Interview with Paris stencil art genius, Artiste-Ouvrier

Paris stencil artist Artiste Ouvrier interview - Paris street art - Alternative Paris (14)

Paris stencil art by Artiste-Ouvrier at the vernissage of Le M.U.R (Association Modulable Urbain Reactif), on rue Oberkampf in Paris’ 11th Arrondissement.

Tell us a little about your artistic background and what inspired you to first start painting stencils, and become a street artist?

Street art came late for me, as I began stencilling in 1993, in order to have artworks from Klimt or Paolo Uccello, rather than the usual posters which I found silly and too far away from the painting. So basically I studied Philosophy at the Sorbonne for five years, and a bit of art history, after, and before having all kinds of jobs, from waiter to train cleaner, teacher for violent children. I began to paint in the street, half legally always, in 2003. I was already painting walls, but in the squats in Paris where I used to live.

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Stolen VHILS Le M.U.R. is replaced with work by Le MoDuLe De ZeeR

VHILS Paris street art at Le M.U.R. Stolen & replaced with work by Le MoDuLe De ZeeR – Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith (6)

VHILS Paris street art at Le M.U.R. Stolen & replaced with work by Le MoDuLe De ZeeR – Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith (8)

Last night, French street artist Le MoDuLe De ZeeR hit ‘Le M.U.R.’ (Association Modulable, Urbain, Réactif), after the authorised work by Portuguese street artist Vhils was stolen earlier in the week.

The work of VHILS was taken on May 23rd by dastardly midnight marauders. The Le M.U.R. association, which manages the three by eight metre billboad set aside by the city council for the purpose of promoting street art, where Rue Oberkampf meets Rue Saint Maur in the 11th Arrondissement, invited the French street artist also known as LMDLDZR to create a temporary artwork to fill the artistic void.

VHILS Paris street art at Le M.U.R. Stolen & replaced with work by Le MoDuLe De ZeeR – Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith (9)

VHILS Paris street art at Le M.U.R. Stolen & replaced with work by Le MoDuLe De ZeeR – Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith (7)

At One in the morning, the anonymous LMDLDZR started work on his  figurative and abstract graphic-style design, using just black marker pens, managing to fill the white panelled wall in just two hours. He signed the work with a QR code also drawn in his motif pattern style.

VHILS Paris street art at Le M.U.R. Stolen & replaced with work by Le MoDuLe De ZeeR – Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith (5)

The artist is known for his ‘Tic Tac Toe’ street campaign, which can be seen all over Paris, and soon, on walls in New York and London the artist recently revealed to Street Art Paris over a stealthily supped espresso.

VHILS Paris street art at Le M.U.R. Stolen & replaced with work by Le MoDuLe De ZeeR – Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith (1)

VHILS Paris street art at Le M.U.R. Stolen & replaced with work by Le MoDuLe De ZeeR – Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith (3)

VHILS Paris street art at Le M.U.R. Stolen & replaced with work by Le MoDuLe De ZeeR – Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith (4)

The Le M.U.R. Project billboard usually changes every two weeks although this time the gap was a little shorter.  To find out a little more about Le M.U.R. please check out our previous post which covered VHILS’ work.  We will be regularly covering developments at Le MUR so check back soon to stay updated.   Below is another great piece by Le MoDuLe De ZeeR:

VHILS Paris street art at Le M.U.R. Stolen & replaced with work by Le MoDuLe De ZeeR – Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith (2)

Photos of Le M.U.R. and additional information by Maria Fernanda Hinke Schweichler at MyLifeOnMyBike blog.

This interview was originally published on the website, Street Art Paris.

Vhils, aka Alexandre Farto, hits Le MUR in Oberkampf

Vhils aka Alexandre Farto Paris street art at Le MUR, Oberkampf - Alternative Paris - Photo: Demian Smith (1)

Yesterday, Portuguese street artist VHILS, aka Alexandre Farto, hit ‘Le M.U.R.’ (Association Modulable, Urbain, Réactif), where Rue Oberkampf meets Rue Saint Maur in the 11th Arrondissement.

Vhils aka Alexandre Farto Paris street art at Le MUR, Oberkampf - Alternative Paris - Photo: Demian Smith (2)

Vhils aka Alexandre Farto Paris street art at Le MUR, Oberkampf - Alternative Paris - Photo: Demian Smith (3)

Vhils aka Alexandre Farto Paris street art at Le MUR, Oberkampf - Alternative Paris - Photo: Demian Smith (4)

The Le M.U.R. Project revolves around a three by eight metre billboad set aside by the city council for the purpose of promoting street art by presenting a different artist the opportunity to get up on the billboard every two weeks. Each time, the old artwork is covered by mash up of advertising posters and the latest artist is invited to put up their piece. The Le M.U.R. association was conceived in 2003 by Jean Faucheur and has been getting work up on the billboard consistently since 2007. A perusal of the Le MUR website reveals the staggering number of artists that have participated in this project and allows you to see the different incarnations of the billboard.

VHILS himself works with a variety of media but is probably best known for the relief portraits that he chisels into plaster and brick walls all over the world and in places as far flung as Shanghai, China. However, he is also at home creating portraits out of collage and wheat paste when the opportunity to attack the wall itself does not arise.

We, at Alternative Paris, intend to cover Le MUR regularly so please check back in two weeks time for details of the latest piece …

This article was originally published on the website, Street Art Paris.