Born Robert Michael Provenzano in 1970, CESis a New York City leader of the streamlined and aerodynamic “Wildstyle,” alphabetic reconfiguration in contemporary graffiti. His innovations have influenced an entire generation of graffiti writers in the United States and abroad. Besides New York, he has done work in cities as varied as Athens, Boston, Basel, Tokyo, Amsterdam and Berlin.
SOLO AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2016 Up on The Roof, The White Room Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY Vandalizing Pratt, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY Anniversary Exhibit, 212 Arts, New York, NY Subway Train, TATS CRU Yard, South Bronx, NY 2015 That’s My Name Talking, Fort Gansevoort, New York, NY 2014 Time Bomb, Urban Folk Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NYC The Burning of Kingston, Trolley Museum, Kingston, NY Outdoor Art Exhibition, The Bronx Graffiti Art Gallery, Bronx, NY 2010 Graphic Attack, 1:AM Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2008 Graffiti: Spirit of an Age @ 40 x 10, The Longwood Art Gallery, Bronx, NY 2002 CES, Quick & Seen, FIFTY24SF Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2016 Goldowitz, Noah. “Legendary Graffiti Artist CES Launches SOCKCES, His Art On Socks”, weartesters, December 5. Takanashi, Lei. “Hamptons exhibition shows graffiti’s transition into the gallery”, The Long Islander, April 13. Ket. “Graffiti Planet: The best graffiti from around the world”, Michael O'Mara; Rev Upd edition (July 1, 2016). Steyels, Mike. “MAD C, CES, AND OSCURURU GO HARD IN THE PAINT”, Mass appeal, March 27.
2015 Anderson, Kristin. “Retail, Art, and Barbecue Meet at the Meatpacking District’s Coolest New Space”, Vogue, November 12. Morris, Ali. “Townhouse Takeout: Fort Gansevoort serves up art with a side of BBQ”, Wallpaper, August 3. Miranda, Kelsey. “Fort Gansevoort Opens with CES Sketches and BBQ”, Whitewall, July 31. Munro, Cait. “New Gallery Fort Gansevoort Combines Art and BBQ in the Meatpacking District”, Artnet, July 22. Balasundar, Gautam. “Fort Gansevoort Brings Art & BBQ To The Heart Of The Meatpacking District”, Guest of a Guest, July 20. Blair, Courtney Willis. “Fort Gansevoort opens in New York City’s Meatpacking District”, Forbes, July 20. Pabla, Simran. “On The Scene: Fort Gansevoort Inaugural Night”, The Knockturnal, July 19. Steadman, Ryan. “New ‘Cultural Hub’ Brings Art, Design, BBQ (and Celebs) to Meatpacking District”, Observer, July 17. “Adam Shopkorn’s New Gallery Serves Barbecue”, Architectural Digest, June 30. Elstein, Aaron. “Can graffiti ever be worth millions? One Bronx biz owner is betting yes”, Crain’s New York, June 15.
2014 Maleszka, Jamie. “8 Must-see NYC art shows opening this fall”, Paper Magazine, September 9. 2013 “Doyle New York’s April 8, 2013 Street Art Auction Sets World Auction Records”, Doyle, April 8.
Pape, Chris. “The 50 Greatest NYC Graffiti Artists”, Complex, February 7.
2012 Anderson, Debra. “Luxotica”, Wynwood Art District, Miami, December 12.