Jaw/ Da Mental Vaporz

France 1982



Da Mental Vaporz

Jaw is a French artist and a member of Da Mental Vaporz (DMV) crew whose unique style and reputation nascent lead him soon to be exported outside of Marseille; very quickly he was invited in numerous meetings graffiti all over France, but also in Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil, Spain , Macedonia, England …

Born in 1982 in Reims, Jaw followed his parents in Algeria and raised in the city of Oran to 7 years. Back in France, he continued his education in Cavaillon and discovered graffiti at the age of 15.

Spent the first years of scribbling graffiti and intensive ongoing, it naturally leads to a school of visual communication (AxeSud) in Marseille where he was introduced to the illustration, graphic design and multimedia creation in general. During these three years, he developed his work in all media and meeting with Marseille graffiti (Phaz, Heng, Lime, …) with which he made his first murals. At the same time, he joined the group The ARTMADA, with whom he is involved in various art projects, social and cultural.

After graduation, he worked to achieve his first book (illustrations, cover editing …), “La France from below” (12 000 ex.), and appeared in many books (“Retroactive 2 “,” Graffiti “…) and in the pages of the press.

In 2003 Jaw joined the DMV crew. This pushes his natural talent to evolve into a more sophisticated and thoughtful work, but also to get a foot in the world of contemporary art and advertising, as now, his work, both individually and collectively, is no longer confined to only graffiti.

Jaw today mounted its own structure “Drops” with which he made ​​numerous orders , institutional or private. Meanwhile, he continues to develop his practice on canvas, where his style and technique are gaining ever more accurate and consistent.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014The Wall (DMV)BC Gallery, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2010Mir CaravanMoscow, RussiaGroup
2010 Meeting of StylesLondon, UKGroup
2010'SupreMassy' Hip Hop festival, Massy Palaiseau. Completion of the fresco 'Exquisite Corpse' with Da Mental Vaporz.Massy, Ile-De-France, FranceGroup
2009Year of France in Brazil, and residence performences - Sao Paulo, BrazilGroup
2009 Residence - Agadir AItmiloul, MoroccoGroup
2008Artistic Residence Tetovo, MacedoniaGroup
2008 Artistic Residency and participation in the festival "Por el medio de la calle 08"Caracas, VenezuelaGroup
2007 Festival "Brussels graffiti" Brussels, BelgiumGroup
2007 Festival "Meeting of Styles" New York, USGroup