Rojelio Cabral, and alter ego ANGST, has been drawing graffiti and street art of the letter A for 25 years.
His most recent work combines the letter A painted and cut from paper, with song lyrics written in complex and striking alphabets.
Best known for the pervasive drawing of his bubble letter A on freeway center-columns throughout Southern California, he’s recognized for the way his A, character-like, played with scale, perspective and wall edges rather than merely stamped on the surface. He was among the first to combine West Coast gang writing with East Coast Hip Hop graffiti and to work in sculptural graffiti, embedding letter A’s into the cityscape.
Rojelio has participated in many exhibitions, from the first LA museum show to include graffiti in 1994, “Urban Revisions: Current Projects for the Urban Realm” at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, to 2012’s “Street Cred: Graffiti Art from Concrete to Canvas” at the Pasadena Museum of California Art.
Art Center College of Design
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), “Urban Revisions”, Los Angeles CA
Pasadena Museum of California Art, “Street Cred”, Pasadena CA
Crewest Gallery, “No Biter’s Allowed”, Los Angeles CA
Festival BAC! 2003, “Barcelona Art al Carrer”, Barcelona Spain
Instituto Cultural Mexicano, Los Angeles, Monterrey & Mexico City, MX
Lollapalooza, “Mean Art Tent”, tour artist, U.S.
S.P.A.R.C., “Notes from the Other Side”, Venice CA
The Zero-One Gallery, Los Angeles CA
The Attorney General of Mexico, Mexico City
S.P.A.R.C. (the Social Public Art Resource Center), LA
The City of Los Angeles
Private and public commissions in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Mexico City, Barcelona and Buenos Aires
National Endowment of the Arts, Artist Grant
S.P.A.R.C. Project Grant
Mayor’s Commendation of The City of Los Angeles
Mexican Cultural Institute
LA Black Book, The Getty Research Institute
The History of Los Angeles Graffiti, Vol. 1
Graffiti LA: Street Styles and Art
Urban Revisions, MOCA and ADOBE LA joint catalog
Murals: A Guide
Getting Up: The TEMPT ONE Story, “Audience Award” winner, Slamdance Film Festival
Graffiti Verité, “Best Documentary” winner, Telluride Independent Film Festival
Hip-Hop Civilization and it’s Discontents, NEA / LACE