AUGUSTEAuguste is a self-taught artist who currently lives and works in Bordeaux. The name, Auguste, is a pseudonym which refers to his years of study, as well as his first abstract works which decorated the walls of his student apartment. His technique is centered around color and shape. In his works, he likes to tell stories in popular and iconoclastic tones. His paintings, charged with a positive energy, are always associated with a touch of the elegant "glamor pop," which characterizes his works so well.
Auguste is represented in several galleries in France and abroad, and regularly exhibits in prestigious places. Many celebrities are fans.
CAPDEVIELLE BenjaminSelf-taught artist Benjamin Capdevielle has become recognized due to his large format paintings, which are always lively, colorful and modern. He has developed a personal aesthetic, nourished mainly by folk art. His paintings, an explosive mixture of collage, intense colors and cut-outs, takes us to another world populated by icons, superheroes and fantastic creatures.
Influenced by the culture of American comics, Japanese manga and Street Art, his work feeds on the collective memory of an entire generation. His work immediately propels viewers into action, in the heart of a universe imbued with a humorous energy.
CRASHJohn Matos became Crash in the late 1970's. Crash began his long, respected career in the art world with his first gallery exhibition in 1981. From then on, he fought for graffiti to be recognized as an art by the classical artistic community.
Faithful to bomb painting, fat cap style and vivid colours, Crash employs a radical approach recognized by all communities. His symbol: an eye, which can be found present on most of his canvases.
DE POPLAVSKYArtist Alexander de Poplavsky integrates his acquired knowledge from the Penninghen School of Design, Graphic Art and Interior Architecture and flourishes in what he does, confirming his strong taste for art and creation. After taking a direction in interior design, he soon discovered his talent for drawing on canvas with marker.
He expresses himself through the symbolism embedded in his creations. By drawing from his environment, he nourishes his imagination and creates his own universe. His attention is particularly drawn to his environment, wisdom, vice, death and other elements which arouse his curiosity and intrigue him.
DI ROSAHervé Di Rosa is a contemporary painter born in Sète. He is one of the main craftsmen of the French movement of "free figuration" so called by the artist Ben with Boiron, Blanchard, and Combas. A painting often borrowing from comics, rock and graffiti. He founded in 2000 in Sète the MIAM (International Museum of Modest Arts). It has been the subject of more than 200 exhibitions. His works are present in important public and private collections in Europe, America and Asia.
EZKEZK is a 35 year old French artist. His project, Art Against Poverty, brought him notoriety, as he highlighted wealth inequality. This gave him the idea to create his first stencil, "In which world Vuitton?"
For four years, EZK has been shocking and, above all, transforming Street Art into a space for reflection. His urban works seek to surprise, provoke emotion or even laughter among viewers.
FATIn the Paris metro, it is common to meet a Looney Tunes character at the corner of a corridor. Dimitri Barilko, otherwise known as FAT in the street-art scene, makes this a routine course, a sort of treasure hunt, where one follows cartoon characters and not metro stations.
Born in 1991 in Paris, this young artist is first graduated from a CAP photography program before continuing his studies at Lycée Brassai, a professional school of photography and image-making.
IOYEIOYE, originally from the western suburbs of Paris, discovered graffiti in the late 80's. The technical skill present is his works is indisputable, giving them a recognizable tone and aesthetic through dynamic lettering and percussive color schemes, harmonious through the rest of his works.
In 1998, after obtaining a Diploma of Crafts at the Boulle School, IOYE went to work in Athens for a year, taking this opportunity to paint the walls of the Greek capital, leaving his mark. The grand size of his pieces create an immediate visual impact within the cityspace. His abundant production also allows him to assert his style, and to influence against all odds, a whole generation of "writers."
Johanne 8Born in 1974 in Lyon, Johanne 8 currently lives and works in Paris. After her first exhibition in a Parisian art gallery in the Marais, her artworks are now exhibited nationally, in France, and all over the world.
Her source of inspiration is drawn from her childhood memories, filled with super-heros and American comics from the 50's. She is also inspired by Hello Kitty, Walt Disney, the Simpsons, and by many other elements from American culture, such as logos, advertisements and street art.
JONS FrankBorn in 1964 in Boulogne-Billancourt, France, Frank Jons has been living and working in Luxembourg since 2001. With an accounting and financial studies diploma under his belt, he decided to follow his childhood passion of painting, and in 1996 he decided to devote himself fully to his art. His first show was part of the Estève exhibition at the Grand Palais in 1986.
Some of his inspirations are Matisse, Van Gogh, Debré, Alechinsky, Rothko and Soulages. Frank Jons is enchanted by color, evident in his bright works. In 2000, he undertook an 8-month long trip to North America and the Arctic Circle in a motorhome with a woman and a child. This journey change his way of working, as upon his return to art, he moved from acrylic to oil.
MEL RAMOSMel Ramos, born 1935 in Sacramento, California, is an American painter part of the pop art movement. He began his artistic studies in California in 1953, and had his first exhibition in the United States at the David Stuart Gallery in 1965, and first European exhibition in 1971. The Oakland Museum in California held his first retrospective exhibition in 1977.
