RETNA (Marquis Duriel Lewis) was born in 1979 in Los Angeles, California. He was introduced to L.A.'s graffiti/mural culture in 1986. At the age of fifteen, he started to paint on posted fashion advertisements and led one of the largest and most innovative graffiti art collectives the city has witnessed. He is well known for his unique text-based style, and layering intricate line work with an incandescent color palette, while using paintbrushes mixed with the traditional spray can. His pieces synthesize the line between fine art and graffiti, power and opposition, and tradition and advancement. Yielding an unmistakable aesthetic that integrates appropriated contemporary photography, graffiti, traditional painting and a unique glyphic style; he has emerged as one of the most prolific graffiti artists in the contemporary art world. RETNA has participated in numerous international exhibitions, countless public murals, and collaborations.