Lady Pink was born Sandra Fabara in Ecuador in 1964 and raised in New York City. She started making graffiti at the age of 15 and quickly became well known as the only prominent female in the graffiti subculture. She painted subway trains from 1979 to 1985.
A picture of Lady Pink
Philosophy and Style
The following Feminist Artist Statement by Lady Pink is excerpted from the Brooklyn Art Museum’s wesbite:
“When I first started, women were still trying to prove themselves, through the 70’s, that women could do everything guys could do. The feminist movement was growing very strong and as a teenager I think it affected me without me realizing that I was a young feminist. The more guys said “you can’t do that”, the more I had to prove them wrong. I had to hold it up for all my sisters who looked up to me to be brave and courageous and to prove that I could do what guys could do. We defend our artworks with our fists and our crazy courage. When you have guys that disrespect you you’re gonna have to teach them a lesson, otherwise they are going to keep walking all over you. I’m sorry, but that’s the way it is out there, it’s not easy. But it also reflects what the art world in general is: 80% white males. So you have to fight tooth and nail, bitch and scream, be loud and be large to get respect.”
In New York, Lady Pink’s artwork can be found in the collections of the Whitney Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of the City of NY, the Bronx Museum, and the Queens Museum.
Lady Liberty is Bush’s Whore, 2006 (Exhibited at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Art Museum)
Civilization:The Cancer On Mother Earth, 1992
Lady Pink became a cult figure in the hip-hop subculture since starring in the movie Wild Style in 1982.
She works as a community activist by creating large-scale murals; influencing artists to donate public art in culturally neglected communities; holding mural workshops with students; and lecturing in universities throughout the U.S. She collaborates with her husband, Smith.
Visit Lady Pink’s website to learn more about her artistic and community efforts.
The She Temple, 2005
Pink on a CC Train, 1983
The Venus and The Penis, 1997
Lady Skater, 2004