Paris’ #1 graffiti vandal – Horfe video interview by Will Robson-Scott

Paris street artist Horfe is considered to be one of, if not the leading graffiti writer in the world. His contribution to the Paris street art landscape is huge. Below is a short documentary on this amazing Paris graffiti artist.

The film entitled Death is Home is part of the Crack & Shine International series by London-based creative agency Topsafe - to which Horfe belongs, along with other graffiti art ‘progressive’ British graffiti artist, Roids. The film is directed by graffiti photographer, Will Robson-Scott.

Horfe has been writing his name on walls for the past 12 years, mainly in Paris, where his graffiti can be found on shop fronts, trucks, walls, train sidings and roof tops, city-wide.

Paris street art by Horfe. French graffiti artist Horfe is prolific in the Paris graffiti scene – Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith (7)

Paris street art by Horfe. French graffiti artist Horfe is prolific in the Paris graffiti scene – Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith (8)

His style of graffiti is extremely unique, blending typography and flat coloured illustration – it’s rumoured that Horfe attended the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, the distinguished National School of Fine Arts in Paris.

Horfe’s ‘dubs’ (graffiti painted quickly with no more than two or three colours), for example, are done with a naivete that disregards typical graffiti style. It is instead reminiscent of very early New York subway graffiti.

Horfe’s regressive approach to outdoors graffiti practice is being adopted by other leading graffiti artists. One notable example of this new approach is in the outdoors graffiti of London street artist Sickboy (a former stablemate of Banksy),  under the influence of London-based writers such as Petro.

Paris street art by Horfe. French graffiti artist Horfe is prolific in the Paris graffiti scene – Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith (11)

Theatre Lavoir Moderne Parisien painted by Horfe (France) & Sickboy (UK) - arranged by Alternative Paris. French graffiti artist Horfe is prolific in the Paris graffiti scene – Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith (1)

Horfe & Sickboy (London) painting on the front of the Theatre Lavoir Moderne Parisien in the Goutte D’Or in the 18th arrondissement, arranged by Alternative Paris.

Horfe (left) & Sickboy (far right) stand outside the Theatre Lavoir Moderne Parisien. French graffiti artist Horfe is prolific in the Paris graffiti scene – Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith (12)

Horfe (left) & Sickboy (far right) stand in front of their painting at the Theatre Lavoir Moderne Parisien

Paris street art by Horfe. French graffiti artist Horfe is prolific in the Paris graffiti scene – Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith (5)

Paris street art by Horfe painted in Le Marais

Paris street art by Horfe. French graffiti artist Horfe is prolific in the Paris graffiti scene – Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith (10)

Horfe painted shop front in one the main Paris street art spots in Belleville in the 20th arrondissement

Paris street art by Horfe. French graffiti artist Horfe is prolific in the Paris graffiti scene – Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith (9)

Horfe painted truck on Boulevard de la Villette in the 10th & 19th arrondissments – a good place to find some of Paris’ best truck graffiti.

Paris street art by Horfe. French graffiti artist Horfe is prolific in the Paris graffiti scene – Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith (4)

Horfe rooftop painted near to Les Halles and the Centre Pompidou

Paris street art by Horfe. French graffiti artist Horfe is prolific in the Paris graffiti scene – Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith (6)

Horfe’s regressive typographic style is seen in the letters PAL, painted by an unknown member of the PAL collective, one of the most active Paris graffiti crews

Paris street art by Horfe. French graffiti artist Horfe is prolific in the Paris graffiti scene – Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith (3)

Theatre Lavoir Moderne Parisien painted by Horfe (France) & Sickboy (UK) - arranged by Alternative Paris. French graffiti artist Horfe is prolific in the Paris graffiti scene – Alternative Paris. Photo: Demian Smith (1)

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