Jef Aérosol

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Jef Aerosol, in one name, the universe is given to us. We can already hear the ball resonating against the walls of the spray paint and feel the solvent released in spray. Born in Nantes in 1957, Jean-François Perroy alias Jef Aérosol, is a French painter and graffiti artist. He belongs to the first wave of street artists who developed the art of stenciling in the 1980s, the pioneers of the genre at that time, carried by the emerging hip hop movement. Blek Le Rat, Miss Tic or Epsylon Point, so many names that are considered today as true icons and founding fathers of urban art. Throughout France, we see characters emerging on the facades, only the black silhouette of which allows them to come to life.

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Jef Aérosol started out in Tour, Orléans or Lille before tackling London, Rome, Lisbon or Brussels… This taste for the street, Jef Aérosol owes it to the punk movement which then made noise in 1980, a cultural pogo which led to his career artists coming from different horizons. In the beginning, the subjects of his stencils are none other than the artist himself, selfies by Jef Aérosol. Subsequently he will re-use the personalities of the rock generation, Elvis Presley or Jimmy Hendrix, and freeze their portraits between two alleys, but stars or not, everyone becomes VIP (Very Important Pochoir) in his eyes. This is how he will take as models the musicians he meets in the streets, the passers-by and paint them.

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His work is very successful and is particularly recognizable by the red arrow that accompanies all his graffiti paintings, but which does not yet know a precise explanation. We will notably remember his “Sitting Kid” stencil, symbolizing a young child alone and withdrawn. A motif that has been around the world, now reaching the Great Wall of China.