Invader

B. 1969, Paris, France. Lives and works on Earth.

Biography

Invader’s mosaics, inspired by the landmark 1978 arcade game Space Invaders, are among the most recognizable works of art in the streets. Since 1998, the artist has “invaded” cities worldwide, adroitly placing his tiled pieces in certain locations and awarding himself “points” based on the intricacy of the mural and the difficulty in placing it. One of the most conspicuous locations to feature works by Invader is the landmark Hollywood Sign in Los Angeles, California; the first mosaic work was mounted on the “D,” on December 31, 1999. He is one of the main artists featured in the 2010 Oscar-nominated documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop because of his extensive works in the streets and run-ins with other notable artists.

Invader was born in Paris, France in 1969. He received his diploma from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Invader works incognito, often masked and largely at night. He believes that museums and galleries are not accessible to everyone, so deliberately makes his works out in the public sphere.

He has been exhibited at le Musée en Herbe, Paris, France; HOCA Foundation, Hong Kong; MuseumsQuartier, Vienna, Austria; MOCA, Los Angeles, CA, USA; Museum of Contemporary Art of San Diego, SanDiego, CA, USA; Daejeon Museum of Arts, Daejon, Corée du sud, France; Musée Ingres et Musée du Louvres, Montauban, France; Borusan Center for Culture and Arts, Istanbul, Turkey; Mjelby Konstgard Museum, Halmstad, Sweden; and the Musée d’art contemporain, Lyon, France.

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