Marquis Duriel Lewis, better known as Los Angeles-based street artist Retna, enjoys a global reputation as one of the most prominent and wealthy street artists of our time. His work has featured all over a Louis Vuitton store in Miami, an opera house in San Francisco, Los Angeles’ Olympic bid video and even Justin Bieber’s latest album cover.

Born in 1979, Retna was introduced to the Los Angeles mural scene at an early age and has led one of the largest graffiti art collectives in the city since he was in high school. Rather than attend art school, he focused on street art, and soon became a global sensation.

Retna now travels the world creating street art, and also produces contemporary art pieces on canvas, some of which are on display in art galleries, museums, luxury retailers and even homes of the rich and famous.

Invest in Retna artwork with Maddox Gallery

There is a very healthy audience looking to buy Retna art and invest significant sums in it. This level of demand suggests great things for the artist’s future, and good potential returns for individuals who purchase Retna artwork sooner rather than later.

We’re proud to represent Retna in the UK and share his incredible works with the public. His pieces are consistently snapped up almost as soon as they land on our walls, but our strong relationship with the artist means that we often have a number of pieces available to purchase, and can also commission totally unique works to be produced upon request.

If you’re looking to invest in Retna, please visit us at Maddox Gallery, Mayfair, in the heart of London and only steps away from Oxford Circus. His works should be seen in person to be truly appreciated, and we will be more than happy to talk you through his works in detail.

Retna
Retna

The themes behind Retna’s art

Retna art is always a varied composition, incorporating intricate line work, complex layering and a powerful range of colour. He incorporates elements of fine art, graffiti, visual linguistics and urban poetics to purvey a timeless and unique power.

His artwork has explored an eclectic range of media, including graffiti, sculpture and photography. What features in all of them, however, is Retna’s unique script which resembles many different languages, but belongs to no one culture.

Retna has taken inspiration from cultures around the world, crediting ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics as inspiration for his art, as well as traditional Native American symbols, Arabic script, gothic blackletter and the Hebrew alphabet.

The result is something which is to be truly appreciated up close, and represents a kind of unity between different cultures, reflecting the nature of LA as a cultural melting pot.

“I always studied ancient cultures because I was born of mixed race, but I always felt I was part of the world,” Retna has explained.

“I want my text to feel universal. I want people from different cultures to all find some similarity in it — whether they can read it or not.”

Experience Retna art around the world

As well as adorning buildings around the world, Retna art has been exhibited at prestigious venues including L.A. Art Machine in Los Angeles, CA; Don Gallery in Milan, Italy; Yves Laroche Galerie d’Art in Montreal, Canada; Art for All in Malaga, Spain; and of course, Maddox Gallery in Mayfair, London.

The artist is also a huge commercial success, working with brands such as Nike, Louis Vuitton and Helmut Lang. He has even transformed an aircraft as part of a sponsorship by VistaJet. Recently, Retna moved into the music industry, branching out into yet another creative venture. He designed the artwork for Justin Bieber’s latest album cover and has been named as the San Francisco Opera’s newest artistic director.

Retna even featured in the official video which pitched LA to host the Olympic Games in 2024. The video showcased the best of LA’s unique talent, and Retna’s calligraphy has truly become a signature style not only of the artist, but of the city itself.

See Retna on social media

With more than fifteen years of prolific work behind him, Retna began his street art career before broadband internet even existed. However, the artist’s social media presence has arguably played a significant part in his rise to fame as a self-made celebrity.

Retna art resides on buildings, signs and walls around LA and elsewhere in the world, since he is first and foremost a street artist. With this in mind, Instagram provides the perfect opportunity for these works to gain a global audience. LA Confidential Magazine even named Retna as one of the most influential Instagram stars in LA, a city packed full of creatives and celebrities.

Retna’s Instagram feed features everything from behind-the-scenes snaps at fashion shoots and gallery exhibition launches to interior design shots and graffiti-adorned buildings. Many thousands of posts on other Instagram accounts also feature Retna artwork, showing the extent of the online hype that surrounds him both in LA and internationally. If you wish to discover more about the artist, we highly recommend you take a look at his social presence.

