One of twelve children born in Manhattan to Italian immigrants, and raised in the Astoria / Long Island City section Queens, NYC, Louie "KR.ONE" found his inspirations and earliest influences in the Saturday morning cartoons of his childhood.
Gasparro was heavily influenced by, and took part in, the rolling art of NYC's Subway Graffiti era from 1977-1983. He was primarily affiliated with MTA writing groups groups such as TSS (The Super Squad) RTW (Rolling Thunder Writers) NWA (New Wave Artists) and MAFIA (Masters Administration For Incredible Artists).
Gasparro's solo art shows "Bringer Of The Kolorstorm" and "A Fistful Of Stars" were both held at the C.A.W.S. Gallery in Long Island City. Both shows were "one night only" events, each attracting over 200 people and each boasting near-complete sell-outs of all the art showcased. The shows gathered high acclaim within the global graffiti / street art scene, as well as mainstream coverage in various newspapers, online, and on television, with spots on CNN and NY1.
"Servants Of The Crown, Keepers Of The Sign" was an event showcasing the fusion of Gasparro’s passions. Art and Music. A full solo art show culminating with a full musical performance. A true celebration of creativity.
Gasparro is also an accomplished and world traveled musician, actor and producer. He played drums and guitar for legendary NYC bands such as MURPHY's LAW, LORDZ OF BROOKLYN, BLITZSPEER, PSYCHO 69, and his own SUPERVILLAIN and SERVANTS OF THE CROWN- KEEPERS OF THE SIGN. Gasparro has studied acting under actor / producer /director Paul Calderone.
March 2014 saw the release of Louie's first book "Don 1-The Life and Photos of a NYC Transit Graffiti Master." Within its pages, Louie was able to bring to light the influential works of this innovative, influential artist. Heralded as one of the most highly acclaimed books within the genre. DON 1 MAFIA (Masters Administration For Incredible Artists) was one of Louie's first inspirations and also a native of Astoria / Long Island City which gave even more meaning to Louie as his pursuit of DON 1's story and its historical content.
October 2016 will see the release of his second book “KOLORSTORM – The Art Of Louie 'KR.ONE' Gasparro."
NYC graffiti art, heavy metal, comic books, and fantasy art intersect in this visual autobiography. Gasparro weaves these powerful influences into a medium he calls "Graffantasy" creating tags, wall pieces, paintings and illustrations, model trains, jackets, and more. A modern Renaissance man, the book covers Gasparro's work from 1977 to the present, and traces his evolution from his adolescent days watching bombed subway cars whirring by in a KOLORSTORM, to his underground period tagging trains and evading cops, to his legal works and whole–school buses. Starting with a scrapbook-like photo collection from Gasparro’s youth, and his other career as drummer of several heavy metal bands, the book moves on to elaborate sketches from the artist’s blackbooks, and colorful concert posters and album covers. Through a stunning array of styles and techniques, witness KR.ONE’s transformation from restless punk to major decorative artist and abstract painter.
Gasparro's work can be seen in several publications, including:
- The History Of American Graffiti (Harper-Collins)
- Subway Art (Holt, Rinehart and Winston)
- Graffiti New York (Abrams)
- Tag Town: The Evolution of New York Graffiti Writing (Dokument Press)
- New York City- Black Book Masters (From Here to Fame)
- Piecebook: The Secret Drawings of Graffiti Writers (Prestel USA)
- Piecebook Reloaded: Rare Graffiti Drawings, 1985-2005 (Prestel USA)
- Flip the Script: A Guidebook For Aspiring Vandals & Typographers (Upper Playground / Ginko Press)
- Video Games : Grand Theft Auto, Vice City (Rockstar Games)
- Training Days: The Subway Artists Then and Now (Thames and Hudson)
- Uptown & Downtown: Old Skool Paintings on NYC Subway Maps (Schiffer Publications)
- Don 1 - The King From Queens - The Life and Photos Of A NYC Subway Graffiti Master (Schiffer
- Kolorstorm – The Art Of Louie “KR.ONE” Gasparro (Schiffer Publications)