Keyword: Street Art

Vhils, the rising star of street art who creates by destroying


Portuguese street artist Alexandre Farto, understandably better known by his professional pseudonym, Vhils, is one of the rising new stars in the genre. He uses explosives, power drills, acid and lasers to create his stunning sculptures of human faces on city walls (photo), and to peel back the coatings of urban facades to reveal the past painted underneath. The astonishing results have earned the 25 year-old international recognition from both art critics and his peers, notably Banksy and JR with whom he has worked on co-signed creations. Hugo Vitrani caught up with him during a recent show of his works in Paris, and followed him, video camera in hand, as he carved his marks on the Paris cityscape.

Shepard Fairey offers a bit of 'hope' to the streets of Paris


Shepard Fairey is one of the most celebrated street artists today, a pioneer of the underground urban movement and famous worldwide for his ‘Hope’ poster created for Barack Obama’s 2008 election campaign, now a permanent feature in the US National Portrait Gallery. This summer he visited Paris to mount a 40 metre-tall slice of his graphic oeuvre in the capital’s 13th arrondissement (photo), when Mediapart caught up with him, camera in hand, to follow the American artist at work. Hugo Vitrani reports on a man who seems incapable of escaping controversy, arrest and a constant desire to re-paint the urban jungle (video report and interviews available on article pages).