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Monkey Bird is a duo of French contemporary artists born and working in Bordeaux. They are known for using symbolic anthropomorphism in their artworks. That means they are depicting wild animals in urban areas. The duo is active since 2010. They work in a stencil, collages, spray painting, drawing, carving, silkscreen and engraving.

The duo consists of Blow the Bird and Temor the Monkey, and they incarnate the two faces of humankind, the monkey being the realist, and the bird being a dreamer. Members of the crew have BTS in graphic design, BTS in object design and MA in industrial design.

In their work, a search for balance between dreams and reality is visible, as their goal is to become the alchemists of the living desire. The artists are inspired by ephemeral monumentality, religious paintings and the art nouveau.

Before they started working on the walls of museums and institutions, both artists worked on the street. In fact, that’s how they met in the first place. One of them was looking for a change in his graffiti and the other a change in framework and identity.

Unconsciously, the symbols came to them naturally, giving their approach an intellectual note, unlike the early works, which were primarily an instinctive need. Monkey Bird crew loves working on antique doors, waste walls, abandoned and industrial buildings.

Their mission is to transcribe social themes into walls, through the use of animal totems and elaborate symbolism. Most of the inspiration comes from the sacred or lyrical works like illuminations, stained glass, and architectural ornamentation seen in the illustrations of “Arts and Crafts” or Japanese prints. They leave their signature marks all around the world. They are represented by GCA Gallery in Nice, France. Monkey Bird crew lives and works in Bordeaux.

 

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Monkey Bird is a duo of French contemporary artists born and working in Bordeaux. They are known for using symbolic anthropomorphism in their artworks. That means they are depicting wild animals in urban areas. The duo is active since 2010. They work in a stencil, collages, spray painting, drawing, carving, silkscreen and engraving.

The duo consists of Blow the Bird and Temor the Monkey, and they incarnate the two faces of humankind, the monkey being the realist, and the bird being a dreamer. Members of the crew have BTS in graphic design, BTS in object design and MA in industrial design.

In their work, a search for balance between dreams and reality is visible, as their goal is to become the alchemists of the living desire. The artists are inspired by ephemeral monumentality, religious paintings and the art nouveau.

Before they started working on the walls of museums and institutions, both artists worked on the street. In fact, that’s how they met in the first place. One of them was looking for a change in his graffiti and the other a change in framework and identity.

Unconsciously, the symbols came to them naturally, giving their approach an intellectual note, unlike the early works, which were primarily an instinctive need. Monkey Bird crew loves working on antique doors, waste walls, abandoned and industrial buildings.

Their mission is to transcribe social themes into walls, through the use of animal totems and elaborate symbolism. Most of the inspiration comes from the sacred or lyrical works like illuminations, stained glass, and architectural ornamentation seen in the illustrations of “Arts and Crafts” or Japanese prints. They leave their signature marks all around the world. They are represented by GCA Gallery in Nice, France. Monkey Bird crew lives and works in Bordeaux.

 

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Monkey Bird is a duo of French contemporary artists born and working in Bordeaux. They are known for using symbolic anthropomorphism in their artworks. That means they are depicting wild animals in urban areas. The duo is active since 2010. They work in a stencil, collages, spray painting, drawing, carving, silkscreen and engraving.

The duo consists of Blow the Bird and Temor the Monkey, and they incarnate the two faces of humankind, the monkey being the realist, and the bird being a dreamer. Members of the crew have BTS in graphic design, BTS in object design and MA in industrial design.

In their work, a search for balance between dreams and reality is visible, as their goal is to become the alchemists of the living desire. The artists are inspired by ephemeral monumentality, religious paintings and the art nouveau.

Before they started working on the walls of museums and institutions, both artists worked on the street. In fact, that’s how they met in the first place. One of them was looking for a change in his graffiti and the other a change in framework and identity.

Unconsciously, the symbols came to them naturally, giving their approach an intellectual note, unlike the early works, which were primarily an instinctive need. Monkey Bird crew loves working on antique doors, waste walls, abandoned and industrial buildings.

Their mission is to transcribe social themes into walls, through the use of animal totems and elaborate symbolism. Most of the inspiration comes from the sacred or lyrical works like illuminations, stained glass, and architectural ornamentation seen in the illustrations of “Arts and Crafts” or Japanese prints. They leave their signature marks all around the world. They are represented by GCA Gallery in Nice, France. Monkey Bird crew lives and works in Bordeaux.

 

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Monkey Bird is a duo of French contemporary artists born and working in Bordeaux. They are known for using symbolic anthropomorphism in their artworks. That means they are depicting wild animals in urban areas. The duo is active since 2010. They work in a stencil, collages, spray painting, drawing, carving, silkscreen and engraving.

