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André Saraiva Boxes, 2018

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Informations about this artwork
  • Medium

    Drawing : watercolour, ballpoint pen

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    10.6 x 7.3 inch

  • Support

    Drawing on paper

  • Framing

    Not framed

  • Type

    Unique work

  • Authenticity

    Work sold with an invoice from the gallery
    and a certificate of authenticity

  • Signature

    Hand-signed by artist

  • About the artwork

    Artwork sold in perfect condition

    Over the course of nearly four decades, European artist André (born in Sweden and raised in France from Portuguese parents) has established a singular pictorial style. Art was the first way André Saraiva, at a very young age, chose to express himself and put a mark on the world. Tagging his name on the neighborhood’s walls was an urgent declaration of his existence. Then, he refined his style and found his iconic signature: the Mr A. figure. As such he was one of the first artists in the 80s to use this kind of logotype as his signature. He became identified with his iconic, cartoonish character: a round-headed figure with long limbs and a circle and a cross for one eye — a subject that recurred in Saraiva’s early canvas paintings.

    In Summer 2017, Danysz Gallery held the first exhibition of André's work within the last three years, including classical paintings, drawings and other type of artworks, made in Shanghai by the artist and paying tribute to traditional Chinese techniques, such as ceramics.

    The drawing presented here is iconic of André's work : made with ballpoint pen and watercolour on paper, it depicts the famous Mr A.
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André Saraiva

France Born in: 1971 Emerging artists
André Saraiva is a graffiti artist but also a French entrepreneur. He was born in 1971 in Uppsala, Sweden. He is of Portuguese origin, his parents fled the regime of Salazar, the dictator and emigrated to Sweden during early 70s. At the age of 10, he moved to Paris with his family. He discovered graffiti and in 1989, which is when he invented his famous character, called Mr A.

He worked in an unbridled pace, around 20 tags per night. He drew over 300 000 Mr. A's on all mediums at the beginning of his career. He devoted many years to graffiti, without actually being acknowledged, his character Mr. A suddenly became successful. The public was taken in by this easy-going bulbous face, often with a top hat, along with one round eye and the other crossed, as if he was winking to the viewer. Standing on long slender straight legs, Mr. A looked a lot like his inventor: cheerful, charming and malicious.

After having opened his gallery in Paris « La mercerie d'André », where he sells his work, he was discovered in 1998 by Japanese sponsor, who launched his career on the artistic scene in Tokyo. In 2002, he opened the concept store called BlackBlock at Palais de Tokyo. In 2004, André created frescoes at the new airport terminal in Tokyo. It appeared in 2010 in Banksy's movie called "Faites le mur!'

André Saraiva became famous worldwide for his work as an artist but was also dispraised by some as a "vandal" and even more so by environmental activists who defended the Joshua Tree National Park in California where André created a graffiti on a rock, in the parking lot of the park. In 2011, his works were exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, at Grand Palais in Paris and during the 54th Venice Biennial. In 2014, not to mention a retrospective which was organized at the Museu do Design e da Moda in Lisbon
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