Wall Street Art Festival brings world-famous artists to the southern suburbs of the French capital since 2015. It is organized by Grand Paris Sud, an urban community of 24 cities, under the artistic direction of Gautier Jourdain.
Part of this year’s Wall Street Art festival, the following three murals are in three different cities in Paris’ southern metropolitan area.
Wall Street Art Festival 2019: BELIN
Spanish artist Belin painted “Laurita” in Evry-Courcouronnes, a city of 70.000 inhabintants in the southern suburbs of Paris. In this ‘post neo cubist’ portrait, which is strongly influenced by Pablo Picasso, a realistic yet deconstructed female face comes up from flat areas of bright colors.
Known for his hyper-realism pieces, lately Belin has broken the proportions and the realistic trait he mastered. As objective becomes subjective, the artist has opened to different angles and nuances.
Wall Street Art Festival 2019: REKA
The Australian artist Reka painted a majestic mural on the media library of Savigny-Le-Temple, a small town of 30,000 inhabitants in the Paris’ suburbs. The artist submitted two proposals and the population chose the design of “Mother Nature”.
Rooted in Melbourne’s hiphop and skateboard scene, Reka’s style is influenced by pop culture, cartoons and illustrations. At a first glance, his murals look like abstract pieces characterized by vivid colors and sinuous lines. However, if you allow your eyes to ‘rest’ on the artwork, you’ll spot surreal creatures in a dialogue with with the surrounding environment.
Wall Street Art Festival 2019: ZMOGK
Last but not least, Russian artist Zmogk has just completed his mural in Lieusaint, a village of 13.000 inhabitants in Paris Sud. Zmogk is active in Moscow’s graffiti scene since the 1990s. He is one of the few Russian early graffiti artists who is still in the game. He recently moved to abstraction, as we can see in this massive mural that he titled “Butterflies”.
Zmogk paints his emotions. He renders his happy memories into artworks to share some positive vibes and good feelings he experienced in the past. Raising from both his subconscious and rational minds, his dynamic artworks are characterized by vibrant colors. Zmogk tries to recreate certain emotions through specific color combinations. In his abstract murals, the ‘message’ is simply the mix of emotions originating from the color palette. The composition, which is geometric yet chaotic, refers to cubism and graffuturism.
Wall Street Art Festival 2019: What’s next
L7m, Andrea Ravo Mattoni and Jace will paint their mural for Grand Paris Sud after summer. Stay tuned!
Photos by Mathgoth Gallery, Paris