The duo consists of Blow the Bird and Temor the Monkey, and they incarnate the two faces of humankind, the monkey being the realist, and the bird being a dreamer. Members of the crew have BTS in graphic design, BTS in object design and MA in industrial design.

In their work, a search for balance between dreams and reality is visible, as their goal is to become the alchemists of the living desire. The artists are inspired by ephemeral monumentality, religious paintings and the art nouveau.

Before they started working on the walls of museums and institutions, both artists worked on the street. In fact, that’s how they met in the first place. One of them was looking for a change in his graffiti and the other a change in framework and identity.

Unconsciously, the symbols came to them naturally, giving their approach an intellectual note, unlike the early works, which were primarily an instinctive need. Monkey Bird crew loves working on antique doors, waste walls, abandoned and industrial buildings.

Their mission is to transcribe social themes into walls, through the use of animal totems and elaborate symbolism. Most of the inspiration comes from the sacred or lyrical works like illuminations, stained glass, and architectural ornamentation seen in the illustrations of “Arts and Crafts” or Japanese prints. They leave their signature marks all around the world. They are represented by GCA Gallery in Nice, France. Monkey Bird crew lives and works in Bordeaux.

 

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Monkey Bird is a duo of French contemporary artists born and working in Bordeaux. They are known for using symbolic anthropomorphism in their artworks. That means they are depicting wild animals in urban areas. The duo is active since 2010. They work in a stencil, collages, spray painting, drawing, carving, silkscreen and engraving.

The duo consists of Blow the Bird and Temor the Monkey, and they incarnate the two faces of humankind, the monkey being the realist, and the bird being a dreamer. Members of the crew have BTS in graphic design, BTS in object design and MA in industrial design.

In their work, a search for balance between dreams and reality is visible, as their goal is to become the alchemists of the living desire. The artists are inspired by ephemeral monumentality, religious paintings and the art nouveau.

Before they started working on the walls of museums and institutions, both artists worked on the street. In fact, that’s how they met in the first place. One of them was looking for a change in his graffiti and the other a change in framework and identity.

Unconsciously, the symbols came to them naturally, giving their approach an intellectual note, unlike the early works, which were primarily an instinctive need. Monkey Bird crew loves working on antique doors, waste walls, abandoned and industrial buildings.

Their mission is to transcribe social themes into walls, through the use of animal totems and elaborate symbolism. Most of the inspiration comes from the sacred or lyrical works like illuminations, stained glass, and architectural ornamentation seen in the illustrations of “Arts and Crafts” or Japanese prints. They leave their signature marks all around the world. They are represented by GCA Gallery in Nice, France. Monkey Bird crew lives and works in Bordeaux.

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M-City aka Mariusz Waras born in the late 70s in Gdynia. A graphic artist, outdoor painter, traveller, amateur architect. Graduated from the Department of Graphic Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk.. His work focuses on urban space. M-City is a graphic artist and outdoor painter who is an author of post-industrial murals with a geometric network of industrial elements. Also, he is the first person ever to paint a mural on the control tower of a major international airport.

Besides painting a Norwegian airport control tower, M-City created for the Nuart Street Art Festival a very ambitious art piece. It is an epic, 150 meters long supply ship he meticulously painted over using hundreds of stencils, creating a mesmerizing artwork that resembles the Norwegian fjords and the mechanical nature of the ship.

M-city’s murals are rhythmic and very precise – an effect which is achieved by the technique of hand-cut stencils. He animates urban spaces with stories in which the main subject is the metropolis and its infinite evolutions. This production is characterized by two main distinct inspirations: video games and geopolitical issues that generate a critical approach to society, making viewers understand how geographical motivations can influence political actions. By opposing black and white images and creating such a contrast, he focuses on industrial icons like gears. In that way, the artist applies his own personal style to depict a certain sci-fi utopia.

His murals may be seen in the streets of Warsaw, Gdańsk, Berlin, Paris, Budapest, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Bolzano, London and Prague, as well as in art galleries, including individual exhibitions at the Arsenal in Poznań (2005) and the CSW Łaźnia in Gdańsk (2006). His work involves piecing together hundreds of carefully cut stencils to create a coherent imagined cityscape, generally of mechanical and industrial objects. He is intrigued by industrial spaces and their surroundings and has produced work up to 85 meters long – taking his inspiration from the factories, hydroelectric plants, chimneys, and cranes that dominated his native town and childhood. He is an incredibly prolific artist, having notched up over 700 pieces to his M-City project alone. Born in Gdynia, M-City currently lectures at the Department of Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk.

 

 

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