Born in the Bronx in 1961, John Crash Matos takes part in the graffiti movement from an early age. Through his different encounters, in particular with Keith Harring, Crash has beautiful artistic ambitions but especially a style of his own: fascinated by comics and pop-art, Crash processes the colors in an explosive way and flourishes in saturated compositions which have undeniable energy. As early as 1980, his works is exposed in galleries and in museums collections around the world. Pioneer of the old-school graffiti movement, Crash contributes largely to the recognition of this artistic movement in art history.
Born in New York in 1955, he still works and lives there.
Living legend of the graffiti scene, illustrator, photograph, sculptor, fashion designer, and graphic designer, Futura - also known as Futura 2000 - is one of the most important actor of the current international urban art scene. As the contemporary of Samo, Keith Haring, Richard Hambleton, Cope2 and plenty of other emblematic new yorker actors, Futura helped to define the graffiti movement of the beginning of the 70’s by taking it away from the lettering and redirecting it towards a more abstract and pictorial style. This multifaceted influential artist remains, until today, unique, fresh, evolutionary and his characteristic style paved the way for a new generation of highly publicized street artists.
Through his work, Gum redefines the prefabricated codes of a dying society. With a colorful and dazzling aesthetic, he talks about disorientation where no one finds their place anymore in a society of overconsumption, sanitized, unpalatable, where the degradation of general consciousness leaves us amorphous.
His art is his way of describing and denouncing a world where nothing goes right.
Plastic is the central point of his artistic approach and the guiding principle of his favorite themes: advertising, consumption, overconsumption, sex…
Loko, born in 1982 on a full moon, obtained the Superior National Diploma of Plastic Art at the Art school of Aix en Provence.
Since 2000, he took part in numerous performances and collective exhibitions in the South of France.
Combining paint roller, paintbrush and spray in his mural creations, he innovates by differentiating himself from the classic imagery of graffiti.
Active in Montpellier and its surroundings he know how to impose his style thanks to his immediately recognizable works and his relentless production in the urban environment.
Wandering randomly in the street at night, in love with bins of all sizes, he combined his diverse passions giving rise to a cohort of colorful painting throughout the city.
MEAR ONE (Kalen Ockerman) was on the cutting-edge of graffiti in Los Angeles and of the culture of mural art for nearly three decades. He is famous for launching the Melrose graffiti art movement in the late 1980s and is considered by many to be the most prolific public muralist in Los Angeles. At the beginning of his career, MEAR gained public recognition for having combined graffiti and Fine Arts.
He was the first graffiti artist to expose in the famous 01 Gallery on Melrose Street and also in 33 1/3 Gallery in Silverlake where Banksy will later make his first exhibition in North America.
MEAR ONE’s was part of the 2011 Art in the Streets exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. He is known for creating powerful images mixing philosophy, ancient mythology and modern politics in order to change consciousness. This interpretation of reality is achieved through a balance between realism and supernatural.
MEAR ONE helps us to explore the sublime spirit of our time, not by escaping reality but by confronting it.
Momies took his first step on the Montpellier graffiti scene in 1993 under the pseudonym Pyre.
Influential artist of the South of France, he stands out with a unique style, undefinable, industrial, curvaceous traits, nicknamed « modules ».
He participated in numerous artistic projet in Montpellier but also across Europe. His many trips abroad (UK, N.Y., Belgium, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Portugal) allowed him to acquire and affirm his inimitable style.
Back from a two-year long escapade, his heart full of memories and his view matured by the diversity of countries traveled, Polar seemed eager to let his hands speak. In his path, the imperceptible lands from Australia and New Zealand to Colombia trigger in him the intense desire to renew his painting and to translate the variety of feelings encountered.
Drunk with energy, amazed by his journey, he recomposes his memories and give a large place to Nature and the various luxuriant vegetations tenderly observed here and there. His not-very-still-life is reflected in his art and radiates waves of perfect roundness, visual layers of contemporary psychedelia, and distances us from all normed reality.
Allegory of a renaissance both aesthetic and spiritual, Polar transforms the gallery At Down in his own image, a colorful haven of peace, resolutely fulfilled and open to the world.
Tanc is born in 1979 in paris and he still lives and works there. He has already exhibited around the world. What characterizes him is the uniqueness of his style, a characteristic that we understand more when we learn that Tanc grew up with graffiti. He considers street art as ephemeral and considers also that action is more important than result. For him being an artist is a way of life, the investment must be total and the integrity absolute.
In the early 2000s, he focuses on working in his studio and immediately stands out from traditional graffiti artists by his work based on the trait. He first works on the lines of his name, then of graffiti in general and then people, musique and finally his favorite subject : life.
His work doesn't seek perfection but spontaneity. It is the state in which he is, which is going to define its density and rigor. His heart rate activates his arm in the manner of a metronome, he mustn’t try to control the flow but only try to understand the composition appearing in front of him, in balance between his consciousness and his unconsciousness. He composes his music and his paintings in a spontaneous way.
He is dense or light, rigorous or unstructured, Tanc does not play, he lives his art. He signs his paintings « Tanc » just like he signs the walls with his graffiti since adolescence. This discipline is primarily the instinctive outlet for a need for expression: he reappropriates the urban space by shouting its name to the city with force.
Soon, the letters disappear and Tanc engages in an abstract quest. By focussing his work on trait and color, he renews the classic pictorial research by confronting it with the raw vivacity of the street art : preponderance of the action, perfection of the gesture, acceptance of the hazard and expression of a strong singularity. Above all, his works are striking in their intensity, their musicality and the vibration of lights and materials.The action, energy and emotion of the artist touch the viewer in the most sensual, intimate and immediate way.
Native from Toulouse, Tilt is an international figure of the graffiti movement. Calling himself "graffiti fetishist", he develops his practice in the streets and on trains.
His first graffitis, on skateboard ramps date back to 1988. Since then, his work has been enriched and reflects the influence of his many trips. His stays abroad allowed him to exhibit and to leave his imprint on nearly 40 countries including the United States, Japan, the Philippines, Senegal, China, New Zealand, Australia, as well as many cities in Europe.
Tilt likes to demonstrate with his practice that the initial form of graffiti can have a strong impact and complex or figurative compositions. He offers a clean formal vocabulary and pure colors which translate his primitive approach to the classic graffiti from which he comes from. His exclusive use of rounded shapes refers to his obsession with curves even if his name doesn’t initially contain any. According to the codes of graffiti, writing is the main focus of his work. True to his roots, it will always be a pleasure for him to paint in the streets, the place where he feels the most free. Tilt has published several books about his art associated with his photographs : Fetish BubbleGirls, My love letters, a Scotland yard, My egodrips, Photograffitiltism, Closer to God in heels et Magic & Destroy.