Introducing artists: Agrume, Alex Face, Big Ben , Bordalo II , CAJ, Cap Phi , C4pie, Da Cruz, Der, Don, Don Mateo, Duke, Ekiem, Ememem, Erpi, Fernando Davila, Fin Dac, Georges de Loup, Gleo, Goin
The artworks of Agrume are born in the illustration before moving in a range of possibilities. Self-taught, he stands at the crossroads of painting and illustration, printmaking and silkscreening, wall and paper. Agrume is the result of a desire for artistic expression with a multidisciplinary tendency. Situations absurd, dreamlike images, storytelling scenes where sweetness, romantic hues and melancholic moods predominate. This synthesis highlights and questions the place of the human in his universe, his nature and his behavior.
The artworks of Big Ben are above all games … games of forms, scenes, characters, spirits, slices of life, uncompromising moods that appear with humor and finesse on the walls of Lyon . Big Ben offers a look at once childish and terribly sharp on our time. All subjects are pretexts for creation, diversions and other artistic compositions, for a result that immediately triggers the smile and good humor.
At 38, he is the figurehead of Thai street art: Alex Face, who owes his nickname to the fact that he painted his face rather than his name during his first seven years as an artist, lives and works in Bangkok where he began by studying architecture and thus discovered the excitement of urban wandering and the discovery of abandoned buildings. Since the birth of his daughter, worried about the world we are going to leave, the one named Patchapolol Tangruen in the civil registry now paints angry babies in animal costumes, in order to alert the fate of future generations. His techniques: multiple, from bomb to oil painting – even if he favors the spray to express himself on the walls. Alex Face, or the conscious artist.
This is the buzz of the year in France: Bordalo II never stops
running the radio sets (France Inter) or occupying the pages of
newspapers (Graffiti Art magazine, Télérama), and it is amply justified
as his talent and the originality of his work make him one of the major
artists of the street art scene today, and even beyond. With him, art
comes out of the trash – literally: he uses our waste to create
grandiose sculptures in bas-reliefs on the walls of the cities he
crosses, because this Portuguese who calls himself Bordalo II (in
tribute to his grandfather, himself a painter) is now a safe bet all
around the planet.
These colorful artworks, which he calls Trash Animals (the chosen animal is always in adequacy with the place of creation), thus allow him to denounce the astronomical quantities of waste produced by the human, the toxic material used giving life to Imaginary creatures that we must alternately admire from near and far, the perspective is no longer the same, the reading levels of his work different: Bordalo II, ecologist artist, expresses his art in a kind of recycled 3D.
It is “droit dans le mur” (“right in the wall”) that concretely and metaphorically CAJ projects us! Body truncated, half sucked, swallowed by the stone, of which only the legs still in motion signal the confusing presence … All intentions can be read and imagined. The realism of the emerged body intrigues the passer-by. And the meeting is often happy, tinged with the good-natured humor of Marcel Aymé’s Passe-Muraille, or destabilizing as a definitive warning about our next engulfment.
Cape Phi dresses the city with little colorful monsters to share its states of mind. A daily graphic artist, he discovers the street by practicing skateboarding. His profession positively detracts from his drawings that he equips with non-computer-worked colors. The good humor and the pleasure of sharing as engines, it thus brings up a fantastic bestiary on our cross-Roussian walls. Dragons, octopuses, fishes or skulls come together and create mystery.
Inspired by the universe, planets, nature and all that surrounds us
every day, Capie is an outstanding artist. And for good reason, he makes
a living from his passion with the constant objective: to reveal the
beauty of everything, to build an idyll and to share with you all his
Marked by his many travels in South America, Africa, the Middle East
and his encounter with ancestral cultures, Da Cruz has forged a
primitive and colorful style that he first spread in his neighborhood,
Ourcq Belleville side, since 2004. Well known for having painted
colorful masks on many walls (the masks of pre-Columbian cultures are
one of these great sources of inspiration), he also created and
developed the inevitable Ourcq Living Colors event in Paris. He was one
of the eleven graffiti artists selected for the project “Les œuvres
d’art investissent la rue” (“Works of art invest the street”) in 2016
and claims to be a committed artist.
Attracted by the color graffiti and wild style at its beginnings in 1989, the Toulouse DER personalizes its touch thanks to a “calli-graffiti” spirit, which pushes the search for forms and lettering. His first 3D work, made in 1994, marks the beginning of an expression that is both mechanical and organic. Between Truskool (Toulouse movement born in the 90s, recognized internationally) and the collective Leclub, the work of DER is thus in perpetual evolution, wall to canvas, from yesterday to tomorrow.
