Who we are

– Underground Paris is a written and audio-visual documentary of authentic self-sanctioned public artworks by artists who transcend categorisation by genre, and presents other material made by artists who have in the past produced self-sanctioned public artwork;

– the first ever article we published covered a wave of stencil artworks by Bristol native, Nick Walker, in which the artist talks about an at-the-time famous feud he had had with another well-known Bristolian stenciller;

– almost all of the self-sanctioned works we’ve photographed since Street Art Paris launched in 2012 are no longer with us;

–  we support our art photojournalism through partnering with French and Brazilian artists, art critics and curators, branded content production agencies, and can provide you with teams offering the following services: art criticism and museum-grade curation, original branded content scripts, branded street art journalism and photography.

Enjoy the ride, while you can!


Bilal Bereni (Zoo Project)

Bilal-bereni-fresque-mural-graffiti-street-art-Paris-Blvd-de-la-Villette-IMG_2190-copy-800pxBilal-bereni-fresque-mural-graffiti-street-art-Paris-Blvd-de-la-Villette-IMG_2188Blvd de la Villette, Paris 10.

In March and April 2011, Zoo Project journeyed to Tunis, where he created a series of poignant images depicting the political struggles of the time. Among his most notable works from this period are 40 life-sized figures honouring the individuals who tragically lost their lives during the Tunisian uprising.

zoo-project.com

Philippe Hérard

Philippe herard street art paris IMG_6665Rue de Savies, Paris 20.

Many moons ago, Street Art Paris interviewed Philippe Hérard, which you can read over at our blog. If you’ve already ventured into the Belleville area, in Paris 20, be sure you’ve encountered at least one of Philippe Hérard’s great many gugusses [twits]. All his paintings are titled Cent Titres [one hundred titles]. Phonetically cent titres can also sans titres [without a title], so leaving the interpretation free to all. The work is derivative of French painter, Jean Rustin, but with an authentic twist and not just that the work is placed outdoors.

phherard.com

Space Invaders aka Invader

Invader mosaic Centre Pompidou - street art parisPlace Georges Pompidou, Paris 4.

Paris’ revered artistic export, Space Invaders, or Invader for short, has been diligently pixelating urban landscapes since 1998. Inspired by the iconic video game designed by Tomohiro Nishikado in 1978, Invader’s unsanctioned interventions have earned him a reputation as a true urban maestro. While Paris serves as his primary canvas, Invader’s mosaics have graced cities worldwide, showcasing his global influence. Notably, he even launched a mosaic into space, solidifying his status as one of the most influential street artists in history. Just as Space Invaders revolutionised gaming, Invader has reshaped the landscape of contemporary street art.

space-invaders.com

Alexandrine Gautier née Deshayes

alexandrine deshayes gautier street art parisRue du Faubourg du Temple, Paris 10.

Alexandrine Deshayes, here, delves into the realm of news media imagery, using it as the central subject of her paintings. Deshayes describes her work as capturing moments that serve as pauses in the continuous stream of media and globalised information. These moments encapsulate fragments of images, drawn from both past and present, each laden with potent symbols of human experience: violence, suffering, despair, revolt, or indifference.

Through her paintings, Deshayes offers viewers a contemplative space to reflect on the significance of these captured moments. By isolating and recontextualising these fragments of media imagery, she invites audiences to confront the raw emotions and stark realities they convey. In doing so, Deshayes prompts us to question our relationship with the media, inviting us to consider how we consume and interpret the images that saturate our contemporary visual landscape.

Deshayes’ work serves as a poignant commentary on the power of images to shape our understanding of the world and evoke visceral responses within us. By extracting these moments from their original context and presenting them through the lens of her artistic vision, she challenges us to confront the complexities of human existence and the role of media in shaping our perceptions of reality.

alexandrine-deshayes.com

Miss Tic

miss tic art rock street art paris ‘Art Rock’ auto-portrait, Rue de la Butte aux Cailles, Paris 13.

Artist and poet of street art, Miss.Tic has added her work onto walls in Paris since 1985.

missticinparis.com

Nasty Neckface

Quai de l’Oise, Paris 19.

“My family’s been doing a haunted house since before I was born. Every halloween we’ve been doing a haunted house. We all dress up, we set the whole house up, never charging anything, we just did it because we loved it. And then I started to have larger and larger shows. I asked myself how am I going to make this my own, how am I going to make this art show different to other people’s. What am I going to do, have a bunch of rich people coming around, sipping wine and looking at my artwork? WTF, nah – I’m going scare the sh*t out of these people first. Put them in the right mindset, and then by the time they get in the gallery, they be like, this all makes sense. It’s a family thing, scare the sh*t out of people, then you look at my artwork.”

@nastyneckface

The Sheepest

sheepest-artist street art-colorine-paris-18 grenoble street photography consumerism art engagé social practice IMG_2154La Chapelle, Paris 18.

The Sheepest is social criticism, an allegory for consumerism. The simplicity of the sheep’s head, cut off at the neck to make it fit the unnatural built environment is pure existentialism. The importance of the individual, importance of choice, meaning and absurdity. The word sheep sounds like the word cheap, and est is the third person participle of the French verb, être, meaning to be. The author often adds the phrase to cover the sheep’s eyes, “jesuisceuxquejesuis” [Je suis ceux que je suis]. Suis being the first person singular participle of être, meaning to be. Suis being the first and second person present participle of suivre, meaning to follow. I am who I am, and I follow those who I am. Cheap mass produced goods we consume like sheep.

Valse Noire

Valse Noire street art Rue Dénoyez Paris 20Rue Dénoyez, Paris 20.

“Wicked drawings for wicked minds.”

