Speedy Graphito /   Olivier Rizzo

France 1961

Street Art, Prints


Speedy Graphito
Olivier Rizzo
February 7, 2014

Speedy Graphito is the pseudonym of a Paris-born contemporary artist Olivier Rizzo. He is widely recognized as one of the most important and influential figures in the French Street Art movement. His oeuvre is striking, vigorous, and controversial – and while the most of his work is paint-based, he is also regarded for his work in other media including sculpture, installations, video and photography.

Graffiti Addict Series

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Speedy Graphito – Lost in the Big City, 2011

Background and “Style Graphito”

Olivier Rizzo graduated with honors from the School of Art Estienne in Paris in 1983, receiving his formal education through a seven year arts program. The following year, he started signing his works as Speedy Graphito. His reputation has been growing steadily since the early-1980s, leaving a mark on a generation of artists and contemporary art.

The artist who never ceases to explore all media in order to create an ongoing dialogue between the past, present, and future of art, began his artistic career as a member of the short-lived art collective X–Moulinex in 1983 creating dynamic paintings and street murals using spray paint and stencils. Over the years he has developed his own inimitable style that explores the tragedies of consumer seduction while referencing pop culture icons and street art influences.

Street Art by Speedy Graphito

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Speedy Graphito – La Plus Grande Fresque D’Europe. Les Terrasses De L’Agora, Evry, France, 2015

Joyful, Profound and Unique Art by Speedy Graphito

Particularly inspired by the iconography of animated characters from movies and television, his original and forceful art style incorporates schematic and charismatic subjects, cartoons and manga as well as contemporary commercial brands, advertising logos, and pop culture imagery.

Using all mediums – from paint brushes, sculpture, installations, spray paint, video and more – he plays on pop and media culture. Over the years, his art has been permanently evolving, always in harmony with his time, making pictorial languages, iconoclastic and satiric depiction of our society.

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Speedy Graphito – Hypnotic, Fabien Castanier Gallery, Miami, Floride, 2014 – installation view

Disney Characters

Speedy Graphito also draws inspiration from childhood memories. He investigates the world of cartoons, reinventing a selection of Disney characters. As a case, in his piece Stars in My Head, the artist transformed the protagonist of one of the greatest animated films of all time – Pinocchio, while Temptation (Enhanced) elements Disney’s Snow White captivated with the half-eaten logo of Macintosh Apple, making a sagacious and sarcastic message about purchaser enchantment.

Disney Inspired Artworks

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Speedy Graphito – Stars in my head (left) / Enticement (right)

Exhibitions and Gallery Representations

Speedy Graphito has participated in numerous individual and collective exhibitions throughout the world. Some of his solo shows were held at Galerie Polaris, Paris, France; Institut Français, Naples, Italy; Galerie Punto, Valencia, Spain; Galerie Anne Vignial, Paris, France; Art Partner Galerie, Bruxelles, Belgium; Opera Gallery, Londres, UK; New Square Gallery, Lille, France; and Castanier Gallery, Miami, USA, among others. His work has been included in group shows at Galerie Mathgot, Paris, France; Institut Français, Prague, Czech Republic; Art Partner Galerie, Bruxelles, Belgium; Galerie Kahn , Strasbourg, France; Galerie Punto, Madrid, Spain, to name a few. His art can be found in many notable collections.

Graphito’s Exhibition at Opera Gallery

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Speedy Graphito – Graff the City, Opera Gallery, Paris, France, 2011

He is represented by Fabien Castanier Gallery in Culver City, CA and Opera Gallery, Paris.

He lives and works in Paris, France and Los Angeles, USA.

