M. CHAT

M. CHAT

Mr. CHAT

Mr. CHAT’s smile, which is reminiscent of Lewis Carroll’s enigmatic and fascinating grinning cat, probably partly explains the appeal to the public: Nora Monnet (Artistik Rezo) said: “A show of benevolence to the world, a poetic proposal open to the world.” With Mr. CHAT, Thoma Vuille (a.k.a. M. CHAT) aspires to remove the reluctance usually associated with the practice of street art and to share it through the prism of a local culture, even if it partially emancipates from the street.

In 2004, director Chris Marker dedicated a film to M. CHAT, produced by ARTE and screened at the Centre Pompidou that same year: Chats perchés. For the occasion, a huge painted M. CHAT came to decorate the facade of the Parisian public institution, and the newspaper Libération offered Thoma Vuille (a.k.a. M. CHAT) a carte blanche. Translated into many languages, the film was screened worldwide, notably in 2006 in England and the United States, leading to the expansion of the reputation of the Franco-Swiss street artist in its wake.

We now find the contagious smile of M. CHAT on the whole globe, from the streets of Rennes, Nantes and Paris to those of Germany, England, Italy, New York, Hong Kong, Seoul and Dakar. Recognized as a major figure of the European street art scene, Thoma Vuille (a.k.a. M. CHAT) is now assimilated both to the world of urban art and to less «marginalized» movements, like pop art.

In 2004, director Chris Marker dedicated a film to M. CHAT, produced by ARTE and screened at the Centre Pompidou that same year: Chats perchés. For the occasion, a huge painted M. CHAT came to decorate the facade of the Parisian public institution, and the newspaper Libération offered Thoma Vuille (a.k.a. M. CHAT) a carte blanche. Translated into many languages, the film was screened worldwide, notably in 2006 in England and the United States, leading to the expansion of the reputation of the Franco-Swiss street artist in its wake.

We now find the contagious smile of M. CHAT on the whole globe, from the streets of Rennes, Nantes and Paris to those of Germany, England, Italy, New York, Hong Kong, Seoul and Dakar. Recognized as a major figure of the European street art scene, Thoma Vuille (a.k.a. M. CHAT) is now assimilated both to the world of urban art and to less «marginalized» movements, like pop art.

CANTELE

CANTELE

Née en 1966 en Saône-et-Loire, Cécile Cantele n’est pas une peintre figurative comme tant d’autres.

À 10 ans elle fréquentait déjà l’école de dessin de Chalon-sur-Saône, ses dessins avaient pour sujets les animaux sauvages, qui deviendront sa spécialité plus tard quand elle dessinera pour la haute couture et les foulards, tels qu’Hermès, Céline ou Scherrer.

Après un cursus artistique à Paris, Cécile entreprend de voyager (USA, Royaume-Uni, Allemagne

…) et de s’imprégner d’influences nouvelles.

Elle partage sa propre sensibilité par le travail de fresques et de trompe l’œil chez des particuliers et des espaces professionnels

Sensible depuis sa plus tendre enfance à la préservation des animaux sauvages, membre du WWF depuis ses 12 ans, ses livres de chevet à l’époque déjà sont de Gérald Durrell, naturaliste avec qui elle correspondra plusieurs années.

Elle sera active pendant neuf ans dans une association de protection des animaux.

Des peintures réalistes où évoluent dans des villes en ruines, des enfants et des animaux sauvages, où seuls les graffitis, art pariétal des temps modernes, nous rappellent que l’homme a laissé son empreinte dans l’environnement.

Les enfants et leurs animaux totems se sont appropriés ce monde, où il n’y a plus de prédateurs.

L’association enfants et animaux, est une symbiose, l’animal fétiche est un compagnon, il intervient comme un guide.

Une forme d’art militant, qui explore les effets de l’homme sur l’environnement et interroge les futures traces de l’humanité.

Ses Influences ?
Brandon Mull, auteur de livres enfants et jeunesse de fantasy
Philipp Pulmann, écrivain de “La croisée des mondes” où l’on suit l’histoire de Lyra Belacqua et Will, accompagnés de leurs animaux fétiches, “daemons”
Hayao Miyazaki: le voyage de Chihiro, mon voisin Totoro…
Tout Tolkien
Les mythes et légendes nordiques

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CRISTOBAL

CRISTOBAL

Cristóbal León

Cristóbal León, born in 1984 in Malaga (Spain) is entirely self-taught. His beginnings in painting date back to his 9 years. In the streets of his hometown, near the railway tracks, he tames spray paint. Heavily influenced by the urban culture of the 1980s and 1990s, where hip hop music and graffiti predominated in his neighbourhood, he composed colourful letters, created grotesque characters and developed his artistic vision.

