November 7, 2012, New York, N.Y. – She goes by the name of Lady Pink: Ecuadorian transplant, Queens resident, professional artist and former graffiti artist who cut her teeth painting New York City subway trains in the 1970s. At that time, Lady Pink – real name: Sandra Fabara – was one of the only ladies in the graffiti scene. Today she’s a renowned artist whose work can be found in galleries around world. But her real passion is community-based art: Pink leads aspiring young artists in mural projects all over the city.
Back in the day, Lady Pink ran with a graffiti group called The Crazy Five (TC5), tagging and bombing her way around the city. She starred in the iconic hip hop film, Wild Style. She even met her true love while bombing a subway car. On their first date, they were chased by the police. They got away – and eventually got married.
Lady Pink’s colorful, feminine style caught the attention of the art world in the late 70s and she graduated from the streets to the galleries. Unlike many other artists accustomed to permanent gallery space, Lady Pink accepts that her artwork will not last forever. “When we painted subway trains, perhaps we learned that lesson the hardest of all,” she says. “You paint your train, kiss it goodbye – you may never see it again.”
Today, Lady Pink and her husband run a business from their home in Queens commissioning murals for neighborhood projects and businesses. She paints with young people whenever she can. “I think it’s important to hand down my skill, my art, my craft. Mural painting isn’t taught in schools,” she says. “If just meeting an artist can inspire these young people to pursue art as a career…I think I’ve done my deed.”