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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 favorite "spots," and their fans. At the beginning of the 2000s, Street Art starting becoming institutionalized. 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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Toctoc, Février 2104, Print

Toctoc

Février 2104, 2020
90 x 70 x 1 cm
Print

$534

Our recommendations Ziegler T, Anachrist, Print

Ziegler T

Anachrist, 2013
56 x 38 cm
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$178

Kashink, Wanderlust, Print

Kashink

Wanderlust, 2019
30 x 20 cm
Print

$101

Chanoir, Degradation Militante, Print

Chanoir

Degradation Militante, 2017
70 x 50 cm
Print

$711

Kriki, Robot, Print

Kriki

Robot, 1999
68.3 x 48.7 cm
Print

$1,250

Mr Bonheur, Boobagump, Painting

Mr Bonheur

Boobagump, 2016
130 x 200 x 2 cm
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$5,336

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

JR

New York city ballet, paper interactions 13, 2014, 2017
100 x 70 cm
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$1,209

Our recommendations JR, 28 Millimetres, Women are Heroes Action in Phnom Penh, Peng Panh, Print

JR

28 Millimetres, Women are Heroes Action in Phnom Penh, Peng Panh, 2011
72.5 x 102.5 cm
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$1,209

JR, JR - Lovers on the roof, USA, Print

JR

JR - Lovers on the roof, USA, 2018
70 x 100 cm
Print

$1,642

C215, Ted, Painting

C215

Ted, 2019
38 x 38 x 4 cm
Painting

$3,320

Jéko, Rien à voir, Painting

Jéko

Rien à voir, 2021
65 x 50 x 0.2 cm
Painting

$1,067

Speedy Graphito, Mama Lapinture, Print

Speedy Graphito

Mama Lapinture, 2019
47 x 37 cm
Print

$273

Speedy Graphito, Coffret Figure, Print

Speedy Graphito

Coffret Figure, 2014
34.5 x 27.5 cm
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$2,964

Keymi, La nouvelle la figea n°736, Painting

Keymi

La nouvelle la figea n°736, 2021
64 x 54 x 3 cm
Painting

$688

C215, Gainsbourg, Painting

C215

Gainsbourg, 2020
10 x 18 x 0.1 cm
Painting

$1,411

JR, JR au Palais de Tokyo, 28 Août 2020, 16H12, Paris, Print

JR

JR au Palais de Tokyo, 28 Août 2020, 16H12, Paris, 2020
100 x 70 x 0.1 cm
Print

$2,667

Keymi, Rumeur n°629, Painting

Keymi

Rumeur n°629, 2020
64 x 84 x 3 cm
Painting

$1,126

Chanoir, Cha Du Printemps, Painting

Chanoir

Cha Du Printemps, 2019
100 x 100 x 2 cm
Painting

$8,063

JonOne, Skateboard, Painting

JonOne

Skateboard, 2020
20 x 80 x 5 cm
Painting

$2,360

Brusk (DMV), Heroic Time's I, Painting

Brusk (DMV)

Heroic Time's I, 2021
92 x 65 cm
Painting

$8,063

Levalet, Porte flingue, Painting

Levalet

Porte flingue, 2018
60 x 80 x 10 cm
Painting

$2,253

Bze Bzeland, Carpe Diem, Painting

Bze Bzeland

Carpe Diem, 2021
42 x 29.7 cm
Painting

$273

Ditno 83, Traces 02, Painting

Ditno 83

Traces 02, 2017
60 x 60 x 3 cm
Painting

$949

Ravi, Raviwood, Painting

Ravi

Raviwood, 2021
24 x 24 x 2 cm
Painting

$160 $178

Kurar, True weapons, Painting

Kurar

True weapons, 2018
97 x 146 x 4 cm
Painting

$5,929

Kurar, Heritage, Painting

Kurar

Heritage, 2018
120 x 100 x 4 cm
Painting

$4,743

Invader, Art4Space (2D), Print

Invader

Art4Space (2D), 2013
30 x 42 cm
Print

$15,000

Hope 1393, Anna#1, Painting

Hope 1393

Anna#1, 2019
130 x 97 x 1.5 cm
Painting

$1,423

Fred Creusot, Un mundo de golosinas, Painting

Fred Creusot

Un mundo de golosinas, 2018
46 x 55 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,423

