The 2019 edition of the Wall Street Art festival has started. Organised by Grand Paris Sud, an urban community that brings together 24 cities, and under the artistic direction of Gautier Jourdain (co-founder of Galerie Mathgoth – Paris).
3 frescoes were produced before the summer holidays, and the other frescoes will be painted from September onwards featuring artist such as
L7m (Brazil), Andrea Ravo Mattoni (Italy), Jace (France)…
The first mural to be revealed was made by artist James REKA (Australia). Titled “Mother Nature” the mural can be seen in Savigny-Le-Temple. His monumental work is located in the city’s media library.
The artist had made 2 proposals that were submitted to the vote of the population. James Reka (and his assistant Michel) made this fresco during a heat wave. Very hard as you can imagine! The new work entirely realized with spray cans.
Based in Berlin, Germany, James REKA is a young contemporary Australian artist from the hip-hop and skateboard scene.
REKA’s work originated in the alleys and tunnels of the Melbourne metro in Australia, where he spent more than a decade refining his now iconic style. Over time, its logos and symbols have been enriched to become more structured and animated forms. He experimented with different media: from murals to photography and canvas (to his mother’s delight); his work evolved.
More recently, REKA has developed a tendency to work with found objects, most often around train lines or exploring abandoned warehouses. In the streets, Reka’s characters adorn the walls of cities all over the world, from Japan to Milan, Paris, New York, Montreal, London and Berlin.
His work has recently been acquired by the National Gallery of Australia for its permanent collection, which has earned him recognition as one of Australia’s most respected contemporary street artists.
Spanish artist BELIN painted his mural in Evry-Courcouronnes. Titled “Laurita, the work was realized with acrylic paint (flat color) and boom (realistic part of the face).
Belin works from his own photographs. His style is very impressive, he works directly without any grid or other tracing on the wall.
Born in 1979 in Linares, Spain, Miguel Ángel Belinchón Bujes, alias BELIN, is known for his talented appropriation of the rules of hyper-realism, which he has freely transcribed into urban environments since 2001.
As a child, BELIN is very creative and a jack-of-all-trades. After studying art at the Jaén High School (Spain), he plans to progress artistically and develop his knowledge. He frequents libraries, museums, learns through books and becomes the professional he dreams of being: a self-taught visual artist.
The accuracy of the proportions makes his work immediately recognizable in the urban landscape.
His numerous frescoes, sprayed and stencil-free, have allowed him to be referenced as one of the most promising artists from the vast pool of urban art.
Russian artist ZMOGK painted in Lieusaint and presented his new work titled “Butterflies”.
The building was not easy to work with: corners, windows, posts, different materials. Zmogk knows how to juggle all his difficulties. That’s why Gautier Jourdain called on him.
Konstantin Danilov, aka ZMOGK, is a respected Moscow graffiti artist.
Born in 1979, he is one of the few Russian artists to have started graffiti in the late 1990s and continues to play with it.
Konstantin continues to work on his unique style, which he developed in 1997. During his artistic career, he has created many personal works, collaborated with many brands and participated in graffiti festivals and street art shows, in Russia and abroad.
ZMOGK’s perseverance and style have earned him the undeniable respect of his fellow artists, as well as graffiti and street art lovers.
Through the creative process, ZMOGK has a better understanding of reality and its place in society. He explores the world around him, analyzes his experiences and the impact of the emotions he feels.
Stay tuned with the latest news on the Festival. All photos courtesy of Gaultier Jourdain from Galerie Mathgoth.