I’m not an “art” person.
In fact, I could be perfectly happy living in a house with blank walls.
But one form of art I have become obsessed with in the past couple of years, is street art.
There’s something about it that thrills me…
The idea that these artists go out in the dead of night and risk getting arrested is appealing.
It’s cool and interesting and unique.
Trying to find some in a new city has become my own personal treasure hunt.
And I knew moving to Europe would expose me to some of the most well-known “street artists” in the world.
So, while in Paris over the weekend…
I saw some of the most amazing pieces yet.
Next time you go adventure out into a new city…
Skip the museum, save your cash, take a walk & go on your own treasure hunt!
Self-taught, he began with graffiti in the 80s and in 1997 he began experimenting with sculpting techniques and molding.
After a stay in the United States, he returned to Paris in 2006 and embarked on a concept of 3D street art by creating a replica of his face he painted and then stick on the walls of the city.
To date over 400 faces were set in Paris but also in other cities of France and the world”
“Diamant is a young Parisian artist who is up a lot around town.
His diamonds are made by painting onto glass.
However, don’t be deceived into thinking Diamant is a one trick pony – he also creates poster and collage work on the streets, too. As he tells us: “I do not want to make diamonds to imprison me as some artists.
I want to be free to do what I want. I keep the diamond as a signature.”
“Paris street art innovator, Gz’ Up.
He’s French, he lives in Paris, his street art consists mostly of anthropomorphic octopusses cut from plywood and glued high up on street corners, he’s angry about people stealing his work, and, one day he hopes to make an octopus on a girl’s behind – his name is taken from rapper Snoop Dogg’s saying, ”Gz Up, Hoes Down”.
His work is modelled on the crude pixellation of 1970s 8-bit video games.
He took his name from the 1978 arcade game Space Invaders, and much of his work is composed of square ceramic tiles inspired by video game characters. Although he prefers to remain incognito, and guards his identity carefully, his distinctive creations can be seen in many highly-visible locations in more than 60 cities in 30 countries.
This artist hasn’t been in the press yet…
Appearing just 2 weeks ago in Paris, these tiny mice can be seen all over the city.
I’m calling him “Mouse Man”.
The rest are just plain cool.
This was one of my favorites…
Reminded me of all my friends and memories of living in NYC.
I’m still patiently waiting to see a Banksy….