Graffiti art is a term used to describe images or text that are typically spray-painted onto buildings.
Graffiti art originated in 1970s New York, where young individuals used spray paint and other materials to create images on buildings and subway train sides. This form of graffiti varies from vibrant, intricate graphics (known as wildstyle) to stylized monograms (tags).
While traditional graffiti is not often found in galleries or museums, its aesthetic has influenced artists' work. Early adopters of graffiti in art included the French artist Jean Dubuffet, who incorporated tags and graphic elements into his paintings, and New York artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, considered pioneers of street art.
In more recent times, famous graffiti artists like Barry McGee and Banksy have had their work showcased in commercial spaces.