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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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Toctoc, Février 2104, Print

Toctoc

Février 2104, 2020
35.4 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch
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$547

Louis Bottero, Le choka bleu, Painting

Louis Bottero

Le choka bleu, 2016
31.5 x 47.2 x 2 inch
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$5,470

Our recommendations Ziegler T, Anachrist, Print

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Anachrist, 2013
22 x 15 inch
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$182

Seaty, Still Dreaming, Print

Seaty

Still Dreaming, 2020
31.5 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch
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$723

Our recommendations Floe, Bazdo, Painting

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Bazdo, 2019
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
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$1,215

Mr Bonheur, Boobagump, Painting

Mr Bonheur

Boobagump, 2016
51.2 x 78.7 x 0.8 inch
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$5,470

Kriki, Robot, Print

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26.9 x 19.2 inch
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Brian Caddy, Experimentation #8, Painting

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Experimentation #8, 2018
76.8 x 51.2 x 0.8 inch
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JR, JR - Lovers on the roof, USA, Print

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JR - Lovers on the roof, USA, 2018
27.6 x 39.4 inch
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$1,683

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

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New York city ballet, paper interactions 13, 2014, 2017
39.4 x 27.6 inch
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Speedy Graphito, Mama Lapinture, Print

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Mama Lapinture, 2019
18.5 x 14.6 inch
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$280

Speedy Graphito, Coffret Figure, Print

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Coffret Figure, 2014
13.6 x 10.8 inch
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$3,039

Levalet, Bad News, Print

Levalet

Bad News, 2017
27.6 x 19.7 inch
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$280

Toctoc, Imagine, Painting

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Imagine, 2020
25.6 x 17.7 x 0.8 inch
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$1,580

Bze Bzeland, Carpe Diem, Painting

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Carpe Diem, 2021
16.5 x 11.7 inch
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$280

Jéko, Rêvasser, Fine Art Drawings

Jéko

Rêvasser, 2020
16.5 x 11.7 x 0.1 inch
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$656

Stoul, Oru City Dress, Painting

Stoul

Oru City Dress, 2014
22.4 x 30.3 x 0.4 inch
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$5,470

Eugène Barricade, Stormtrooper 1, Painting

Eugène Barricade

Stormtrooper 1, 2016
28.3 x 27.6 x 0.8 inch
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$1,459

Kashink, Wanderlust, Print

Kashink

Wanderlust, 2019
11.8 x 7.9 inch
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$103

Ditno 83, Traces 02, Painting

Ditno 83

Traces 02, 2017
23.6 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch
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$972

Our recommendations Fat, The Pink Panther, Painting

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The Pink Panther, 2019
45.7 x 35 x 1.2 inch
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$4,619

M.Chat, Flying Cat, Painting

M.Chat

Flying Cat, 2020
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch
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$8,387

Invader, Art4Space (2D), Print

Invader

Art4Space (2D), 2013
11.8 x 16.5 inch
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$12,500

Chanoir, Cha Du Printemps, Painting

Chanoir

Cha Du Printemps, 2019
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
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$6,685

Kurar, True weapons, Painting

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True weapons, 2018
38.2 x 57.5 x 1.6 inch
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$6,077

Kurar, Heritage, Painting

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Heritage, 2018
47.2 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch
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$4,862

Chanoir, Degradation Militante, Print

Chanoir

Degradation Militante, 2017
27.6 x 19.7 inch
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$729

Raphaël Laventure, Joy Tag N°1, Sculpture

Raphaël Laventure

Joy Tag N°1, 2020
51.2 x 30.3 x 16.1 inch
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Hope 1393, Anna#1, Painting

Hope 1393

Anna#1, 2019
51.2 x 38.2 x 0.6 inch
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$1,459

Fred Creusot, Un mundo de golosinas, Painting

Fred Creusot

Un mundo de golosinas, 2018
18.1 x 21.7 x 0.8 inch
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$1,459

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Smoking homeless, 2017
76.8 x 51.2 x 1.6 inch
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28 Millimetres, Women are Heroes Action in Phnom Penh, Peng Panh, 2011
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JonOne, Into one's wild, Painting

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59.1 x 78.7 x 2 inch
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Nina Bulle, 2018
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Brewart, 2021
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Soyez irrévérencieux, 2019
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