Photos

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.

 Monsieur Chat Paris street art Montmartre IMG_9038 M.Chat aka Monsieur Chat (France)

Space Invader pixel mosaic Barbesspace invader canal saint-martin chez pruneInvader Le MaraisInvader Centre PompidouSpace 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.

Fred le Chevalier Oberkampf wheatpaste

fred le chevalier fred le chevalier beaubourgFred le Chevalier (France)

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 & pitrElla & 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.

cope2 truck camion oberkampfCOPE2 (USA)

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.

Alfe truck camion boulevard de bellevilleREKA truck camion Belleville By Reka from Melbourne

Chiot Chiot (France)

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 colonel fabien

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 YZYseult 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.

Ludo Ox Beaubourg affiche posterOx (left) and Ludo (right)Ludo rue de la fontaine au roiLudo barbesLudo (France)

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.

Bonom boulevard richard lenoirBonom (Belgium)

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 Rue Denoyez Rue Lemon BellevilleRoti (France)

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 lezarts bievre Jef Aerosol (France)

The northern French ‘first generation’ street artist’s signature red arrow seen below is a feature in all of his pieces.

Reka Reka (Australia)

jana und js bellevilleJana und JS (France & Austria)

Dima, Seth, Dem 189 menilmontantDima, Seth, Dem 189 (France)

Stinkfish from BogotaStinkfish (Colombia)

Sten & Lex rue Ramponeau

Sten & Lex pochoir affiche Le MUR OberkampfSten + Lex (Italy)

Vhils Marx DormoyVhils (Portugal)

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.

jaz rue ramponeau bellevilleJaz (Argentina)

Ema aka Florence Blanchard rue denoyez bellevilleEma 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.

fkdl franck duvalFKDL (France)

da cruz montmartreDa Cruz (France)

pochoir stencil montmartreAnonymous artist (Montmartre)

Nick WalkerNick Walker (UK)

Zeer aka Le Module de Zeer Belleville Le Module de Zeer (France)

Jimmy C aka James CochranJimmy C aka James Cochran (Australia)

david walkerDavid Walker (UK)

graffiti live painting Artist painting at a permission wall in north-east Paris

Marko Da Cruz rue crimee

Native, Marko, Da CruzNative, Marko, Da Cruz (USA, France)

Never 2501 BellevilleNever 2501 (Italy)

c215 vitry sur seine

C215 pochoir vitry sur seineC215 (France)

Da cruz canal ourcq

Da cruz canal ourcqDa Cruz (France)

Mister Foetus Canal St MartinMister Foetus (France)

Chanoir graffiti rue bichatChanoir (France)

Konny Steding Centre Pompidou

konny steding st germain des pres Konny Steding (Germany)

Gzup MontmartreGz’Up (France)

Philippe Herard affiche BellevillePhilippe Herard (France)

Gregos plaster cast Montmartre Gregos (France)

Obey giant goncourtObey 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.

Free wall Canal saint martin Chez PrunePermission wall in the 10th Arrondissement, by the Canal Saint-Martin

Roa Vitry sur seineRoa (Belgium)

I heart Belleville stencil pochoirParis stencil graffiti

OX affiche poster Gare de l'est rue faubourg st-martinLes Fres Ripoulin (France)

kashink Kashink oberkampf feminism IMG_1631Kashink (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.

post graffiti mausolee Graffiti futurism’

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 canal st-martin a cote artazartFree wall by the Canal Saint-Martin in the 10th arrondissement

Sonda Vitry sur SeineSonda (Italy)

Claudio Ethos Claudio Ethos (Brazil)

nemo jerome mesnager rue mouffetardNémo (top) & Jérôme Mesnager (France)

Miss Tic butte aux caillesMiss Tic (France)

ben vautier place frehel belleville  Ben Vautier (France)  

Nether Nether (Baltimore, USA)

Ever rue denoyez rue lemonEver (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Horfee Sickboy Theatre Lavoir Moderne Parisien Chateau Rouge 18th Horfée (France) & Sickboy (UK)

Milo Project Diamant Milo Project (Paris)

Marcello Ment Rue crimeeMarcello Ment (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)