ICONS | ANDRE SARAIVA: A RETROSPECTIVE AT THE MUDE MUSEUM, LISBON

August 13, 2014  |  art, Streets

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Parisian street artist/ladies man/bon vivant/1950s movie star doppelgänger Andre Sariava (aka: Mr. Andre/Baron Andre/Johnny Handsome/French Elvis) brings his multifaceted artistic oeuvre to Lisbon with his current eponymous retrospective at the Museum of Design and Fashion (MUDE) in Portugal.

Andre got his start in the 1980s on the streets of Paris, when he began painting his graffiti on the walls of the city. In the early 1990s, his trademark character Mr. A emerged as a joyful, energetic stick-figure character with a round head and big smile, and began invading the storefronts, metro stations, postboxes and abandoned buildings of cities across Europe. As Mr. A's travels grew to a global scale, subtle changes to his appearance and attire—a top hat, an X-sha­ped eye, wings, and even a female counterpart—gave depth to Saraiva's character.

Refusing to limit his output to street art, Andre quickly began working in an array of media including painting, photography, sculpture, and branched out into business as the proprietor of one of the ultra-shiek chain of Le Baron nightclubs in London, New York, Tokyo and Paris, and the Hotel Amour in Paris as an extension of his glamorous lifestyle.

A frequent presence in international fashion magazines, he's collaborated with a string of the world's leading luxury brands including Louis Vuitton, Levi’s, Moet & Chandon, Chloé, Chanel, Belvedere, Fendi, Cartier, and Givenchy, on a string of high-end product collaborations and marketing initiatives that brought his distinctive street art style to the world of haute couture and solidified his lineage as a true child of Warhol.

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