Born in 1956
in Paris. Lives
and works in Paris.
If he is considered to be a key figure in
urban art, Jean Faucheur owns it
primarily to his pioneering genius, to his taste for breaking norms and to his
generous sense of sharing. Endowed with a classic education, he had the
intuition that it was artistically necessary to knock down museum walls and
give them the sky as a roof. In 1983, Artois road, he made use of billboards to
display his works by sticking big paper paintings on top of them, in order to
divert the attention of amazed passers-by. He then began to spread his collages
from nightclubs to metro stations, from walls to shops. He founded “Les Frères
Ripoulin” with the help of artists with whom he generously shared his
technique. This was followed by an invitation to go to New York from the Tony Shafrazy Gallery, which
houses the famous artists Keith Haring, Futura 2000 and Basquiat, who asked him
to spread his works around The Big Apple.
Then, for 15 years, this innovator devoted
his time to sculptures, paintings and photography. It was not until 2002 that
he went back to the graffiti scene after a meeting with Thom Thom, an artist
known for his use of Stanley
knives. From then on, paintings of more than 150 artists started invading a
large number of billboards. His crowning achievement: the M.U.R association.
Later, Faucheur revisited Cubism and
realised a series of works in the style of Braque and Picasso, a puzzling
change of direction which the artist was not afraid to take in order to open
new ways of thinking to young talents.
Faucheur explores all techniques, all types of
stands and spaces, mixes and manipulates materials (metal, drawing,
photographs) to produce works of all shapes and sizes. This explorer of the
arts remains a paradoxical figure embodying the link between the pioneers and
the emerging stars in urban art.
Bachelor of the National
School of Decorative Arts of Paris (1979).