Art Investment Brochure

  • You Stole My Style You Fuckin Punk
    TITLE
    You Stole My Style You Fuckin Punk

    YEAR
    2016

    MEDIUM
    Enamel, Acrylic And Crystalline On Canvas

    SIZE
    183 x 183cm
  • Untitled
    TITLE
    Untitled

    YEAR
    2016

    MEDIUM
    Oil And Mixed Media On Canvas

    SIZE
    162 x 122cm
  • Strong Arm
    TITLE
    Strong Arm

    YEAR
    2015

    MEDIUM
    Stainless Steel

    SIZE
    183 x 152cm
  • Sting Operation
    TITLE
    Sting Operation

    YEAR
    2017

    MEDIUM
    Ink And Acrylic On Canvas

    SIZE
    229 x 168cm
  • A Destination To The Legacy Of Great Achievements. Who Lives Above The Clouds Aligning The Wings Of Man’s Imagination
    TITLE
    A Destination To The Legacy Of Great Achievements. Who Lives Above The Clouds Aligning The Wings Of Man's Imagination

    YEAR
    2013

    MEDIUM
    Enamel And Acrylic On Canvas

    SIZE
    244 x 244cm
  • Untitled
    TITLE
    Untitled

    YEAR
    2017

    MEDIUM
    Enamel, Crystalline And Acrylic On Canvas

    SIZE
    122 x 122cm
  • Send Me A Letter
    TITLE
    Send Me A Letter

    YEAR
    2016

    MEDIUM
    Oil And Acrylic On Canvas

    SIZE
    183 x 244cm
  • Save Your Story For Someone Who Cares
    TITLE
    Save Your Story For Someone Who Cares

    YEAR
    2016/17

    MEDIUM
    Oil, Enamel, Crystalline And Acrylic On Canvas

    SIZE
    183 x 274cm
  • Gambling, Numbers And Dope
    TITLE
    Gambling, Numbers And Dope

    YEAR
    2014

    MEDIUM
    Enamel, Acrylic, Crystalline And Leather On Canvas

    SIZE
    262 x 244cm
  • Color Deconstructed 2
    TITLE
    Color Deconstructed 2

    YEAR
    2015

    MEDIUM
    Acrylic On Canvas

    SIZE
    244 x 213cm
  • Color Deconstructed 1
    TITLE
    Color Deconstructed 1

    YEAR
    2015

    MEDIUM
    Acrylic On Canvas

    SIZE
    244 x 213cm
  • Eye Don’t Think You Know You Opened Up My Eyes
    TITLE
    Eye Don't Think You Know You Opened Up My Eyes

    YEAR
    2016

    MEDIUM
    Ink And Acrylic On Canvas

    SIZE
    183 x 274cm
  • Buy Some Off Shore Company Off Shore (Triptych)
    TITLE
    Buy Some Off Shore Company Off Shore (Triptych)

    YEAR
    2016

    MEDIUM
    Ink And Acrylic On Canvas

    SIZE
    183 x 183cm (x3)
  • Buy Some Off Shore Company Off Shore (Triptych)
    TITLE
    Buy Some Off Shore Company Off Shore (Triptych)

    YEAR
    2016

    MEDIUM
    Ink And Acrylic On Canvas

    SIZE
    183 x 183cm (x3)
  • Buy Some Off Shore Company Off Shore (Triptych)
    TITLE
    Buy Some Off Shore Company Off Shore (Triptych)

    YEAR
    2016

    MEDIUM
    Ink And Acrylic On Canvas

    SIZE
    183 x 183cm (x3)
  • Sometimes Eye Can’t Read What What Eye Write
    TITLE
    Sometimes Eye Can't Read What Eye Write

    YEAR
    2014

    MEDIUM
    Acrylic On Canvas

    SIZE
    274 x 198cm
  • To Me Life Won’t Change
    TITLE
    To Me Life Won't Change

    YEAR
    2017

    MEDIUM
    Oil And Acrylic On Canvas

    SIZE
    183 x 122cm
  • Send Me A Picture Home
    TITLE
    Send Me A Picture Home

    YEAR
    2017

    MEDIUM
    Oil, Ink And Acrylic On Canvas

    SIZE
    183 x 122cm
  • Eye Need To Be Your Love
    TITLE
    Eye Need To Be Your Love