Images courtesy © the artist

Year Exhibition TitleMuseum/GalleryGroup
2015Dando PapayaFabien Castanier Gallery, Bogota, ColombiaGroup
2015Artificial ParadiseCastanier Gallery, LASolo
2015ResolutionGalerie Polaris, Paris Solo
2015Speedy GraphitoNew Square Gallery, LilleSolo
2015Urban Art 2015Vôlklingen, GermanyGroup
2015Il Sole E CiecoGalerie Polaris, Paris Group
2015Cranes-Icone.Mythe. CulteVolklingen – GermanyGroup
2014NeverlandArsenal de Soissons, SoissonsSolo
2014Libre Comme l'ArtHotel Jules et Jim, ParisSolo
2014Drawing NowGalerie Polaris, ParisSolo
2014HypnoticCastanier Gallery, MiamiSolo
2014LangagesArtothèque de Pessac, FranceSolo
2014ParadeGalerie Les tournesols, Saint-EtienneSolo
2014In SituFabien Castanier Gallery, Los AngelesGroup
2014BoomEspinal, FranceGroup
2014Dali fait le murEspace Dali, ParisGroup
2013Start OverGalerie Polaris, ParisSolo
2013New worldsFabien Castanier Gallery, L.ASolo
2013The Essential of Painting 1987 - 2013à Saint-Emilion - Galerie Polaris hors les mursSolo
2013LostMaison Triolet - Aragon - Saint Arnoult en YvelinesSolo
2013A4New Square Gallery, LilleGroup
2013Urban Art Biennale 2013VölklingenGroup
2012LIKENew Square Gallery, LilleSolo
2012The Essential of Painting 1987 - 2012Galerie Polaris, ParisSolo
2012Quelques instants plus tardCouvent des Cordeliers, ParisGroup
2012Biennale du HavreLe HavreGroup
2012Graff the peaceOpera Gallery, ParisGroup
2012French InvasionFabien Castanier Gallery, LAGroup
2012Fifty FiftyGalerie Mathgot, ParisGroup
2012Kosmopolite, Festival International du GraffitiBagnoletPerformance
2012MURS PEINTSLAPerformance
2011Speedy GraphitoOpera Gallery, LondresSolo
2011Back2VenusNew Square Gallery, LilleSolo
2011FreewayFabien Castanier Gallery, LASolo
2011ExitGalerie australeSolo
2011Exit 2Galerie 8, VichySolo
2011Graff ‘CityOpera Gallery, ParisGroup
2011Urban ActivityEspace Culturel Jean Cocteau, Les LilasGroup
2011Fondation ClémentMix Art, La MartiniqueGroup
2011AtriumMix Art, La MartiniqueGroup
2011Murs Peints, Usine MacaeRio de JaneiroPerformance
2011PerformancesMix Art Madinina. La MartiniquePerformance
2011LE MURParisPerformance
2010What Did You Expect ?Galerie Brugier Rigail, ParisSolo
2010MondovisionArtop, LilleSolo
2010Parcours de la BievreLézart de la Bièvre. ParisPerformance
2010LE MURParisPerformance
2009Prime TimeArt Partner Galerie, BruxellesSolo
2009Stepanska Street ArtInstitut Français, PragueGroup
2009No Man’s LandAmbassade De France, TokyoGroup
2009PEACE MANDALAPiazza Beaubourg, ParisPerformance
2008Sans IssuesArt Partner Galerie, ParisSolo
2008Voyage aux pays des merveillesCAC, FontenoySolo
2008Group ShowArt Partner Galerie, BruxellesGroup
2008Group ShowArt Partner Galerie, ParisGroup
2007ConnexionsArt Partner Galerie, ParisSolo
2007Lille aux TrésorsArtop, LilleSolo
2007Urban PopAmbrogi & Castanier Gallery, W- HollywoodSolo
2007Group ShowArt Partner Galerie, ParisGroup
2006Tatouages UrbainsGalerie Anne Vignial, ParisSolo
2006Retro ProspectiveGalerie Suty, Coye la ForêtSolo
2006Sur Les MursCentre Culturel Français, TlemcenGroup
2006Aux Arts CitoyensEspace des Blancs Manteaux, ParisGroup
2006Artistes UrbainsGalerie Anne Vignial, ParisGroup
2006Trend marksGalerie Suty, Coye La ForêtGroup
2006Avant TravauxUsines Mauchauffée, TroesGroup
2006Le Mondial de l'AutomobileParisPerformance
2005Parcours de La BièvreLézart de la Bièvre, ParisSolo
2005Deck ‘OnExposition Itinérante Montpellier, ParisGroup
2005Section UrbaineLes Blancs Manteaux, ParisGroup
2005Rue Des ArtistesGalerie Anne Vignial, ParisGroup
2005Dites 33La Condition Publique, RoubaixGroup
2005Parcours de La BièvreLézart de la Bièvre, ParisPerformance
2005Kosmopolite, Festival International du GraffitiBagnoletPerformance
2005Peinture de L Autobud du BatofarParisPerformance
2004L’aventure IntérieureEspace Beaurepaire, ParisSolo
