About The Artist
Linus Coraggio began drawing as a one-year-old
and sculpting intricate cardboard and wood sculptures at age 8
. He designed and built his first piece of furniture at age 12 .
A New York City native, he attended Music and Art High School
where he met and collaborated with other local artists. Coraggio first began showing his sculpture in group exhibits in NYC (some of which he curated at spaces like ABC No Rio
) while still studying for his BFA at SUNY Purchase
. It was during this time that he invented a genre of street art called “3-D Graffiti”
(welded, graffitied constructions bolted onto No-Parking signposts in several major cities). After graduation, Coraggio very actively participated in the blossoming East Village
art scene. He formed and galvanized a sculpture group known as the “Rivington School”
that created massive junk sculpture installations on the Lower East Side
from 1985 to 1997 (including the infamous Gas Station/Space 2B
—his sprawling scrap metal studio of 10 years in a former gas station on 2nd St.
and Ave B).
Coraggio attended the Whitney Museum Studio Program
in 1986 and has received travel grants to Helsinki, Finland
; Rotterdam, Holland
; Lintz, Austria
and Japan to do sponsored public sculptures. He still works and lives in NYC doing commissions and creating new welded abstract and figurative sculpture as well as one-of-a-kind
metal furniture. Ringo Starr
is among his collectors.
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