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LA VARENNE (94), France
Self-taught artist, born in 1971, RAF URBAN grew up in the southern suburbs of Paris. In the 80's, it is under the influence of urban culture that he evolves in contact with the atmosphere of the street, discovering the graffiti and hip hop movement that develops in the Halles district, the palisades of the Louvre, the Stalingrad grounds, where he spends a lot of time immersing himself and being inspired by the creations of the artists of the time. It is the stencil technique that attracts him, for its effectiveness, its repetition, its multiple possibilities, its militant and poetic side, this tool becomes his favourite mode of expression, which he has since put on the walls.
Instigator and defender of the "Diversity Is Hope" movement, RAF URBAN uses his stencils, from which colourful faces are born, to spread a message of diversity, hope and tolerance to as many people as possible, as well as questioning our ability to turn towards others and live in harmony. His approach represents the fact of accepting the other and mixing our colours, our influences, our histories and our religions.
His work can be found on the walls of many cities around the world: Paris, Turin, Rome, Barcelona, London, New York, Toronto, Montreal...
This artist is exceptionally presenting his works on KAZoART as part of the Street Art Sale for Emmaus International.
2020 - Festival Confinement, benefiting HP PA
2019 - Installation MI-GRAND, Centre des arts de Champigny
2019 - Festival Au Tableau - Joinville le pont
2019 - Expo Murs Ouverts , Le Lavo Matik - Paris
2019 - Boards to be Solidaire 2, Agnès B X Secours Populaire.