Paris graffiti artist, Da Cruz’s artwork can be spotted mainly in the district of La Villette, between Crimee and Ourcq in Paris’ 19th arrondissement, but since yesterday, he is now also highly visible in the 11th arrondissement, having been invited by the l’Association Le M.U.R. to ‘do the honour’.
Quickly, for those unfamiliar with Le M.U.R., it’s a project which revolves around a three by eight metre billboard set aside by the city council for the purpose of promoting street art.
Da Cruz’s iteration is done in his typical, colorful style using very simple shapes, which show strong Latin American and African influences. To keep your attention, we might add here that Da Cruz has previously been invited to exhibit by that other grand contemporary art organisation, Centre Pompidou. (You will find a video about that at the end of the post).
Da Cruz’s playful spray painted artworks he says are “tribal” Latin American-inspired (Mayan, perhaps?) graphics which spring from his many trips to South America and Africa, and his own ethnic heritage. It might make you cringe to mention it, but we will anyway: his street artwork fits perfectly with the neighborhoods in which he paints which also have multiple cultural roots.
(L-R) Da Cruz and co-founder and Secretary of Le M.U.R., Thomas Scmitt
Da Cruz was involved in a graffiti spectacle, the painting of an old customs house on the Canal de l’Ourcq, which we charted back in September.
Da Cruz has in the past been involved with Paris Face Cachée, an intermittent series of French-language tours that show people Paris’ hidden wonders, including its graffiti and street art. Paris Face Cachée looks brilliant, but if you would like to take an expert graffiti and street art tour in English (as well as French and Portuguese) you should check the tours and workshops offered by us, at Underground Paris.
Le M.U.R. an acronym for l’Association ‘Modulable, Urbain et Réactif’), is at the junction of Rue Oberkampf and Rue Saint Maur in the 11th Arrondissement, and is refreshed every two weeks.
The Le M.U.R. association was conceived in 2003 by Jean Faucheur and Thomas Schmitt, and has been a formal association since 2007.