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IZ The WIZ (1958-2009)

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  • IZ THE WIZ (né en 1958) Master of reality, 2007

  • IZ THE WIZ (Michael Martin dit) (1958 - 2009) THE SOUNDS OF SILENCE, 2005 Feutres de couleur sur papier



IZ The WIZ Biography

Michael "Iz the Wiz" Martin (November 30, 1958 – June 17, 2009)[1] was one of the most prominent graffiti writers of the New York graffiti movement of the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Martin was from the New York borough of Queens, a Rockaway Beach native. Beginning in 1972, he became a long reigning All-City king of New York, known primarily for his quick, simple two letter tag, 'IZ'. IZ represented a new breed of fame-obsessed writers concerned with finding the perfect balance between quantity and quality. He also wrote "CI" (for Crazy IZ), and "Ike", (short for Mike). He rolled with few crews, the most notable being TMB (The Master Blasters), RTW (Rolling Thunder Writers), and TPA (The Public Animals). He wrote graffiti on every train line in New York City. IZ was also prominently featured in the 1983 documentary Style Wars.

On September 29, 1994, Martin married Katherine M. Lucev, also from the Rockaways, in St. Rose of Lima Church in Rockaway Beach, New York.

From years of using toxic aerosol products without any type of protective mask, IZ was diagnosed with kidney failure in 1996. In early 2000, in an interview for Style Wars revisited, he commented that he would give up all his past fame for full health. In August 2003 he self-curated a solo gallery exhibition in New York City showcasing his legal artwork.

IZ also had his art appear in video games such as Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure and The Warriors. His tag is also seen the 1979 cult movie The Warriors.

Martin died of a heart attack on June 17, 2009.[1]

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  • IZ THE WIZ  « End of Arrows », 1993,  IZ The WIZ, €700 Register to bid
  • IZ THE WIZ (1958-2009)RHEAVEN N HELL, circa 1985RFelt-tip pen and pen on paper; signed lower rightR7 7/8 x 10 7/8 in.,  IZ The WIZ, €600 Register to bid

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  • Painting , IZ THE WIZ  (1958 - 2009),  ,  Marqueur sur papier. Signé en bas à droite. Sans l,  IZ The WIZ, Click for value View Details

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