Born in 1969, Sandro Figueroa Garcia, commonly known as Sen2, grew up in Canteras, a rough neighborhood of Santurce, Puerto Rico. It wasn’t until a trip to New York City, in the 1980s, that Sen2 found the art of graffiti. He was hooked instantly.
Bringing his newfound passion back to Puerto Rico, Sen2 immersed himself in the subculture. In an age before the internet, he drew inspiration from black-and-white graffiti magazines, absorbing the styles and learning the techniques he would later put into practice. In 1986, while painting in the streets of his hometown, he met a like-minded, up-and-coming artist named Rek. Still beginners at graffiti, or “aerosol art” as it was called in Puerto Rico at the time, they honed their skills and improved their artistry every day by collaborating on murals. Soon, they met Ske and Soze, two more talented graffiti artists who possessed the experience they lacked. Together, they formed the Mad Crew, finding much success in Puerto Rico before eventually parting ways.
Sen2 ultimately moved to the “Salsa Borough” of New York City, located in what is known as the BX or South Bronx. However, amid the cityscapes and subways of NYC, he never forgot where he came from. It was at this point in his life that he met and joined the world’s most famous graffiti crew ever: Tats Cru.
With Tats Cru came opportunity; Sen2 traveled throughout Europe and the rest of the globe. He found himself creating art for music videos, working with high profile recording artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Nas, and Missy Elliot. He has even been commissioned by Robert Deniro. By the late 1990s, his talent spilled over into the world of fashion as he applied his design skills for companies such as Tribal Gear, Miss Sixty, and Wildstyle Technicians. He also started his own brands, notably The Sen2 Collection and the DirtyWaters Trade Company, a lifelong dream which represents Puerto Rico in the fashion industry.
Over the years, Sen2 has grown into one of the hardest working contemporary artists in the world, with abstract paintings on display throughout America and Europe. In early 2012, he established Many Styles, a fully equipped design studio where he can create his own art with the same passion he had in the 80s. But while we talk about his past success, Sen2 is already looking forward, always evolving and never ceasing to push himself artistically as he further develops his trademark style.