From Banksy to local artists, a visit to Paris to see its extensive and ever-changing street art, should include a visit to some key street art sites.
As an individual yet anonymous artist, works by Banksy are the best place to start for street art in Paris. His works include Napoleon crossing the Alps, several rat stencils and a young girl covering up a swastika.
An association created in 2011 with general interest status since 2018, Art Azoï is often asked to commission work by local public and cultural institutions. There are comissioned works at rue du Clos and more recently, and more famously, at the Square du Karcher.
One of the places to go for street art culture with international recognition, Vitry-sur-Seine, has local support for street artists. Local grafitti artist C215 is supported by the local council and a French cultural 1% budget. It is one of a handful of places in Paris where the question of preserving street art has been raised.
The M.U.R association changes its street art posters on a two weekly basis. Created in their workshops using different experimental techniques, the M.U.R association supports artists in their bid to express themselves.
The longest mural painting in Paris can be found at Rue d’Aubervilliers. Created by the collectif GFR in association with the town councils of the 18th and 19th district, this mural is 503 metres (550 yards) in length and is dedicated to Rosa Parks. Known as the Rosa Parks Wall, it celebrates her fight for equality.
For fast turnaround pieces and a once in a lifetime opportunity to see unique street art from signatures to murals, head to Rue Dénoyez. Famous for its art galleries and artists’ workshops, Rue Dénoyez is also known for just how fast the artworks are undertaken and then covered up by another street artist. On a visit here you might even be lucky enough to see an artist in action.