David Le Batard (Lebo)
Lebo, who cut his teeth as an artist in Miami, was born in New York to Cuban immigrant parents. He pioneered an innovative art style he playful called, “Postmodern Cartoon Expressionism.” By incorporating bold colors and fun phrases, symbols, and lettering with adorable familiar animals like cats and owls, Le Batard made walls burst into life and helped to make the built environment of the modern world more joyous in the process.
Much of the vibrant street art scene many enjoy today was demolished or painted over by rampant development. One of its original and most enduring figures, David Le Batard, better known as Lebo, died 1 August 2023 at age 50 after a year long battle with cancer.