‘Tats Cru’ – A Look Back at Graffiti Art in the Bronx

Wilfredo Feliciano, known as “Bio,” left, and Hector Nazario, known as “Nicer” from Tats Cru, look at some of their artwork at their exhibition in BronxArtSpace. (Photo by Julius Constantine Motal via The Riverdale Express)

Works by the legendary group of graffiti artists known as Tats Cru, whose art has been seen on the streets of the Bronx for 37 years, can be viewed at a special exhibit at BronxArtSpace, 305 E. 140th St., through July 15, reports Tiffany Moustakas in The Riverdale Press.

The group formed in 1980 when Wilfredo “Bio” Feliciano, Hector “Nicer” Nazario and Sotero “BG183” Ortiz met in high school. The trio first followed other graffiti artists who used the subway as their canvas. 

Although they never pursued a traditional arts education, their collective passion followed them out of the subway and onto the streets of the Bronx, and soon across the city. By 1994, they made their love of graffiti a business.

“When we started, we had no idea what we were doing,” Feliciano said during an artist talk with Lois Stavsky, founder of the Street Art NYC blog, on June 22. “We were the worst businessmen ever.”

Go to The Riverdale Press to read about how their fame grew and to learn how the curators believe the artists can serve as an inspiration to others.

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