Valérian Lenud is a French artist born in 1990.
Now based in Mexico City after a decade of travel,
Valé has developed an aesthetic that combines
figurative compositions with pop-graffiti styling,
both as murals and canvas artworks.
With a strong compassion and belief in human spirit,
his works can be seen as a mirror to our common
Combining various techniques, his work is primarily
constructed with numerous layers of hand-cut stencils,
painted with a mix of aerosol, brushes, palette knives
and markers. Within this practice he combines chaotic
shapes on multicolored backgrounds and subtle shading
stencils to achieve a sense of photorealism.
Valérian’s work contrasts recognizable pop-iconography
with local culture imagery in his works, in order to portray
the multifaceted identity of each culture
he encounters during his travels around the world in more
than thirty countries. This juxtaposition pays tribute
to urban art by contrasting the grey of the streets
with the intense colors that represent the vibrancy of life.
Valérian collaborates with galleries, social projects,
festivals and brands.
His artwork can be found in France, Monaco, New-York,
Netherlands, Spain, Italy, México, Argentina, Chile and Colombia.
To name some places, he exhibited in Carré d’Artistes in New-York,
Amsterdam and México ; with Le Lavomatik and Galerie Sonia
Monti in France or Galeria Union in Buenos Aires.
He has been covered by StreetArt NYC, Konbini, C’est de l’Art,
Cultura Colectiva, Estilo DF and commissioned for projects including
Jaguar Land Rover, Montana Colors, Comex or Santander.
“During my travels around the world
I have understood that living
on our planet means knowing it,
respecting it and understanding
that every human being is connected
regardless of their origin.
Through my painting I try to show this plurality
which makes our richness
and the beauty of each of our cultures.
Street-art being an inclusive art,
allowing to share a work with the passer-by,
it is the medium that I have chosen to express myself
and share these values of sharing and unity.
What impacts me the most during my travels
are the encounters,
a face and a look say more than a thousand words,
and my portraits freeze this moment of communion
to transmit it to the viewer
and make him react.”