Blek le Rat
French, born 1951
10,729 followers
Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Selected exhibitions
2018
Blek le Rat | Let's Get Romantic,
Weinstein Gallery
2016
BLEK LE RAT – THE MAN WHO WALKS THROUGH THE WALLS,
Galerie Kronsbein
2008
ART IS NOT PEACE BUT WAR,
Subliminal Projects

Pioneering French graffiti artist Blek Le Rat counts the infamous Banksy among his many admirers. Using stencils instead of stylized lettering for graffiti, Blek was one of the first true street artists. Originally known for stenciling a giant graphic image of a rat all over Paris, which to him symbolized both freedom and the dissemination of art through the city as if it were the plague, in recent years Blek’s work has become more political, focusing on the homeless, the environment, and other social causes. His posters of kidnapped French journalist Florence Aubenas helped raised public awareness of her situation, pressuring politicians and journalists to work harder for her release.

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