The whole idea started when Montebelo helped booking the Brazilian Graffiti artist Zezao for a live performance at the famous Le M.U.R wall in Paris.
We used the opportunity and explored the idea a little further, we printed 21 wave pictures on canvas, invited 4 other international artists, sat them around a table, filled a bucket with drinks and let the creativity do the rest of the work!
The result: A relaxed afternoon with friendly people and a stack of artwork that was donated to the Surfrider Foundation Europe.
From the third generation of Graffiti artists in Brazil, Zezão started to be active in 1995. To save himself from depression in 2003, Zezão climbed into the sewers of Sao Paulo and started to paint. Nowadays an icon in the Brazilian urban art he sticks to his roots: The streets, marginalized people and degraded places!
Jean started to put his cubist art-work on the billboards of Paris in 1983, time he co-founded the collective Frères Ripoulan. In 2001, after many years working on his sculptures and paintings between Paris and New York, Jean who always had a revolutionary mind, came back to the street with many young graffiters and created the project Une Nuit (more than sixty past-ups on the billboards of Belleville in just one night) that later generated the association Le M.U.R.
Gilbert was born in Togo, but lives and works everywhere since 1997. He is the artistic director of the group Twelve Twelve, co-creator, with members of the M.A.C crew of Kosmopolite, the first international festival of urban graphic arts in France. Gilbert feeds his work by his own cultural mix of its Asian, European and African roots. Pop art, free figuration, cultural street art, but as well the Dahoméén voodoo of his ancestors, haunt his unique style in every sense of the word.
Quentin comes from the 90’s graffiti movement in Brussels, lost on the street and abandoned fish factories on the beach. Nowadays he lives behind the dunes in Hossegor, France. As an eco-artist and surfer, he dedicated several years of work to the Surfrider Foundation Europe, fighting against pollution and the damage the humans cause to their environment.
Rafael started to make past-up art in 2003 in Sao Paulo to protest against the modern slave work in the Brazilian fashion industry. Since 2007 he lives in Paris working on his series inspired by mythology, the Chinese calendar and a constant reflexion about animals, man and our nature. This fusion is making his work become a part of the urban landscape in Paris.