Lady Pink (born Sandra Fabara, Ambato, Ecuador, 1964) is a graffiti artist. She was raised in Queens, New York, and started her career in 1979 when she started writing graffiti while a student at the High School of Art and Design, and made a name for herself as one of the only females capable of competing with men in the graffiti subculture. She first began her writing career following the loss of a boyfriend who had been sent to live in Puerto Rico after he had been arrested. She exorcised her grief by tagging her boyfriend’s name across the city, but soon realized that was not enough to stand out so she came up with the name Lady Pink and started tagging it around. Her name came from a product of her love of historical romances, England, the Victorian period and the aristocracy. She was featured in the film Wild Style (1982) and Martha Cooper’s book Hip Hop Files. Her struggle to stand out in a male dominated society of graffiti artists was not an easy task. LADY PINK described the first time that she was allowed to run with the boys to the graffiti site as being thrilling, dangerous and intimidating, but she was not allowed to wear any of those emotions on her sleeve. She has illustrated by this that the world of graffiti art was capable of making a change, but only with a completely fearless attitude could she get anywhere. She soon began to run in the circles of high-art New Yorkers such as Keith Haring (fellow graffiti artist). She also worked with Jenny Holzer. As one of the first females to write graffiti, she is credited with opening the doors for other female writers.
By the age of 21 she had her first solo Art show at the Moore College of Art. Her works are in collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, and Groninger Museum. She now runs her own mural paintings company, PinkSmith Designs, with her husband Smith. In July 2006, an art piece titled “The Black Dude” (1983), by Lady Pink, was featured at the Brooklyn Museum’s exhibit on graffiti.