Introducing artists and artworks: Hazul, Iakhman, Impact, In The Woup, Inti, Jace, Jérôme Poulalier, Kalouf, Kero Zen, Khwezi, KrapCrap, La Mite, Le Môme, Le Poluer, Les Francs Colleurs, Lor-K, Mandrill, Mar, MarMaï, Mésoké, MissMe, Mondé, Monsta, Mr Sphinx
A self-taught artist, Hazul grew up in Porto, a city of imagination
and artistic development. He began working in 1997 under the pseudonym
Pong O2, when he discovered hip-hop and graffiti. He became Hazul in
2008 and created more symbolic works, linking organic and geometric,
material and intangible. His art is inspired by ancient civilizations,
tribal peoples and conveys a universal message. His work thus connects
the contemporary and the ancestral.
Self-proclaimed art-narchist and founder of Iakhcrew, this native of Saint-Etienne has always been attracted by art in all its forms (painting, assemblage, collage, photography, urban art, contemporary art). Iakhman constantly strives to convey its commitment to its achievements, a political, ecological or societal message. He believes in small changes that will cause great upheaval, thanks to art. In this case, he often resorts to recycling the materials of his work. Mingle aesthetics and activism, for a better awareness.
From the peripheral wall to the mural, his work brings together different marked styles but a unique statement. He defends from the beginning urban art in its original essence. Late 90s: he organizes the graffiti month in the former barracks of Grenoble. In early 2000, he became part of the Force Urbaine collective, which created La Friche RVI. He also deals with initiations for various structures such as the PJJ (Judicial Protection of Youth) and the prison environment.
In The Woup
Street artist for more than ten years, In The Woup has always been inspired by the Geekdom and its infinite wealth. Raised at the NES and Club Dorothée, he later sealed his thirst for imagination through books, movies or manga. Many media carry his creations: pixel art, mosaics, drawings, balloons, collages, paper art and stencils. You can find his works in Mexico, New York, Montreal, the Himalayas, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Spain, Italy, Slovenia and of course France!
One of the greatest contemporary wall artists and the most impressive by the size of his creations. Asked by the most important cities and events of the world (in Paris, New York, Moscow, Hong Kong, Rio, Tokyo, …), Inti – which means “sun” in Quechua language is rare and refuses the invitations for more than a year, now favoring painting on canvases and sculptures, but the one who now lives in Barcelona has been present for Lyon and Peinture Fraîche. And it’s an honor that the Chilean, as much inspired by the history of street art as by the Mexican muralist tradition, has emerged as an outstanding artist and unanimously respected.
He is the daddy of the gouzous, small, impertinent, funny and naughty
characters, drawn in ocher colors on the walls of the cities and
countryside from their birth in 1992, from the island of Reunion where
he lives, to Madagascar, Spain, Colombia or Lebanon. Originally from Le
Havre, where he introduced to graffiti our current prime minister
Edouard Philippe (then mayor of the city), Jace is a star, adored as
many children who are found in his funny and childish world, as parents
who appreciate the different levels of reading his works and their
immediate impact, just like their irony – he also likes to divert
advertising campaigns and appreciates unusual spots. We also owe him in
2011, then in 2014 with some acolytes, the project of graffiti in the
sails: sails of fishing boats of Madagascar painted by street artists,
transforming them into floating gallery on sea!
The raw material is here made of film! Jérôme Poulalier realizes as many projects of reports as artistic commissions, in particular for monumental photographic murals. From report rendering Notifications for the City of Brest to the new triptych format in In-Sted through the iron curtain for Superposition, the photographer uses photo collage to collaborate with a wide variety of customers, such as Cook’s Chef Dealer and their urban installations featuring culinary creations in large format.
Pascal Lambert has been penciling since his childhood and became
known under the pseudonym Kalouf in the late 90s by making illegal
graffiti in the street where he fuses letters, sets and characters in a
colorful style, at once realistic, caricatural and fantastic. In 1998,
he joined the crew ACC, a group of ten graffiti artists who invest
improbable places and specializes in the creation of large-scale themed
Kero is obsessed with the essence of form. He is one of the initiators of street art and graffiti in Romania and the city of Cluj has adopted it but he considers himself nomadic. His years of “wandering”, during which his passion for numbers and esoteric symbols developed, are still part of his work. He brings new flavors to street art and creates monumental murals.
His essence is his artistic strength. Khwezi comes from a French mother born in Tunis and a South African half-breed father, and has always been in a crossroads of cultures and influences, enriched by journeys and initiatory experiences. He thus draws his inspiration from a communion between different cultures and from the observation of the antagonisms of our time – like the ever more marked of ancestral tradition face in the search for progress. The codes of traditional cultures are reflected, mixed with more contemporary urban influences.
