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Cope 2 is a New York graffiti artist hailing from Kingsbridge, South Bronx. Known worldwide for his wild style pieces and bubble lettering, he fell in love with the art form in the early ‘80s. These years were the beginnings of an illustrious career that saw the formation of his crew “Kids Destroy”. The name was later changed to “Kings Destroy” as he was the self-proclaimed King of the notorious New York 4 Line. Cope2 has achieved success beyond the streets for his works and collaborative projects alongside such names as Adidas, Converse, and Time Magazine.
For over 30 years, Cope 2 has risen to become the world’s most instantly recognizable, visibly committed, and respected aerosol artists alive. Cope2’s throw-ups have further proved their notoriety with appearances in other media productions such as the videogame GTA IV and in the movies “Shrek the Third”, “Basquiat”, and others. In 2003 Righters published his book, “Cope 2: True Legend”. Today Cope2 finds himself in the studio adapting his raw energy & trademark lettering onto canvases.
Legend by Nature, Die Hamburg Gallery, Hamburg, Germany
Under The Influence, AZArt Gallery, New York, NY
Powers Of Abstraction, David Pluskwa Gallery, Marseille, France
Enigma, G&B Studio D’Arte Contemporanea, Venice, Italy
Versatile, Inner State Gallery, Detroit, MI
Prolific, Ruttowski68 Gallery, Cologne, Germany
Hypnotic, Gallery 69, New York, NY
Defiance, MathGoth Gallery, Paris, France
Rebirth, Project 1 Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Resilient, Dorian Grey Gallery, New York, NY
Last Legend, Bob Gallery, New York, NY
World’s Famous Bubble, Halvandet Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Authentic, Maximillian Gallery, West Hollywood, CA
Transition, TT-Underground Gallery, New York, NY
Fine Lines, Skalitzers Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany
Cope2, Broken Bread Gallery, Denver, CO
Cope2, Muse Gallery, New London, CT
Kings Destroy, Every Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Cope2, Defiance Gallery, Chicago, IL
Cope2: True Legend, Koi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Cruel Summer (curated by Roger Gastman), Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York, NY
Art Alliance: The Provocateurs (curated by Shepard Fairey), Chicago, IL
De La Ligne A L’Abstraction, Yves LaRoche Gallery, Montreal, Canada
10 Years of Wooster Collective, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, NY
Seven, Stolenspace Gallery, London, UK
Urban Art: Graffiti 21, Volklinger Hutte – Ironworks Museum, Saarbrücken, Germany
New York Kings, Pure Evil Gallery, London, UK
Under The Influence, Phillips De Pury & Company, New York, NY
The Art of Basketball (Next Wave), One Gallery, Newark, NJ
The (S) Files Biennial, El Museo Del Barrio, New York, NY
Urban Art- Graffiti 21, Weltkulturerbe Volklinger Hutte, Volklingen, Germany
Burning Hearts, Galerie MathGoth, Paris, France
he Art Of Basketball, Public Works Gallery, Wynwood, FL
Down By Law, Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hamptons, NY
Pop Art, Freeman‘s Auction, Philadelphia, PA
Artefacts, TT-Underground Gallery, New York, NY
Color Correct, Eden Gallery, New York, NY
Graphic Attack, 1AM Gallery, San Francisco, CA
N’ap Boule: A Benefit for the people of Haiti, Anonymous Gallery, New York, NY
The Generations, The Showroom Gallery, New York, NY (Guest Curator)
TKid 170 x Cope2, M2 Gallery, New York, NY
TAG au Grand Palais, Gallizia Collection, Paris, France
All that Glitters is Gold, McCaig Welles Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (Guest Curator)
The Style God, Artdrenaline Gallery, Den Haag, Holland
Top of the Line, The Showroom Gallery, New York, NY (Guest Curator)
Come Correct, The Showroom Gallery, New York, NY (Guest Curator)
Made From Love, The Bronx Museum of Arts, Bronx, NY
New York Legends, McCaig & Welles Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (Guest Curator)
No Comply, The Federation Atrium Square, Sydney, Australia
The Walls Belong to Us, PowerHouse Arena, Brooklyn, NY
Weapons of Mass Destruction, Fifty24SF Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Ol’ Skool Legends, The Outside Insititute, London, England
Subway Series: The New York Yankees and The American Dream, The Bronx Musuem of Arts, Bronx, NY
Clash of the Titans, McCaig-Welles, Brooklyn, NY
Tags, Bombs & Scratchiti, Martinez Gallery, New York, NY
SELECTED PUBLIC WORKS
Music Notes, NYU Hospital: The Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children’s Center for Cancer, New York, NY
“Post-Modernism? Neo-Expressionalism? Just Vandalism? Time, Know Why”, Time Magazine, New York, NY
Getting Up Block Party, Mark Ecko Unltd, New York, NY
Bomb It: The Global Graffiti Documentary, Docurama, Jon Reiss
Cope2: Kings Destroy, Abstract Video, Tommy Maron
Gastman Roger, and Neelon, Caleb. The History of American Graffiti. New York: Harper Collins. Print.
Danysz, Magda. From Style Writing to Art: A Street Art Anthology. Paris: Dokument. Print.
Chandès, Hervé. Born in the Streets: Graffiti, New York: Thames & Hudson. Print.
Maridueña, Alain. New York City: Black Book Masters. Berlin: On The Run. Print.
Felisbret, Eric, and Prigoff, James. Graffiti New York. New York: Abrams, Print.
Lange, Todd. New York Subway Graffiti. New York: Schiffer Publishing. Print.
Jenkins, Sacha, and Villorente, David. Piecebook: The Secret Drawings of Graffiti Writers. New York: Prestel USA. Print.
Gastman, Roger et al. Freight Train Graffiti. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc. Print.
Mariduena, Alain. Graffiti Planet: The Best Graffiti from Around the World. London: Michael O’Mara. Print.
Martinez, Hugo. Graffiti NYC. New York: Prestel Publishing. Print.
2004 Sutherland, Peter. Autograf. New York: Powerhouse Books. Print.
Murray, Jim, and Murray Karla. Broken Windows. New York: Ginko Press. Print.
Ganz, Nicholas. Graffiti World. London: Thames & Hudson. Print.
From Here To Fame. Cope2: True Legend. Paris: Righters.com. Print.
Guernsey’s. Graffiti Art: The Auction. New York: Guernsey’s. Print.
Powers, Stephen. The Art of Getting Over: Graffiti at the Millennium.New York: St. Martin’s Press. Print.