Introducing artists and artworks: NKDM, Oakoak, Ocu, Ogre, Ondeone, Pec, Petite Poissone, Poter, Psyckoze, Quetzilla, Reso, SATR, Shaka, Skeleton of color, Skene, Softtwix, Soone, Sunny Jim, Vinnie, Wenc, Yandy graffer
Very young, Mr Sphinx captures the leaves and insects in his pencil attached to the wrist to scribble in his herbarium. Little by little sticky forms invade his illustrations interspersed with a swarm of colorful lianas. He is inspired by both graffiti artists such as Réso or Révok or illustrators like Aaron Horkey Claque. In eternal dissatisfaction, he takes again, corrects. His hands like to hide hidden mysteries, between dark textures and bright colors: skulls, flowers, small pieces of himself that unfold.
From his beginnings, where, as a student, everything that surrounds drawing fascinates him, to his most recent and imposing murals, this man of shapes has always sought to surprise himself. His perspective games and characters – half flying, half crazy – emerge from the walls and buildings. His fantasy is colorful, futuristic, abstract. NKDM disseminates his creations on boards, stickers, films, skates, paintings. All medium are good!
Since 2006, oakoak sticks his drawings everywhere, where you do not expect, to bring a smile to the passer-by. Distorting the urban elements, having fun with innocuous defects, the artist from Saint-Étienne adds to the city his poetic vision, often inspired by the geek universe. It is in 2012 that his first solo exhibition in Newcastle takes place in the gallery The outsiders Lazarides (Banksy, Invader ..). In May 2017 and again in May 2018, the city of Brussels gave him carte blanche in the streets of the city to create two street art courses.
Ocu is best known for its large-scale colored murals, many of which were made in collaboration with Kero. In recent years, the artist duo has traveled the world to create works inspired by Romanian culture and expressed in a unique style. Having a spiritual background, Ocu’s work explores self-understanding through different materials and mediums, ranging from painting to mixed media installations. Painter since childhood, his artistic career under the pseudonym Ocu began in 2014.
An unorthodox artist, ogre has made a name for himself internationally: this hungry traveler travels to festivals where his works mixing body and wild look reflect his love of spontaneity. The letter is for him an alibi of forms that marry with color. Activist, ogre has organized many events such as Urban Funke in Spain, the Franco-German festival of the Summer Session or the Potos Carrés de Saint-Etienne. He also writes for the Mixgrill and Innercity media, and is credited with the birth of Mtn-World, the blog of aerosol maker Montana Colors.
Rodolphe, alias ondone, is graphic designer, illustrator and co-founder of the Paris studio TRBDSGN. Three years ago, he created the concept of the Morning Sketchs: a daily meeting on social networks where he proposes a mood or a wink through expressive characters with the nonchalant quickdraw, insolent and provocative, hairy or bearded, whose humorous design is his signature. After starting with the tag and the graffiti in the early 90’s, Wave starts exhibiting from 2001.
Pec draws from the school benches and it is natural that he turns to graffiti in 1989. He develops his art as his nocturnal outings and experiences. Continually questioning himself to find his style in adequacy with the urban environment. His colorful works enliven our daily lives. We all crossed his little canaries crazy in the capital of Gaul. Lyonnais and aficionados from all over the world have been able to enjoy its passage (Paris, Bangkok, London, Mexico City, Barcelona, Ibiza, Colombia …).
Petite Poissone writes more than she draws. She scribbles notes in notebooks then sticks her aphorisms in the street. Her governing principle: the break and the shift, as much on the form as on the bottom. Very clean texts, cut and aligned to the millimeter, stuck on the dirty walls of the street, sweet words in the collective unconscious (proverbs, popular songs) diverted sometimes vulgar way, feminist messages adorning iconic household utensils the housewife of the 50’s … and humor!
In 1998, Poter aka Simon Tissier began graffiti and began his first sketches of letters. After studying art in Lyon, he forges his technique and artistic personality that will lead his creations to this recognizable style: bright colors, moving masses, geometry, all compensated by a certain loss of control, an exaggeration. His acidulous pop style opens the door for many collaborations. Brands, creative agencies and festivals regularly solicit him for mural design and illustration projects.
Psyckoze explores the world of graffiti in 1984, at the age of 15, in the collective 156 Crew with which he works in the underground quarries and tunnels of the Paris metro and other world cities. He participated in the birth of the MAC (“Mort Aux Cons”) in 1990, which aims to demonstrate collectively that graffiti and vandalism do not rhyme automatically together. He exhibited in gallery since 1992, at Magda Danyzs. Since then, the MUCEM in Marseille has acquired several of his works and Agnès B has used his talents. Must.
A native of a small town in Ardèche, Quetzilla has lived in Lyon for a little over four years, where he trained at the Bellecour art school. For him, street art is not a job but a passion, a need for free expression. He is sensitive to his lack of limits, his sharing bases that can affect everyone.
