Famous French artist M. Poes paints two murals in Delhi symbolizing Indo-French friendship

The artwork created by Mr Poes is the first of many cultural events across India from March to May to celebrate Indo-French friendship in the year marking the 75th anniversary of India’s independence and the establishment of diplomatic relations between France and India. France has a rich history of street art that dates back several decades. Street art is a common sight in France these days which has become home to some fantastic street art and graffiti.

Works of art in public places can act as magnets to attract people to the art world without the need to visit museums and galleries. “We bring art to the streets so that more and more people can access it. Not everyone can visit an art gallery, but if we can bring a creation to the street, everyone can be part of it”, explains Ms. Dana Purcarescu, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim, French Embassy in India.

Fabian, born in Paris, currently lives in Lyon. Pursuing his passion for graffiti art, the 39-year-old artist traveled across Europe. It all started in 1998 when he was still in high school. Raised in hip-hop culture, his childhood is filled with comic book and manga heroes. “I am very happy to be here in India. What makes public art so important in my opinion is that it is not reserved for the elites and everyone can easily access it. By painting these murals on the walls outside the metro station, we bring works of art to the streets. I see it as a democratization of the art of painting”, says Fabian who seeks to develop a world where the dream predominates, using humor, satire and irony to make his paintings poetic odes and fantastic stories.

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