KR.ONE – “2 Mint” Ink, Pen, Pencil, Marker on paper. 13.5 × 11".
Louie “KR.ONE” Gasparro is a self taught natural artist.
His inspirations and earliest influences range from Saturday morning cartoons, 1960’s and 70’s underground comics, rock album cover and poster art and of course the rolling art of NYC Subway Graffiti.
Specific influences include: Roger Dean, Rodney Matthews, Vaughn Bode, Bernie Wrightson, Alex Nino, Josh Kirby, Syd Mead, Frank Frazetta, Dan Merriam, and
NYC Graffiti luminaries such as DON 1 MAFIA,TRACY 168,ROTO 1,SON1,and KEL139.
Born in Manhattan, raised in Astoria Queens; Louie totally absorbed the early to mid 70’s graffiti metamorphosis and in 1977 took the name KROME later changing it to KR.ONE.
New York City’s MTA subway RR, M, L, J, A, B, 2 and 5 lines became the surface choice of this emerging artist’s creative expression.
Retiring from the subways in 1982, Louie put his late night subway excursions on pause to begin his musical career playing drums and guitars. He has created art, written music and drummed for such legendary NYC bands as: MURPHY’s LAW, LORDZ OF BROOKLYN, BLITZSPEER, SUPERVILLAIN and current hard rock / heavy metal project RESURRECTION SORROW, which are about to release their 2nd independent album in March 2011.
This current show is an example of KR.ONE and his collection of “Graffiti as Illustrative Art”.
“The enigmatic bending of what were once known as your A, B, C’s.