He then joined art schools and workshops where he experimented with watercolor and oil painting. His artistic expression then evolved rapidly, moving from urban art to a much more classical artistic representation.

Thanks to other artists, Cristóbal León then became familiar with the world of open-air painting, which he described as “one of the best, if not the best, schools of painting that a young artist can access.” Thus, to the rhythm of the fast painting contests during which he won several hundred awards, he sharpens the fluidity of his gesture and refines the movements of his features

His experience of urban art and graffiti is still evident today in the way he paints. Characterized by vivid features and touches of transgressive colors, Cristobal’s spontaneous realism translates a dynamic, spontaneous and very instinctive artistic expression. The works of Cristóbal León, from which a lot of freshness emanates, are a visual gift and a breath of fresh air for the senses.

GRAFF

GRAFF

ANTOINE GRAFF

Antoine Graff’s destiny was not “folded” from the start. Of course, born a painter’s son and grandson of a blacksmith, it was inevitable that the arts would have an effect on him. Not to mention he has a surname which sounds like a pseudonym! Yet his career panned out a bit differently, between colouring, adventuring, and paper folding.

Antoine Graff started to paint at the age of 8. At 14, the age when adolescents typically begin their teenage crises, he received his first commission! In 1954, he left his native Alsace and started studying fine arts in Paris, but primarily cut classes. His instinct encouraged him to visit the studios of artists Zadkine and Lhote. Zadkine, a sculptor, liked the feet of Graff’s statues. The painter Lhote considered him to be an excellent illustrator, once he abandoned Delacroix! Graff was trained by these two masters, and good ones at that! Surely an umpteenth tomfoolery.

His real adolescent crisis came at the age of 26, as he thought he was no longer “skilled.” It was a period of emptiness, when the homo habilis engaged in a fiery war against himself. Yet the biggest paradox is that this time allowed him to produce his work, supported by these his two gallery owners art dealers. However, nothing came of it.

He created a prestigious business of window displays for pharmacies that would make any seasoned businessman envious. The patent that he filed brought him 11 thousand pharmacy clients on a plate! But the homo habilis was not content with window displays. Instead, Graff took up print advertising. His expertise soon attracted artists. Télémaque, Arman, César, and Villeglé all lined up in his new back room to have their original prints produced. His business gradually evolved from printing to art publishing. He acknowledged it not nostalgically, but with an assertively humorous sense of perspective. His wealth grew, he travelled, and money was easy. Then came the ultimate stroke of genius: he was given the luxury of creating the gallery La Main Blue in Strasbourg, where he held exhibitions for Alechinsky, Bram van Velde and even Télémaque. For five years, he had his ideal project; tinkering in art.

KIKO

KIKO

KiKo, alias Manuel Fernandez, est un artiste français né en 1985 à coté de Marseille.

KiKo a le goût du dessin et de la peinture depuis toujours et ses professeurs diront de lui qu’il dessine comme il respire ! L’art n’étant pas un sujet dans cette famille de marins qui a d’abord la passion de la mer et de la pêche.

KiKo rejoint donc le thonier familial, laissant ses toiles pour des filets de pêche.

De cette vie rude de marins où la mer vous rappelle sans cesse à l’ordre, il  se construit un univers imaginaire où l’enfance qui y suspend son vol lui inspirera toute son œuvre. Il ne cessera jamais de dessiner.

Quand il décide de se consacrer entièrement à sa passion de l’art, il choisit symboliquement « KiKo », son surnom d’enfant, comme nom d’artiste.

Son univers est une palette de toutes les réminiscences de l’enfance. Aux côtés de l’ourson en peluche et de Charlie Chaplin, les “Mômes de KiKo”

jouent sur sa toile. Tour à tour, espiègles, insouciants, boudeurs, mélancoliques ou tristes, ces petits voyageurs de l’enfance portent dans leur

baluchon, les joies, les blessures et les secrets de la vie.

Certainement le plus expressionniste des Pop/Street artistes, KiKo travaille le dessin au fusain puis aux encres de Chine sur des fonds lisses et brillants,

colorés et puissants. Sa technique conforte un ADN artistique reconnaissable au premier coup d’oeil.

« Ma quête artistique est de créer l’émotion qui va réveiller l’enfant enfoui dans chacun de nous. » KIKO