About - urban/shout

Zuri A. Stanback

I’m a self-taught painter using acrylic and oil paints on canvas. My love for hip-hop in the late 70′s and early 80′s was complemented by my love for graffiti. Years of imitating what I saw in movies (“Wild Style”), music videos and concerts, and neighborhoods (dad lived in Harlem for a while) led to a style I dubbed “Hierograff.” Hierograff is the convergence of influences from ancient tribal markings, most popularly represented by Egyptian hieroglyphs, and modern-day gaffiti. My pieces often display a combination of icons, abstract lines, and my own signature markings.

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