Some famous artists
Banksy is a native of Bristol (England).
He is one of the most known contemporary artists in the world.
Since 1993, his work has been shining on every continent. Stencils, paintings, sculptures, diversions of urban objects or classic works, installations … Banksy is a multi-purpose artist. He plays the usurper and the agitator, calling out the citizens to reflect on the human condition, always with a good dose of humor and second degree.
The artist spent his life attempting to escape the media and stay anonymous.
Fascinated by animals, Roa considers that they ”have much more have to say on the world that any other creature“. Discreet, he chooses to stay anonymous.
Roa invites the spectator to consider the place of man and animal in the current world.
In each of his trips around the world, he spray-painted local animals. He covers the surface with a white paint at first and then finishes with a marker the details of the animal. Whether they are sleepy, alive or dead, his purpose is to make the spectator think and ponder.
He also does expositions in numerous galleries in Berlin, London, Los Angeles, New York, Melbourne …
Jef Aérosol was born in Nantes in 1957. His real name is Jean-François Perroy.
Sometimes a stencilist, photo-graphic designer, painter or musician, Jef Aérosol is an artist with multiple talents. Considered a symbol of the new wave of the French street art, he signs his singular works by a red arrow since the beginning of the 80s on the walls of Tours, Orléans, Lille, Paris, Nantes, London, Lisbon, Venice, Rome, Amsterdam, Chicago, New York, Dublin, Brussels, Tokyo, Barcelona …
Like numerous teenagers in the 70s, Jean-François is conquered by pop culture and “Swinging London” where he regularly spends his summer holidays. He began his passion by collecting vinyl and today, he possesses more than 10 000.
He confides to have drawn his inspiration from the rock or punk bands like The Clash.
His portraits of celebrities in black and white such as Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Gandhi, Hendrix etc. made him famous, but the foundation of his work remains the painting of unknown people met in the corner of a street: passers-by, musicians, children whose life-size silhouettes are almost exclusively painted in black and white.
C215 alias Christian Guémy is an urban artist, French stencilist born in 1973. He has been living and working in the Paris region (Vitry sur Seine) since 2006.
It’s in this city that we can admire the largest number of its creations. He had a short run with graffiti which he quickly abandoned to dedicate himself to stencil.
He paints colored portraits, drawn in stencil or freehand. His models are often based on his daughter, Nina, but occasionally unknown people from some Parisian districts.
Always on the brink of illegality, Shepard Fairey is an American artist considered as “borderline”. His work became famous worldwide following the poster he created for Barack Obama’s presidential election in 2008 titled “Hope”.
Caught and prosecuted several times he’s had to justify himself in front of courts about ten times. Sometimes because of his graffiti on walls or sometimes for the use of an image without rights (for example the Barack Obama one).
Founder of various graphics companies since 1992, Shepard Fairey put his artistic talent to the benefit of large companies by working on marketing operations in the hope that illustrated products would go viral (for example Pespi).