Miss Van, ‘Tetas Mascaras’, 2013, Julien's Auctions
Miss Van, ‘Tetas Mascaras’, 2013, Julien's Auctions

Framed: 27 1/2 x 35 in.

As one of the most notable women in Street Art, Miss Van has been painting women on the street since 1993. These muses embody sensuality and explore the intimacies of femininity with masked coifed women with swollen red lips, rouged cheeks, pink nipples and bustiers reminiscent of 1930’s French cabaret. In Masked Tits, the coquettish woman is tied up like a perfect package exuding sexuality as she demurely poses with her small bunny nose and slightly open mouth inviting the viewer in for a closer look

Signature: Signed and dated in pencil lower right "2013"

Soze Gallery Collection

About Miss Van

A trailblazing street artist, Miss Van (née Vanessa Alice Bensimon) has been creating her signature sloe-eyed, full-lipped, darkly burlesque poupée (doll) paintings since the age of twenty, when she was living in her hometown of Toulouse, France. Her poupées are provocative, erotic, and uninhibitedly sexual, and function as an extension of the artist’s feelings. Now based in Barcelona, Miss Van focuses almost exclusively on studio art. Since shifting from the outdoors to an indoor setting, Miss Van’s poupées have grown increasingly refined due to the artist’s exploration of new materials and techniques. Her recent “Ballerina” series features poupées in anthropomorphic masks. The images are inspired by vintage erotic portraiture and address themes of identity, fetish, and freedom.

French, b. 1973