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French Street Artists

Their works decorate streets, buildings, and our global urban environment. Longtime regarded as vandals, graffiti artists are now appreciated for their true worth in France, and their work is exhibited in some of the most prestigious cultural institutions and art galleries. 

So, who are the artists who changed the people's attitudes in France, and who are their successors?  Contrary to popular belief, street art is nothing new to art history, archaeologists have even graffiti when excavating Roman ruins. However, the movement as we known it today was born in the 1960s in Philadelphia and quickly spread to the concrete jungle of New York, which became its epicenter. In France, the student revolts of May 1968 marked a turning point for the practice, as it became a tool for spreading their opinions. Using slogans and catchphrases, protesters used the walls as their canvas in order to broadcast their ideas to the whole population. 

However, it was not until the 1980s and 1990s, decades of more intense urbanisation, that street art truly took off in France. For example, Blek le Rat and Jérôme Mesnager's poetic characters started invading the capital's streets. Through their work, they highlighted social issues and condemned inequalities. Street artists had to operate in secrecy and with the greatest discretion as the police actively looked for graffiti artists and often issued hefty fines if they caught one. In the 1990s, artists developed new techniques to be as efficient as possible; stencils, spray paint, collages appeared. 

Street artists quickly started developing their personal style, and their creativity is limitless. Each artist has their own codes, their favourite "spots," and their fans. At the beginning of the 2000s, Street Art starting becoming institutionalised. For example, Paris' city council put 80 street artists from the MUR collective (Modulable, Urban, Reactive) in charge of creating murals for several billboards on the Oberkampf Street.

Today, street artists have had the opportunity to show their work many times, and in some of the most prestigious museums in Paris, including the Le Grand Palais, Le Palais de Tokyo, le Centre Pompidou... Some are even becoming genuine celebrities, and the prices of their artworks are constantly increasing. 

Among the most famous artists, there is French Street Artist Jef Aérosol who is inspired by his passion for music. As he stated himself, the punk movement inspired his signature black and white characters. These can be found in the  streets of many French cities, as well as in London, Roma, and Lisbon. Jef Aérosol's work is always easily identifiable because of his signature red arrow, his way of signing the works. 

Jeanjerome, uses random objects that he finds on the street, such as sneakers or skateboards. By mixing the curved forms of the Art Nouveau with the energetic Street Art style he creates colourful, psychedelic artworks.

Miss TIC's stencils have decorated Paris' walls for decades now. With her sensual and rebellious feminine figures, she plays with gender stereotypes and questions the place of women within society. 

Alongside artists working predominantly with painting, there are also photographers to be counted amongst the most influential French street artist. For example, JR an artist who immortalises the faces people from a variety of countries and ethnicities with his gigantic installations. 

You'll find street artists' artworks all over Paris and other cities in France. Explore some of France's most famous street artists on Artsper today!

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Speedy Graphito, Felix Neon, Sculpture

Speedy Graphito

Felix Neon, 2017
65 x 57 x 7 inch
Sculpture

$45,000

Patrick Rubinstein, Rock, Photography

Patrick Rubinstein

Rock, 2017
13.8 x 13.8 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$3,403

Our recommendations Blek Le Rat, David, Painting

Blek Le Rat

David, 2006
100 x 58.7 x 2 inch
Painting

$19,610

Chanoir, Degradation Militante, Print

Chanoir

Degradation Militante, 2017
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$404

Speedy Graphito, Vegetal Dream, Painting

Speedy Graphito

Vegetal Dream, 2018
29.9 x 22 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$9,805

Speedy Graphito, Coffret Figure, Print

Speedy Graphito

Coffret Figure, 2014
13.6 x 10.8 inch
Print

$2,884

Our recommendations Seaty, Chelsea #12, Painting

Seaty

Chelsea #12, 2018
44.9 x 57.5 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$10,209

Our recommendations JR, New York city ballet, paper interactions 13, 2014, Print

JR

New York city ballet, paper interactions 13, 2014, 2017
39.4 x 27.6 inch
Print

$1,177

Speedy Graphito, Comic Comics, Print

Speedy Graphito

Comic Comics, 2017
16.9 x 12.6 inch
Print

$288

C215, Killing you in my mind, Print

C215

Killing you in my mind, 2018
23.6 x 15.7 x 0.1 inch
Print

$911

Seaty, Kinshasa #6, Painting

Seaty

Kinshasa #6, 2018
57.5 x 44.9 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$10,209

Onemizer, Banane d'Elvis, Painting

Onemizer

Banane d'Elvis, 2018
22.4 x 18.5 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,826

Jef Aérosol, Keith Richards, Painting

Jef Aérosol

Keith Richards, 2018
57.5 x 44.5 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$11,536

Our recommendations Miss Tic, Nous qui désirons sans faim, Sculpture

Miss Tic

Nous qui désirons sans faim, 2017
12.1 x 12.1 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$1,154

Our recommendations L'Atlas, The essential, Painting

L'Atlas

The essential, 2018
21.7 x 35.4 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$5,652

Jef Aérosol, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, Painting

Jef Aérosol

Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, 2018
43.3 x 43.3 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$6,575

Invader, 3D Invasion Kit #14, Sculpture

Invader

3D Invasion Kit #14, 2008
7.1 x 9.4 x 0.4 inch
Sculpture

$14,024

Mr.Oreke, Famou$, Painting

Mr.Oreke

Famou$, 2019
55.1 x 39.4 inch
Painting

$2,422

Miss Tic, La Vie Est Porcelaine, Painting

Miss Tic

La Vie Est Porcelaine, 2016
19.7 x 24 x 2 inch
Painting

$5,191

Jef Aérosol, Nina Hagen, Painting

Jef Aérosol

Nina Hagen, 2017
43.3 x 43.3 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$6,575

