ANY QUESTIONS?
FEEL FREE TO CALL US
1-800-570-6740
ANDRÉ | INVESTING IN ART
André Saraiva is both a graffiti artist and entrepreneur. He was born in 1971 in Uppsala, Sweden, of Portuguese origin from his parents who fled the regime of dictator Antonio de Oliveira Salazar during the Portuguese Revolution.
 
At the age of 10, Andre left Sweden for Paris along with his family, his talent for drawing and an ignorance of the French language. He instantly became drawn to the underground culture of graffiti art at this time and by 1989 had dreamed up his signature tag
“A city without graffiti is a dead city” and so is the mantra for the man whom street artists and fans call André, Monsieur A, Mr A or Monsieur André. His iconic personal tag of a round-headed cartoon with a devilish grin, top hat and winking eye established him as a breakthrough artist at a time when the alphabet provided the basis of most graffiti art.

A contemporary of Zevs and Invader, two of the most prominent figures in the street art scene, André achieved his own popular status in the 1990s thanks to the prevalence of his signature cartoon image across Paris. Looking at it years later and in the light of his not being a native French speaker, André saw the non-verbal expression of his tag, “Mr. A” as a logical and natural progression for him after he gained early street notoriety for splashing his name in lurid pink when all graffiti artists concentrated on tagging letters and words in order to gain each others’ attention. Before the fame that Mr. A brought to André, he worked at a furious pace and by his own account, tagged Mr. A an average of 10 times per day for more than 10 years, creating frantically and compulsively.

He drew over 300,000 Mr. A's in many different mediums at the beginning of his career and devoted years to graffiti, without notably being acknowledged for it - then abruptly, the public became taken with Mr. A and the name has since become interchangeable for both the artist and his cartoon and for the concept of “Love Graffiti”. The Love Grafitti series took off in the early 2000s and featured expansively spray-painted first names, often surrounded by rows of small hearts and stars and located near to where the addressed person lived to be sure they spotted it. André quickly received requests and then commissions for these subjects - mostly created in his expressive bright pink colour and with the cartoon face that had become so recognisable never too far away.
Andre

Mr A (Pink) , 2010

59(w) x 84(h) cm
23.39(w) x 33.11(h) inches
Screenprint on 300gsm Somerset satin
Edition of 50
PRICE
$ 810.00
COLLECT NOW
 
 
  THANK YOU FOR MAKING AN OFFER  
  YOU WILL RECEIVE AN EMAIL SHORTLY WITH A COPY OF YOUR OFFER  
 
X | CLOSE
MAKE AN OFFER
 
ART TRENDS ADVISOR
Increase IN PRICE SINCE RELEASE
+58 %
SEE MORE ART TRENDS HERE
At this time, at the turn of the 21st century, more and more art collectors discovered street art and so discovered André and Mr. A. Subsequently the artist’s other ventures grew with his newfound celebrity and in 2004 he opened the nightclub Le Baron in a former Paris brothel. In 2006 he became a partner in a Tokyo club as well as New York’s notorious, semi-private Beatrice Inn and in 2010 he appeared in several scenes of Banksy’s infamous street art film “Exit Through the Gift Shop”.

That same year he held his first solo show and launched two exclusive screen prints with Eyestorm, a few of which are still available today in a limited editions of 50; one print is in the signature pink colour, Mr. A (Pink) and the other in a cool monochrome black, Mr. A (Black)

As André’s nightlife empire expanded [and imploded], so too was a growing recognition for his fine art, and since 2010 his work has been regularly displayed indoors via galleries and museums on both sides of the Atlantic. Gallery presence has given a new platform to his graffiti art along with the introduction of his imagery into thenightspots that he owns. With this different exposure he has proactively changed the nightlife of cities and also reinterpreted the meaning of graffiti art, from underground opposition to a more friendly and accepted setting where the general public are invited to participate with it, either by means of a Love Graffiti commission or by dancing the night away in the vicinity of a giant, jolly, stick-man.