    YEAR
    2017

    MEDIUM
    Ink And Acrylic On Canvas

    SIZE
    183 x 183cm
  • Untitled
    TITLE
    Untitled

    YEAR
    2017

    MEDIUM
    Acrylic On Canvas

    SIZE
    183 x 183cm
  • Marquis
    TITLE
    Marquis

    YEAR
    2017

    MEDIUM
    Oil And Acrylic On Canvas

    SIZE
    183 x 183cm
  • Margraves
    TITLE
    Margraves

    YEAR
    2017

    MEDIUM
    Oil And Acrylic On Canvas

    SIZE
    153 x 153cm
  • Untitled
    TITLE
    Untitled

    YEAR
    2017

    MEDIUM
    Enamel, Acrylic And Crystalline On Canvas

    SIZE
    122 x 122cm
  • Service To The Lives Of Mystics Of Time
    TITLE
    Service To The Lives Of Mystics Of Time

    YEAR
    2015

    MEDIUM
    Acrylic On Canvas

    SIZE
    183 x 274cm
  • A Stamp Of Approval
    TITLE
    A Stamp Of Approval

    YEAR
    2014/17

    MEDIUM
    Oil, Enamel And Acrylic On Linen

    SIZE
    221 x 203cm
  • Say My Name (Diptych)
    TITLE
    Say My Name (Diptych)

    YEAR
    2016

    MEDIUM
    Hand Embellished Lithograph

    SIZE
    111 x 91cm
  • So You Can See Me (Diptych)
    TITLE
    So You Can See Me (Diptych)

    YEAR
    2016

    MEDIUM
    Hand Embellished Lithograph

    SIZE
    111 x 91cm
  • Sit With Me Cause I Fucked Up (Diptych)
    TITLE
    Sit With Me Cause I Fucked Up (Diptych)

    YEAR
    2017

    MEDIUM
    Ink And Acrylic On Canvas

    SIZE
    153 x 153cm
  • Sit With Me Cause I Fucked Up (Diptych)
    TITLE
    Sit With Me Cause I Fucked Up (Diptych)

    YEAR
    2017

    MEDIUM
    Ink And Acrylic On Canvas

    SIZE
    153 x 153cm
  • Untitled Diptych
    TITLE
    Untitled Diptych

    YEAR
    2017

    MEDIUM
    Enamel And Acrylic On Canvas

    SIZE
    190 x 160cm (each)
  • Signs Of Bliss II
    TITLE
    Signs Of Bliss II

    YEAR
    2017

    MEDIUM
    Enamel, Acrylic And Crystalline On Canvas

    SIZE
    91 x 71cm
  • Forgotten Dialects
    TITLE
    Forgotten Dialects

    YEAR
    2014

    MEDIUM
    Enamel, Acrylic, Crystalline And Leather On Canvas

    SIZE
    244 x 213cm
  • Perdon
    TITLE
    Perdon

    YEAR
    2014

    MEDIUM
    Ink Acrylic On Canvas

    SIZE
    244 x 183cm
  • Even The Heart Skips A Beat
    TITLE
    Even The Heart Skips A Beat

    YEAR
    2016

    MEDIUM
    Enamel, Acrylic And Crystalline On Canvas

    SIZE
    274 x 182cm
  • Untitled
    TITLE
    Untitled

    YEAR
    2017

    MEDIUM
    Oil, Ink And Acrylic On Canvas

    SIZE
    213 x 213cm
  • Untitled
    TITLE
    Untitled

    YEAR
    2017

    MEDIUM
    Oil, Ink And Acrylic On Canvas

    SIZE
    213 x 213cm
  • This One’s Been Untitled
    TITLE
    The One's Been Untitled

    YEAR
    2017

    MEDIUM
    Oil, Enamel And Acrylic On Canvas

    SIZE
    244 x 183cm
  • Untitled
    TITLE
    Untitled

    YEAR
    2017

    MEDIUM
    Ink And Acrylic On Canvas

    SIZE
    122 x 122cm
  • Shit’s All Fucked Up
    TITLE
    Shit's All Fucked Up

    YEAR
    2017

    MEDIUM
    Ink And Acrylic On Canvas

    SIZE
    153 x 153cm
  • The Scent Of The Colour Autumn (Diptych)
    TITLE
    The Scent Of The Colour Autumn (Diptych)

