Richard Mirando, known as SEEN, was born 1961 in The Bronx, New York. Mirando is often referred to as the Godfather of Graffiti, although he did not pioneer the movement. SEEN first started to paint on New York City's subway system in 1973. His crew United Artists (or simply UA) quickly gained the reputation for producing full-color throw-ups on whole cars. SEEN is considered one of the greatest and most versatile artists from this generation of street artists. He was among the early artists who took their urban art to the canvas and merged street painting with contemporary fine art. He was part of the landmark art show P.S.1 “New York, New Wave – 1981”, which also featured Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Basquiat among others. SEEN's recent work includes three-dimensional sculptures, mixed media work with reclaimed or discarded materials (often found on the street), and a series of hand-painted limited-edition MTA New York subway maps.
He continues to exhibit worldwide and produce work, currently living in New York.