Monsieur A /   André Saraiva

Portugal 1971


Monsieur A
André Saraiva
February 7, 2014

André Saraiva, aka Monsieur André aka Monsieur A, is a french graffiti artist. Born as a son of portuguese parents in Uppsala, Sweden he lives in Paris since his childhood. He started doing graffiti in 1985. He became famous in the late 90’s with Mr A, a cartoonish character with a round head, a cross and a circle for his eyes, a big smile and very long legs, which he used to draw all over the streets of Paris. He is part of the early Parisian graffiti scene along with Invader and Zevs and he appears in Banksy´s street art movie „Exit through the Giftshop“. His distinctive style, poetic and joyful, and his use of pink color, made him quickly stand out. In the early 2000´s, he developed the Love Graffiti series. From there on he developed his style in various techniques such as wall paintings and sculpture. Also installations count to his repertoire, as seen at „Art in the Streets“ in MOCA Los Angeles, curated by Jeffrey Deitch and Aaron Rose.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2013POTSE 68Circle Culture Gallery, BerlinGroup
2013EphemeralCircle Culture Gallery, BerlinGroup
2012Love LettersHalf Gallery, New York Group
2012AndrepolisThe Hole Gallery, New York Solo
2011Art in the StreetsThe Geffen Contemporary at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los AngelesGroup
2011Group ExhibitionChateau de Fernelmont, Belgium Group
2011Art Machine The Hole and Alife, New York Group
2011Paris Premiere Grand Palais, Paris Group
2011Future Pass: André Saraiva and Mu Lei 54th Venice Biennale Group
2011Urban Art at UNESCO Patrimoine Culturel Mondial Voilklinger, Germany Group
2010St TropezLouis Vuitton, St. Tropez Group
2010Drawings, Colette, Paris Group
2009VraoumMaison Rouge, Paris Group
2009Vive l’art Urbain 2Espace Univers 6, Paris Group
2009Tony Hawk ShowGrand Palais, Paris Group
2008Exposition des sculptures André Galerie Navarra, Hotel Bristol, Paris Group
2008Icons for NowArhus, Denmark Group
2008400 ML ProjectMaison des Métallos, Paris Group
2007Biennale d’Abu Dhabi, Galerie Enrico Navarra, Abu Dhabi Group
2007Compulsive, Exhibition Jalou Palais de Tokyo, ParisGroup
2007Say No to Limits, an exhibition celebrating the 2008 Beijing Olympics, China Group
2006André Loves BerlinCircle Culture Gallery, Berlin Solo
2006La Force de L’ArtGrand Palais, Paris Group
2006The Whistle Test curated by Eva NewtonScion, Los Angeles Group
2005Be@rbrick World Wide TourGBE at Passerby Gallery, New York Group
2004Love Tokyo Bape Gallery, TokyoGroup
2004Be@rbrick World Wide TourParco Museum, Tokyo Group
2004La Rue aux ArtistesArt Club, FIAC, Paris Group
2003Walt Disney, 75 ans de Mickey MouseColette, Paris Group
2002Love Graffiti, Colette, Paris Group
2002Love GraffitiGalerie Air de Paris, Paris Group
2002Urban Stories Urban Price by AndreBelgrade, Yugoslavia Solo
2002Group Exhibition with AlifeShop at Deitch Projects, New York Group
2001UntitledGalerie du jour Agnes B, Paris Group
2000Souvenirs de ParisTiphaine Bastille, ParisGroup