Our recommendations Ziegler T, Anachrist, Print

Ziegler T

Anachrist, 2013
22 x 15 inch
Print

$173

Capocci, Marilyn, Painting

Capocci

Marilyn, 2018
59.1 x 39.4 inch
Painting

$5,768

Our recommendations Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Etude pour Extases (Catherine de Sienne), Print

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Etude pour Extases (Catherine de Sienne), 2015
29.5 x 41.3 inch
Print

$1,673

Chanoir, Tomorrow Cats, Painting

Chanoir

Tomorrow Cats, 2018
21.7 x 18.1 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,480

Our recommendations Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Wagner, Drawing

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Wagner, 1988
14.2 x 15.7 inch
Drawing

$13,843

Jo Di Bona, Doll Parts, Painting

Jo Di Bona

Doll Parts, 2017
47.2 x 31.5 inch
Painting

$3,691

Our recommendations Richard Orlinski, Wild Panther, Sculpture

Richard Orlinski

Wild Panther, 2013
5.9 x 13 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$2,953

Jo Di Bona, Don't be so shy, Painting

Jo Di Bona

Don't be so shy, 2017
47.2 x 31.5 inch
Painting

$3,691

Fred Creusot, Un mundo de golosinas, Painting

Fred Creusot

Un mundo de golosinas, 2018
18.1 x 21.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,384

Levalet, Bad News, Print

Levalet

Bad News, 2017
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$288

Benjamin SPaRK, On-side-out-side, Painting

Benjamin SPaRK

On-side-out-side, 2007
39.4 x 31.9 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,826

Blek Le Rat, La Madone, Print

Blek Le Rat

La Madone, 2016
15 x 11 inch
Print

$1,730

Goddog, Archipel 300, Painting

Goddog

Archipel 300, 2018
36.2 x 28.3 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$2,653

Goddog, EA #2, Print

Goddog

EA #2, 2017
19.7 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Print

$346

Eugène Barricade, Stormtrooper 1, Painting

Eugène Barricade

Stormtrooper 1, 2016
28.3 x 27.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,384

Violette Fayolle & Charlotte Benedetti, Camille, Painting

Violette Fayolle & Charlotte Benedetti

Camille, 2019
25.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Painting

$404

Violette Fayolle & Charlotte Benedetti, Sardine à la plage, Painting

Violette Fayolle & Charlotte Benedetti

Sardine à la plage, 2019
25.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Painting

$404

Our recommendations JR, 28 Millimètres, Women Are Heroes - Swimming Pool, Intercontinental Hotel, Verticale, Monrovia, Liberia, Print

JR

28 Millimètres, Women Are Heroes - Swimming Pool, Intercontinental Hotel, Verticale, Monrovia, Liberia, 2008
38.6 x 28.3 inch
Print

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Onemizer, Street Queen, Painting

Onemizer

Street Queen, 2017
63.8 x 38.2 x 1.2 inch
Painting

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Seaty, Away #5, Painting

Seaty

Away #5, 2015
39.4 x 31.9 x 1.2 inch
Painting

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Gomor, Like a boss!, Painting

Gomor

Like a boss!, 2018
17.9 x 18.1 x 0 inch
Painting

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Onemizer, Stay Young, Painting

Onemizer

Stay Young, 2017
39.4 x 28.3 x 1.2 inch
Painting

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JR, Action dans la Favela Morro da providencia - Détail Arbre et Lune, Print

JR

Action dans la Favela Morro da providencia - Détail Arbre et Lune, 2008
27.6 x 40.6 inch
Print

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Our recommendations Miss Tic, La nuit tous les chants sont cris, Painting

Miss Tic

La nuit tous les chants sont cris, 2018
59.1 x 59.1 x 1.2 inch
Painting

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Our recommendations Jérôme Mesnager, 87, Painting

Jérôme Mesnager

87, 2018
13.8 x 10.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

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Tarek, What Else?, Painting

Tarek

What Else?, 2018
5.5 x 7.1 x 0.4 inch
Painting

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Ziegler T, Urban Lisa, Painting

Ziegler T

Urban Lisa, 2017
28 x 24 x 1.6 inch
Painting

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Tarek, Composition Circle, Painting

Tarek

Composition Circle, 2017
7.5 x 9.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

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Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Rimbaud, Print

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Rimbaud, 1986
18.1 x 14.6 x 1.2 inch
Print

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JP Malot, Back from Beijing !, Painting

JP Malot

Back from Beijing !, 2014
35 x 47.2 x 1.2 inch
Painting

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JP Malot, MidoCOKE on Markets! 2010, Painting

JP Malot

MidoCOKE on Markets! 2010, 2010
19.7 x 19.7 x 1.2 inch
Painting

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Piotre, Shape's Flavour, Painting

Piotre

Shape's Flavour, 2018
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Painting

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Our recommendations Levalet, Nocturama 1, Painting

Levalet

Nocturama 1, 2018
11.8 x 11.8 x 3.9 inch
Painting

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Benjamin SPaRK, Composition 01 05 XVI, Painting

Benjamin SPaRK

Composition 01 05 XVI, 2016
19.7 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch
Painting

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Eugène Barricade, Délivrance, Painting

Eugène Barricade

Délivrance, 2018
24 x 24 x 1.2 inch
Painting

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Zokatos, Refrain 2, Painting

Zokatos

Refrain 2, 2018
29.5 x 31.5 x 0.4 inch
Painting

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Zokatos, Refrain 7, Painting

Zokatos

Refrain 7, 2018
29.5 x 31.5 x 0.4 inch
Painting

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Our recommendations JM Robert, Une Sorte d'Extase, Painting

JM Robert

Une Sorte d'Extase, 2018
45.7 x 35 x 1.2 inch
Painting

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