Despite the warm and friendly nature of his graffiti works, André hasn’t always been beloved as an artist but has been shunned by some as a ‘vandal’, an insult that many a graffiti artist comes up against. He admits, “you have to fight to get noticed both physically and metaphorically” and this overzealous approach hasn’t been without its problems. Environmental activists defending the Joshua Tree National Park in California where André drew graffiti on a rock face, roused an important discussion on the destructive profile of graffiti artusing nature rather than the city, as the artist’s canvas. Defacement or not, the incident at Joshua Tree raises important questions such as; how different is graffiti in national parks to street art? If street art is OK, is this OK? Is there a correlation?"
Andre

Mr A (Black) , 2010

59(w) x 84(h) cm
23.39(w) x 33.11(h) inches
Screenprint on 300gsm Somerset satin
Edition of 50
PRICE
$ 810.00
COLLECT NOW
 
 
  THANK YOU FOR MAKING AN OFFER  
  YOU WILL RECEIVE AN EMAIL SHORTLY WITH A COPY OF YOUR OFFER  
 
X | CLOSE
MAKE AN OFFER
 
ART TRENDS ADVISOR
Increase IN PRICE SINCE RELEASE
+58 %
SEE MORE ART TRENDS HERE
As the debate goes on, André's work continues to be exhibited in galleries and museums across the globe, namely at Black Blockin Paris and at Palais de Tokyo. In 2011, André participated in MoCA Los Angeles' Art in the Streets exhibition and the same year his work was displayed at the Grand Palais, Paris, and the 54th Venice Biennale. In 2014, a solo retrospective dedicated to his work was held at the Museu do Design e da Moda in Lisbon and in July 2017 he had a debut solo show in Shanghai. André is always moving and making, with his finger on the pulse and on the nozzle of a can of spray-paint. Whichever way you see it he’s pervasive and has never put away his artistic inspiration. He sees every one of his many ventures as part of the same irreverent lifelong art project - one that he always approaches with a wink?

You can find the screenprint editions Mr. A (Pink) and Mr. A (Black) on André’s artist page here - and read more about street art in our article Street Art | When Does Vandalism Become Art?.
 
RECENT NEWS ARTICLES
April 4th 2015
Jacky Tsai’s two brand new limited edition screenprints Save Empress Wu and War War War gained a fantastic response at recent art fairs in London and New York.
January 19th 2018
Best known for his metal sculptures of balloon dogs and everyday objects, Jeff Koons takes industrially-made articles, strips them of their practical use and re-presents them as art icons. He plays with themes of banality, mass-appeal and commerce with arguably greater showmanship, and on a grander scale, than any artist before him.
PRINT EDITION RELEASE
by Angie Davey
INVESTING IN ART
by Carys Lake-edwards
November 10th 2017
Henrik Simonsen’s most recent screenprint edition, Untamed, sees the artist use the rich, heavy, warm light of late summer as influence for the colours he uses in this 15-colour screenprint.
$ 820.00
$ 1,070.00
COLLECTORS ARE LOOKING FOR 'SOLD-OUT' PRINTS BY JACKY TSAI
Gambling Skull (King of Diamonds)
The master of Chinese pop art, Jacky Tsai, has over the past five years become a sought after artist by collectors who embrace his innovative visual dialogue, between traditional Eastern craft and Western pop art.

If you own a print, which is now sold-out and you wish to sell, we have clients who are looking for select pieces. You can get in touch with us via the Contact page, which you can find here.
 
SELECTED BY
 
READ MORE
 
 
 
   
   
 
X | CLOSE
OUR NEWSLETTER
Sign up to our newsletter and receive our weekly news about the artworld
Happy New Year from New York and London!!! 💥🥂 Holiday atmosphere from Madison Square Park in… https://t.co/O0Ov9fGiM6
From his creative beginnings in the 90's, André Saraiva, is the artist whom street artists and… https://t.co/tiXaUHO3j4
CUSTOMER SUPPORT
Mon-Fri: 4.30am-1:00pm [EST]
US
United States
1-800-570-6740
Mon-Fri: 9.30am-6:00pm [GMT]
US
Europe
+44 (0)20 3397 3676
Mon-Fri: 9.30am-6:00pm [GMT]
US
Rest of the World
+44 20 3397 3676
 
 
SHARE
SHIPPING TO COUNTRY
United States
 
PAYMENT METHODS
 

CONTEMPORARY ART IN YOUR LIFE

(c) 1999-2017 Eyestorm Artica Worldwide Ltd.

The artworld delivered to your inbox