    YEAR
    2017

    MEDIUM
    Acrylic On Canvas

    SIZE
    122 x 183cm
  • White Distressed 2
    TITLE
    White Distressed 2

    YEAR
    2015

    MEDIUM
    Acrylic On Canvas

    SIZE
    244 x 244cm
  • White Distressed 1
    TITLE
    White Distressed 1

    YEAR
    2015

    MEDIUM
    Acrylic On Canvas

    SIZE
    244 x 244cm
  • Cross And Line
    TITLE
    Cross And Line

    YEAR
    2016

    MEDIUM
    Ink And Wax On Paper

    SIZE
    76 x 57cm
  • Sevargram
    TITLE
    Sevargram

    YEAR
    2017

    MEDIUM
    Oil, Enamel And Acrylic On Canvas

    SIZE
    152 x 152cm
  • What Difference Does It Matter What I Say. You’re Gonna Do Whatever The Fuck You Want Anyway
    TITLE
    What Difference Does It Matter What I Say. You're Gonna Do Whatever The Fuck You Want Anyway

    YEAR
    2013/14

    MEDIUM
    Enamel, Acrylic And Crystalline On Canvas

    SIZE
    244 x 244cm
  • Sabrosura Negra
    TITLE
    Sabrosura Negra

    YEAR
    2016

    MEDIUM
    Enamel And Acrylic On Canvas

    SIZE
    183 x 183cm
  • Eyetems
    TITLE
    Eyetems

    YEAR
    2017

    MEDIUM
    Enamel And Acrylic On Canvas

    SIZE
    152 x 122cm
  • Eye Can’t Live With You Eye Can’t Live Without You
    TITLE
    Eye Can’t Live With You Eye Can’t Live Without You

    YEAR
    2017

    MEDIUM
    Oil, Ink and Acrylic on Canvas

    SIZE
    183 x 213cm
  • When You See Me Walk Into a Room Mark
    TITLE
    When You See Me Walk Into a Room Mark

    YEAR
    2017

    MEDIUM
    Oil, Ink and Acrylic on Canvas

    SIZE
    183 x 213cm
  • I Went To New York, Had A Ball
    TITLE
    I Went To New York, Had A Ball

    YEAR
    2017

    MEDIUM
    Acrylic On Canvas

    SIZE
    183.5 x 244cm
  • Cursive Excursions
    TITLE
    Cursive Excursions

    YEAR
    2016

    MEDIUM
    Oil, Enamel And Acrylic On Canvas

    SIZE
    183 x 183cm
  • Source Materials
    TITLE
    Source Materials

    YEAR
    2017

    MEDIUM
    Oil, Ink, Acrylic On Canvas

    SIZE
    183 x 183cm
  • The Scent of the Colour Spring (Diptych)
    TITLE
    The Scent of the Colour Spring (Diptych)

    YEAR
    2017

    MEDIUM
    Acrylic on Canvas

    SIZE
    183 x 122cm
  • Esoteric Style
    TITLE
    Esoteric Style

    YEAR
    2016

    MEDIUM
    Enamel, Acrylic and Crystalline on Canvas

    SIZE
    152.4 x 152.4cm
  • That’s All We See
    TITLE
    That's All We See

    YEAR
    2017

    MEDIUM
    Acrylic On Canvas

    SIZE
    183 x 183cm
  • Secrets Of Time
    TITLE
    Secrets Of Time

    YEAR
    2016

    MEDIUM
    Acrylic on canvas

    SIZE
    152.4 x 152.4 cm
  • Sensirist
    TITLE
    Sensirist

    YEAR
    2016

    MEDIUM
    Oil, enamel, acrylic and crystallina on canvas

    SIZE
    183 x 122cm
  • Black Ball Ya White
    TITLE
    Black Ball Ya White

    YEAR
    2016

    MEDIUM
    Oil, enamel, acrylic and crystallina on canvas

    SIZE
    183 x 122cm
  • Slang Them Colours
    TITLE
    Slang Them Colours

    YEAR
    2016

    MEDIUM
    Enamel and Acrylic on Canvas

    SIZE
    72 x 48 inches
  • If I Said That, Then I’m Not Gonna Say What I Was Gonna Say
    TITLE
    If I Said That, Then I'm Not Gonna Say What I Was Gonna Say

    YEAR
    2015

    MEDIUM
    Acrylic on canvas

    SIZE
    152 x 183 cm