PARIS has arguably some of the BEST street art in the world, with the city being home to countless pieces of work by artists such as the famous Invader, to smaller, less known artists such as In Love.
You guys loved part one, and there’s no way I can end my list at just the 17 artists I featured in the post…
If you’re a street art fan like me, or if you’re just travelling to Paris for a few days, here is a (very short) list of street artists you are bound to find along the way when you are adventuring around the city – keep an eye out and you’ll start to see them everywhere!
Some of them are very famous, some are just starting out on their adventures… either way, there’s something for everyone in here!
Ps. I focused less on muralists and more on the artists who do smaller pieces but with more frequency!
Toctocs’s little characters are pretty recognisable with their overly-huge chins and goofy expressions.
In fact, most of the cartoons Toctoc (which translates into English as ‘knock knock’) draws are pretty goofy, and many of them interact with the space in a way that is really clever. Like this!:
2. LE DIAMANTAIRE
Le Diamantaire has recently been expanding into more complex and impressive pieces recently featured in galleries and installations, however his street art is still going strong.
Most places you go in Paris you will spot a ‘diamant‘ (diamond), of which has been placed by Le Diamantaire. Most of the time these diamonds are placed pretty high (probably to stop people from stealing them) so make sure when you walk through the streets that you also look UP!
Murmure is well-known for his paste-ups of people drawing things on or writing on walls (amongst other things!).
The way he positions these incredibly realistic-looking paste-ups (most complete with shadows so they actually look like they’re standing there in real life) and makes it look like they’re actually scribbling on the wall is pretty eye-catching!
On a side note, Murmure is one of the only artists where I think I’m more impressed by most of his work in galleries than on the street… it’s not because I think his street art is bad or anything (I love his work) but just because when he translates the street work into canvas work I think it actually stands out more…. it almost takes on a whole other aesthetic or style. Hard to explain and probably a conversation for another day…. 😉
4. DARK SNOOOPY
I’m actually in love with Dark Snooopy’s abstract-calligraphy-style artwork so I couldn’t miss him off this list!
You’ll see his unique style in the streets of Paris; a mix of calligraphy, cartoons and abstract… it’s pretty cool to see, and I love the recurring colour theme of black, white, red, grey (there’s a nice rare bit of yellow in the pic below 😀 ).
5. MR RENARD
Mr Renard’s Cubist-style faces can be seen in many places in Paris, and what’s cool is he uses all types of mediums, from spraypaint to chalk.
I love that sometimes it looks like he’s spent lots of time to create the face with lots of intricate detail (see his chalk pieces), and others look like he had 30 seconds to do it (see some of his spray pieces). Enjoy finding Mr Renard’s work!!
6. LE QUIDAM
Le Quidam makes everyday inane items into exhibition-worthy art pieces simply by adding a fake descriptive plaque. I think you have to be pretty quick to see these as I don’t know how long they last outside but if you spot them you’re sure to have a little chuckle.
Heartcraft’s signature phrase is, “in love we trust” and it’s this theme that runs through all of his work. When you see the distinctive orange and white heart, you know it’s Heartcraft. And if you look closely at the heart, you’ll actually see it’s two people kissing (the orange being the lady’s hair)…
His hearts aren’t always orange; sometimes they change colour and even nationalities 😉
Anyway Heartcraft is pretty prolific in Paris so keep any eye out!
7. LINE STREET
Line Street reminds me of some Dutch street artists (Oxalien and the Lastplak Collective in particular) who also draw colourful cartoon-style art.
The goofy little characters are really fun to find, and hiding on many walls in Paris, sometimes in a heart shape, sometimes just hanging out looking at you…
8. LEGO TO THE PARTY
Tiny customised little lego men: that’s Lego To The Party! These 3D dudes don’t follow any particular theme; every little man is a different style! This is another artist who pastes up high, so look up!
9. MR DO NOT
Based between Brussels and Paris, Mr Do Not leaves stickers around Paris that make a comment on a piece of art or the place in which he places the sticker. His Instagram states, “art can also reduce freedom!”, and that’s clearly the point he’s making with his stickers.
Confused? Well that’s ok because I haven’t explained it very well (haha). If you see something like this you know you’ve found a Mr Do Not!:
There is only one word to describe Ardif’s work and that word is AMAAAZING.
Working with wheatpaste, there is so much detail and complexity to his pieces. There seems to be a running theme of nature and animals mixed with clockwork, almost steampunk-style intricacy and it’s really just incredible to see.
GZup pastes 3D octopuses around the streets of Paris. It is almost impossible not to spot one because they’re everywhere! You’ll also see his octopus stickers and octopus drawings. I think he has a thing for octopuses (octopi?!).
★ Gzup Instagram | Gzup Website ★
12. FÉ TAVIE
Although she creates many different things, Fé Tavie is most well-known (by me at least) for the kooky underwear she posts in the streets. Yes, it’s #PANTIESART!
13. P. (PIERRE MERRIAUX)
I’ve never actually seen a piece by this guy P but I’ve heard lots about his artwork and seen it all over the ‘gram so I’m including him if you have more luck than me in seeing his work! If you see colourful motifs or crazy characters like this, you’ve spotted a piece by Mr. Merriaux!
14. TAG HEART
Tag Heart draws a lil’ heart and a squiggle in various places around Paris. It’s simple, it’s effective, and it’s lovely!
15. LA MIELA
La Miela’s work is on-another-level awesome. Beautifully and expertly drawn and then pasted on the wall, you’re sure to notice her distinctive style if you see it! <3
16. CAB L’OISEAU CRAIE
In French ‘craie’ means ‘chalk’, and that’s what CAB primarily works in.
Her/his nice little chalk birds can be seen in the streets alone, or entwined/alongside other artists work.
17. AMI IMAGINAIRE
Ami Imaginaire makes the funkiest little cats and other animals and pastes them in the street. The animals are bright and colourful, so finding them is always fun!
And voilà! Another 17 of the coolest street artists in Paris! If you haven’t seen your favourite on the list (or if you are a street artist in Paris and didn’t see yourself)… go read part 1 😉
Enjoy discovering the street art in Paris! And leave me a comment below if you found any of them! 😉
FOR MORE INFO ON STREET ART IN PARIS:
Where to See Street Art and Graffiti in and Around Paris| Seine-Saint-Denis Tourism
5 Districts In Which To See Street Art in Paris | PARIS Official Website