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Gergos

Gregos was born in Paris during the year of 1972. He grew up in the northern suburbs of the world’s art capital, in the neighborhood known as Gonesse, Villiers le Bel. By his own admission. His first steps into the world of street art were taken during the late 80s and early 90s. He was a part of a growing graffiti scene that was booming in Paris during these years. Gregos spent over a decade tagging, spraying and painting walls, exploring the boundaries and potentials of the medium. Although he has been relatively unique as a graffiti painter, he was never able to stand out from all other fellow artists that have been working the streets at the same time. In the year of 1997, with intentions of creating something more unique and personal, Gregos started experimenting with sculpting and molding techniques. His unique style of masks will not come to be for years, but by the time Gregos started to experiment with the sculpture medium, he already had an excellent basis for his future art. In 2003, Gregos left his hometown and set sails for Boston, Massachusetts. It was in this city that the artist was introduced to oil painting. This was a segment of Gregos’s life that saw him get as close to the academic methods of creating art as he would ever be. During the year of 2006, caused by nostalgia and a desire for a more free way to express himself, Gregos went back to the City of Lights. He made a full circle by returning to his own roots and his true love – street art, cutting ties with academic and traditional ways. In the Montmartre district where Gregos now stays, the artist participates in the ever present street art scene that has become a trademark of this neighborhood – probably down to the fact that an artist such as Gregos lives and works here. The return to his home country can be considered a highlight of Gregos’s career – it was then and there that he reached the peak of his expressive tendencies. Armed with all the experiences and different techniques he acquired over the last twenty years, Gregos invented a 3D method in which he creates a sculpted replica of his own face, gives it a particular state of mood and then glues it on the walls of public spaces. Every facial expression and color used on these pieces represent something different from Gregos’s past, present, and future – so they can surely be considered pieces of self-portraiture. He places them all over urban environments, wherever he is able to fit them. As was said before, Gregos created more then one thousand such delightful faces, scattered all over the streets of the French capital. However, as Gregos’s fame started to grow over the years, the artist broadened his horizons by not limiting himself to just working in Paris – either by his choosing or commissions, Gregos’s masks can be found in many other cities, such as Nice, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, London, Geneva, Berlin, Monaco, Los Angeles, Portland, Athens, Sao Paolo, Tokyo, Kyoto, etc.

 
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Masque I - Sourire Rouge

2012

Plaster and acrylic

1/8

H: 42 cm

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Masque I - Sourire Fuschia

2012

Plaster and acrylic

1/8

H: 42 cm

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Masque III - Sourire Klein

2012

Plaster and acrylic

1/8

H: 42 cm

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Plaque Bleu Gris Beatitude

2013

Bronze on steel

2/8

30 x 30 cm

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Plaque Rouge Le Baiser

2013

Bronze on steel

2/8

30 x 30 cm

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Plaque Marron La Moquerie

2013

Bronze on steel

2/8

30 x 30 cm

Plaque Bleu La Tristesse

2013

Bronze on steel

2/8

30 x 30 cm

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Toile Espiègle

2014

Resin and acrylic on canvas

120 x 120 cm

 
 
 

EXHIBITIONS

 

2014

  • Trait d'union 4 - L'Albatros, 2 rue sergent Bobillot

  • La Jungle - Galerie Pyramides
    Art Urbain à Ré - La menuiserie, galerie Kahn

  • May art be with you - 14 rue du Général Leclerc

  • L'art en 3D - Joel Knafo Art Gallery

  • De Alechinsky à Jonone - Joel Knafo Art Gallery

  • Street art ou l'art dans la rue - CENTRE CULTUREL

  • Intétieur-Extérieur - Joel Knafo Art Gallery

  • Commedia Del Street Art - Joel Knafo Art Gallery

2013

  • DELITS DE FACIES - Galerie Ligne 13

  • Faces et Cie, and 50 artistes - Galerie 59 Rivoli