As much as I enjoy frequent visits to local galleries and museums, some of the most unique and interesting art can be found walking along the city’s streets. Even the street art in Paris appears to be inspired by the romanticism of the city, at least in my eyes. There’s one artist in particular who I admire and have been following, whose work appears on numerous facades all around the city. Illustrations that come to life, and always make me stop to look. His name is Fred le Chevalier.
“Doing street art is a way to talk with everybody, not just with a specific audience.”
“They come from my feelings. I identify myself with most of the characters.”
“I try to do things that are optimistic.”
“What I like about my work is that people can create their own meaning.”
“I like mixing poetry with street art.”
“My characters never are adult or child, man or woman, it’s always a mix.”
Fred le Chevalier began posting his work in the Marais, where he is most familiar, and has since reached walls all around the city, numbering two to three thousand posted pieces in the last 3 years. He is gaining fame internationally and has begun exhibiting in galleries. I’m certain this is just the beginning. I for one, will continue to follow his poetic imaginings all around the gallery called Paris.