2004TerminusLa Chapelle du Carmel, Chalon s/ SaôneSolo
2004Les MuutantsPéniche Antipode, ParisGroup
2004Les Muutants 2Péniche Antipode, ParisGroup
2004Voeux d’artistesGalerie Kahn, ParisGroup
2004Paf dans ton Pif, Hommage à Pif GadgetParisGroup
2004Art de RueEspace Tiffaine, ParisGroup
2004Stencil ProjectArslonga, ParisGroup
2004Portraits IncognitosGalerie Sanguine, ParisGroup
2004Stencil ProjectParisPerformance
2003Wake UpGalerie Polaris, ParisSolo
2003Le Musée IdéalEspace Beaurepaire, ParisGroup
2003Ma Collection PréféréeEspace Beaurepaire, ParisGroup
2003Art De RueGalerie Kahn, StrasbourgGroup
2002Voyages en terres inconnuesL’atelier d’artiste chez vous, ParisSolo
2001General MotorsFondation Colas, ParisGroup
1999Artistes de la GalerieGalerie Polaris, ParisGroup
1998Welcome to VénusGalerie Polaris, ParisSolo
1997LAPINTUREGalerie Hugues de Payns, ToursSolo
1997Group ShowGalerie Du Chal, Saint BrieucGroup
1996L’être ou ne PaletteEspace St Jacques, Saint QuentinSolo
1995C’est Moi qui Lapin, Sétois qui VoitGalerie Beau Lézard, SèteSolo
1995La Vie dont je suis le HérosGalerie Polaris, ParisSolo
1995The New Pier ShowGalerie Punto, MadridGroup
1995Les SirènesMusée De Dieppe, DieppeGroup
1994Que PassaGalerie Punto, ValenciaSolo
1994Viva LapintureGalerie Italia, AlicanteSolo
1994Un Artiste invite un ArtisteGalerie Polaris, ParisGroup
1994Les Déjeuners sur l’HerbeGalerie Beau Lézard Sète, Paris - SéoulGroup
1993Le Monde AlaloupeGalerie Polaris, ParisSolo
1993One Man ShowGalerie Polaris, ParisSolo
1993Oeuvres MonumentalesGalerie Polaris, ParisGroup
1993PerformancesLa Halle Saint-Pierre, ParisPerformance
1993ALTAÎR, vol habité francoRussePerformance
1992One Man ShowGalerie Polaris, ParisSolo
1992Comme convenu lors de …Galerie Polaris, ParisGroup
19925 ans d’édition 1987 - 1992Galerie Polaris, ParisGroup
1992Europodyssee, Paris-Moscou par les canauxParisPerformance
1991Paris, Tours, RennesGaleries Polaris, CollinSolo
1991Group ShowGalerie Métropolis, LyonGroup
1991Group ShowGalerie Michel Pommier, ToursGroup
1991Pour Saluer le DestinMusée d’Ingres, MontaubanGroup
1991- 200 m2 de fresques pour l'École polyvalente de la rue de la VilletteParisPerformance
1991- Animation des Tours de la Défense / Projections pour le concert de J.M. JarreLa Défense, ParisPerformance
1990Speedy Graphito, Produit de l'Art, Espace ActionParisSolo
1990SG Peint l’Art Moderne de 1990 à nos joursGalerie Polaris, ParisSolo
1990Artistes de la GalerieGalerie Polaris, ParisGroup
1990Artistes de la GalerieGalerie Polaris, ParisGroup
1990Group ShowGalerie Patrick Riquelme, VannesGroup
1989King Of The CityGalerie Polaris, ParisSolo
1989Le Témoignage de la Peinture 1789-1989CAC, AvranchesGroup
1988Étude Des SaintsGalerie Polaris, ParisSolo
1987Le Radeau des Médusés, Espace ActionParisSolo
1987La Peinture au GénieGalerie Wanet, CharleroiSolo
1987Les Allumés de La TéléGrande Halle de la Villette, ParisGroup
1987SpeedoCréation du journal des fans de SpeedyPerformance
1987You Are The WorldCréation d'une ligne de T-shirts SPEEDY GRAPHITOPerformance
1987La nuit s’est habillée ce soir en ScaramoucheFestival Molière, MontpellierPerformance
1986L’atelier de L’artisteGalerie Polaris, ParisSolo
1986Génie ArtistiqueInstitut Français, NaplesSolo
1986Les Media PeintresMaison de la Culture, RennesGroup
1986Peintures SauvagesFrasso Télésino, ItalieGroup
1985A La Recherche de ZarzanGalerie Paradis, ParisSolo
1985Meurtre dans un Château AnglaisGalerie Polaris, ParisSolo
1985La Boutique à SpeedyGalerie Polaris, ParisGroup
1985ÉmotionsEspace St Jacques, Saint QuentinGroup
1985Mouchoirs d’artistesGalerie Lara Vinci, ParisGroup
1985Détournement d’affichesCNAP, ParisGroup
1985La Ruee Vers L ArtMinistère de la Culture, ParisPerformance
1984Et Dans Dix Ans Qui ?Espace Cardin, ParisGroup