Deemed the grand master of both street and ‘rat art’, Blek Le Rat has been adorning the streets of Paris with his intelligent and complex artwork since the early eighties. His name originates from the comic book Blek le Roc, using “rat” as an anagram for “art”
Influenced by the early graffiti art of New York City, Blek Le Rat is credited with being the inventor of the life-sized stencil in urban art, as well as the first artist to transform the stencil from basic lettering into pictorial art. As Banksy stated in 2005, “every time I think I’ve painted something slightly original, I find out that Blek Le Rat has done it as well. Only twenty years earlier.”
After facing arrest in 1991, Blek moved away from painting on walls to create pre-stencilled posters and screen prints. These limited edition prints and original paintings have been exhibited around the world, and featured in the book Blek le Rat: Getting Through the Walls by Sybille Prou and King Adz.