@valsenoire

Saïr777 & Repaze

street art gallery La Frichez Nous La Paix par Saïr777 & Repaze Rue Dénoyezv Paris 20 7 street art gallery La Frichez Nous La Paix par Saïr777 & Repaze Rue Dénoyezv Paris 20 3 street art gallery La Frichez Nous La Paix par Saïr777 & Repaze Rue Dénoyezv Paris 20 2

Exhibition at Friche&Nous, La Paix association project space, Rue Dénoyez, Paris 20.

sair777

Kouka Ntadi

Kouka-Ntadi-Jardin-du-Carre-de-Boudouin-Paris-20-2023-02-09-IMG_2377Jardin du Carré de Boudouin, Paris 20.

Kouka comes from a privileged family background on one hand: the son of a playwright and an artist, and the grandson of a renowned french impressionist painter. But on the other hand, one of his parents is Congolese. His ethnicity is not simple and the message in his work focused on the Bantu warrior archetype carries embedded within its DNA an extraordinary hunt for identity in a society that subordinates the philosophy of his sub saharan African man.

kouka.me

Christian Guémy (C215)

Curie Pantheon C215 Christian Guémy street art parisRue d’Ulm, Paris 5.

Throughout Paris’ 5th arrondissement, faces big and small dot the streets and look over the passersby as they wander the area surrounding the pantheon. It is here that graffiti-street artist, C215, displays his series of 28 portraits of great French figures, choosing walls, doors, post-boxes and feeder pillars as his canvas. Each of the figures displayed has been honoured in the Pantheon, an impressive looking church that was repurposed during the Revolution as a mausoleum to house France’s most celebrated citizens, which it continues to do today.

c215.fr

Leiga

leiga paints at ZAT - Zona Autônoma Temporária artist residency Sao Paulo - street art paris

Brazilian artist Leiga took a few days to visit Paris and we met and painted a couple of walls in the 20th and 13th arrondissements. Leiga’s work is centred around his ‘bubbles’, what he describes as a “mixture of cells… both concrete and abstract” and for the witness, an experience people have told him is like taking a special magic pill and entering, like Alice, into a wonderland. We know Leiga from visiting São Paulo on seven trips as artist-documentarians.

leiga.me

Combo Culture Kidnapper

Combo CK artist pasting up street art paris IMG_1397

Muslim-Christian Lebanese-Morroccan-French artist, Combo visited Beirut with Street Art Paris in 2014, shortly before getting beaten up while making work in the street and the Charlie Hebdo murders. Street Art Paris encouraged the artist to visit the city to undertake an art residency at Mansion, a 19C Ottoman villa run as a cooperative space by a group of educated artists, designers and activists, led by trained architect and former teacher at American University in Beirut, Ghassan Maasri, and French politics researcher-turned-dancer and yoga teacher, Sandra Iché. Combo spent a month at the space and connected to his father’s Lebanese Christian roots, returning to Paris to begin putting up the slogan “Coexist”.

M.Chat aka Monsieur Chat 

 Monsieur Chat Paris street art Montmartre IMG_9038Montmarte, 75018.

The artist first painted his grinning cheshire cat in public space in Orleans in 1997. The cat is painted up on rooftops, the artist balances precariously on chimneys and drainpipes. M. Chat is his way of communicating, or even of existing, according to a portrayal in the film, Chats Perchés (2004) by French arthouse director, the late Chris Marker.

The artist is eccentric and lived for the decade to 2007 on unemployment benefits. He runs workshops for disadvantaged children, teaching what he has learned about and developed himself from two artistic genres: post-graffiti and pop art.

The poetry does not stop the cat from being utilised for overt political ends. The cat’s image was used on placards at demonstrations against the Iraq War and the French National Front, in the second round of the presidential elections between Jacques Chirac and Jean-Marie Le Pen in 2002.

The cat has been welcomed in by the establishment, for example by the Musée des Beaux-Arts d’Orléans (Museum of Fine Art in Orleans). The artist gradually has been able to make ends meet from his art, including through participating in paid artist residencies.

The artist says about his work, as follows:

“Le cadre de mon travail est la ville, ses rues, ses murs, et le regard de ceux qui l’habitent. J’utilise la rue et l’environnement public comme une toile, cherchant à proposer aux passants des fenêtres imaginatives et colorées. Je marque mes parcours dans l’espace urbain.

Je cherche à participer à la naissance et à l’échange d’une culture de proximité. Il s’agit avant tout de rendre « beau » l’environnement que je traverse ; en utilisant les moyens que je prends, ou que l’on me donne. Lassé par l’individualisme du graffiti, je cherche depuis plusieurs années à développer une idée fédératrice et positive.

Depuis ce jour, ma principale activité est de peindre des sourires jaunes. Des centaines de chats sont nés sur les toits des capitales européennes, situés à des emplacements visibles du plus grand nombre. Ils assurent un réseau d’optimisme international.”

Nelio

Nelio artist Lyon rue du paradis performance art geometry IMG_1770 copy

Nelio comes from a graphic design and classic graffiti background, producing a geometric style similar to the Constructivist and Suprematist aesthetic. He favours street painting to producing in a workshop, especially abandoned spaces, in which he creates site-specific work that draws out the architectural shapes, textures and ambiances to form the narrative, transforming these spaces into places. We went out with him to paint this work and he told us about his artistic development and different techniques for developing new work.

nelio.fr

Louis Masai

London street artist Louis Masai coralRue de la Fidélité, Paris 10.

While the United Nations climate conference, COP21, was going on in Paris, London-based artist and muralist, Louis Masai, was here painting coral hearts inside Montparnasse station and on walls in the 11th and 10th arrondissements.

louismasai.com

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