Isabelle Pelletane, Show must go on, Painting

Isabelle Pelletane

Show must go on, 2020
130 x 97 x 2 cm
Painting

$2,786

Jean-Jacques André, Fragment composition n°2, Painting

Jean-Jacques André

Fragment composition n°2, 2019
40 x 40 x 1 cm
Painting

$545

Smoka, Smoking homeless, Painting

Smoka

Smoking homeless, 2017
195 x 130 x 4 cm
Painting

$2,371

Miss Tic, Je ne travaille pas, je suis travaillée, Painting

Miss Tic

Je ne travaille pas, je suis travaillée, 2020
38 x 46 x 2 cm
Painting

5,000 - $ 10,000

Our recommendations C215, Nina Bulle, Painting

C215

Nina Bulle, 2018
54 x 65 x 3 cm
Painting

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Toctoc, Imagine, Painting

Toctoc

Imagine, 2020
65 x 45 x 2 cm
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M.Chat, Mr Chat - Paris, Print

M.Chat

Mr Chat - Paris, 2018
25 x 25 x 2 cm
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M.Chat, Flying Cat, Painting

M.Chat

Flying Cat, 2020
80 x 80 x 2 cm
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Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Passeurs d'humanité, Print

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Passeurs d'humanité, 2019
70 x 50 cm
Print

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Miss Tic, La Solitude Est La Rançon De La Lucidité 1/7, Sculpture

Miss Tic

La Solitude Est La Rançon De La Lucidité 1/7, 2019
46 x 19 x 9.5 cm
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Jef Aérosol, Le Flûtiste, Print

Jef Aérosol

Le Flûtiste, 2012
66 x 50 x 2 cm
Print

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JR, Women Are Heroes Calais Elizabeth Kamanga On Sea, Le Havre, France, 2017, Print

JR

Women Are Heroes Calais Elizabeth Kamanga On Sea, Le Havre, France, 2017, 2017
40 x 70 x 1 cm
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Eugène Barricade, Stormtrooper 1, Painting

Eugène Barricade

Stormtrooper 1, 2016
72 x 70 x 2 cm
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Jéko, Disc, Painting

Jéko

Disc, 2020
65 x 50 x 0.2 cm
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Seaty, Still Dreaming, Print

Seaty

Still Dreaming, 2020
80 x 60 x 1 cm
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Mr. Brainwash, Aftertought, Print

Mr. Brainwash

Aftertought, 2008
63.5 x 96.5 cm
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Our recommendations Nasti, Noir Blanc Cuivre, Painting

Nasti

Noir Blanc Cuivre, 2019
95 x 95 x 3 cm
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JonOne, Into one's wild, Painting

JonOne

Into one's wild, 2012
150 x 200 x 5 cm
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Patrick Cornée, Jean Michel Basquiat, world champion of graffiti, Painting

Patrick Cornée

Jean Michel Basquiat, world champion of graffiti, 2019
100 x 100 x 3 cm
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Invader, 3D Invasion Kit #14, Sculpture

Invader

3D Invasion Kit #14, 2008
18 x 24 x 1 cm
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Toctoc, Whale Duduss, Painting

Toctoc

Whale Duduss, 2019
46 x 52 x 5 cm
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Toctoc, Peace, Painting

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Peace, 2020
50 x 61 cm
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Toctoc, Hulk Duduss, Painting

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Hulk Duduss, 2019
30 x 20 x 3 cm
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Toctoc, Le Nain Duduss de jardin, Painting

Toctoc

Le Nain Duduss de jardin, 2019
30 x 21 x 4 cm
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Princesse Ficelle, Soyez irrévérencieux, Painting

Princesse Ficelle

Soyez irrévérencieux, 2019
114 x 146 x 3 cm
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Ravi, Banksywood, Sculpture

Ravi

Banksywood, 2021
35 x 20 x 8 cm
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Mosko, Panthère Mauve, Painting

Mosko

Panthère Mauve, 2019
39 x 38 x 3 cm
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Hope 1393, Angel#2, Painting

Hope 1393

Angel#2, 2019
80 x 80 x 1.5 cm
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