Bruno Leyval/ Bruno Leyval

France 1971


Bruno Leyval
Bruno Leyval

Bruno Leyval is a French artist whose work specializes in the use of black and white. The artist is known for his politically and socially engaged artworks done in a variety of media and techniques, including drawing, photography, performance, street art and sculpture. Comic books and Eastern calligraphy represent Bruno Leyval’s main influences, while Chinese ink is the artist’s favorite medium as it allows him to be precise when creating his highly detailed pieces. In took his years to learn to use this unusual media that symbolizes simplicity and purity, two principles that the artist tries to live by in his personal life as well.

BrunoLeyval and his English artist's and friends painted in Tibet
Bruno Leyval – Nokomis Fille de la Lune (left) / Elyse (right)

An Artist and an Activist

Bruno Leyval is a born in 1971 in Mulhouse in France.[1] Since the early age he was highly interested in details, the little lines, and dots that are almost invisible but can create anything when brought together and arranged in a certain manner. It’s not surprising than that his street art and studio works are produced with a technique of merging numerous small lines skilfully organized to create images of human forms that are the main motif of the artist’s work. His subjects often come from different cultural backgrounds and the artist likes to honor these various traditions by creating images of humans accompanied by the symbols characteristic of their culture. Apart from Chinese ink, Bruno Leyval is also fascinated by the power of hands. This motif was meticulously explored in his Namaste project when he invited people to take photos of their hands and share them on social networks. There’s a strong activist line in his studio and outdoor works as the artist tries to honor the women, minorities, and deprived social groups. In march 2016 the artist visited Tibet where he participated in Art For Free Tibet project whose goal is to help raise awareness about the problems of Tibetans who are fighting for independence from China for 57 years. Bruno Leyaval was one of the 15 artists who painted pictures on the wall of a local village depicting images from the home life of Tibetans.

Bruno Leyval’s Namaste project included an array of Twitter and Instagram users

Check out a video of Leval's painting in the privacy of his studio with his friends
Bruno Leyval – Ayu (left) / Nejma (right)

Bruno Leyval’s Monographs

Throughout his career, Bruno Leyval published three monographs entitled The Way of the Ink, A few leaves on the road, and Some absences.The Way of the Ink, his first publication includes the interview with the artist about his influences and favorite exhibitions as well as a selection of his finest drawings. His second book A few leaves on the road is dedicated to his son and embody’s the artist’s love for words, life, and his family[2]. Apart from these art books that contain more visual works than words, Bruno Leyval also created a book of poems entitled Some absences. Some absences, is composed of a variety of poems spanning from haiku to automatic writing[3].

A few leaves on the road book is dedicated to artist’s son

Bruno Leyval’s A few leaves on the road pages, courtesy of the artist

Famous Clients and Other Projects

Bruno Leyval was a founder of an artistic platform named Studio Awake. The project initiated in 2002 included an online magazine, a design studio and a collective of artists. After 6 years the project was paused because Bruno Leyval decided to focus more on his own work. Throughout the ages, he has done commercial works for numerous clients including Nike, Warner Bros,Stencil History x and so on. For Nike, Bruno Leyval designed special series of apparel including t-shirts for acclaimed basketball player Kobe Bryant plus a t-shirt for a famous tennis player Rafael Nadal. In 2015 he used his experience gather from collaborations with the famous companies to create a new brand of his own entitled NOIR DE L’ÂME that contains a web shop and a journal.

Bruno Leyval is represented by Orlinda Lavergne Gallery.

He lives and works in Mulhouse, France.


  1. Anonymous. About, Bruno Leyval Official Website [November 18, 2016]
  2. Leyval B. (2015) A few leaves on the road, Plan9 Entertainment
  3. Leyval B. (2015) Some absences, Plan9 Entertainment

Featured image: Bruno Leyval – work in progress, photos courtesy of the artist
Images courtesy of Orlinda Lavergne Gallery unless otherwise credited

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015Playing your gameGalerie Open Your Eyes, StrasbourgGroup
2015Urban dream WallTrace TV, ParisGroup
2015Guerrilla Cam WallPlan9 Office, Le PerreuxGroup
2015World of Warcraft WallHelffest Open Air, ClissonGroup
2015Metal Gear Solid VKonami Store, ParisGroup
2015UntitledMad Max Savage RoadGroup
2014LA VOIE DE L’ENCREGalerie Openspace ParisSolo
2014Soul Clap Galerie Opening Soul Clap Galerie, StrasbourgGroup
2014 Made by Sarenza Café-boutique éphémèreGroup
2014Sublime SkinzLa Favela Chic, ParisGroup
2014DANS TES YEUXEspace Grün, CernaySolo
2014Carbone & SpiritoL'Arrière Boutique, ParisGroup
2014ARTtitude vs TattooismeLa Favéla Chic, ParisGroup
2014French Street ArtGalerie Mine d’Art, Carouge ,GenèveGroup
2014UntitledThanatoo Gallery, Prescott, Arizona, USAGroup
2014 9ème Concept & Bruno LeyvalMulhouseGroup
2014Le Guide Wall25eme étage, Tour Pleyel, SaintGroup
2014Buse WallManoir ARTtitude, Le PerreuxGroup
2014Lotus WallEspace Grün, CernayGroup
2013Sadhu WallMotoco, DMC, MulhouseGroup
2013ARTtitude, Drawing is not a crime S01EX01Galerie du PontGroup
2013Art3FSalon international d’art contemporain, Parc des expositions, MulhouseGroup
2009Indian WallJam Group Show, VitryGroup
2009REGARDS D’ENCREGalerie All Over LyonSolo
2009Tibetan Wall : C215 & Bruno Leyval Collab’Hackney Wick,LondresGroup
2009JusticeSteal from Work Gallery, BristolGroup
2009World of IllustrationIntoxicated Demon Gallery, BerlinGroup
2009JamEditions 1 & 2, VitryGroup
200871_projectFoundation Gallery, MulhouseGroup
2008SUMIKarambole ParisSolo
2008ENCREFoundation Gallery, MulhouseSolo
2008INKToys and Noise, StrasbourgSolo
2008Tibetan WallCargo, LondresGroup
2008UntitledFresque Cultures du monde, StrasbourgGroup
2008400mlMaison des métallos, ParisGroup
2008Stencil History X, Foundation Gallery, MulhouseGroup
2007Awake StudioFoundation Gallery, MulhouseGroup
2007L’Arbre d’en faceLe Passage, StrasbourgGroup
2007C215 Masks Attack showGalerie INOPERAbLE, VienneGroup
2007C215 Dread Red ShowDadawan & Madturnip, ParisGroup
2007309 FacesLe Passage, StrasbourgGroup
2007Visual ContentDadawan & MadturnipGroup
2006Awake Studio -Laser Game Complexe Kinepolis, MulhouseGroup
2004Coded LanguageGalerie La Cimaise , MulhouseSolo