, he would make his parents stop in the street so he could admire it. At home he made copies of the signs and pasted them onto cardboard. He loved signs so
much that one Halloween he dressed up as the falling rock sign."
As he got older his interest in signage transitioned to the lettering of Graffiti. His always-supportive parents asked people within the art community for advice and direction. They took him to meet working artist in their studios, here in San Francisco and throughout the world. They signed him up for classes at 1AM Gallery. They even built him a wall in their back yard that he has painted at least 75 times. This parental support has offered him the opportunity over the past three years to travel and paint murals in Berlin, Paris, London, Miami, New York, LA and Chicago. He also has a future commission in Hong Kong.
I first met Cave, when he was 3 years old. He and my daughter were in the same pre-school class here in San Francisco. He immediately stood out to me, as he was always wearing a brightly colored fluorescent construction vest, and carrying yellow caution tape. Having followed his progression as a young artist I offered him the opportunity to paint my interior walls. While I watched him work, I was amazed by his determination and the absence of hesitation with every mark he made.
His work represents hope and the potential that an ambitious creative spirit possesses to change the future. His artistic passion is contagious and who knows where his art will lead this 12-year-old!
-Michael Spike Krouse
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