Petal \pe-təl\: (v) to spread out; (n) one of the modified often brightly colored leaves of the corolla of a flower. New Latin petalum, from Greek petalon; akin to Greek petannynai. First known use: circa 1726
Petal1 \pe-təl won\: (n) Graffiti Artist, Designer, Iconographer, Beekeeper. New English peddler, petalpusher, petalistic. First known use: Los Angeles CA, circa 1993
Los Angeles based graffiti artist “Petal “is known for the iconic “Peligro Abejas”, or “Danger Beez” characters that began invading LA walls in the late 1990’s and continue to appear swarming throughout the city and across the silver screen.
Introduced to the arts as a child, Petal was encouraged to practice drawing and painting. She was also expected to acquire perfect penmanship in English and Armenian. Exposure to alphabets and calligraphy styles of the world, as well as the writing on the walls of her community, led to pursuits in the art of graffiti in the early 1990’s, graffiti writing and piecing later gave way to full scale murals. Expanding mediums to include brush painting and ink work, led Petal to show her work in galleries and through live art performances across the US and internationally.
Carrying on the ancient tradition of graffiti/hieroglyphics, Petal’s current projects include the “SAVE THE BEEZ!” mural campaign aimed to spread awareness about the importance of honeybees and the need to protect pollinators, The American Hotel mural “Unite to Ignite”, as well as several other large scale murals in Downtown Los Angeles. Recent publications include The Getty Black Book Project “LA Liber Amicorum”, KCET’s Monthly Mural Wrap-up “Writing on the Wall” (November 2013), Sony Pictures, and TMZ.