Réso (Soer), a French writer emblematic of “Wild Style”, has been present in our cities for more than 20 years with his often imposing works, alternating between lettering, characters and realistic scenes. Even if Reso goes from bomb to brush, walls to canvases, the originality of his style remains easily recognizable in his most recent works. Lettering and typography serve as a foundation for the writing of his self-portraits subtly enriched with new elements: forms, curves, letters, like a true mirror revealing the soul of those who seek observation. Each color, each shape pays tribute to a split second, an emotion, an experience, an image of reality.
The particularity of Satr, who comes from Guangzhou? She uses only four colors, which are white, black, gray and red … The Chinese artist essentially paints animals, inspired by different visions and inspirations that come from her past. She has made brushwork her specialty: she will work on the facade of the Hall Debourg during the second weekend of the festival.
The world of Shaka lies in the desire to portray an imperceptible world: it does not materialize the movement, but the energy of it. To prepare his works, he analyzes photographs, for example a boxer taking a shot. And is inspired by this moment frozen, almost unreal, because it is the formal witness of a physical state invisible to the naked eye. As a visual artist, Shaka does not bring a truth, but does a work of the order of the impalpable. His almost robotic bodies populate the space to highlight an environment where the individual struggles to find his place, a semblance of freedom. The bodies move in a solidarity synergy and the accumulation of light waves, creating a poetry giving a human side to the scenes depicted, as a graphic aphorism of the human condition.
Skeleton of color
Painter, illustrator and performer, the artist Angeleno Butch Locsin is inspired by the popular Mexican beliefs and in particular by the feast of the dead according to which once a year the deceased return to savor the earthly pleasures, to achieve performances under the guise of a masked character named Skeleton of Color. Spectacular and colorful, his art does not color the walls, but permeates the space…
The tile as a favorite area! Skene affixes hearts on his way to fill the holes, but especially to get a smile to the passer-by. What to federate! For that, they double their chances, because Skene realizes his mosaics of love and sensuality in four hands those of a discreet couple. Other forms arise from bitumen or in the middle of nature, like those breasts molded with granito (a mixture of marble grains and cement). In the four corners of cities and fields, one is pleasantly surprised by this benevolent step.
Secret artist, follower of the shadow, Softtwix has long worked in fashion and advertising, as a photographer. In 2014, she launched her project E.Doll: faces of women in large format and in black and white, photographic portraits of her vintage embellished with materials, which she then disseminated in an urban environment by sticking them on the walls. A project born on the death of the artist’s mother, which aims to show how much women live under the gaze of the other. She lived for several years in Tokyo, satisfying her passion for Asia, which is found in a certain way in her approach and sensitivity, fruit of exigency, patience, refinement and perfectionism. Freedom is the spearhead of this atypical artist, who claims no strangeness, just the opportunity to be herself in his work and to go after a quest, her own. The kind of task that can, she does not ignore, occupy a lifetime…
Soone, a graffiti artist turned designer, from Toulouse, traces his route as a teenager with a bomb in his hand. Legend and pioneer of French graffiti, he created in 1995 his first T-shirts under the brand Bullrot: the success is immediate and lasts more than ten years. Opposed to the routine, he left France overnight to discover China, settling finally in 2005 in Shenzhen where he founded S2one Ltd, surrounded by an international team. Through this lab-workshop, he gains a versatile experience that allows him to shape his imagination. Soone expresses herself today in design, graffiti and fashion for her own brands as well as for companies that appeal to her eye and her brand. His work makes him a free creator, without constraint or border, leaving the public to discover and share his world.
His artistic intention is profoundly global, because Sunny Jim wants to reach everyone: small as well as big, initiated and uninitiated. Thus, everyone can identify and question together our current world. His characters staged in a dynamic and poetic way are the proof, as well as his favorite themes, universal – love, femininity, friendship, loss, etc. He often uses dance as a representation to accentuate body language.
It is in high school, in Toulouse, that Vinie initiated herself to
graffiti. She begins with lettering, before jams and other themed
frescoes pushes to diversify towards the creation of sets and
characters. Upon her arrival in Paris, she turned to a more personal and
less realistic figurative work, exposing her character on the walls of
the capital: a female figure halfway between a doll and a pin-up girl
who was recognized her hairstyle, made of tags, glops and various
dedications. Today, Vinie makes demonstrations, orders of walls,
installations and exhibitions in gallery, in France as abroad.
A young Brussels-based painter and architect based in Brussels, his drawing ideas emerge from the interactions that exist between the city and the bodies of its inhabitants. there is a repeated opposition between the constructed dimension of urban environments and a more organic material, reflecting its sensitive dimension. He constantly tries to blur the lines between a figurative representation of the streets he surveys – very much inspired by comics – and a production of vegetal motifs that is more free and uninhibited.
Abrahan Portocarrero of his real name, Yandy Graffer is from Peru. He began graffiti in 2007 before embarking on large-scale murals. Expressive and colorful, his work is marked by the supremacy of line and contours. Coming from a family of traditional fishermen, he draws his inspiration from the marine world and his identity criolienne (on the side of Lima), he revisits through his childhood memories. In Lyon, it has been found in ten exhibitions in the space of two years – including five individual!