Born as Xavier Prou, in the beautiful land of Paris, Blek Le Rat was a famous artist, known for pioneering the graffiti art movement in this place. After studying etching, lithography and painting for six years, he went on to study architecture. He began graffiti art in the early 1980s by painting pictures of rats on the street walls of his city. The rat was one of his favourite elements, and he often described it as being the only free animal and the one that spreads plague everywhere. During the early years, he was largely influenced by graffiti artists of New York City. After visiting it, he brought the style to Paris, adapting it to suit the culture of the region.
His style is timeless. He has left us with many great works in stenciled art. Exhibitions of his work have been held across many art galleries, including Leonard Street Gallery in London and Cans Festival in 2008. In the same year, he also participated in the Subliminal Projects Gallery in Los Angeles in 2008. In 2009, he participated in Melbourne, Australia, at the Metro Gallery.
Blek Le Rat inspired graffiti is today a popular part of interior decoration. While accessing his original works will be both expensive and time consuming, today high quality reproductions are also easily available. With other artists inspiring themselves from this style, you will also be able to have a personalized portrait done up in the popular stencil graffiti style. All you need to do, is search online and compare providers to select the best graffiti artists. You can also get these artworks printed on to different mediums, as you like.