Also known as Monsieur André and Monsieur A, André Saraiva (1971) is an artist of Portuguese descent who was born in Sweden and grew up in Paris, where he started his path in the illegal graffiti scene at the age of 13. In 1989, wanting to distance himself from the limitations of the more traditional graffiti he developed his original and iconic character Mr A, which he began painting throughout the city in poetic and joyful interaction with the public space and passers-by. Since then the artist has signed countless interventions in multiple cities around the world, being regarded as one of the fathers of the contemporary urban art scene. He has also been exhibiting his work in galleries and institutions around the world and his oeuvre is represented in various renowned collections. He has also directed several films and music videos and worked as creative director and owner of clubs, hotels and restaurants in diverse countries.

 

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