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Blek le Rat

Blek le Rat

Blek le Rat

Blek le Rat, the pioneer of urban art in Europe joined the street art inspired movement #DubaiWalls.

The Pioneer of urban art in Europe, Blek le Rat was the first to use stencils for creating public art on the street, using icons instead of writing his name. He was first exposed to graffiti in 1971 in New York, but didn't start making his own until ten years later, in Paris. Inspired by a stencilled portrait of Mussolini, which he saw during a trip to Italy among WWII ruins, he created a silhouette of a rat running along the streets. 

He stencilled the rat for two years and quickly became recognized around Paris. This marked a monumental break from the dominance of New York's graffiti style. His method of creating street art changed the face of urban art and still continues to greatly influence street artists around the world.

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