Linus Coraggio, 1985
22" x 15" x 5"
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 not 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 - his sprawling scrap metal studio of 10 years in a former gas station on 2nd St.and Ave B).