Like Roy Lichtenstein, at the beginning of his career Ramos was inspired by the imagery of American comics, and found himself painting the portaits of Batman or Flash Gordon. He then tackled the theme of the Pin-up, in which figures stand out atop backgrounds accompanied by brand logos. Around the 1970's, he began to remake famous art historical works, such as Edouard Manet’s Olympia or Jacques-Louis David’s Love and Psyche.
MR. BRAINWASHThierry Guetta, otherwise known as street artist "Mr Brainwash," is currently living and working in in Los Angeles, California. He first began to make his own stencils and posters in the streets of Paris and eventually acquired great notoriety with his portaits of famous pop art artists.
Mr. CHATThoma Vuille is a Franco-Swiss urban art painter born on 16 July 19771 in Boudry, in the canton of Neuchâtel. He is the creator of the graphic series M. CHAT, a smiling feline character created in the streets of Orléans in a process combining optimism, transgression and culture of proximity.
JLD, aka Naej Puol, is a self-taught artist. His career in private hospitalization, more precisely in maternity hospitals, influences his artwork, as he is interested in portraying the figure. His drawings, embedded with symbolism of the woman, presents a very personal interpretation of the female sex, as well as a satirical mockery of male sexuality, resulting in a confusing whole with multiple ambiguities.
NYNE FACTORYNyne Factory was born in 1984 in Clermont-Ferrand, and is currently living and working in the south of France. After studying applied arts, computer graphics and visual communication, she set out with determinationto follow her passion for painting, in which she address themes that are dear to her, such as social issues.
Her interests, exhibited through her artworks, lie in humans, animals and their emotions. Drawing inspiration from everyday life, she seeks to share her melancholic yet hopeful vision of our collective human condition. Her artistic influences are numerous places; such as Pop Art, Street Art, and Contemporary Art.
Originally from Saint-Etienne, France, Oakoak is an anonymous artist who does not want to reveal his identity. Originally a graffiti artist, his humorous works entangle our urban environment with influential characters from his childhood, like the Simpsons.
ONEMIZEROneMizer first discovered painting in Africa during the 1990's, where he spent his childhood. When he arrived to Paris in 2006, he began studying art at the MJM Graphic Design School, but shortly after, chose to pursue his own, self-taught training. By meeting various graffiti artists, he was able to understand the evocative power that Street Art holds, and began to express himself in vacant lots hidden in the city.
Today, his canvases pay hommage to personalities who have shaped history, and the visual impact, as well as the shocking color he employs, make his works unmistakably original.
QUENTIN SHADA self-taught artist, Quentin Shad was born and continues to live and work in Paris. Graduated with a professional license in negotiation and communication, he works in the commercial sales world. With his father being an executive restorer in the workshop of the Louvre Museum and his mother a fine arts professor, he has grown up immersed in the arts.
Influenced by the entirety of graffiti culture, he recently launched himself into working with acrylic. Stylistically, he works in a fine and structured manner, revisiting beloved characters with a modern touch.
SETHIn the mid-1990s, while studying art and working in advertising, Seth began painting Parisian walls. His works usually depict characters, often young children. In 2000, after graduating from the National School of Decorative Arts (ENSAD), he published a book on graffiti with Gautier Bischoff Kapital. This book, hailed by critics, quickly became a bestseller. The two authors then founded the publishing house, "L’œil d'or," and created a collection called Wasted Talent, which featured monographs by artists on the walls. In 2003, he organized various tript to meet different artists around the world who inspired him. He went on to craft a book about his travels, titled Globe-painter, which received the special jury's prize from the travel book festival in 2007. An admirer of pop culture, he has collaborated on numerous frescoes in France and abroad. Not only is he a skilled fine artist, but he is also a presenter and creator of documentaries.
SOKLAKBorn in Paris in 1977, Soklak lives and works in Montreuil. The first time he was touched by art was at age eight in the Paris metro, where he discovered graffiti in the tunnels and covering the wagons. A few years later, in 1995, he made his first tags, quickly discovering his passion for spray paint. Soklak paints in various places, often in vacant lots, and places his tag freely around the city.
In 2002, he began a journey on canvas, giving new life to the techniques that he had acquired after several years of urban graffiti art. This new approach aimed to give greater scope to his experiments; the use of new tools, materials and techniques give his work a different dimension. Accustomed to painting walls in just a few hours, he now spends more time refining his canvases.
SPEEDY GRAPHITOOne of the first street artists in France, Speedy Graphito is celebrated as one of the most famous artists of his generation. Inspired by the "figuration libre" movement in the beginning of the 1980's, the "graphito style" became famous due to his his colored, graphic style, recalling the memory of the urban, Parisian wallscapes.
Speedy uses a range of colors, forms and expressions. His paintings, sculptures and installations translate into a universal language, staying relevant through the times.
SUN7Sun7 is a child of intersections, overlapping between word and image, poetry and color, art and street. In the 1990's, he discovered the universe of New York city and it's tags. Spray paint in hand, he attacks the walls from Paris to New York. He has worked in Paris, Lyon and Marseille, then in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Jakarta. In his works, he uses the canvas, the panel, and even the metal plates.
He draws inspiration from various places, such as action painting, Arabic calligraphy, and Latin-style tattoos. The mix of inspiration is what dominates and shows throughout his works, as when these individual inspirations are combined, he composes a final product which is interlaced with a bit of everything, often in the form of portraits and self-portraits. The portraits are but coded texts, as his work is a subtle game between appearances and disappearances.