Arnaud Liard (aka Osean, Honda) is a French contemporary artist born in 1975. In the beginning, he was a graffiti artist, but today Liard works with various media that he mixes, obtaining a surprising result.
Arnaud Liard grew up in Parisian suburbs. When he was still a child, Arnaud got interested in photography and discovered graffiti. As founding member of the LCA, under the name Osean, Arnaud Liard developed his unique style along the Parisian train tracks and underground stations in the 1990s. Rejecting at an early age Graffiti’s traditional American style, Liard is inspired by writers such as Zedz, Delta and Sender, who were also known for breaking free graffiti’s traditional codes.
Parallel to his passion for graffiti, he works in his studio developing a more formal practice, on canvas. His research has led to a more in-depth work, in a search for new textures and more figurative subjects, with the desire to incorporate these so-called “street” aesthetics that was the basis of his artistic career.
At first he applies cement on his canvases, in order to apply his painting, as he wants to recompose the appearance of the walls he draws on. The artist tells our history in strong colors. Arnaud Liard’s works are inhabited by the influence of street art, reflecting his interest in architecture and the city. It showcases topics stolen at the four corners of the city, redials the urban landscapes. Liard takes up major themes of human history and appropriates them. With the city as a backdrop, he builds an urban universe with a new and touching vision.
In early 2000, under the name Honda, he founded with his friends Onde and Hobz, the TRBDSGN (Turbo Design – a collective combining graphic design, graffiti, and design) that has become a reknowned design studio while its respective members continue being active inside Paris’ fenced yards.