KrapCrap creates via several mediums: graffiti, tattoo, illustration, graphics. He likes very detailed visuals, filled with hidden symbols and abstract allegories. His work revolves around perception. This philosophical questioning evolves into a dark universe, inspired by alternative cultures, hip-hop, punk and underground comics – a world filled with eyes, cranial boxes and strange characters.
Born in the late 70’s, La Mite is a contemporary artist who praticed between vacant lots, streets and train depots. It was in college, in the early 90s, that he discovered the tag and invested himself body and soul: letters and colors become obsessive. All materials fuel his creativity, from metal to plastic. As a true passionate of the fine arts, he is always in search of other techniques; sometimes the spray, the marker, the brush. Lately, the scalpel has completed his arsenal.
Fabien, aka Le Môme, has been drawing since the college days. It is natural that he became an artist, specialized in muralism and spray. Active in Lyon since 2001, his pop universe and his madness express themselves through original decorations. His concept is innovative for the community: street art in home delivery. One often finds on his personalized walls tributes to superheroes of cartoons and great figures of music. Le Môme is a chameleon bomb that adapts to all universes.
Les Francs Colleurs
The collective 9ème Concept invites some fifteen artists from the urban scene to work on a nationwide collage project, called “les francs colleurs”.
Based in Neuchâtel, Marc Ferrario aka Mandrill teaches technical drawing at the Académie de Meuron. Sprawling cities, cathedrals of modern times with post-apocalyptic atmospheres, his worlds aspire and engage to the reflection on the urban utopia, so that the fantastic takes definitively its source in the real one. The black line is the keystone of his artistic investigation. In an invitation to rethink the world, his illustrations are nourished by sci-fi images, exegetical and theological visions rooted in his research.
A Brazilian based in Barcelona, Mar worked for eight years developing urban plans, studying urban dynamics and social-urban development strategies as an architect. Color painting has always been part of her life: her mother and grandmother are also painters. In 2013, during trips to various cities, Mar began to paint in the streets, mixing his passions for urbanism and art. Since then, she has devoted herself to street art, exhibitions and social projects. Her work is based on geometric art, with energetic colors. For her, painting is like dancing with the wall! Mar recently created in Barcelona “Colorful Urban Art & Experience”, a project consisting of activities connected exclusively to street art (guided tours in the city, workshops, conferences …)
An artistic meeting in 2015 brings Marine and Maieut to mix their sensibilities and their respective approaches. For several months, mixing painting, staging and games of light, they develop a post-industrial universe; Inspired by the factory they have invested, they take advantage of the technical and visual equipment at their disposal to enrich the MarMaï project. Different meetings, made as and when, push them today to consider a project of greater scope, including an audiovisual dimension, with a short film.
Curves, lines and dots blend and intersect in her work, evoking the perpetual movement that animates everything. Self-taught, Mesoké particularly works the multiplication and superimposition of motifs that she performs primarily as a form of therapy.
She is not faint-hearted, Miss Me, who roams the streets of Montreal to enamel the landscape of her vivid and powerful drawings that stick wherever they can be seen. She is one of the most popular artists today on the other side of the Atlantic and has been identified by the media (Vice or Complex) but also by the conferences TEDX where she intervened. If her fiery aesthetic catches the eye, it is the resonance of the marginalized voices and passed in silence that amplifies in her creations, which echoes in the passers-by. Her irreverent sketches capture the attention of the public, because Miss Me tackles social struggles clearly through the filter of her individual experience. In particular, she explores gender inequalities and racial conflicts, among other societal issues. Her large and captivating posters seem to engulf the concrete walls that she is lining with starch glue. Traveling the world from one metropolis to another, she cleverly channels the international success she enjoys by speaking to women and their central status as examples and key figures in their communities. We have not finished talking about Miss Me: the icon Madonna has even bought him a work …
Resulting from the graffiti culture he has been practicing for fifteen years, based between Toulouse and Paris, Mondé has appropriated the Toulouse public space, highlighting his name in the eyes of the greatest number before painting in many cities all around of the globe. Mondé now also designs on canvas, with the main objectives of creating a balance between form and substance, especially in color combinations. His work is a mix of calligraphy, graffiti and abstraction, playing between full and empty to create a visually balanced composition. His paintings have a freestyle side: there is no model, no preliminary drawing, but a part of chance and especially the energy of the line.
Passionate about competition and extreme sports since a young age, he has long been considered as the new hope of French cross-country skiing. Unfortunately, the disappearance of the snow due to the climatic disturbance pushes him to put an end to his promising career. Monsta then decides to embark on more personal projects, wonders about ways to escape a very sad reality and seeks to awaken the share of childhood in each of us. Monsta takes a dark and critical look at our society while bringing a touch of derision and naivety. Beneath his features is the imagination of a child, a contrasting universe where play comes close to death, where monsters are as good as frightening, where dreams mingle with nightmares.