France-based street artist Mantra transforms buildings into gigantic butterfly specimen cases in a series of clever trompe l’oeil 3D murals.
Born in Metz (France) in 1987, Mantra is a self-taught street artist that has been painting in the streets since 2008.
Growing in both the city and the countryside the artist pays tribute to his childhood heroes (butterflies, owls, spiders, birds…) in his street canvasses. With his hyper realistic style Mantra creates beautiful murals combining colors and in-depth background.
Mantra started painting 9 years mostly murals on walls. He was part of the skateboard culture as a teenager, and skateboarding made him aware of the local graffiti scene of which he later became part of. Now he showcases his extraordinary skills all realised freehand sketching without using a projector or grid.
Mantra explains that all wild fauna and flora are really special for him. Since childhood, he spent as much time outside as he could. Feeling safe in a natural and wild place, he would rather spend his time in the wildlife, rather than on a football field, and the frogs, butterflies, owls, foxes and reptiles…were his super heroes.