Zevs

Born in 1977 - France

BIOGRAPHY

Zevs (pronounced Zeus), born Christopher Aghirre Schwarz on 17th November, 1977 in Saverne is a French street artist.

He began painting in the streets of Paris during late 80's and in 1991, he escaped an accident with the Parisian suburban train, this is when he found his artist name, which was inspired by the name of the train, Zeus. Initially he painted shadows and silhouettes of the Parisian street furniture, then he discovered the technique of "reverse graffiti" which involves cleaning the dirty walls of the city and showing this aspect through drawing on those areas which were cleaned. He uses visible paint with ultraviolet rays. He joined forces with the artist Invader in 1999 and dedicated himself to the city of Montpellier under the pseudonym @nonymous.

Zevs's aim is to illustrate the influence of celebrities and multinationals on the contemporary culture. A good example would be his « Liquidated Logos » series, where he transforms logos of international brands, and his project in 2004 « Visual Kidnapping », where he leaves the message «Visual Kidnapping pay now!!», after having ripping the muse poster of Café Lavazza, fifteen meters in height at Alexanderplatz in Berlin.

His work has been displayed in New York, Palais de Tokyo in Paris and major exhibition was dedicated to him at chateau de Vincennes early 2016, where his photos, installations, videos, sculptures and paintings were presented.

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EXHIBITIONS

SOLO SHOWS

2013
Zevs - Traffics in Icons - De Buck Gallery, New York City, NY
Zevs: ?? / Heaven - The Container, Tokyo
2011
ZEVS: LIQUIDATED VERSION - De Buck Gallery, New York City, NY
2009
ZEVS - First Solo show in Hong Kong - Art Statements Gallery, Hong Kong
2008
Visual Attack - de Pury & Luxembourg, Zurich
Zevs - Electroshock - Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen
2007
Visible Graffitti - Galerie Patricia Dorfmann, Paris
2006
ZEVS - Galerie Patricia Dorfmann, Paris


GROUP SHOWS

2015
Able Collection II - Able Fine Art NY Gallery - Seoul, Seoul
Human Rights - Galerie Patricia Dorfmann, Paris
2014
In-Out Street Art & Graffiti – Collection Nicolas Laugero Lasserre - Maison des arts de Créteil, Creteil
Expressions urbaines - Street Art, Graffiti & Lowbrow - Institut culturel Bernard Magrez, Bordeaux
Summer Selections - De Buck Gallery, New York City, NY
Le Mur, La collection Antoine de Galbert - La Maison Rouge, Paris
Collection d’Art Urbain Nicolas Laugero Lasserre - Galerie à l'Ecu de France, Viroflay
Passionnément - Collection Nicolas Laugero Lasserre - Galerie Caplain Matignon, Paris
Art Urbain - Collection Nicolas Laugero Lasserre - Galerie Lasécu, Lille
2013
Work, Buy, Consume, Die - Reed Projects gallery, Stavanger
Multi(Multi)(ple(s)) - The Container, Tokyo
10 Years Wooster Collective 2003 – 2013 - Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York City, NY
Summer Selections - De Buck Gallery, New York City, NY
Cultural Hijack - AA Gallery - AA School of Architecture, London
Poesia - Werke Sammlung Rik Reinking - Städtische Galerie Delmenhorst, Delmenhorst
2012
Détournement: Signs of the Times - Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York City, NY
Freestyle - Fabien Castanier Gallery, Studio City, CA
Art & Toys – Collection Selim Varol - me Collectors Room Berlin, Berlin
Domination, Hegemony and The Panopticon - Traffic, Dubai
Facetime - On Stellar Rays, New York City, NY
2011
Facetime - IMO, Copenhagen
The Minotaur - Lazarides Gallery, London
European Bailout show - Post No Bills Gallery, Venice, CA
Summer Selections - De Buck Gallery, New York City, NY
2010
Pieces Uniques - Galerie Artaban, Paris
inter-cool 3.0 - HMKV - Hartware MedienKunstVerein, Dortmund
2009
From Style Writing to Art (Part 2 - Shanghai) - 18Gallery Shanghai - Bund18, Shanghai
The Core Marrow of Art - Art Statements Gallery, Hong Kong
From Style Writing to art - Galerie Magda Danysz, Paris
Artotale - Leuphana Urban Art Project - Kunstraum der Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Lüneburg
"Startwoche" - Kunstraum der Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Lüneburg
Graffiti - etat des lieux - Galerie du Jour agnès b, Paris
Urban Art - Werke aus der Sammlung Reinking - Weserburg | Museum für moderne Kunst, Bremen
Grow Up - Lazarides Gallery, London
The Wealth of Nations - Galerie Patricia Dorfmann, Paris
2008
Outsiders - The New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall, West Midlands
TINA B. – The Prague Contemporary Art Festival 08 - TINA B. – The Prague Contemporary Art Festival, Prague
Beck´s Fusion - Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
Frank Perrin and ZEVS - Postcapitalism Kidnapping - Art Statements Gallery, Hong Kong
Call it what you like - Collection Rik Reinking - Kunst Centret Silkeborg Bad, Silkeborg
Radical Advertising - NRW-Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft, Dusseldorf
Fresh air smells funny - Kunsthalle Dominikanerkirche, Osnabruck
2007
Game over - Street art Show - Galerie Magda Danysz, Paris
gezeichnet - Fotografie - ausgewählt von Rik Reinking - Galerie Borchardt, Hamburg
Wakin up nights - de Pury & Luxembourg, Zurich
still on and non the wiser… - Street Art - Graffiti - Wuppertal - Von der Heydt Kunsthalle, Wuppertal
2004
Electric Girl and the Shadows - rebell minds gallery, Berlin
Nine Points of the Law - Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst (NGBK), Berlin

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