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Avram Finkelstein
(1952 - living) U.S.A.

Avram Finkelstein

Graphic artist, gay rights activist


Avram is a member of the AIDS art collective Gran Fury. He describes himself as a "red diaper baby", raised by leftist parents who encouraged him to develop an interest in radical politics. He began by protesting the Vietnam War in the 1960s, and has worked on many other activist causes since, including becoming an early member of the AIDS advocacy group ACT-UP.

In 1986, after his boyfriend's death for AIDS related illness, Avram was a member of the group which created the "Silence=Death" anti-AIDS logo, later donated to ACT-UP. In 1994, in preparation for the Gay Games in New York City, he wrote a tract for ACT-UP, entitled "Welcome to New York", which asked gay men and lesbians who attended the games and other festivities surrounding the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Stonewall Riots to take action to stop the AIDS epidemic.

Avram is Art director and hairstylist at Vidal Sassoon. As a surface designer, he created the Tom of Finland Toile for Dirty Linens. Finkelstein has been interviewed about art, activism and communication in the public sphere by publications including The New York Times, ArtForum, Bomb and Interview


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