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Aguirre Schwarz

Born 1970 in Saverne (France),
lives and works in Paris (France)

A historic figure of the post-graffiti scene in Europe, Aguirre Schwarz first came to attention under the pseudonym ZEVS (a tribute to the name of the train that almost crushed him while he was painting in a Paris metro tunnel). In the late 1990s, the artists intervened in public space by outlining street-furniture shadows, pictorially hijacking advertisements, and making inscriptions on filthy walls using a high-pressure washer… After being arrested in Hong Kong in 2009, the anonymous artist discarded the leopard-print tight masking his face and revealed his identity. Like a painter-cum-hitman, he intends to “liquidate” the logos of the Biennale’s corporate partners to create a dripping economic landscape.

Aguirre Schwarz, Ma mère et son double, 2019. Courtesy de l’artiste, de la Biennale de Lyon 2019 et [of the artist and] New Galerie, Paris. © Blaise Adilon