Swiz at Pavillon Carré de Baudouin in Paris for Art Azoï, 2016 - photo © Michel Jean-Théodore

Swiz /   Unknown

France 1983

Urban Art, Street Art, Graffiti

www.jeswizici.com

Swiz
Unknown
Male
France
1983
September 16, 2014
Music, Gestalt, .

Swiz is a French artist, working both on the streets and in the studio. His preferred canvases are walls of abandoned places and streets in Paris suburbia. Whether he uses spray paint or acrylics, the visual experimentation has led Swiz to develop a style that echoes the great Futurism movement. The artist deconstructs the words, ties and unties them enough to create alphabetical matter. And like in a clever game made of facets, all you have to do is focus on one of his works to find the combination and decipher the message it conveys.

The artist’s style echoes the great Futurism movement

Swiz - Map of nowhere, 2015
Swiz – Map of nowhere, 2015

Beginnings in the City of Light

Born in Paris, Swiz began painting graffiti in 2000 without any art education. He spent a few years painting abandoned places. Walking on the streets of the French capital and exploring no-man’s-land, everything became an opportunity for the artist. So he grabbed it, transformed those places into his own playgrounds and created a visual password left for the viewers to figure out. Talking about his early graffiti memories Swiz says: “As every graffiti writer, I had good and bad experiences. I now think that painting outside is something natural and a sane reaction to the city. What is more important for me is to keep on painting in an evolutive way with open-minded people.”

For Swiz, painting outside is a natural reaction to the city

Swiz working on a mural - photo credit L'Arosoir
Swiz working on a mural – photo credit L’Arosoir

Like a Jigsaw: The Style of Swiz

Echoing the Bauhaus, his letters are playfully juxtaposed, creating a unique style based on the logics of the mathematics of shapes, or even of words. Playing with words and typographic rules, Swiz’s letters turn into shapes that divide and overlap, creating a sort of a jigsaw. He is consistently working with letter forms, creating some of the most progressive and interesting graffiti aesthetics. The disorder of abandoned places gave him the urge for an organization, or rather the desire to confer a meaning to his work.

Swiz described his visual style by saying: “I rarely use spray cans in recent years. Even when I paint traditional graffiti in the streets, I use paint and rollers, because it’s cheaper and non-toxic (and people think it’s legal!) . That led me to learn how to use different tools and create my own colors, and not be dependent of a brand’s color-chart. Even if my studio work is based on a precise geometric way to encrypt letters, I never paint with a sketch. I sketch my paintings directly on the medium, one line leads to another one and I never know where this line will end. It is the same process for colors, one suggests another one.”

Swiz’s unique style is based on the logics of a mathematics of shapes

Swiz - Anarchitecture series, 2015
Swiz – Anarchitecture series, 2015

The artist is represented by several galleries, including Mmartproject, David Bloch Gallery, and 44309 Street//art Gallery.

Swiz lives and creates in Paris.

Featured image: Swiz at Pavillon Carré de Baudouin in Paris for Art Azoï, 2016 – photo © Michel Jean-Théodore
Other images courtesy of Mmartproject

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015Sans TitreGallery Mathcoth , ParisGroup
2014Closer Together44309 Street Art Gallery, Dortmund, GermanyGroup
2013Bras CassésEspace Confluences, ParisGroup
2013Urban walkGalerie Voskel, ParisGroup
2013GraffuturismGalerie Openspace, ParisGroup
2013Exposition personnelleLa boucherie du 8, La Celle Saint-Cloud Group
2013Rule Of ThreeColab GallerySolo
2013CorrespondancesMusée de la poste, ParisGroup
2012400 MLMaison des Métallos, ParisGroup
2011Lettres de noblessePalais de Tokyo, ParisGroup
2009TAGGrand Palais, ParisGroup
2009UntitledFeu Vert, Paris Group

Uniform Function
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Uniform Function , 2016SwizDAVID BLOCH GALLERY142 x 142 cm Paintings
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Outside The Scope
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Outside The Scope , 2018SwizDAVID BLOCH GALLERY105 x 134 x 3 cm Paintings
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Chimera
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Chimera , 2016Swiz89 x 116 cm Paintings3,700 EUR (€)
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N1
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N1 , 2016Swiz65 x 50 cm Works on Paper1,400 EUR (€)
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UCA
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UCA , 2016Swiz100 x 100 cm Paintings3,500 EUR (€)
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Morpho
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Morpho , 2016Swiz97 x 146 cm Paintings5,000 EUR (€)
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Induced molting
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Induced molting , 2016Swiz116 x 73 cm Paintings3,000 EUR (€)
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Structure of Confusion No. 8
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Structure of Confu...Swiz90 x 90 x 5 cm Paintings
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Chaos ControlSold
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Chaos Control , 2016SwizDAVID BLOCH GALLERY173 x 173 cm Paintings
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Shipyard
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Shipyard , 2017SwizDAVID BLOCH GALLERY130 x 88 x 3 cm Paintings
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Extraction
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Extraction , 2017Swiz120 x 120 x 2 cm Paintings
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Kasbah Winter Tajul
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Surge 1
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Surge 1 , 2017SwizDAVID BLOCH GALLERY90 x 126 x 3 cm Paintings
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N5
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N5 , 2016Swiz65 x 50 cm Works on Paper1,400 EUR (€)
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Eclosion
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Eclosion , 2016Swiz114 x 162 cm Paintings6,400 EUR (€)
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Unstable fragments
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Unstable fragments , 2016Swiz97 x 146 cm Paintings5,000 EUR (€)
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Inclosion
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Inclosion , 2016Swiz89 x 116 cm Paintings3,700 EUR (€)
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Aborted transfer
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Aborted transfer , 2016Swiz97 x 146 cm Paintings5,000 EUR (€)
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Structure of Confusion No. 7
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Open System
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Open System , 2018SwizDAVID BLOCH GALLERY122 x 166 x 6 cm Sculptures and Ceramics
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Steep Gradient
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Structure of Confusion No. 6
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Somewhere Tomorrow
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Somewhere Tomorrow , 2016SwizDAVID BLOCH GALLERY160 x 160 cm Paintings
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Lorem Ipsum
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Lorem Ipsum , 2015SwizDAVID BLOCH GALLERY178 x 118 cm Paintings
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N4
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Random mutations
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Random mutations , 2016Swiz97 x 146 cm Paintings5,000 EUR (€)
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Imago
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Imago , 2016Swiz114 x 162 cm Paintings6,400 EUR (€)
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Conception
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Conception , 2016Swiz97 x 146 cm Paintings5,000 EUR (€)
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Untitled
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Untitled , 2016Swiz100 x 100 cm Paintings3,500 EUR (€)
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Chrysalis
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Chrysalis , 2016Swiz97 x 146 cm Paintings5,000 EUR (€)
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Digitalis
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Digitalis , 2016Swiz97 x 162 cm Paintings5,500 EUR (€)
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Structure of Confusion No. 5
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Sharpcut
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Sharpcut , 2018SwizDAVID BLOCH GALLERY111 x 180 x 3 cm Paintings
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Opened Circle , 2017Swiz89 x 116 x 3 cm Paintings
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