Below you’ll find a selection of photos, made as a part of our ongoing documentary work on the Parisian graffiti and street art culture.
Space Invader (France)
Space Invaders, or just Invader, has been actively adding ceramic tiled mosaics of pixelated characters from the late-1970s video game of the same name, since 1998, and has installed more than 1,000 in Paris alone, many of which no longer exist. The Paris townhall are, however, very supportive of the artworks and there are penalties for anyone found removing them. Invader ensures his identity is kept secret from the public.
As a youngster, Fred was impressed by street artist, Ernest Pignon Ernest – he liked “his kind of poetry on the street”. Fred tells us he is not a specialist on street art, but he had a good feeling about it, as he likes free things. Fred says: “Punk music has the same spirit of being able to express yourself freely without being a musician. In the same way, I felt free to draw without knowledge of any formal technique”.
Ella & Pitr (France)
They met one autumn evening in 2007 in the streets of St Etienne. Ella was pasting up her first drawings and Pitr asked her if she’d like to paste with him. Now they have two children together.
Truck graffiti in Paris is unmatched by any other city in the world. This van is by the infamous New York graffiti artist, Cope2, once described publicly by former New York mayor, Rudy Giuliani, as a punk.
A colourful logo of a toilet, up high on rooftops, on shop front shutters, and on the sides of trucks and vans. Chiot works in a variety of mediums, always creating the same toilet logo.
Zoo Project (France)
This Franco-Algerian artist created large-scale black and white murals similar in style to the artwork of Italian artist, Blu. He visited Tunisia and the Choucha refugee camp at the Tunisian-Libyan border after the Arab Spring to create life size portraits of everyday Tunisians in the streets and around the camp. Sadly, Zoo Project was murdered in Detroit in 2013.
Yseult Digan aka YZ (France)
YZ’s wheatpaste-based artworks place emphasis on the human figure, and attempt to interpret our place as human beings in society, with the intention of forging an intimate relationship with the observer. YZ (“eyes”) often paints, glues and sprays historical female figures that make sense of the fight against slavery and champion civil rights.
Connecting the world of plants and animals with our technological universe and “quest for modernism”, Ludo, also likes to hijack advertising space. The latter work, below, also serves to commemorate the death of Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys.
Also referred to as the Banksy of Belgium, Bonom uses fire-safety ladders to create elongated animals and masturbating female nudes on the sides of buildings and billboards.
Roti’s ambition in life is to discover beauty everywhere and build a beautiful city, physically and internally, and he uses his murals to publicise this idea.
Jef Aerosol (France)
The northern French ‘first generation’ street artist’s signature red arrow seen below is a feature in all of his pieces.
Jana und JS (France & Austria)
Dima, Seth, Dem 189 (France)
Sten + Lex (Italy)
Vhils, real name Alexandre Farto, works with chisel and even explosives to create reliefs into stone walls. He came up in the Lisbon underground graffiti scene as a writer. However, influenced by his father, a left-wing activist, Farto noticed the dreamy portraits employed by the movement’s propaganda, and how the walls of the city are built up with layers of these political, and commercial, posters, working as an artist, exploring the stencil medium, he began to experiment with existing surface texture, arriving at the technique of carving away from these surfaces. He gained international recognition when he was invited to make work at Banksy’s Cans Festival in London in 2008.
Ema aka Florence Blanchard (France)
Florence Blanchard started painting graffiti in the early 90′s on buildings and trains, and today explores themes of symbolism, genealogy, and science fiction.
Da Cruz (France)
Anonymous artist (Montmartre)
Nick Walker (UK)
Le Module de Zeer (France)
Jimmy C aka James Cochran (Australia)
David Walker (UK)
Artist painting at a permission wall in north-east Paris
Native, Marko, Da Cruz (USA, France)
Never 2501 (Italy)
Da Cruz (France)
Mister Foetus (France)
Konny Steding (Germany)
Philippe Herard (France)
Obey aka Shepard Fairey (USA)
OBEY is the moniker of artist, activist and entrepreneur, Shepard Fairey, who began his career in the streets putting up the head of the late professional wrestler, Andre the Giant in the 1980s, from which the above graphic is derived. The campaign is a pastiche, of parody of political propaganda and the Hollywood movie, They Live. On one hand a ‘cool’ street campaign, on the other a serious Orwellian message, a sign of the times, intended to make us become aware of, and to question, our relationship to consumer culture, government, authority. Fairey is best known for designing the Obama HOPE poster, for the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign, which was adopted by the Obama campaign team and distributed online for supporters to paste in the streets, not dissimilar to how Fairey has built up his own reputation. Street Art Paris was lucky enough to interview Fairey in 2012, which can be viewed at our home page.
Permission wall in the 10th Arrondissement, by the Canal Saint-Martin
Les Fres Ripoulin (France)
Kashink takes her name from the onomatopoeic words she found in comic books as a kid- it is a sound of action. Comic books still influence her work, especially in her use of colours and thick lines. She has Spanish and Slovakian origins, which is part of why she takes influence from Russian and Mexican crafts, especially the portraits of Frida Kahlo. She used to make tag graffiti, but says she is against its closed community, and prefers to share her art and make people think in a creative way.
This artwork was made as a part of the Mausolée project, a 430,000 square foot abandoned supermarket in the north of Paris that was painted inside and out by 40 uncommissioned graffiti artists over a one year period, shown to the public as a stop frame video which can be viewed by searching online.
Free wall by the Canal Saint-Martin in the 10th arrondissement
Némo (top) & Jérôme Mesnager (France)
Miss Tic (France)
Horfée (France) & Sickboy (UK)