Don, from the TWA (True We Are) crew is a graffiti-artist from the Minguettes, where the first riots broke out due to a police blunder in 1983. The repression that ensues leads him to question the history of the neighborhoods popular around the world. After whatching report about New York ghettos, he discovered hip-hop culture, which triggered his interest in graffiti. At that time, the media coverage of this culture is in full swing and heightened his curiosity.
Born in the early 80s, Don Mateo grew up with hip-hop culture and quickly became passionate about graffiti. In 2003, he joined the Beaux-Arts of Besançon then the Facultad de Bellas Artes de Cuenca in Spain: art will not leave him! In 2010, he makes Lyon his new playground. The walls are covered with his portraits: anonymous people who challenge by the emotion and the energy they breathe. Like Zorro and his sword, it is at the tip of his scalpel that he draws his lines to create the surprise and thus carve the light through the looks he captures.
Passionate about letters since the beginning of the 90s, Duke paints with aerosol under musical influence. It is based on a traditional practice, and develops an experimental work that tends towards abstraction.
Half artist, half designer, Ekiem develops his interest for the image very early on and adopts a simple visual language consisting of clean and stylized lines, mixing frank colors and repetitive patterns. In perpetual search of new graphic combinations, he works on a plurality of supports. Versatile and applied visual artist, he has to his credit collaborations with major brands such as Carhartt, Toyota or Grolsch. Ekiem exhibited his works in Paris, Geneva, New York, Singapore …
Born on a hilly sidewalk in 2016, Ememem is one of the son of bitumen
that have mess in the blood. His dressing sidewalks become common in
the capital of Gaul, now spread all over France and Europe, according to
the wanderings of his worn soles. In the context of artistic events or
incognito in the light of street lamps, Ememem patched up the bitumen
and grafted doors to the country of wonders. His terrestrial works,
called “flackings”, let a little light flow through the tar that buries
Erpi’s style is recognizable thanks to its initials intertwined with ultra-realistic fragments of faces, placed in the heart of different textures. And intense colors! His practice opens up to an infinity of possibilities with the arrival of the Internet, as for many of his colleagues. This digital revolution is forging its style. The spur arrives thanks to the magazine Bordeaux 33 C Fresh which completely uncomplodes its way of apprehending the graffiti. Use tape, a stencil … unimaginable for him a decade ago.
Mickey carrying a weapon or dollar merged with Superman’s ‘S’: effective and straightforward, Fernando Davila’s works take an incisive look at our time, beyond an apparent deprivation. Born in 1969 in Saint-Étienne, the self-taught artist makes his weapons in the street through graffiti. His inspiration, drawn from comics, artists of free figuration and his Spanish origins earned him to be a multicultural painter. It is with warm colors, primary, and simple forms, that he deploys his compositions.
His modern black and white geishas, often nude, tattooed, have been around the world and he was the darling of the latest Art Basel, the art fair of Miami. A sure bet of urban art! Born in Cork, Ireland, Fin Dac lives in London today where he runs a street art gallery in Soho called Beautiful Crimes. On the scene since 2008, he worked for the 2012 Olympic Games or for brands like Armani. His technique mixing stencil and pop painting makes him a unique artist.
Georges de Loup
The reasons for which he acts remain obscure and his identity secretes the nights of full moon are often the most productive … Become incontrovertible, Georges de Loup is a “street heartist”, who travels the city dotting quotations, reflections and word games. The Wolf in turn crushes his fangs sometimes sharp in the universal and inspiring theme of love. You have probably already crossed one of his hearts or one of his roses …
Gleo’s creations catch the eye instantly and never let go: ultra-colorful, neat to the last detail, his paintings stir the imagination. The result of a new dynamic scene in Colombia, she comes from Cali and began painting at 17, with a passion for the ancient cultures and primary art of her continent. She now lives in Bogotá and scatters the walls of the big capitals of South America with her murals, sometimes gigantic, playing with light and darkness, with the divine and the earthly. Her signature: masks inspired by animality. An enchanted, fantastic world that makes Gleo one of the South American artists to follow closely!
His stencils hijack the codes of pop culture to better denounce the injustices of today: corruption, famine, pollution, war. Revolted by his time, Goin encourages the public to take a different look at the society around him with his contemporary allegories. Deeply subversive, they are of rare effectiveness and tell the discomfort that hovers over us.