Ken Sortais

France 1983

Street Art, Graffiti, Sculpture, Painting

Ken Sortais
Ken Sortais
December 5, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Ken Sortais is a French contemporary artist best known for his large-scale graffiti present all over Paris. The member of vanguard Parisian graffiti collective PAL (Peace and Love) along with Horfe, Sortais is also known under the pseudonym Cony. His prolific street work can be found everywhere in the streets of French capital including shop fronts, trucks, walls, train sidings, and most often high up on the rooftops of buildings.

Art by Sortais

Ken Sortais - show at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2011 (details)
Ken Sortais – show at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2011 (details)

Born in 1983, Ken Sortais grew up in the Parisian suburbs and spent the majority of his childhood traveling through France as a pro golfer. During his teens, he got involved into graffiti and had to stop his professional career as a golfer. He graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, the distinguished National School of Fine Arts in Paris in 2010.

Sortais nurtures a specific expression rooted in the comics and pop culture, with influence of tattoos, Walt Disney and Japanese manga. In his work, the French artist mixes pop and esoteric references and offers a rich and mysterious world in which to lose oneself. Amongst street, Sortais also produces art in his atelier being among those artist who are careful not to move to the studio work by simply replicating on canvas his street work.

Cosmology, Geography, Cervical

Ken Sortais - Cosmology, Geography, Cervical, Berlin, 2015 - new work
Ken Sortais – Cosmology, Geography, Cervical, Berlin, 2015 – installation view

Sortais’ work has been included in individual and collective shows at galleries throughout France and beyond including Matthew Rosen Gallery, Berlin; Underconstruction gallery, Paris; galerie Jean Collet, Vitry-sur-Seine; Straat galerie, Marseille; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; and galerie Goldstein, Londres, to name a few. In 2014 he participated at Lasco Project #3, along with six creatives who were invited to give their urban and artistic visions inside the Palais de Tokyo.

Sortais is represented by Gallery Celal. One of his recent solo shows at Paris-located gallery was Les Peregrinations De Si Atroce in 2014.

Les Peregrinations De Si Atroce

Ken Sortais - Les Peregrinations De Si Atroce - solo show at Galerie Celal, 2014, installation view
Ken Sortais – Les Peregrinations De Si Atroce – solo show at Galerie Celal, 2014, installation view

Ken Sortais lives and works in Saint-Denis.

Featured image: Ken Sortais – Les Peregrinations De Si Atroce – solo show at Galerie Celal, 2014, installation view
All images credits © Ken Sortais

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015Residence UtopikTessy-sur-VireGroup
2015VERTOOrganise par Studiocur/art au 58 rue chapon, Paris Group
2015The Others Fair, avec la Straat GalerieTurinGroup
2015The state of mankindMatthew Rosen Gallery, Berlin Group
2015Field Effects, Rencontres de la photographieLe Cap, Arles Group
2015POPPOSITIONS Art fair, avec la Straat galerieBruxellesGroup
2015Flexions/ExtensionsUnderconstruction gallery, Paris Group
2015Obscur-Clarte, La Confidentielle du YIABastille Design Center, Paris Group
2015Biennale Internationale Design Saint-etienne, Tu nais, tuning, tu meursMusee d'Art et d'IndustrieGroup
2015Autoconstruction, organisee par le chassisUnderconstruction gallery, Paris Group
2015Seine-Saint-Denis-Style, cite des artsAtelier G8, Paris Group
2015Mapping the citySomerset House, Londres Group
2014Novembre a VitryGalerie Jean Collet, Vitry-sur-Seine Group
201493Straat galerie, Marseille Solo
2014TOY, solo show PAL crewFRAC Nord-Pas-de-CalaisSolo
2014Biolensu, en collaboration avec Horfee dans le cadre du Lasco projectPalais de Tokyo, FranceGroup
2014Les peregrinations de si atroceGalerie Celal, Paris Solo
2013Exposition collective pour le lancement du n°2 du journal DystopieDoors Studio, Paris Group
2013Old Boot, Further adventures in comic abstractionSilvex House, LondresSolo
2013Patagane, en collaboration avec HorfeeSunset residence, Lyon Solo
2013Residence a la prison de RockenbergFrancfort Group
2012Nos pensees vont toujours vers vousSunset residence, Lyon Solo
2012Princes of DarknessGalerie Goldstein, Londres Solo
2011A mort : prix du conseil general des Hauts de SeineSalon de la jeune creation Europeenne de MontrougeGroup
2011Asbestos CurtainGalerie Goldstein, Londres Group
2011Biennale de la jeune creation de MontrougeLa Fabrique, MontrougeGroup
2011Dernier tourmodules du Palais de Tokyo, Paris Solo
2010Foire Internationale du dessinLoft Nikki Diana Marquardt, Paris Group
2007Novembre a Vitrygalerie Jean Collet, Vitry-sur-Seine Group