Invader, ‘Kung Fu’, 2015, Julien's Auctions
Invader, ‘Kung Fu’, 2015, Julien's Auctions

Ditching spray paint for tile and grout, Space Invader is known internationally for his pixelated aesthetic, with his figures gracing the facades of buildings in major cities across the globe. In 2000, Invader made his foray into the world of contemporary art—creating and exhibiting his pieces to sell in traditional brick and mortar galleries. Invader’s pixelated version of karate master Bruce Lee became particularly popular in Hong Kong, where Invader re-imagined the city as a video game repeating his tribute to kung fu fighters throughout the city using three different images titled Hong Kong Phooey, Kung Fu Fighter, and the present Bruce Lee. —Courtesy of Julien’s Auctions

Signature: Signed and dated in pencil lower right "2015". "Made in Space" blind stamp.

Wipe Out show in Hong Kong

About Invader

“Going into a city with tiles and cement and invading it,” says anonymous French street artist Invader of his craft. “This is the most addictive game I have ever played.” Invader began his signature practice in the late 1990s, plastering mosaic Space Invaders, a character from a 1978 Atari game, on the streets of Paris. Joined by Pac-Man ghosts and other popular 8-bit characters, the works soon became a familiar sight in cities around the world, from Los Angeles to Kathmandu. “Each time I put a new piece in the street, it is like a memorable exhibit,” he says. Invader’s signature use of mosaic tiles is a reference to the ubiquitous pixels of digital imaging and information.

French, b. 1969, based in Paris, France