RETNA (Marquis Duriel Lewis) was born in 1979 in Los Angeles.

At the age of 15, he began painting on posted fashion advertisements and, from there, led one of the largest and most innovative art collectives in the city. His work has exhibited at institutions and galleries in Los Angeles (including the façade of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art's Grand Avenue location for their 2013 Gala celebrating the exhibition Art In The Streets), Miami, London, New York (including the prestigious public exhibition space of the Houston-Bowery Wall), and Hong Kong. RETNA has created exclusive collaborations with brands such as VistaJet, Nike, Louis Vuitton, and Chanel. His production of Aida has been presented at San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera, Seattle Opera and Minnesota Opera. He lives and works in Los Angeles.